Maui’s Road to Hana

Maui’s road to Hana is often called the land that time forgot, and after your visit you will completely understand this saying. For ages Hana has fought off over development, which is common on the relatively small Hawaiian Islands, and it has done so quite well. Besides a few updated bridges, some guard rails and a new pave job, the Road to Hana remains, for the most part, untouched. So what do you need to prepare for your trip? Here is a short list of things to consider when planning your trip to see the world famous road to Hana.
  • The road to Hana is the boundary to many private residences and properties, and despite a popular book Maui Revealed, you should not stray from the road. Not only is it considered trespassing, but local residents do not appreciate uninvited guest tromping through their properties to find “hidden” spots along the road.
  • Bring lots of bug spray and sunscreen. You may end up spending some time at one of the pull offs taking pictures and making memories with your family, and there are plenty of bugs that bite and sunny spots.
  • If you do opt to drive yourself, which isn’t recommended, please drive safely. Take turns driving along the road so that the driver can pay attention to driving and know that they will get their chance to observe. If you are holding up traffic pull over.
  • The best option for this scenic drive is to book a guided tour, not only will you get to sit and enjoy the ride while someone else (much more experienced driving this perilous road), but tour operator Discover Hawaii Tours has special access to parts of the road where rental cars are not allowed.
  • Do not litter, not only is it inconsiderate, it is trashy. No one likes to look at trash so take yours with you.
While you’re in Hawaii, and even when you return home, remember your aloha spirit; enjoy your time in this beautiful place and spread the great attitude with a shaka and a smile.

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