epic adventures to have in hana, HI
Hana can be found on Eastern Maui accessed by one road called the Hana Highway. Getting to Hana is an adventure in itself and driving the Road to Hana is one of Maui’s top attractions. 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 so coming prepared is clutch.
If you’re taking the time to drive all the way out to Hana I highly, highly recommend staying for at least 2 nights. Ideally I would recommend staying three nights.
If you want to style yourself out with luxury and sit in an infinity hot tub that over looks the ocean then stay at The Travaasa. It is luxury at its finest. And worth the splurge.
This past trip to Hana I stayed at Aina Kupuna. It was a beautiful, well kept cottage walking distance to both Hamoa and Koki Beach. It had 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!
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.
Wai'anapanapa State Park
Camping in the state park. Top things to do in Hana, HI
Haleakala National Park
Camping in the National State Park. Top things to do in Hana, HI.
Top things to do in Hana, Hawaii
Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park is located 20 minutes past Hana town. This is Hana’s top attraction and for good reason. It is inside the Kipahulu entrance to Haleakala National Park where the Pipiwai Trail starts.
The Pipiwai Trail is one of my favorite hikes on Maui. This 4 mile hike gets better every step you take. It is considered a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 650 feet.
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.
The second mile of the hike takes you through an enchanting bamboo forest. This might be my favorite part of the hike. 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.
If you thought that the bamboo forest was magical don’t worry the Pipiwai Trail saves the best for last. After 2 miles of magic the trail ends at the flowing 400 foot Waimoku Falls.
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.
Also located inside Haleakala National Park are the Pools of Ohe’o or commonly known as Seven Sacred Pools. If there hasn’t been any landslides recently you’ll be able to swim in the pools. Unfortunately when I was here last the pools were closed but you can still walk around the pools and get great views.
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 @earlydawntravelers 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.
There is a path on the opposite end of the beach that takes you up the lava rock. Spend the morning reliving your childhood as you explore and climb around the lava rocks.
This is also a great place to camp. You can reserve your spot here.
This 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 porter johns are available at Homoa Beach.
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.
If catching the perfect wave is your main objective then head to Koki Beach. Sister beaches with Hamoa this beach has great surf. Pack a cooler, a good book and let your problems melt away.
Red Sand 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 Traversa 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.
Arguably the most beautiful falls in Hana are the Wailua Falls. These falls can be seen from your car as you drive from Hana town to the kipalua enternace of Haleakala state park.
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.
Hana is a magical place and spending more days living in the slow lane is something that most visitors to Maui don’t experience.
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