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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) + the Pipiwai Trail
• Visit Hana Town
• Explore Wai'anapanapa State Park to visit a Black Sand Beach (advance reservation required)
• 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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The Back Road to Hana can be challenging with unpaved roads, but these are state roads with guardrails. Back Road to Hana conditions may include uneven surfaces, narrow sections, and stream crossings. Check weather conditions and rental car agreem...
Yes, you can do the Road to Hana backward. Our Reverse Road to Hana Tour begins in Kula and travels in the opposite direction of traditional tours, ending in Kahului near Paia Town - the start of the Road to Hana.
Yes, but it depends on where you go. West Maui, including Lahaina, Nāpili, Kāʻanapali, and Kapalua is currently closed to visitors through mid-October. You can visit other parts of Maui including Haleakala National Park. Please be respectful on yo...
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Our Reverse Road 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!
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.
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.
How much you spend truly depends on what you do along the tour route, but here’s a breakdown of some costs:
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.
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.
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.
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.