Maui’s designation as heaven on Earth is doubly reinforced on the Road to Hana, a 64-mile drive that brims with sweeping views of the Pacific and thundering waterfalls along the roadside. Mahalo to Natalie Brown for the beautiful photos!

 

In Brief

Of those cascades, Pua’a Ka’a tops many visitors’ lists. Located at Mile Marker 22.5—roughly 40 (albeit serpentine) miles from Kahului—this ultra-green park features a pair of falls that, like the island itself, are nothing short of splendid.

Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park

 

What to Love

Easy access to waterfalls with all the amenities you’d want for a stop along the Road to Hana!  Not only do they have parking, but they also have bathrooms and covered picnic tables with a view.

Hana picnic area

Road to Hana Tours

 

 

What to Know

A short hike takes trekkers to the park’s falls as well as pools that are ideal for a quick dip. Those keen on venturing farther can cross the stream at the park’s picnic tables to a trail that ascends along a narrow viaduct to the upper falls. Do note, however, that this trail is often discouraged, and for good reason: traversing it can be treacherous, particularly after it’s rained. Rain also brings mud to the park (and can lead to easy slippage), while the rocks in the pools are often slick. In other words? As with all of your adventures around the island (and beyond), be sure to exercise caution.

Road to Hana waterfalls

Road to Hana Tour

waterfalls in Hana, Maui, Hawaii

When to Go

Open daily from 6am-6pm.

Hana Highway waterfall

What You’ll Find Nearby

Approximately six miles prior, you’ll pass the unofficial halfway to Hana at Ke’anae, a verdant peninsula best known for its historical church, taro farms, old Hawaii sensibility, and epic banana bread. Ten miles past Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park, you’ll reach one of the greatest gems along the Road to Hana: Wai‘anapanapa State Park, a 122-acre wonder filled with mineral-water cave pools, a bird sanctuary, a stunning, black sand beach, a natural sea arch, and a native hala forest.

 

ALSO NEAR PUAA KAA

 

HANAWI FALLS

Hanawi Falls

 

KE’ANAE

Keanae Peninsula

 

Skyline Hana Tour