The legendary road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, but the drive takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours to complete because it's fraught with narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns, and incredible island views.
The Hana Highway (HI-360) has 600 curves and 54 bridges. The road leads you through lush landscapes full of flourishing rainforests, flowing waterfalls, and dramatic seascapes. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the lovely views, so get an early start and take your time on your drive.
Once you arrive in Hana you'll have time to explore this heavenly, undeveloped town. Swim and sunbathe at Hana Beach Park. Snorkel at Waianapanapa State Park, a beautiful black sand beach. Or hike to the secret and isolated Kaihalulu Beach, also known as Red Sand Beach, for its red cinder sand.
About nine miles beyond Hana at Haleakala National Park in Kipahulu are the popular pools of Oheo Gulch, also known as the Seven Sacred Pools. Take a swim in one of these tranquil natural pools or take a hike up the Pipiwai Trail to the 400-foot Waimoku Falls.
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