Hana is one of the few places in Hawaii where the land and the culture has remained almost untouched for hundreds of years. Travel the Road to Hana and arrive in the past.
Much of the land in Hana Town is used for farming or raising cattle and other livestock. Ownership is divided into large parcels, which for the most part have been owned by the same families for generations.
For an uncrowded, intimate look into ancient Hawaii, Kings Gardens Maui offers daily walking/hiking tours through some of Hana Highway’s ancient farming grounds as well as the very first waterfalls along the Road to Hana. Learn more about ancient Hawaii’s taro farming practices, and be treated to an overlook of the impressive Kings Waterfall. On their chocolate tour, take part in a special tasting of chocolates from around the world, and let a seasoned local guide lead the way on this unfussy walking tour through this private estate’s lush rainforest area. Located at a secret exclusive location along the Road to Hana, choose from any one of their daily tours. This tour still requires some development, but they say the trail down to the waterfall will be open soon.
Tourism shares a tiny percentage of the economy in Hana, so the town people are generally not all that open to visitors coming through. But, because of tourist van tours and descriptive guide books, Hana sees a regular flow of tourists coming through.
While in Hana, be respectful and make sure to contribute to the local economy by purchasing the banana bread and getting supplies at the local general store.
Their economy mostly relies on farming and cattle, but a portion of Hana residents work in Kahului town by making the long drive each day. This is why we suggest being very careful with your driving to and from Hana. The locals know the road backwards and forwards and are comfortable driving a lot faster than you. If anyone is driving fast behind you, pull off somewhere safe and let them pass.
The Road to Hana is considered to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. They’re right! On it, you’ll pass waterfall after waterfall, drive through lush rainforest, and cruise along rugged volcanic coastline.
This is one of the most beautiful and pristine places in the world.
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• Hana Ranch Store – They have the most amazing chili. Try their chili rice bowl and put a dab of mayo on it. It sounds odd, but it will make your day. Keep in mind that it will blow a hole through you later on.
• Ka’uiki – Ono grinds are served for breakfast, lunch and dinner over at the Travaasa Experiential Resort in Hana Town.
• Banana Bread – There are many banana bread stands along the way. They are owned and operated by local families. The bread is fresh and delicious (some stands have to bake hundreds per day). Buy an extra one to munch on later in the week. You’ll thank us.
East Maui offers some of the best campgrounds on the island. With epic sunrises and only a short walk, hike or drive to waterfalls, beaches and bamboo forests, we highly recommend spending at least one night in Hana. Go to Maui Camping for camping equipment rentals, rooftop camping vehicle packages and even guided camping trips around the island.