About Piilani Highway
South of rural Hana Town, the famous Hana Highwaya winding, coastal drive bordering several forest reserves of Haleakala National Parkturns into Piilani Highway at Kalepa Bridge. Piilani Highway, also known as the “back road to Hana”, stretches across Maui’s dry, rocky southern landscape, from upcountry Ulupalakua to remote off-the-grid communities like Kipahulu. This largely unpaved, crooked road features some of the most stunning natural landscapes on Maui.
Also known as Highway 31, Piilani Highway is a bumpy, two-lane road that narrows to one-and-a-half lanes in some areas. The dramatic landscape is characterized by the highway’s cliff-hugging road, blind hairpin turns, huge rock walls and Haleakala’s massive mountain ridges. The highway is less crowded than the Hana Highway, populated by dedicated travelers, local farmers and a United States Postal Service mail Priusthat’s right, the USPS delivers the mail in a hybrid electric vehicle!
The Road To Hana (Hana Highway) was completed in 1926. Piilani Highway, the “back road” to Hana was built during roughly the same time. Over the past two decades, Maui County Government has worked to replace many bridges along the highway.
Facts & Trivia
- Island: Maui
- Duration: 3-4 Hours of driving and scenic stops
- Amenities: Kaupo Store is the only storefront on Piilani Highway, with restrooms, snacks and refreshments for purchase.
- Insider Tip: Rental car companies will typical void your auto insurance if you drive this back road. Unfortunately, if your car gets stuck, they won't offer to help. Be cautious if you decide to drive this roadbetter yet, take a tour and leave the driving to an insure
- Fun Fact: Look closely and you might spot a family of wild goats!
- What to Expect: Kaupo Store, Scenic Lookouts, Huge Ravines and Gulches,