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Top Stops on the Road to Hana in Maui

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The Road to Hana is a 64.4-mile highway on the island of Maui. It is famous for its windy roads, endless views, and incredible adventures along the way.

Since this can be an entire day of fun, you will want to be prepared.  First, plan on leaving early and arriving in Paia around 7/7:30 a.m. You will want to fill your car with gas in Paia since there are not many gas stops along the way. Second, you will want to pack a few essentials—a cooler with snacks, lunch, and waters. Then your beach bag with sunscreen and a beach towel. You may want to have your swimsuit on and ready to enjoy.

My family and I have experienced this drive a few times. There are many stops along the way, here are a few of our favorites.

Mile Marker #7: Pay attention during your drive, this stop is just before mile marker #7 and just a small trail entrance. You will enjoy a hiking trail through bamboo to see 4 waterfalls. This stop is an incredible experience. To get to one of the waterfalls, it is an interesting climb. It also offers a rope swing, so make sure your swimsuit is on!

Mile Marker #17: Keane Peninsula. The views are amazing, a perfect place to picnic or buy banana bread.  I love to just take in the view here and watch the waves crash. In 1946 this peninsula was hit by a tsunami and the only thing left was this cute little church. You will have a chance to walk through it.

Mile Marker 23: Pua’a KaaState Wayside Rest. You will find restrooms, a picnic area, and a waterfall. This is the perfect waterfall to take a swim and cool off.

MM #32.2 Waiʻanapanapa State Park. You will want to take your time here.  Continue to explore because there is something around every corner.

Besides the epic scenery, there are hikes, a blowhole, a black sand beach, ocean caves, sea arches, and so much more.  With so much to enjoy at this one-stop, Waiʻanapanapa State Park should be a must on your list!

Along the way, you will find a few food vendors. Yes, we packed a picnic lunch, but we were ready for a snack, and we love to support these hard-working small businesses. Besides, some of the best food can come from small food stands. This one sticks out in our memories. Our plate and chopsticks the cook collected from nature. He raised his own pork and had his own garden for his menu!  Pork, Chicken, Rice, Beans, and you cannot forget the coconut water. It was delicious!

Along the way, you will find a few food vendors. Yes, we packed a picnic lunch, but we were ready for a snack, and we love to support these hard-working small businesses. Besides, some of the best food can come from small food stands. This one sticks out in our memories. Our plate and chopsticks the cook collected from nature. He raised his own pork and had his own garden for his menu!  Pork, Chicken, Rice, Beans, and you cannot forget the coconut water. It was delicious!

The one tip I can share with you is to not pressure yourself to stop at every stop. Pick 5 to 7 stops and just enjoy them! Also, be flexible. You have a plan but when you see something of interest, go and enjoy!

Our first time taking this drive we used the https://www.ther2h.com cd. It educated us on the Highway and helped us select our stops.

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