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Maui

REVERSE ROAD TO HANA TOUR (Road Closed)

Description

PLEASE NOTE: Piʻilani Highway is closed due to a recent mudslide. Check out our Classic Road to Hana Tour as an alternative.

Most Road to Hana tours start in Paia, but our Reverse Road to Hana Tour begins in Kula on the opposite side of the island. There are some serious advantages to this. Mainly, you’ll beat the crowds at some of the Road to Hana's most popular spots, like Oheo Pools and Hana Town. Not only that, you’ll visit the rarely explored backside of the Road to Hana.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

•⁠ Explore the back road to Hana
•⁠ Beat the crowds to Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Falls)
• Visit Hana Town
•⁠ Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach⁠
•⁠ Visit loads of scenic waterfalls

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kula Town
Direction: Counterclockwise, beginning in Kula Town in Upcountry Maui and ending in Kahului
Please Note: The backside of Hana has some graded dirt roads and rusty guardrails so the drive requires extra caution. Because of this, some rental car companies will void insurance if you drive on the backside of Hana. Confirm that you're able to drive this section of the island with your rental car company in advance.

ROAD TO HANA ADVISORY:
There is only one road into and out of Hana. People who live in nearby communities have to drive this road everyday and the thousands of daily drivers on this one-lane highway greatly impacts their lives. Please be respectful — do not park illegally, pay attention to signs, drive responsibly, and pull over to let locals pass. Do not enter private property or visit sites that are unsafe. And, please remember to pick up your trash.

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​Features

  • Beaches

  • Views

  • Hikes

  • Snorkeling

  • Local Food

  • Storytelling

Tour Stops

  • Laie Sea Arch

    Natural Sea Arch

  • 84 Huakini bay

    Huakini Beach

  • 83 Nuu bay

    View of Nu’u Bay & Haleakala

  • 87 Alelelele falls 1

    Alelele Falls

  • 77 lindberg grave

    Charles Lindbergh's Grave

  • 22 Oheo pools

    Oheo Gulch aka Pools of ‘Ohe’o aka Seven Sacred Pools

  • Pipiwai Trail

    Pipiwai Trail

  • 21 venus pools

    Venus Pools

  • Wailua Falls

    Wailua Falls

  • 27 hamoa beach

    Hamoa Beach

  • Koki Beach

    Koki Beach

  • 53 hasegawa sign

    Hasegawa General Store

  • Hana Town

    Hana Town

  • 24 wainapa black beach

    Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

  • 44 Kahanu garden sign

    Kahanu Gardens

  • Road to Hana Makapipi Falls

    Makapipi Falls

  • 6 hana lava tuve

    Secret Lava Tube Cave

  • Waikani Falls - Three Bears

    Waikani Falls (3 Bears)

  • 30 wailua stairs

    Wailua State Wayside Park

  • 55 halfway to hana sign

    Halfway to Hana Food Stand

  • 28 keanae overlook

    Keanae Valley Overlook

  • Ke’anae Peninsula

    Ke’anae Peninsula

  • 54 Aunty sandy sign

    Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread

  • 4 Keanae arbo sign

    Ke’anae Arboretum

  • 29 Nua'ailua Viewpoint

    Nua'ailua View Point

  • 34 Honomanu bay view

    Honomanu Bay View

  • 33 kaumahina view

    Kaumahina State Park

  • 42 garden of eden sign

    Garden of Eden Arboretum

  • Waikamoi Trail

    Waikamoi Ridge Trail

  • 1 twin falls inside

    Twin Falls

  • JAWS

    Jaws

  • Hookipa Beach Maui

    Hookipa Beach

  • Paia Town

    Paia Town

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Reverse Road to Hana tour go?

Our Reverse Road to to Hana tour takes you to the rarely discovered backside of Hana. It begins in Kula Town and travels to Paia Town, in the opposite direction of the traditional Road to Hana.


Here are some of the popular spots you can explore on the tour! 


  • Backside of Hana
  • Charles Lindberg's Grave
  • Wailua Iki Falls
  • Oheo Gulch & Pipiwai Trail
  • Venus Pools 
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Hana Town
  • Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach
  • Nahiku Landing 
  • Keahua Peninsula 
  • Honomanu Bay
  • Twin Falls

For help planning your day check out our Reverse Road to Hana suggested itinerary and here's everything you need to know before you go.

Where can I park along the road?

Please pay attention to all parking signs. Parking illegally on the Road to Hana can not only result in a ticket, it is extremely disrespectful to people who need to use this road everyday. The traffic on the road greatly impacts their lives, so you can help do your part by parking legally and adhering to all signs. We’ll advise you on where to park during the tour, and if there are no spots available, just wait for a spot to open up.

Can I join the Reverse Road to Hana tour along the route?

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience.

What should I pack for the Reverse Road to Hana Tour?

Here’s our packing list for this tour. It may seem a little long, but remember, what you bring depends on the activities you choose to do for the day.

  • Layers of clothing and a jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Glasses and/or Hat
  • Snacks
  • Cash - many spots are cash only
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount

What should I budget for the Reverse Road to Hana tour?

How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:

  • $30.00 per car: Haleakala National Park (Oheo Pools)
  • $15.00 for adults: Garden of Eden (per person)
  • $10.00 per car: Waianapanapa State Park 
  • $5.00 per person: Waianapanapa State Park
  • $11.95 per person: Hana Lava Tube
  • $10.00 per person: Kahana Gardens
  • $15.00 per person: Lunch
  • $10.00: Local snack, like banana bread or shave ice

Can I take the Reverse Road to Hana tour in the opposite direction?

No, this tour can only be done counterclockwise starting in Kula Town. If you’d like to start the tour in Paia or Kahului check out our Loop Road to Hana Tour. 

What time will I get to Hana?

From the start of the tour in Kula, it takes about three hours to get to Hana, depending on the stops you make and how long you stay at each spot. 


Check out our Reverse Road to Hana suggested itinerary for help managing your time and planning your day.

What if I am spending the night in Hana?

Great! This means you can really take your time and break the tour up into two days. Just switch the tour off when you arrive in Hana, and turn it back on when you’re ready to get on the road the next day.

Is it safe to drive the Road to Hana at night?

Yes, however, the Road to Hana is a one-lane highway with twists and turns. For this reason, we recommend you start this tour early to avoid night-time driving as much as possible. One pro to this tour  you’ll arrive to some of the most popular stops before anyone else and you’re traveling in the opposite direction. This means you’ll save time sitting in traffic. 


Check out our suggested itinerary to learn more about planning your day to avoid driving at night.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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Chris Demke | May 2022
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Jeff Bernstein | May 2022
Was a very thorough guide for the road to Hana! I would recommend adding some music during the non speaking portions, just for some continued island vibes as you soak in the beauty of Hana 🤙
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