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Maui

LOOP 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.

Explore the Road to Hana in a completely unique way. Similar to our Classic Road to Hana Tour, you’ll drive the 64.4-mile stretch of Hana Highway from the town of Paia to Hana. However, instead of returning the way you came, you’ll complete a counterclockwise loop around the island discovering the rarely explored backside from Hana.

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

•⁠ Hike to Twin Falls
•⁠ Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach (advance reservations required)
•⁠ Visit Hana Town
•⁠ Swim at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
•⁠ Explore the back road to Hana

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Kahului
Direction: Clockwise, beginning in Kahului near the airport and ending in Kula Town
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

  • Cultural Sites

  • Parks

  • Gardens

  • Waterfalls/Lakes

  • Stargazing

  • Music

  • Fees & Reservations

Tour Stops

  • Hookipa Beach Maui

    Ho’okipa Beach

  • JAWS

    Jaws

  • Twin Falls, Maui

    Twin Falls

  • 2 waikomoi trail pic

    Waikamoi Ridge Trail

  • 42 garden of eden sign

    Garden of Eden Arboretum

  • 33 kaumahina view

    Kaumahina State Park

  • 34 Honomanu bay view

    Honomanu Bay View

  • 29 Nua'ailua Viewpoint

    Nua'ailua Viewpoint

  • 4 keanae arbo trail

    Ke'anae Arboretum

  • Ke’anae Peninsula

    Ke'anae Peninsula

  • 54 Aunty sandy sign

    Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread

  • 28 keanae overlook

    Ke'anae Valley Overlook

  • 55 halfway to hana sign

    Halfway to Hana

  • 30 Wailua valley park sign

    Wailua Valley State Wayside Park

  • Lava Tube at Ka'eleku Caverns Maui

    Roadside Small Lava Tube Cave

  • Road to Hana Makapipi Falls

    Makapipi Falls

  • 31 nahiku landing

    Nahiku Landing

  • Nahiku Marketplace

    Nahiku Marketplace

  • 44 Kahanu garden sign

    Kahanu Gardens

  • 24 wainapa black beach

    Wai'anapanapa Black Sand Beach

  • Hana Town

    Hana Town

  • 53 hasegawa sign

    Hasegawa General Store

  • Koki Beach

    Koki Beach

  • 27 hamoa beach

    Hamoa Beach

  • Wailua Falls

    Wailua Falls

  • 21 venus pools

    Waioka Pond (aka Venus Pool)

  • Pipiwai Trail

    Pipiwai Trail

  • 22 oheo pools 2

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

  • 77 lindberg grave

    Charles Lindbergh's Grave

  • 87 Alelelele falls 1

    Alelele Waterfall

  • 83 Nuu bay

    View of Nu'u Bay & Haleakala

  • 84 Huakini bay

    Huakini Beach

  • Laie Sea Arch

    Natural Sea Arch

  • Paia Town - Loop Tour

Tour FAQ’s

Where does the Loop Road to Hana tour go?

This tour starts in Kahului near the airport and travels along Hana Highway past Hana Town where you’ll continue along the rarely explored backside of Hana to Kula.


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


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

For help planning your day check our Loop 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.

What should I pack for the Loop 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 stops along the way are cash only
  • Car Charger *Very Important*
  • Phone Mount

What should I budget for the Loop 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 join the Loop 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.

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

No, this tour can only be done clockwise, beginning in Kahului and ending in Kula. If you’d like to start the tour in Kula and end near the airport in Kahului, try our Reverse Road to Hana tour.

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, on this tour you won’t be driving on the Road to Hana at night; unless you get a really late start (which we don’t recommend). You’ll end the tour in Kula Town and from there you can plug in directions back to your hotel. However, this tour travels on some dirt roads along coastal cliffs, so although you're not going to be on the Road to Hana, we recommend you start early to avoid driving these roads at night.

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

Other Questions? Contact Us!


Do you have other questions that we didn’t list here? 

Feel free to message us through the in-app chat box, Facebook Messenger, our emailor give us a call at 1-888-250-2261. We will be glad to help and answer your questions as soon as possible!


Mahalo,

Shaka Guide

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Jennifer DePew | July 2022
Great info and history!+ We appreciated how it would give a heads up prior to each location.
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Responded | July 2022
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We played tourist 😆

9966776611 | July 2022
So I’m a concierge in Kaanapali and I actually refer people to this site nearly every day and I wanted to give it a try.. wish we could’ve done it for free!!! So we did the reverse route and there were multiple times where it got cut off and then it just wouldn’t play at all after Venus pools and for $20 I expected a lot more. I’m gonna try Gypsy and if their a better experience then that’s who I’ll refer🤙🏽🤙🏽🤙🏽 Mahalo for the experience Shaka guide🤙🏽
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Absolutely worth it

MLBUser | July 2022
Truly can’t say enough about how wonderful this app is. We had initially downloaded it for the Road to Hana tour, but also ended up listening to the Sunrise Haleakala tour and the West Maui tour. We really enjoyed the recommendations for spots to see as well as the great stories, history, and music in the app. The tour guide really did feel like another buddy in the car! We even ended up changing our plans and spending additional time in upcountry Maui after the app recommended visiting Makawao after the sunrise at Haleakala. While there a local artist gave us a hand drawn map of Kula, which we used as a guide for the rest of the day. Truly a unique experience that we would not have had without this app. Would recommend getting the tour bundle because it is cheaper and you will want to use it! My only suggestion for improvement is that sometimes the driving directions come a little too close to the turns, which can be a little stressful. We had google maps up in the car as well so we could try to guess the directions before they popped up. Will be recommending this app to everyone in the future!
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