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Road to Hana – Quick Summary

Last updated 29. Aug, 2013 by .

General Geographic Area: Road to Hana Maui

General Geographic Area: Road to Hana Maui

In a nutshell: The Road to Hana is the crown-jewel of Hawaii driving tours. Lush rainforest, dramatic and rugged ocean vistas, countless waterfalls and pools.
Minuses: If you get car-sick, there are going to be 600 opportunities to review your breakfast.
Sound-bite: “600 turns?!? More like one 50-mile-long turn…”

Just exactly where “The Road to Hana” begins and where it ends is subject to some debate. For my guide purposes, I usually start in the North Shore (Paia area) and end at what …

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Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls

Last updated 01. Apr, 2012 by .

The Pipiwai Trail cuts though an immense and unforgettable bamboo forest

The top half of the Pipiwai Trail cuts though an immense and unforgettable bamboo forest

Rating: ★★★★★

In a nutshell: Pipiwai Trail is a treasure of the National Park System that passes through diverse scenery and culminates at the base of an absolutely spectacular waterfall.
Minuses: You’ll be sharing the trail with lots of other folks.
Sound-bite: [insert hollow percussive sounds of bamboo striking one another]

Taking into account the easy accessibility, the Pipiwai Trail offers, hands-down, the all-around best of East Maui’s most dramatic stream and waterfall hikes.

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Wailua & Ke’anae Valley Hike

Last updated 22. Oct, 2010 by .

Giant Fern

Giant Fern

Rating: ★★★★★

In a nutshell: A nice 30-minute hike can turn into a spectacular multi-hour moderately easy-going hiking adventure. Graded un-paved access road passes for miles through an undeveloped Eden of Maui rainforest and watershed.
Minuses: Access may require permission from EMI. On weekends you might encounter boar hunters and their pit bulls.
Sound-bite: “Yesterday I found the best hike on Maui that I’ve done.”

You can make this hike what you want of it. You can dip in a cool, fresh pool complete with dramatic waterfall in …

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Awapuhi Adventures

Last updated 19. Jul, 2013 by .



Jumping into a tidepool

Jumping into a tidepool

Rating: ★★★★★

In a nutshell: Highly personalized touring, hiking and adventures.
Minuses: High quality isn’t ever cheap.
Sound-bite: “We all felt like we had done something truly amazing, adventurous and memorable.”

Awapuhi Adventures is a small one-woman operation, and let me be the first to tell you that one woman is precisely who makes it so spectacular. Alicia (owner and guide) is a well versed naturalist and has such a passion for the island that is is infectious. Alicia also takes the time to understand your abilities, needs and desires before she designs the perfect adventure for you. Since this is such a…Continue Reading

Personalized private guided hiking tours.
Depends on party size.

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Twin Falls

Last updated 18. Apr, 2011 by .

Twin Falls

"Caveman" at Twin Falls

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Twin Falls is the first easily accessible string of waterfalls and pools on the Road to Hana. It also has one of the better snack stands on the journey. Twin falls is typically underrated by guidebooks, and is a worthy stop.
Minuses: You must budget your time properly here if you are cramming the Road to Hana into only one day.
Sound-bite: “How much further to the falls?”

Okay, why in the world does the most popular guidebook for Maui tell …

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Jaws (Surf Break aka Pe’ahi)

Last updated 26. Jan, 2015 by .

When the North Shore surf is big, Jaws is gigantic.

When the North Shore surf is big, Jaws is gigantic.

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: The biggest wave surfed in the world each year has been at Pe’ahi more than any other place.
Minuses: The access road can be 4WD
Sound-bite: [crashing waves, cheers and helicopters]

Disclaimer on the rating:
Pe’ahi is only “must-see spectacular” when the North Shore is having monster surf (look for high surf warnings and consult the real-time wave data chart below.)

Key Info:
Mile Marker: Between #13 & 14 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 36)
GPS Coordinates:

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Na’ili’ili Haele Stream & Waterfalls (aka “Bamboo Forest”)

Last updated 01. Aug, 2012 by .

A Na'ili'ili haele waterfall

Na'ili'ili haele waterfall #3 (or #2, depending how wet it has been.)

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Na’ili’ili Haele, for most, will be a nice short hike to two or three waterfalls and pools. The more able hikers will be rewarded with more significant sights.
Minuses: Access may be restricted by EMI. Can become dangerous to nearly impossible depending on conditions/how far you go.
Sound-bite: “Is that really a ladder?”

This is a great place for everyone from the novice to the extreme hiker, and everyone in between – you …

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Nakalele Point, Blowhole & “Acid War Zone”

Last updated 10. Feb, 2013 by .

A tall blast at high tide.

A tall blast at high tide.

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Blowhole and scenic rugged coastline hike.
Minuses: If you’re not sure-footed parts of the trail can be challenging.
Sound-bite: [hssssst….BLAST!]

If you’re looking at the map below, first thing you’ll notice are two parking areas with trails to the blowhole. If you’re less mobile or traveling with little ones, the closer area at the 38.5mm would probably be your best choice. This area is also overlooking the blowhole so those who prefer can view it from a distance without having …

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Keokea through Ulupalakua

Last updated 30. Mar, 2014 by .

Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Tedeschi Winery tasting room

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A hearty breakfast or lunch, then off for scenic vistas, and wine tasting.
Minuses: The road in Ulupalakua is unforgiving if you become over-enthusiastic during the wine tasting!
Sound-bite: “They should call this ‘Paniolo soul food’, brah!”

This is a good side-trip to take after a Haleakala Crater sunrise trip, or during a planned Upcountry exploration day. If you take the back side of Haleakala to return from Hana, you will pass through starting in Ulupalakua. However I suggest that visitors …

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Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach)

Last updated 14. Dec, 2013 by .

Red Sand Beach

Red Sand Beach is a dramatically beautiful scene.

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: A dramatic and beautiful hidden cove unlike any other.
Minuses: The short hike to the beach is hazardous.
Sound-bite: “Has the Mothership departed without me?”

Part of the trail was lost to a landslide and has become more dangerous than it once was. This is not a safe hike for anyone unaccustomed to navigating cliff-edges with slippery/unsound footing.

Red Sand Beach is a dramatic and beautiful hidden cove unlike any other. The ocean outside the cove …

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