The scenic Road to Hana waterfalls are a big reason many Maui visitors take a day trip along this small two lane road.
In addition to the waterfalls, if you want to read about the Road to Hana beaches, parks and ocean vistas, visit my Road to Hana page.
And all this scenery is why much of the Hana Highway was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Watch for the green Mile Marker signs on the side of the road to identify your locations and stops. Most references to help you identify your sighseeing stops will use these mile marker signs.
NOTICE: The steep mountain slopes from the Maui volcano Haleakala combine with trade winds and rainfall to create a water flow that not only varies each day, but also varies during different times of each day.
Best Road to Hana Waterfalls
The best Road to Hana waterfalls are not the first ones - they get more spectacular as you progress during the day. To keep ahead of the crowd, don't dally too long at the average stops at the beginning of the trip. But do stop for Waikani Falls, located between Mile Markers 19 and 21. It is also called Three Bears Falls because the three falls are different sizes like Papa, Mama, and Baby bear in the children's story.
If you want to stretch your legs with a hike, try Ohea Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) in Haleakala National Park near Mile Marker 42. You don't have to hike the whole Pipiwai Trail - this is the Makahiku Falls Overlook.
Just south of Hana town near Mile Marker 45 on Highway 31, Wailua Falls is the perfect Hana waterfall to stop the car, jump out, stand by the side of the road, and shoot a Hana Highway waterfall picture.
You will see one majestic waterfall after another along the Hana Highway.
Road to Hana Waterfalls Video
My Hana Highway video includes three waterfalls - Waikani Falls (Three Bears Falls), Wailua Falls, and at the Infinity Pool at the top of Makahiku Falls at Oheo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) - on the road to Hana coast highway.
Click on the PLAY button in the image below to view the video.
What Else to See Besides Waterfalls
The mountainous coastline was formed by upheaval and lava flows from the Maui Volcano Haleakala, which rises steeply away from the ocean.
When the moist ocean trade winds move up this steep incline, they cool and drop rain on the mountainside, which causes the high waterfalls.
The waterfalls can go from overflowing to a trickle in a matter of hours because the rainwater runs so quickly down the steep slopes.
The quick dropoff from the mountain to the ocean gives you long distance vistas of the twisting road to Hana.
So you can see stunning views such as the picture of us standing close to the cliff edge at the Honomanu Bay Lookout near Mile Marker 13.
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.