Road to Hana Itinerary: Unique Stops To Add To Your Trip!Updated: October 18, 2021
Maui is open to visitors again, so it’s time to cross the Road to Hana trip off your bucket list! So if you need ideas for your Road To Hana itinerary for your next Maui vacation, we got you covered. Check this out!
Pe’ahi a.k.a Jaws
Hookipa Beach is the world-renowned beach for surfing enthusiasts in Maui. But there’s a lesser-known but just as awesome spot a few miles away from Hookipa Beach, which boasts massive waves. This place is named Pe’ahi or Jaws. During the months between December and March, Jaws produces waves as high as 70 feet! However, it’s not an easy place to get to since you will have to pull off into a muddy dirt road. So if you’re in Maui for the winter, and you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle (such as the jeeps of Hoaloha Jeep Adventures!), make sure to include Jaws in your Road to Hana itinerary.
The Ke’anae Peninsula is a half-mile long of hardened newer lava jutting out of the cliff line of the Hana Highway. An old Hawaiian village rests atop the peninsula and boasts dramatic and rugged shorelines of black volcanic rock. You may have already seen the peninsula well before you’ve reached it from the many lookouts on the road. Besides the scenic point, where you can do a photo-op, you can also check out Aunty Sandy’s Snack Bar. You’ll see it after you leave the peninsula, and it’s a place well-known for its deliciously warm banana bread.
Lava Tube Cave
The Road to Hana tour is typically about seeking out the most scenic places in Maui under the sun. But there’s one hidden spot that is still worth checking out, despite its dark and cold environment. We’re talking about the Ka’eleku Cave or the Hana Lava Tube Cave. The Ka’eleku Cave is the largest and most accessible lava tube in Maui. These caves form when massive lava flows cool on the surface and serves as insulation for the lava under it. During the formation of Maui, they acted as veins of the volcano, channeling lava for many miles underground. But it’s been a long time since Maui was formed. Now, it serves as a place to learn about geology and is a great place to take your kids.
Waiʻānapanapa State Park
White sand beaches are a common sight in Maui. But how would you like to see a black sand beach instead? If so, put down Waiʻānapanapa State Park in your Road to Hana itinerary to see the jet-black sand beaches of Maui. These are the only black sand beaches on the island, thus, a must-see. The black sand is created when hot lava makes contact with the ocean and shatters. And while you’re there, you can go searching for the freshwater cave that leads into the sea and the blowhole that shoots water into the air!
Rest your eyes with verdant greens by making a stop at the Kahanu Gardens. This isn’t just a garden. It is also a cultural site and a National Historic Landmark in Maui. The garden is home to various plant collections from the Pacific Islands, particularly those of value to the culture of Hawaii, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. Here you can learn about the connection between ancient Hawaii and the land.
Did you like our suggestions for your Road to Hana itinerary? If so, you can also try going on a private jeep tour to visit all those places above and more. With Hoaloha Jeep Adventures, you can book a private tour in one of our convertible Jeeps. You can customize your tour all you want, and we’ll do our best to give you the time of your life. Book a jeep tour now!