Hana Travel Guide

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Hana Things to Do

  • Road to Hana

    Hotel Hana Maui was a very unique and amazing hotel. It is pricey to have no t.v and wi-fi, but it's beautiful and private and romantic. The service is excellent! I've heard it is changing entirely as far as the name and prices, etc., but I'm hoping it continues to be an oasis of beauty and "old Hawaii". I would totally recommend this hotel, esp....

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  • Wainapanapa - Black Sand Beach

    Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wainapanapa State Park. Usually people just know it as Black Sand Beach. Also its more like rocks not sand. You will definitley need water shoes here. There is a picnic area, campground and cemetary here then you can walk down to the beach. This is also on the Road to Hana and a popular stop for tourist...

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  • Red Sand Beach

    A beauty of a beach that's for sure... just google the images for Red Sands Beach, Hana. It's not easy to find, most locals give you the "I'm not sure" when you ask them where it is. The trail is to the right of the community center in Hana through a small makeshift cemetery. When you see the danger signs you know your in the right place. The trail...

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  • Waimoku Falls

    An awesome hike. The journey is the destination. There is so much to experience here. Waimoku Falls are some of the largest. About 400 foot I believe. Our trip happened to be during a dry spell so the falls were very light. But this just afforded us a different view then many others are able to get. During the hike we passed or crossed Ironwoods,...

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  • Hana Culture Center

    The Hana Cultural Center, celebrates the region's cultural history. The huts and items here are not replica. Everything you see here is original, and was actually used by the ancient Hawaiians. This is a good place to visit if you want to learn about the life of ancient Hawaiians. All the exhbits have detailed explinations, stating what they were....

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  • Kahanu Gardens

    About 5 miles outside of Hana, lie the Kahanu Gardens, the site of the largest and best preserved heiau in Hawaii. All that remains of most heiaus is the foundation, so a complete heiau is a rare site, and a definite must see. You can also see the ruins of some other heiaus, along with traditional palapas, native fauna, lava fields, and nice views...

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  • Nude Beach in Hana

    A beauty of a beach that's for sure... just google the images for Red Sands Beach, Hana. It's not easy to find, most locals give you the "I'm not sure" when you ask them where it is. The trail is to the right of the community center in Hana through a small makeshift cemetery. When you see the danger signs you know your in the right place. The trail...

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  • We loved Hotel Hana Maui

    Hotel Hana Maui was a very unique and amazing hotel. It is pricey to have no t.v and wi-fi, but it's beautiful and private and romantic. The service is excellent! I've heard it is changing entirely as far as the name and prices, etc., but I'm hoping it continues to be an oasis of beauty and "old Hawaii". I would totally recommend this hotel, esp....

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  • R2H cd guide is perfect for The Road to...

    We (30 somethings) stayed at Hotel Hana Maui and loved it! But half the fun was getting there.... we chose the R2H cd guide (http://www.ther2h.com) and we were so glad we did! We discovered it at Anthony's in Paia (http://www.anthonyscoffee.com/). We had heard that all the CD guides were kinda cheesy, so we were hesitant to even use one. However,...

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  • Ohe'o Gulch aka seven sacred pools

    The end of the road. To get here is the main reason people do the road to Hana. Its actually for the whole journey. Those few hours that you are on the road is all beautiful but when you finally get here you can say "i have arrived".I had gone to Haleakala the day before and I was told to save my entrance to the park ticket because it was good for...

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  • Wailua Falls

    To be very honest sometimes I got alittle confused as to where I was at along the Road to Hana. Before we got to the seven sacred pools we found this place. There ere many people parked along side the road. There are also people selling their crafts here. You have to be careful because there is not too much parking and you are walking along side...

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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wainapanapa State Park. Usually people just know it as Black Sand Beach. Also its more like rocks not sand. You will definitley need water shoes here. There is a picnic area, campground and cemetary here then you can walk down to the beach. This is also on the Road to Hana and a popular stop for tourist...

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  • Lava Tunnels

    On the Road to Hana right before we got to the actual town we saw this sign that said Lava tunnels. My son Adrian saw it and had to check it out. It was great for him to do and for my youngest son Kekoa who is 5yrs. My daughter and I got the creeps alittle but it was fun.This tour usually lasts about 30-45 minutes. We got a flash light and a hard...

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  • Drive the Road to Hana

    Well this is something that you have to do at least once in your lifetime if you ever get to Maui. Its going to be an all day adventure so take snacks , change of clothes, towels, water...etc..I took a little cooler with all these things and they came in handy. We did a few stops along the way also but the stuff I brought, especially with the kids,...

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  • Red Sand Beach of heights and sights

    This is an exceptional beach. A couple warnings though...You need to hike a goat trail around a lava cliff to get to it. It is often occupied by a few nudists.As always you do need to be cautious of currents.If you are not fearful of heights and sights, do make the trip. You will be thankful you did.Excellent swimming and snorkling just inside the...

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Hana Restaurants

  • with reasonable prices to save you money

    How many times have you read that there are few affordable restaurant choices in Hāna? Well, it's true.This is why you should pack your lunch if you're doing "The Road to Hāna". Pick up some drinks, sandwiches, and a cooler with ice in Kahului before heading out.But, if you forgot to do this, you still have a few options. And this one is...

