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Are you planning a trip to Maui and want to drive the Road to Hana? Find out the best things to do in Hana Maui that are totally worth the drive.

Thinking about driving the Road to Hana on your next trip to Maui?

If you’re looking for an adventure and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Hana is the place for you. This is a more traditional town and is very isolated compared to the rest of Maui.

There are so many things to do in Hana that it can be hard to decide what to do first. The best thing about this town is how laid back and relaxed everything feels. It truly is a wonderful place with so much beauty all around you. You won’t want to leave once you get here!

There are so many Hana adventures that it will keep your kids entertained all day long! From waterfalls to swimming holes, there is something here for everyone.

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FAQs About Hana Maui

How do you get to Hana Maui?

You will need to take the Road to Hana, which is around 65 miles and has a lot of turns and waterfalls. You can travel there in a few hours, and it is the only way to get to Hana. Driving to Hana can be pretty intense, so make sure you are prepared for it!

Is there anything to do in Hana? 

There are a ton of things to do in Hana Maui other than just the Road to Hana! Driving to Hana is just part of the fun! Read below to see the top things to do in Hana during your next vacation.

What is Hana Hawaii known for? 

Hana is on the east side of Maui. The Road to Hana is typically what Hana is known for. There are gorgeous waterfalls, and it is quite the trip with so many fun things to see on the Road to Hana. Hana means “Old Hawaii” and is a town full of natural beauty!

What to do once you get to Hana? 

With so many things to see in Hana, go on a beautiful hike, relax on the beach, or get some shopping done once you get to Hana!

Can you swim in Hana Bay? 

Yes, you can! Like all beaches, you just need to be careful. Make sure to only go in the water if you feel safe and the water conditions are calm.

Can you do the Road to Hana in one day? 

Technically, you can drive to Hana all in one day. However, you won’t be able to see many of the amazing tourist stops along the way or be able to spend much time in Hana town itself. It is best to split up the trip into two or three days to fully experience everything.

Best Things To Do in Hana Maui 

Here are some of the best things to do in Hana Maui! Whether you are staying in Hana or just driving the Road to Hana, check out these fun activities! Most of these activities are in Hana, but there are a few close by as well. 

1. Go to the Beach 

There are a few great beaches in Hana that you’ll want to go relax on during your stay in Hana. You will find some of the most gorgeous beaches right in Hana from red, white, and black sand!

One of the best Road to Hana stops is the Waianapanapa State Park. Image of a Maui black sand beach.
Waianapanapa State Park on Maui

Waianapanapa State Park has black sand and is a great beach to visit to explore lava rocks. This state park is over 122 acres and is full of fun things to do. It has a few walking trails, a blowhole, a swimming hole, and so much more. 

This is one of our favorite Road to Hana stops for kids and you can read our full Maui black sand beach guide.

Hamoa Beach has lighter sand and is the best beach to go for a swim in because there is no reef. It is one of the most beautiful beaches you will find on Maui, so be sure to visit here at least once! It is a great beach to bodyboard and surf, but be careful; the current can get strong sometimes. 

Kaihalulu Beach is worth a visit just to see the red sand! This is a more hidden cove and will require a little bit of hiking to get to it. The water can be more dangerous, especially since it is a secluded beach. Be careful and don’t go past the lava rock! 

2. Camping 

Did you know you can go camping in Hana too? At Waianapanapa State Park, you can rent a cabin to camp in or a campsite for tents. Both need to be reserved in advance!

If you're heading to Hawaii on a budget, look into camping in Hawaii to save money and you could stay in a peaceful spot like this campsite in Hawaii
Camping is a cheap thing to do in Hana.

The entrance fee into the state park is $5 and $10 for parking. For a campsite, it is $30 and is $100 for a cabin. This is one of the best places to go camping in Maui with kids.

3. Hana Cultural Center & Museum

If you love learning about Hawaiian culture, stop by the Hana Cultural Center & Museum for a little bit. Here you will see many amazing artifacts that helped shape Maui, and especially Hana.

You’ll be able to see the historic courthouse, Kauhale Village, Ho’olaule’a, and many other important areas of Hana. 

