Hana Things to Do
Things to Do near Hana on Maui
Like many areas on the island, Hana began as a town that was home to sugar cane farming. Once the sugar cane industry waned, Hana turned into a center for cattle ranching. The fertile land that was once the perfect place for farming now exists as a beautiful destination for travelers and a stunning place for residents.
Hana may be just one of the many places that you explore in Hawaii, but there’s plenty to do in the area so it’s certainly a must-see. When you do leave the area, make sure you take the time to visit some of our favorite spots along the Road to Hana, Hamoa Beach and the Seven Sacred Pools. These pools are popularly known as the Seven Sacred Pools, but when you’re headed to the site, look for signs referring drivers to the Oheo Gulch at Kipahulu.
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Continue your tropical exploration with a trip to Hana Bay where you can go snorkeling in shallow waters while the rest of your group can relax on the black sand beaches. In fact, the beach is perfect for the whole family! Hana Bay also has picnic facilities, BBQ pits, a snack bar, and plenty of other amenities, making it very easy to spend the whole day in the Hawaiian sun.
Hana is also home to a State Park called Wai’anapanapa State Park. Visitors of this park are welcomed by a lush green landscape, contrasted by stunning coastlines and lava formations. If you’re interested in history, this state park has something for you too! Wai’anapanapa State Park has within it an ancient Hawaiian burial site, as well as sea caves where you can imagine others exploring before you.
Also for the history buffs, there is the Hana Cultural Center & Museum which has a collection of Hawaiian artifacts and other educational content and area-specific information about what life was like in the town of Hana’s interesting past.
Directions to Hana
From Kahalui Airport:
Head southwest on Lanui Circle toward Airport Rd. (0.3 mi). Take a slight right onto Airport Rd. (0.6 mi). Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto State Hwy 36 (15.1 mi). Continue onto HI-360 (13.7 mi).
From Hana Airport:
From the airport, head south on Airport Road/Alalele Place toward Uwala Road. Then, make a left onto Highway 360 where you will drive for about 3 miles. Turn left onto Kauiki Street and then right onto Noenoe Place.
Hana Bay is a well-known beach on the island of Maui that offers beautiful ocean views that are protected from the often intense winds and elements. Hana Bay is located on the eastern side of the island, where black sand meets the blue water. The beach is known for being one of the safer ocean access points in the area, making it the perfect spot for families.
Hana Bay is a quick walk (about 15 minutes) from the center of Hana. To get to the beach, simply head south on Highway 360 toward Alau Street, turning left when you reach Keawa Place. You’ll soon arrive at your tropical paradise for the day!
Fagan’s Cross is considered a landmark on the island of Maui. The history behind the well-known cross indicates that the cross is a memorial to Paul Irving Fagan, Sr. who was a highly regarded cattle rancher in Hana. Interestingly, Fagan’s Cross is made out of lava rock.
Fagan’s Cross is just an 8-minute drive from Hana. Head northwest on Noenoe Place toward Kauiki Street, turning left onto Kauiki Street and left once more onto Highway 360. Very quickly, take a right and you will be at your destination. You can park at the parking lot right across from the Hana-Maui Resort in Hana town
Along the Hana coast lies the Kahanu Garden, a stunning display of lush tropical greenery with the island’s mountains and hillside as the backdrop. The garden features a large collection of Pacific Island plants that the Hawaiian culture value greatly. The Kahanu Garden is a registered National Historic Landmark. It is the world’s largest collection of breadfruit cultivars, which are part of the fig family and produce nutritious fruit and seeds.
To explore the Kahanu Garden, head north on Highway 360 from Hana. After about 3 miles, turn right on Ulaino Road, where your destination will be waiting for you on the right.
Thai Food by Pranee
Dive into delicious, authentic Thai food at Thai Food by Pranee! The casual atmosphere makes for the perfect end to a day spent exploring the island. Expect dishes like green papaya salad, tom yum, pad thai, and signature dishes like pineapple fried rice.
Make your experience at Thai Food by Pranee a whole night’s affair with a relaxing walk from the center of Hana to the restaurant. To begin, head southeast on Highway 360 toward Alau Street, turning left onto Keawa place, then right onto Uakea Road, where Thai Food by Pranee will be on the left. Bon appetit!
Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill
Ready for island-style BBQ? Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill is a family-owned food truck that offers smoky, tender BBQ food in a casual island atmosphere. Dishes here include kalua pig, Hawaii’s pit-roasted pulled pork, mahi-mahi tacos, and delicious pork chops. Plus you can add your classic BBQ sides like cabbage and mac and cheese.
Located just a bit further from the center of Hana is Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill. While you can still walk to the restaurant in under 15 minutes, by car head northwest on Noenoe Place toward Kauiki Street, turn left onto Kauiki Street and then left onto Highway 360 where you will soon reach the restaurant.
The beautiful Road to Hana takes every passenger past waterfalls, stunning cliffs overlooking the ocean, and lush valleys. For more information when you’re planning your road trip to Hana, visit our Road to Hana Driving Tips.