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  • Excellent

    This was a spectacular evening. The ambiance alone was worth the trip. The food, cocktails and service were outstanding. The best however was the entertaiment. Local musician "Boom" serenaded us with with his beautiful ukelalee and pure sweet voice. This truly was an amazing experience. His melodious Hawaiian music was a joy, one moment a ballad...

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  • Lahaina Fish Company

    Fresh Fish! The majority of the restaurants and hotels import seafood, there are not many that actually get fresh fish from the few sport fishing companies on the island but this is one of them! It's on the water too...wonderful view! Fresh Ono!

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Hana Transportation

  • Don't run out of gas!!

    Be sure to fill up your gas tank before you leave for Hana. There are no gas stations on the way there, but then again it is only 30 miles or so. We did not have a full tank of gas and did not fill up in Hana and made it back to our condo on empty!! The road to Hana is only 30 miles long and you can't really go that far past Hana before it turns...

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  • The long and winding road

    A long but very scenic road along the north shore to Hana. As there are so many rainbows you can see in Maui, within the three hours are all kinds of weather conditions.

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Hana Warnings and Dangers

  • Hana water sports

    March 9th 2007I just received this tip in from ken100 this is not always the case but good to ask and check before jumping in. Just returned from this beach. Portuguese Man-o'-war warnings are posted to stay out of the water and a local guide told us this area is shark infested due to the large number of monk seals and turtles. If you go snorkling...

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  • Don't Use Maui Cruisers

    Maui Cruisers is a guy offering his cars to be used as rental cars on Maui. I would recommend avoiding this company at all costs. My bad experience with Maui Cruisers was mostly caused by the guy's incredibly bad attitude. Don't get me wrong, his cars are worse than you could ever imagine...(both my cars housed families of cockroaches, for example)...

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  • Maui Cruisers - it's a car...

    Maui Cruisers - it's a car rental company...DON'T use them! It sounded like a great deal, $150 for the week, they made it seem like a 'Maui Cruiser' was a great car and they would pick us up from the airport and drop us back off on our return home...sounded good but it wasn't!The guy picked us up late in a beat up little toyota which we could...

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Hana Tourist Traps

  • The Road to Hana Compact Disc

    You will see the "Road to Hana Compact Discs" for sale in stores, or you may read about them advertised somewhere. I thought how dumb, who needs that assuming that all trailheads, and hikes to waterfalls would be marked for tourists. WRONG!Please buy the CD, if you don't you will not be able to find half of the trails because nothing is marked...

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  • The Seven Sacred Pools is a...

    The Seven Sacred Pools is a major tourist trap, but you'll love soaking in the cool pools under the waterfalls after that curvy drive on the Hana Highway!

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Hana What to Pack

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    by natjoy21 Updated Mar 16, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: pack light
    slippers aka flipflops
    rain jacket

    Photo Equipment: yes

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: some camping bathing suit-just wear it all times
    hamoa beach is nice to swim and catch waves and sun

    Miscellaneous: don't be scared to get dirty and live a little and be respestful and respect the land

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    • National/State Park

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Hana Off The Beaten Path

  • Drive to Hana

    OK, so it's not covered by your car rental policy and probably not by your insurance, but if it's a clear day I would not turn around on the drive to Hana. The back part of the island has some amazing surfing and houses. There are some cell towers around so you don't have to worry too much. I took the road less traveled and it made all the...

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  • Blue Pool

    The famous Blue Pool. This photo was from our 2005 trip. Unfortunately, rainfall has been minimal and the flow is just a trickle. I imagine it would have been more impressive had it a heavier flow. But it is still a beautiful place. From this camera angle, if you made a 180° turn, you would be greeted with wide-open Pacific Ocean. THAT is what...

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  • Secluded Water Fall

    This waterfall sits above Pua‘a Ka‘a State Park, which is just before mile post 23 on Hwy 360. Normally you could access this waterfall from within the park. But during our 2006 visit, this park was closed. It was all taped off as the State was retrofitting the walkways for wheelchair access. So we had to hike up a hunter road that was just around...

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  • Hana Tip

    When on the road to Hana, pull off to the side of the road if there is a local behind u. We don't like being stuck behind kus we drive faster kus we know the roads and some locals will get nuts if they are stuck behind. Definatly check out Venus Pools tho, and jump in off a cliff. It's fun and it's really deep so u won't hit rocks.

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  • Relive your Hâna experience!

    You're back home now after your relaxing stay in Hâna. You find yourself daydreaming about the laid-back atmosphere and the quintessential tropical scenery. You find yourself wanting to return there tomorrow. But the demands of everyday life keep you on the sensible path. Do you want to relive that feeling? Do you want to learn more about Hâna? Now...

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  • Smell and look at the flowers...

    Smell and look at the flowers ... they are so beautiful. I miss the road to Hana the most ... the cows on the road ... the flowers ... the smell of eucalyptus ... everything ... what a wonderful trip.

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