#1. Paia: Not only is Paia the last place to get gas and a great opportunity to grab a smoothie and a boxed lunch at Hana Picnic Lunch, it is a charming town to experience in its own right.  Don’t miss the laid-back vibe of what is called “Maui’s Hippie Haven”.  It’s the official first stop on the Hana Highway

#2. Twin Falls: Just after mile marker 2, there is a large turnout on your right.  The first waterfall is on the left after a short hike – be careful, it can be super slippery.  A little farther up is a second, larger fall that you may see locals jumping from.  If you decide to try it, be aware that the water below is more shallow than it looks.

#3. Waikamoi Falls: Waikamoi is located just after mile marker 10, and has a reputation for being unpredictable.  If the rain has been falling, it’s a spectacular 70 foot waterfall.  If not, it may not be visible.  The best way to tell if the hike upstream will be worth it is to take a look at the smaller waterfall right by the highway.  If it’s flowing, the larger one usually is, too.

#4. Garden of Eden: The Garden of Eden arboretum is the next noteworthy stop.  It’s located about a mile past Waikamoi, and in our opinion is not to be missed.  For ten dollars per person, you can drive or walk through the gardens.  We say walk – there are over 500 fragrant flowers to be enjoyed along the paths.

#5. Ke’anae Peninsula: To get to the magical shoreline of Ke’anae Peninsula, take a left at the Ke’anae sign just past the Ke’anae Arboretum.  You’ll see the beach after driving through a flat area of land and some taro beds.  Definitely get out of the car and explore here – but watch out for big waves as you get closer to the ocean.

#6. Pua’a Ka’a: We love this state park for so many reasons!  Number one: there is a bathroom and a picnic area!  Also, there is an easily accessible 20 foot waterfall with two great swimming holes – perfect for the whole family.  If you want to check out the more powerful waterfall located higher up, keep in mind that the hike to get there is pretty challenging.

#7. Waianapanapa: This is a small, family-run recreation area with a lot to see and do.  It’s also beautiful!  It’s located just past mile-marker 32, right before you get to Hana.  Check out the black sand beach and the blowhole, and be sure to walk down the path through the hau forest – it’s unforgettable.

#8. Oheo Gulch: Back in the forties, Oheo Gulch was renamed the Seven Sacred Pools in an attempt to attract more visitors – and it worked!  This is truly a great place to get out of the car for a swim along the Road to Hana, and it even has a parking lot and a picni

#9. The Pipiwai Trail: This trail is located just above Oheo Gulch and is widely considered one of the best hikes on Maui.  It’s a four mile round trip, and goes all the way up to an elevation of 650 ft!  Allow at least a couple of hours so you don’t miss the bamboo forest at the end – it’s otherworldly.

#10. Waimoku Falls: Remember the bamboo forest we mentioned at the end of Pipiwai Trail?  Well, there is another reason you don’t want to skip it – it ends at Waimoku Falls, sometimes called the best waterfall on Maui.  At 400 feet, it is an awe-inspiring sight!