Your first decision: Should you do a van tour or drive yourself to Hana.
Both have advantages: When driving, you travel at your own pace and can stay overnight. On the other hand, van tours have expert guides driving for you, so you can focus solely on enjoying the ride.
For more information and checklists, choose one of the two options.
The Road to Hana is more than just a great drive through a beautiful area of Maui. Most visitors tend to zip to and from Hana with a checklist of sights to photograph. This is the wrong way to do it. Do your due diligence beforehand, decide on a few locations that look the most intriguing, and take your time at each location.
In order to truly experience Hana, it helps to know more about the history and legends of the area. You may find out that there are legendary stories associated with each spot where Gods have left their mark and historic battles have been fought.
Transport yourself not only to Hana, but back in time to the historic moments and legendary tales that shape the islands.
Since our reopening Maui to tourists, this last summer overwhelmed the local Hana community. For those driving the Road to Hana over the next few months, consider waiting till your next trip to Maui. Or look into group tours. One van vs 12+ cars makes things much easier on the Hana Highway.