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Paia Town | First Stop
Paia is the last town you pass before starting your trip clockwise to Hana. Lots of people choose to pull over here for coffee, gas, and a snack from Mana Foods. This store is recognized for its wide variety of local, organic products and is the perfect place to pick up some goodies for your trip.
Ho’okepa Beach Park | Mile Marker #9
Surf Park - Basking Green Sea Turtles
From the bluff, Ho'okipa is a great spot to stop and watch some of the best surfing in Maui. In the winter, the waves can get pretty massive here. Maui is Mecca to windsurfers and Kiteboarders due to consistent wind. DO NOT SURF HERE unless you are very experienced and are able to go with a local.
Twin Falls | Mile Marker #2
Just past Paia, Twin Falls is a good place to stop if you’ve started the drive early. (Otherwise, you may want to skip it in favor of bigger, more impressive waterfalls later on.) The hike to the waterfall is easy and beautiful, and there’s a farm stand selling coconut water, banana bread, and smoothies at the entrance. It’s definitely worth a quick peek.
Kaulanapueo Church | Mile Marker 3.5
The very first stop on the Road to Hana was the Kaulanapueo Church built in 1853. At 8:45 in the morning, we were the only ones there, besides the spirits buried in the quaint cemetery, some dating back to 1940. The Protestant churches doors were locked, but the stop was worth a peak around the grounds.
Heolo Lookout Mile Marker #4/5
Fruit and Smoothies
Waikamoi Ridge Trail | Mile Marker #9.5
This is a nice hike with a picnic area. It has 2 loops. One takes about 10 minutes and the other takes about half an hour. Waikamoi Trail can sometimes be muddy, but it's a pretty hike through the trees.
Garden Of Eden Arboretum | Mile Marker #10
Stroll the impeccably-kept grounds, which offer ocean views and all kinds of photo ops — including a 100-year-old mango tree! In addition to the botanical garden, guests can explore a local art gallery, an enchanted forest, and a bird-feeding area. The garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Insider Scoop: Great for people with limited mobility or families. For the more adventurous,
Kaumahina State Wayside Park | Mile Marker #12
This wayside park on the way to Hana boasts a lookout point with a beautiful view of Maui's North coast. Apart from the view, the park offers bathrooms, a picnic area, and various trails meandering through the forest.
Keanae Peninsula & Arboretum | Mile Marker #16
Ke'anae has an interesting history, some beautiful views, and an excellent arboretum. The coastline is rocky and exposed to the elements, so you won't find any swimming opportunities here. The people of Ke'anae grow taro, bananas, yams, and other crops much like their Hawaiian ancestors.
Insider Scoop: Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread is awesome: https://auntysandys.com/
Halfway to Hana Stand | Mile Marker #17
The Half Way to Hana stand is a great place to take and enjoy their famous Banana Bread. Half Way to Hana bakes their own banana bread made from bananas grown right there on the property. The shack also offers lunch options. ATM on site.
Wailua Valley State Wayside | Mile Marker #18
Another historically rich community can be seen from the Wailua Overlook. This is a great spot to have a picnic and watch the views of both Wailua on the ocean and also the Ko'olau Gap in the mountains. It's easy to miss this little turnout, and there's only room for 3-4 cars.
Upper Waikani Falls | Mile Marker #19
AKA 3 Bears, there's enough room for 2-3 cars, but it's a no-parking zone. Once a few cars park, 6-7 more park behind it and take up most of the road becoming a hazard. There is, however, a turnout further up the road where you can park and walk down. The walk is a little hairy because there isn't a path.
Pua’a Kaa State Wayside Park | Mile Marker #22 | Restroomroom
Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside Park. Here you'll find a paved trail to several small falls and a picnic area. A larger falls can also be accessed upstream via a dirt trail. If you decide to go, use caution crossing the viaduct and be prepared for mud. Mongooses (yes that's plural) also hang out at the park. You may have already seen them streaking across the road. Some bright soul imported them to kill the rats that the sailors brought here on their boats. Well, they killed the ground rats and most of the ground birds but left the tree rats. They are now found on every island except Kaua'i.The little creatures run around this area gathering food left over from picnics. You are also likely to see the wild Jungle Foul (chickens) that frequent the area (that is, if the mongooses haven't gotten to them yet)..
Hanawi Falls | Mile Marker #24
Some beautiful falls along a bridge can be found at Hanawai Falls. Most of the time, only the right side flows, but when the flow is heavy, you'll find more falls to the left. Make sure to park in safe areas off the road.
