The Road To Hana, Maui
The Road to Hana is a very senic trip to the other side of the island of Maui. The trip is all about the scenery and not the destiantion because, as the joke goes, "There is nothing there." The Hana Road winds its way along the mountainous coast as it follows the edge of the mountain. Believe me, this is no road that you would want to be on at night so plan your trip so that you are heading back no later than two o'clock in the afternoon. That should get you back in time before sunset. This is a one lane road with a line down the middle and you had better watch out for oncoming traffic. The driver is not going to get a lot of enjoyment from the scenery along the Road to Hana because you are on constant watch for cars coming in the other direction. The bends are so sharp that you have to blow your horn as you approach the turn so that you warn cars coming from the other direction.
As much as it is harrowing for the driver, it is a fun trip and there are many places to pull over and look at the scenerey along the way. Don't stop at every place or you may not make it back by dark.
One thing that you should stop at is the Hana Lava Tube. For $12 you can take a forty minute walk through a lava tube. Lava Tubes are formed when the top of the flow of lava crusts over. Well worth the time.
"The Hana Highway (also known as the Hana Road or Road To Hana) is the name given to Hawaii State Highways 31, 36 and 360, especially the 68-mile/109km long stretch encompassing highways 36 and 360 which in turn connects the population center of Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui. Although Hana is only about 52 miles/84km from Kahului, a typical trip to Hana takes about three hours, as the road is very winding, very narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one-lane bridges, requiring oncoming traffic to yield and occasionally causing brief traffic jams if two vehicles meet head-on. There are approximately 620 curves along Highway 360 from just east of Kahului to Hana, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use. That one bridge, badly damaged by erosion, has been paralleled by a portable steel Bailey bridge erected by the Army Corps of Engineers. Signs on the old bridge warn pedestrians to stay off due to imminent collapse.
In August 2000 it was designated by President Bill Clinton as the "Hana Millennium Legacy Trail", with the trail start designated in the surf commune of Paia. The Hana Highway is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places."