ROAD TO HANA
This 64.4 mile stretch of winding, scenic road starts in Kahului and takes visitors to the town of Hana. Stop at one of the many mile markers along the way to go for a hike, and take in waterfalls and scenic outlooks. 600 hairpin turns and 46 one-lane bridges make up the drive. Start at the first attraction, Twin Falls, 32.1 miles from Grand Wailea. Leave before 8am, to see as many attractions on the drive as possible before making the trip back to Wailea.
HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK
Take an early-morning drive to watch the sunrise from the top of Mt. Haleakala, more than 10,000 feet above sea level. The road to the top of the summit is winding, but the view is worth it. It can be quite chilly at the top, so layers are recommended. The drive is about 52 miles and can take up to 3 hours to drive to the top.
Enjoy the spectacular sights of Haleakala Crater, inaccessible waterfalls, and a bird’s eye view of the entire Valley Isle. Additional helicopter tours are available to provide a glimpse of the island of Molokai or Big Island. Tours range in length from 1 hour up to 4 hours.
SNORKEL MOLOKINI CRATER
Enjoy a morning of snorkeling at Molokini Crater, the volcanic crater just off Maui’s shore, rising 300 feet from below the ocean surface. This island marine sanctuary is filled with clear blue water that is perfect for viewing the reef and marine life below. Boat tours depart in the early morning while the waters are calm.
Humpback whales migrate to the warm waters of Maui from the cold waters of Alaska every winter. From November to May, be on the lookout for whale sightings from Wailea Beach. Take in one of the many whale watching boat tours that go out daily.
WAI'ANAPANAPA STATE PARK
Stop at Wai’anapanapa State Park on your Road to Hana drive and enjoy the sights of Pa’iloa Beach, also known as Black Sand Beach. There you will find magnificent coast views, blowholes and lava tubes. Wai’anapanapa State Park is about 63 miles from Grand Wailea.
IAO VALLEY STATE PARK
A National Natural Landmark with a rich history, ‘Iao Valley is located right outside of Wailuku. Visitors can hike a short trail to view the ‘Iao Needle and enjoy a 360-degree view of the park and Wailuku. The park is approximately 20 miles from Grand Wailea and is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm daily.
One of the first stops on the Road to Hana is Twin Falls. Make a stop at Mile Marker 2, where you’ll see the farm stand to the right of Hana Highway. Enjoy a leisurely hike to one of the two falls, where you can enjoy swimming, scenery, or rock jumping. Twin Falls is approximately 32.2 miles from Grand Wailea.