4. Pools of ‘Ohe’o

If you head 15 minutes from Hana, you’ll find the Pools of ‘Ohe’o. Even though it is not exactly in Hana, it is definitely worth mentioning! 

Pools at Oheo, Maui, Hawaii--The Pools at Oheo are one of the best Maui waterfalls
Pools at Oheo. Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Kirk Lee Aeder

This is one of the most unique things to do near Hana. There are three-tiered pools that are filled with water by an actual waterfall!

While it may not be best to swim in (it can be closed due to weather), the photos here are definitely worth it. This is probably one of the best Instagram photo spots in Hana! 

5. Fagan’s Cross 

If you want to go hiking in Hana, Fagan’s Cross is a great shorter hike to enjoy. It is around 1.5 miles long and is paved. Start at the Hana-Maui Resort at the small wooden gate in the guest parking lot. 

At the top of the hill, you will find the stone cross. This is a memorial for Paul Fagan, who was the founder and owner of Hotel Hana Maui. He passed away in 1960. This is not a difficult hike and will give you amazing views of Hana! 

6. Snorkeling at Hana Bay

Hana Bay has perfect water conditions for snorkeling and swimming. The water is shallow and is protected enough that even beginner snorkelers will enjoy this spot. 

Image of Hana Bay with rocks and a hotel in the background.
Hana Bay on Maui.

You’ll typically find calm water and beautiful skies at this beach! You might be able to see some sea turtles, parrotfish, yellow tang, and many other beautiful fishes and sea life. 

7. Road to Hana Tour 

If you only have time to visit Hana for a day, take a Road to Hana Tour. These tours do the driving for you and stop at some of the best destinations all along the way.

Road to Hana bridge on Maui
One of the bridges on the Road to Hana on Maui.

You can choose from a variety of tours as some are half a day while others are a full-day experience. This is one of the most common things you’ll do in Hana! Check out my top Road to Hana tours!

8. Kahanu Gardens

Located in the forest on Hana hills is the Kahanu Gardens: a national historic landmark. Here you will find plants from all over Polynesia, including the largest variety of breadfruit cultivars. 

Image of stone steps leading to a grass shack at the Kahanu Gardens in Hana Maui
Kahanu Gardens in Hana Maui. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

You can do a self-guided tour through these gardens. It is a great place to be outside and enjoy the beauty of these plants while learning more about Polynesian culture. Check out my full Kahanu Garden review.

9. The Hāna Lava Tubes

The Hana Lava Tubes is one of the only lava tubes left to tour. Most lava tubes will eventually cave in, but these ones haven’t yet!

Image of stone steps and railings leading into a lava tube in Hana Maui.
Entrance to the Hana Lava Tube. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

You can go on a tour inside these lava tubes, which is an experience you may not get anywhere else in the world! Be sure to visit these during your stay in Hana; you won’t regret it! 

10. Hasegawa General Store

If you need to get some shopping done in Hana, check out the Hasegawa General Store. This is actually a historic landmark for Maui.

Image of an old, green storefront with a sign that reads Hasegawa General Store.
Hasegawa General Store in Hana Maui. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

The Hasegawa General Store is the oldest store in Hana and the oldest family-run store in Maui! Here you can grab some snacks and souvenirs and continue on your adventures in Hana! 

11. Hana Farms

At Hana Farms, you will find a 7-acre farm full of tropical plants, fruits, and delicious foods. This farm has a roadside stand full of fresh produce and other goodies you can visit if you are short on time.

They also have a restaurant and bakery that will make your mouth water! You’ll find anything and everything at this farm, including hot sauce, banana bread, and fresh produce. 

12. Wailua Falls 

While you do not have to get out of your car to see this waterfall, you’ll definitely want to! This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Maui. You won’t even have to do much hiking to get to Wailua Falls.

Image of a waterfall surrounded by ferns and other green plants on Maui.
Wailua Falls on Maui.

When you arrive, you’ll even find a pool at the bottom of the waterfall too! Take a nice swim in the pool and continue on your day.  

What to do in Hana Wrap Up

You won’t have to wonder what to do in Hana Maui; these are some of the most exciting and fun things you’ll find! Hana is a small traditional town filled with plenty of things you’ll love to do.

Try to spend at least a few days here and soak in all the culture and sun you possibly can!

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