Hana Bay


About Hana Bay


As you travel the Hana Highway on your way to Hana Town, you’ll find Hana Bay at the easternmost point of Maui. This striking black sand beach characterized by calm waters is exactly why people say Maui No Ka Oi, or Maui is the Best. With coral reefs that keep dangerous shore breaks at bay, these gentle waters are ideal for families and canoe racing. In the afternoons, youll likely catch the Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Club in action! Snorkeling is also a popular pastime here, where the marine life is colorful and abundant. (Photo: charlesstarrett on Flickr)


In the early 1900s, Kauiki Head Lighthouse was built at the edge of Hana Bay. Nearby is Hana Pier, one of the few piers in Hana where fishing is abundant. The pier was closed after sustaining damage from winter swells. In 1946, a tsunami hit Maui. One of the highest flood heights, recorded at 28 feet, hit Hana Bay.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Maui
  • Duration: Drive-by Only.
  • Insider Tip: The bay is protected by an offshore reef, meaning the waters are calm, and families are comfortable letting even their small children enjoy the warm waters of Hana Bay.
  • Fun Fact: More coarse than white sand, the black sand formed from thousands of years of lava erosion.
  • What to Expect: The Heavenly Town of Hana, Ka'uiki Lighthouse, and Black Sand Beach
  • Pop Culture: Hana Bay is the name of a popular Hawaiian Rum.