Planning a trip to Maui? Don't take the Hana Highway!

Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

Planning a trip to Maui?  Don't take the Hana Highway!

Almost everyone who comes to Maui as a visitor used to be encouraged to take the "road to Hana" for a once in a lifetime experience. It's famous for the 52 or so single lane bridges, stunning vistas, tropical jungle and white knuckle hair-pin curves.  But that was then and this is now...

First of all, you may have to pass through the National Guard checkpoint at Twin Falls, where they'll ask you what your business is.  Are you driving to Hana?  Is it absolutely necessary?  If you're driving a Mustang or Jeep, it's probably not that important that you proceed.

National Guard checkpoint at Twin Falls, Haiku Maui

If you decide to continue on your journey, be prepared to encounter lots of opposition, and not many smiling faces like in the old days.

You might find this guy near the start of the road, asking you nicely to turn around.

Hana Highway man with sign and mask

And when you get to the village of Kailua you'll see many signs telling you to turn around.  It might be a good idea to do that.

Residents of Hana are hoping you get the message and don't bother driving all the way to Hana just so you can say you did.  Tourism is a big part of the economy here on Maui, but some folks would prefer tourists to stay away a little bit longer, until we know how to stay safe from this virus that's going around.

So, see you later!


Thanks for reading my Maui blog...

Buying or selling real estate on Maui?  That's what I do.  Let me help YOU.

Georgie Hunter R(S) e-Pro, Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers
26 Baldwin Ave, Paia HI 96779
E-mail or call/text: 808 283-0635

Comments (13)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good  morning, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 looks like many areas of Massachusetts!!!

Jul 05, 2020 04:11 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - I have about 52 weeks of visiting Maui.  One of my favorite destinations.  We did that drive, way back in the day.  This was when the rental company would not insure any damage if you drove the far side. We never did it again!  I have talked with many locals who have certain, let us say, "feelings" about mainlanders coming to their island.  I understand their passion and respect how they feel. Unfortunately, not all tourists do. Now is not the time to take that drive. We canceled our pre-Easter visit this year. Next year is already on the books.  So hopefully...

Jul 05, 2020 05:46 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And here from your title, I thought that they were fixing the road.  For all the times we have visited Maui (not as many as Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ) we have not driven the road to Hana.  So many of our friends told us to fly there, take the helicopter...etc.  And we passed.  Perhaps, next time we will.   Happy Sunday to you.  A

Jul 05, 2020 07:09 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Never been to Hawaii.  Maybe sometime in the future but not now for sure. 

Jul 05, 2020 08:14 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Georgie, I think people should stay around home right now, and try not to spread the virus.   I have always wanted to do the Road to Hana.

Jul 05, 2020 08:21 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Great post. I have done it twice, but I would not want to get anyone sick.

Jul 05, 2020 10:17 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Aloha Georgie - I have taken the road of Hana twice.  Both times as a passenger where the driver was a first time visitor.  Thanks for the "warning".  Stay safe.  Keep healthy.  

Jul 05, 2020 10:40 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have taken the road to Hana, but it was many years ago.  I would like to take it again, but it can wait for a better time!

Jul 05, 2020 07:40 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Thanks for your stories and comments!  Maui will be glad to see you again when you return.

Jul 06, 2020 07:45 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - I have heard the same thing in some other resort areas.

Jul 09, 2020 06:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi June Piper-Brandon - I do hope to take a trip there some day.  I just saw Jeff Dowler, CRS 's sunset pictures.

Jul 11, 2020 05:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - I'll bet you never imagined you'd be putting out a post like this. Those guys mean business! The funny thing is, if I were a resident there, I'd be happy that they are doing  a good job keeping away anyone who messes with the wrong State.

Be Safe!!!

Jul 11, 2020 05:08 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

You are safe from me!!!  LOL! 

I can honestly say that I will never ever have to worry about the road to Hana. Or any road in the great state of Hawaii.

I have thousands upon thousands of gorgeous miles to drive in Nebraska and many times that in neighboring areas. So I am content hanging in this area.

P.S.  Nebraska is open for business if anyone needs somewhere to go!!

Aug 04, 2020 06:09 AM