Wayside Gardens: The Road to Hana - Is it Worth It?


The 56 miles of the Road to Hana include over 600 curves and over 50 one-lane bridges, but the scenery can't be beat. There are waterfalls right next to the highway, wayside parks, rainforests, and scenic outlooks of the beautiful blue sea. There are the Painted Bark Eucalyptus trees, and the Hawaiian village of Keanae. Although not long in miles, the trip from Kahului to Hana usually takes 2 to 4 hours, due to the winding nature of the road and the many spots that call out to you to stop and look. Many people drive this road themselves, but there are tour companies that will gladly do the driving for you. Or you can get above it all and go by small plane or helicopter. One of the best no-drive options is to go one way by helicopter and the other by tour van.But the question is, no matter how you get there, is it worth it? If you want to experience Hawaii as it once was, the answer to that is an absolute "Yes!". Hana truly is Heavenly. It's a mostly undeveloped, quiet little town with a population of less than 800. In order to really make the trip to Hana worthwhile, you need to stay at least one night, but two is better. The Road to Hana is more than just a beautiful, sometimes challenging drive, it is the path to the "Last Hawaiian Place" on Maui. There are several options for spending the night in Hana. Accommodations range from the luxurious Hotel Hana-Maui to inexpensive bed and breakfast inns. Virtually none of the lodgings in Hana have TV's in the rooms, and not all offer in-room telephones. There's not a large selection of restaurants, primarily the Hotel Hana-Maui and The Hana Ranch Restaurant.What makes the end of the Road to Hana worth a visit? For a small town away from the hustle and bustle, Hana offers a wide choice of activities. There are beaches of every color -- white or black, gray or red. You can swim, snorkel, kayak, surf, boogie-board or freedive, or just enjoy the view and maybe a picnic There are numerous hiking trails, including the Pipiwai Trail, above the Oheo Gulch and the Wai'anapanapa Coastal Trail from just north of Hana Bay to beyond Wai'anapanapa State Park. There are also many trails at the summit of Haleakala. You can go horseback riding with native Hawaiian guides, spelunking at the Ka'eleku Caverns or hang gliding above Hana. On the cultural side, there's the Hana Coast Gallery, the largest gallery of Hawaiian Arts in Hawaii, and the Hana Cultural Center & Museum. The National Tropical Botanical Garden at Kahanu is nestled in one of the largest untamed native hala (Pandanus) forests in the Islands. And then there's the Hasegawa General Store. Immortalized in song, this is the place for Hawaiian music CD and cassettes, Hana Blend Coffee, Hana Water, Naborly Farms Macadamia Nuts, Ono Farms Organic Dried Fruits, t-shirts, books, videos, and more. This isn't a tourist spot, it's the only general store around. Don't set your expectations too high, and you will probably enjoy a walk through its aisles.So if you want to escape the touristy Maui for a couple of days and just enjoy a peaceful interlude, yes, the Road to Hana is worth it! [EXTRACT] The 56 kilometers of the road to Hana include more than 600 curves and over 50 one-lane bridges, but the scenery can not be beat. There are waterfalls just off the highway, road parks, tropical forests, and scenic views of the blue sea. No trees are eucalyptus bark painted, and the Hawaiian people of Keanae. Although not long in miles, the trip from Kahului to Hana usually takes 2 to 4 hours, due to the winding nature of the road and the many places that call you to stop and look. Many people drive the road themselves, but with tourism companies in driving pleasure for you. Or you can get over everything and go by plane or helicopter. One of the best in the unit without options is to go in one direction and the other helicopter tour van.But the question is, no matter how you get there, is it worth? If you want to experience Hawaii as it was before, the answer is an absolute "yes." Hana is truly heavenly. This is a mostly undeveloped, quiet little town with a population of less than 800. So that's really worth the trip to Hana, you need to stay at least one night, but two is better. The road to Hana is more than just a beautiful drive, sometimes challenging, is the way of the "Last Hawaiian Place" in Maui. There are several options to spend the night in Hana. Accommodations range from the luxurious Hotel Hana-Maui to the cheap bed and breakfast hotels. Virtually none of the accommodations in Hana have TVs in the rooms, and not all offer phones in the room. There is a wide variety of restaurants, especially the Hotel Hana-Maui and Hana Ranch Los Restaurant.What makes the end of the road to Hana worth visiting? For a small town away from the hustle and bustle, Hana offers a wide variety of activities. There are beaches of all colors - white or black, gray or red. You can swim, snorkel, kayak, surf, boogie board, or apnea, or simply enjoy the view and maybe a picnic, there are numerous hiking trails, including the Road Pipiwai above the Gorge Road and Wai Oheo 'anapanapa northern coast from Hana Bay to beyond Wai'anapanapa State Park. There are many roads on the summit of Haleakala. You can ride horses with native Hawaiian guides, caving in the Caverns Ka'eleku or hang gliding over Hana. In the cultural sphere is the Hana Coast Gallery, the largest art gallery in Hawaii in Hawaii and the Hana Cultural Center & Museum. The National Tropical Botanical Garden Kahanu is in one of the largest wild native hala (Pandanus) forests on the islands. And then there's the Hasegawa General Store. Immortalized in the song, this is the place for Hawaiian music CDs and cassettes, coffee mixture Hana, Hana Water, Macadamia Nuts Naborly Farms, Ono Farms Organic Nuts, shirts, books, videos, and more. This is not a tourist spot, is the only general store at all. Do not set your expectations too high, and is likely to enjoy a stroll through its aisles.So if you want to escape the tourist Maui for a couple of days and enjoy an interlude of peace, yes, the road to Hana worth it!
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