Best Attractions along the Road to Hana
The entire Road to Hana features postcard-worthy views. You’ll be craning your neck to take in the lush landscape that seems to swallow your car, and every turnoff offers another striking photo opportunity, each one seemingly better than the last. However, there are some pit stops you’ll kick yourself for skipping.
For jaw-dropping views, pull into the Huelo Point Lookout near mile marker 5, order a smoothie, and drink in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Huelo township below.
If you are a banana-bread fan, be sure to stop in the small community of Keanae for some of the best loaves you're likely to try at the Keanae Landing Fruit Stand. Just be sure to arrive early, since the stand sells out frequently.
The waterfalls of Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park will likely be the backdrop for your holiday cards this year. From here you can embark on a muddy and rigorous hike into the rain forest to spot waterfalls spilling into pools. Wear durable hiking boots and bring extra clothes, as this trail will leave you covered in mud.
At mile marker 24, Hanawi Falls is another picturesque spot. The best way to see the falls is from the bridge, and we advise against hiking beyond that point.
At mile marker 31, turn onto Ulaino Road to explore the vast cave network of Kaeleku Caverns. Afterward, make your way to nearby Piilanihale Heiau, a beautiful 16th-century temple. While there, you can also amble through the lovely Kahanu Garden.
Near mile marker 32 you should carve out time to hike the 3-mile trail from Waianapanapa State Park to Hana Bay. You’ll scramble over lava rock and along a stunning coastline rarely seen by travelers.
After you arrive in Hana, motor straight to Hamoa Beach, one of Hawaii’s most beautiful strands. But the road does not end in Hana. In fact, for many travelers, the payoff comes at Ohe'o Gulch’s abundant hiking trails—don’t miss the inland hike through the bamboo forest. After you’re done, you can travel a mile past Ohe'o Gulch and pay your respects at the grave of Charles Lindbergh.