Road to Hana Guide:

Road to Hana Best Stops -> Hana town ->

Past Hana -> Backside Haleakala

Road to Hana - Best Stops

Keep to the best stops on the Road to Hana so you dont waste your time at the numerous marginal stops.

Keanae Park

Keanae Park (between the 16 and 17 mile markers) offers a peaceful stop with a ruggedly beautiful lava rock beach, banana bread stand, and restrooms. Plan thirty minutes to an hour at this stop.

This stop is off the beaten path, so you will not see the hordes of tourists that clog the road by the waterfalls.

Be sure to stop at Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread Keanae Landing Fruit Stand.

Nahiku Cove

Nahiku Cove at mile marker 25 provides a cool green break at an isolated cove that is close to a rugged black lava rock beach.

This area is best known as home to famous people such as the late Beatle George Harrison, but all we saw were some locals.

The high rainfall encourages a lot of greenery, and we felt like we were going through a jungle on the three mile drive to the cove.

Three Bears Falls

You will see one breathtaking waterfall after another on the Hana highway.

Waikani Falls (between 19 and 20 mile markers), is also called Three Bears Falls (Papa, Mama, and Baby falls - like the bears!) because the three falls are different sizes.

Note: Like all the waterfalls on the Hana highway, water volume varies during the year and during the time of day.

Black Sand Beach

Wai'anapanapa State Park (just past the 32 mile marker) has a black sand beach, a freshwater spring fed pool in a lava cave for swimming, and restrooms.

If you want to continue on to Hana, go to What to do in the town of Hana

Road to Hana Guide Videos

The four short Road to Hana videos below include the best stops discussed above. Click on the PLAY button in the images below to view the videos.

Use the green Mile Marker signs on the side of the road to Hana to help you locate the best stops.

Road to Hana Mile Marker

Once you learn to look for these Mile Markers, they will become indispensible for your Maui trips.


Keanae ParkRoad to Hana - Keanae Park


Nahiku CoveNahiku Cove on the road to Hana


Waikani Falls -
(Three Bears Falls)Road to Hana - Waikani Falls (Three Bears Falls)


Black Sand BeachRoad to Hana - Black Sand Beach


Road to Hana Keanae Park Video

This Keanae Park Video shows the rugged lava rock beach and crashing waves. Note Don't wander too far out on the rocks close to the waves - on any Maui beach there will be a sporadic large wave that can wash you out to the ocean.


Road to Hana Nahiku Cove Video

This Nahiku cove video shows the isolated cove and lava rock beach. You take a three mile side road off the Road to Hana to reach this cove.


Road to Hana Waterfalls Video

This Road to Hana waterfalls video includes Three Bears Falls (Papa, Mama, and Baby falls - like the bears) at the beginning of the video.


Road to Hana Black Sand Beach Video

This black sand beach video from Wai'anapanapa State Park also shows the lava tube cave to the right of the beach.


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Road to Hana Tours
If you want someone else to drive on a road to Hana tour, you have several options:


1. Several tours go
all around the road to Hana
past Oheo Gulch, along the single lane unpaved stretch of bumpy road hugging the cliffs, that most vacationers decline to travel in their rental cars, and then continue along the backside of Haleakala to the upcountry:

• Hidden Hawaii Tours

• Valley Isle Excursions is a luxury tour - customized high roof large window 12 person vans, large captain's chairs, and a lunch served with silverware and linens.

• Roberts Hawaii is a large value priced company and works with several cruise lines.


2. Some tour companies
turn around in the Hana area
and redrive the road to Hana on the return trip, giving you a second view of the sights during a different time of the day:

• Temptation Tours includes a breakfast and beachside lunch, then turnaround at Hana and stop at windsurfing Hookipa Beach on you return trip.

• Polynesian Adventures