Heavenly Hana. From the surf and sand to the lush, tropical foliage that surrounds its many waterfalls. Only 50 or so miles from bustling Kahului, it’s another side of Maui. The legendary Road to Hana has a view at just about every turn. Trouble is there are a lot of turns. The Hana Highway, HI-360, has 620 curves and 59 bridges. But the views don’t end when twisting stops and you arrive in Hana. I don’t think there’s a bad view in Hana, but some just seem to stand out. Especially when getting to the payoff view adds to the fun.
Hike to Fagan’s Cross
The view looking up toward Fagan’s Cross is worth a picture, but the view looking down toward the sea is worth many more. It’s a short hike up from the Travaasa Hana parking lot. About a mile, but up is a key word in the sentence. Don’t get me wrong, it’s doable and for the most part on a paved trail, but you might huff and puff a bit. When you do, just stop, turn around and look toward the water. It’ll provide instant gratification and motivation to speed up and get to the top.
Giddy up to the Coast
Catching site of Hana’s scenic coast is easy to do from the car, which makes lazy sightseeing easy. Consider trading one Mustang for another and you get access to a whole new course and view. No previous riding experience is needed to join a trail ride with Travaasa Stables. The horses know the way to the best views. Guide Peter Enriques is a wealth of information on what to see and where to eat during your visit. His spirited ranch dog Hale typically comes along for the ride.
*Image of road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii via Shutterstock
*Image of stone pathway winding through the bamboo forest in Hana via Shutterstock