Nahiku Marketplace | Mile Marker #29
By now, you’re probably ready for lunch. Be sure to check out the Nahiku Marketplace. This little roadside market has beautiful gifts like handmade jewelry, clothing, and artwork. It’s also a lovely place to enjoy a meal; you’ll find several food trucks selling everything from kalua pork tacos to Thai food. Don’t forget to buy a bag of toasted coconut chips from Coconut Willy!
Lava Tube Kahanu Garden | Mile Marker #31
The Hana Lava Tube, also known as Ka’Eleku Caverns, provides a wonderful adventure for families and couples alike. Self-guided cave tours are available seven days per week and take about 40 minutes. Plus, the handrails and comfortable temperature make this activity fun, safe, and easy for visitors of all ages.
Also off of 'Ula'ino Road, drive a bit further and on the right you'll see the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. They have the only accessible view of Pi'ilanihale Heiau, which is the largest Temple in Hawaii. This ancient temple took hundreds of years to complete and sprawls over 3 acres. This is a MUST SEE!
How to Get There: Around the 31-mile marker, turn left on ‘Ula’ino Road and drive for less than half a mile. On the left, you’ll see a place to get flashlights for the massiv9*e lava tube!
Wai’anapanapa State Park | Mile Marker #32
The most popular Road to Hana stop (besides Hana Town) is Wai’anapanapa State Park. Between the sea caves, hiking trails, and a stunning black sand beach, you can easily spend an entire day here. We recommend hiking the loop trail and taking a refreshing dip in the ocean before continuing your journey to Hana.
Hana Town | Mile Marker #34
Historic Sophia’s Church marks your arrival into Hana, where the pastures roll right up to the main street. Hana is considered “Real Hawaii” by many and has remained relatively unchanged compared to the rest of the island’s development. The town is quiet, beautiful, and full of history. Some of our favorite attractions include:
- Red Sand Beach
- Hana Beach Park
- Hana Cultural Center & Museum
- Hale Piilani, the state’s largest Hawaiian temple
- Hasegawa General Store and Hana Ranch Store
- Ka’uiki Restaurant
- Hana Hotel Spa
Charles Lindbergh’s Grave* - Palapala Ho'omau Church Mile Marker 41
The burial ground of prominent aviator, inventor, explorer, author, and activist Charles Lindbergh. In 1927, Lindbergh became the first person to make a
non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Wailua Falls | Mile Marker #45
Wailua Falls is Maui’s most photographed waterfall and is an absolute must-see. Cascading 80 feet down the side of a lush jungle, this is one of the island’s most accessible and majestic falls. Feel free to admire it from the road or take a dip in the plunge pool below.
Hamoa Beach | Mile Marker #50
Consistently named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Hamoa Beach is surrounded by shady trees and sea cliffs. It’s a few miles past Hana and offers a secluded oasis away from the crowds. Guests enjoy swimming, body surfing, and boogie boarding in the turquoise waves, and restrooms and showers are available. Keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty; you’re responsible for the safety of your family and yourself!
Huli Huli Chicken -
Koki Beach | Mile Marker #51
Is seeing a red sand beach on your bucket list? You’re in luck! Koki Beach is less than a mile from Hamoa and is famous for its dark, red sand. It’s a favorite spot for local surfers, but we don’t recommend swimming here. There are no lifeguards and the water has high waves and frequent rip tides.
Haleakala Nat. Park | Pipiwai Trail | Waimoku Falls | 7 Sacred Pools | Mile Marker #51
The Pipiwai Trail is located in southeast Maui. It’s within Haleakala National Park in the area called Kipahulu. The Pipiwai Trail is a 4-mile (round trip) hike that takes about 2 hours to complete. If you want to linger in the forest, you could spend up to 4 hours on this trail exploring the terrain and not be bored.
The Seven Sacred Pools within the ‘Ohe’o Gulch are mesmerizing natural wonders of Haleakala National Park. A short hike leads you to numerous freshwater pools that are fed by flowing waterfalls. It’s a wonderful place to swim and cool off when the water levels are high – just be sure to comply with signs and be cautious when swimming or hiking in any stream in the Hana district.
Kaupo General Store | Mile Marker #35 Highway (Highway 31)
This remote little general store is the only stop on the back-road to Hana for refreshments. It's full of character in the beautifully remote Kaupo area of Maui. Like a step back in time.
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My passion for photography dates back to the analog days of film and physical photos. Professionally, my career in photography began in the mid-80s. Over a thirteen-year period, I built up a successful photography company in the Seattle area that included a portrait studio, a photo processing lab along with a school picture and yearbook franchise with Jostens School Products. At our peak, we were delivering 30,000 portrait packages a year and I led a team of 5 photographers. We did everything: Portraits, Seniors, Sports, School Pictures, Dances, Weddings, and Events.
