Looking for things to do in Hana, Maui? Hana is filled with waterfalls, beaches and adventure, what everyone wants from a Hawaiian vacation.
Hana is one of Maui’s most easy going, laid back towns that is the definition of living life at a slower pace. Make sure you carve out more than one day to explore this part of the island on your Maui itinerary as there are many things to do in Hana that you won’t have enough time to experience them all.
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Make sure you load up on snacks and have a full tank of gas before you start this journey. Hana town has limited food options and places close early (ahem Thai food truck) so coming prepared is clutch.
Top things to do in Hana, Maui
Haleakala National Park
The first mile takes you past a few scenic outlooks where you can wander off the trail and see some waterfalls gushing in the distance. Plus one of my favorite banyan trees on Maui lives on this trail. I mean check out the picture.
I love the sound of the bamboo cracking and swaying in the wind. The bamboo towers 50 to 60 feet above you and it feels like you’re walking through a fairy tale.
I always pack a snack and beverage to enjoy on the rocks near the falls. Take in her beauty! There have been some fatalities in the past due to sudden rocks falling from above. Take extreme caution when you’re in the area.
*If it’s been raining a lot the trail can get muddy. I always hike this trail in my slippas but every time I take friends visiting from the mainland they prefer to wear close toed shoes.
Wai’anapanapa State Park
One of my favorite places on Maui is Wainapanapa state park. The black sand beach inside the park is a show stopper and the most beautiful black sand beaches that I’ve ever seen.
There is a paved path/stairs that takes you down to the beach. The beach is a mix of sand and black pebbles ranging in size.
I’m not the only who thinks this black sand beach is gorgeous, this is a popular attraction so it pays to come early.
While my friends came to visit we made sure that we were able to enjoy sunrise here and I was blown away. Being the only ones on the beach only amplified the already incredible experience.
TRAVEL TIP: As of March 2021 reservations in advance are now required to enter Wai’anapanapa State Park. Book a few weeks prior to visiting. Same day reservations are not permitted. You can reserve your spot here.
On the list of Hana things to do, this beach takes the cake. The black sand might not be as vibrant as the black sand beach in Wainapanapa State park but it’s a beach you shouldn’t miss.
This is my favorite beach in Hana. Not only does it give you clear views of the Big Island but it’s the best beach to go for a swim.
The whole shoreline is a sand bar meaning there’s no reef making it easy to get in and out of the water. If surf is up bring you’re long board and feel less stress knowing there is no reef to accidentally get tumbled across.
This is a beach for both locals and tourists alike. Showers to rinse off at and bathrooms are available at Hamoa Beach.
Travel Tip: Respect the ‘Aina and do your part to help protect the ocean by only wearing reef safe sunscreen. This is a requirement in Hawaii and should be around the world.
Wandering what to do in Hana besides the beach and chase waterfalls? Cliff jumping- duh! The Venus pools are my favorite places to go cliff jumping.
In order to get here you have to hop a fence, cross through a field, dip into the woods and you pop out at a natural swimming hole surrounded by lava rocks.
There are several rocks that you can jump off of ranging in different heights. The highest being upwards of 30 feet! You could easily spend a entire afternoon here.
The swimming hole is tucked behind a black cobble stoned beach. When you are swimming around you can see the waves crashing against the beach.
Make sure you bring towels, a floatation device and plenty of beer and snacks. You’ll be glad you did because you’ll be staying here all day. Cliff jumping is one of the best things to do in Maui on a budget.
If catching the perfect wave is your main objective then head to Koki Beach. Sister beaches with Hamoa this Hana beach has great surf. Pack a cooler, a good book and let your problems melt away.
Red Sand Beach
One of the best things to see in Hana is this beach. It’s not everyday you have a chance to hang out and explore a red sand beach.
Getting there is an adventure in itself. Access to this beach is right next to the Travaasa Hotel which is a wonderful place to base and style yourself out when your exploring Hana Town.
The short 10 minute hike to get to the red sand beach takes you through a field, down a rooty trail and finally along the cliff that eventually leads you to the beach.
hana cultural center
Inside the museum you can find traditional artifacts that were used by the Hawaiian people and see the Courthouse still in use today. Pretty fascinating and cool to know that here in the archives are artifacts, photos, records and other treasures of Hana’s past.
This is one of the things to see in Hana if it turns out to be a rainy day.
Since these falls are directly on the side of the road, they are busy and per usual earlier you arrive the better. I can’t stress this enough, stay in Hana town for at least 2 nights. Beating the crowds will be easy and worth it.
There is a short trail that can take you to the front of the falls. The trail can be mossy making it slippery so be careful on the walk.
Lodging in Hana
This past trip to Hana I stayed at Aina Kupuna. It was a beautiful, well kept cottage walking distance to two of the best beaches in Hana, Hamoa Beach and Koki Beach. The stay has a large lanai to spend the afternoons reading a book or what I did, write a blog. I mean just look how cute it is from the outside!
Fisher’s Hana Hale
The Fisher’s Hana Hale is the perfect location in Hana, walking distance to Hana Bay, Hana town and the infamous Red Sand Beach. This stay is the entire bottom unit that sleeps up to 4 people. This is a great budget option, costing only $150 a night.
Camping in Hana
You’ll want to spend 1 full day driving the Road to Hana and give yourself the other 2 days to experience Hana’s magic. Trust me, you’ll be glad that you did.
Waianapanapa State Park
Haleakala National Park
There is the Kipahulu campground inside Haleakala National Park. It costs to enter the park and campsites are first come, first serve.