During that period, I developed and refined my photography skills while building a successful business, but with the sheer volume of work, I had lost touch with my passion for the art of photography. In 1996, with the digital revolution on the horizon, I was able to break up the business, sell it off in pieces, I moved to Maui and I never looked back.
Fast forward 20-plus years, and I have come full circle. Advancements in optics and digital technology have reignited my passion for the art of photography, I’ve assembled my kit and updating my skills. No longer encumbered by business ambitions, I simply motivated to share the passion of my art with others. Photography is fun again.
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Welcome to Maui Insider and my enchanted home in the middle of the sea. Maui is an extraordinary and magical destination and I am passionate about helping visitors uncover their own path of discovery of this island I love so dearly. I am deeply curious about the History, Culture, Environment, and Geology of the Hawaiian archipelago and I love sharing my knowledge with new friends that I make along the way.
My love affair with Maui began when I first visited in the 70s and I made it my home in the winter of 1997. After more than 20 years this magical island is still revealing its secrets and treasures. While Maui offers an array of amazing tours and activities offered at tour sales desks all over the island, I focus on helping visitors on their own path of discovery of the uncommon experiences that are not necessarily tied to generating revenues for the Tourism Industry.
I am truly an island boy at heart. I was born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, just a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle. My father owned a commercial fishing boat and I put myself through college working in Alaska for the summers, where I developed my appreciation for a strong work ethic.
I graduated from Seattle University with BA degrees in Philosophy and Political Science. During the 80s and 90s, I built a successful photography business that at its peak delivered over 40,000 portrait packages per year. The business included a photo processing lab, two studios, and the Western Washington franchise with Jostens Photography. My business hired up to 12 photographers and we specialized in weddings, events, sports teams, senior portraits, and of course high-volume school portraits.
In 1996, I sold the businesses and in 1996 I moved to Maui and reinventing myself as a Travel Director, leveraging my business and logistical experience from high volume photography. Over the last two decades, I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States, and even internationally. In 2007, I founded the Eco Preservation Society and our organization supported multiple conservation projects in Costa Rica, my role was to develop the Eco-Tourism program and to organize international volunteer programs related to reforestation, wildlife rescue, and sea turtle conservation.
Corporate Incentive Programs, Meetings and Special Events
My Maui story is not unique. Maui first captured my heart on a college backpacking trip. Many years later, while on vacation following the sale of my business, I decided to open the next chapter in my life on a magical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When I first started as a Travel Director, it was a side-gig, as I was involved in an internet business startup. I became affectionately known on Maui as the "Dinearound King" and I also helped out at the airport and advancing activities. Over time, my TD business grew and by the time the Dot Com bubble had burst, I was a full-time travel director working on programs on all of the Hawaiian Islands
It was exciting times in the industry, the nineties were booming, the incentive travel industry was booming. The scale and the budgets of the programs were incredible and a normal day at the airport saw multiple 500 pax, 1000 pax groups coming into OGG each and every day. the dynamics of the times provided me with a unique opportunity to gain a unique experience in the industry that would today be impossible to duplicate. What drew me most to the business was the camaraderie and the friendships that I developed. I've built scores of lifelong friendships in the biz and it is really the people that I love most about Travel Director work. In the late nineties, the scale and the budgets of the programs were on another level from what we generally see in the industry today. Over the years I have worked on hundreds of meetings and events in venues in Hawaii, across the United States as well as internationally.
Over the last twenty years, I have developed event management skills and logistical expertise working on high budget corporate incentive programs. I have experience working programs at most of the major resorts on Maui, Oahu, Hawaii, Kauai and Lanai. I have worked more than 80 incentive programs with 500+ guests and at least 30 incentive programs of 1000+ guests. All totaled Kevin worked on more than 400 corporate incentive programs, meeting and amenity experiences. In 2001, I expanded my business both nationally and internationally. In 2007, I relocated to Costa Rica to manage the Eco Preservation Society the organizations Eco-Tourism and Volunteer programs, keep my foot in the door in the Meetings and Incentive business back home. Kevin's forte is managing complex transportation movements (7000 guests). I have extensive experience managing large transportation movements, particularly at the Maui International Airport (Still all the same porters). In addition, I have extensive experience with VIP and Celebrity Service, Hospitality Desk (up to 1000 guests), Tour Sales, Golf Coordinator, Food and Beverage Lead (up to 3000 guests), Expo and Display Lead, Dinearound coordinator.
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