Planning a road trip to Maui? One of the best things about driving across a country, state or island is discovering fun holes-in-the-wall or beautiful lookouts along the way. If you plan to drive through the Valley Isle of Maui, here are some fun places to stop on your journey.
Geste Shrimp: If you are famished on your way to or from the airport, you’ll want to grab a bite from a roadside food truck called Geste Shrimp, which is located in Kahalui. Though the humble food truck might not look like anything fancy on the outside, its food had been rated at 4-star quality. If you are looking for comfort food, try a slice of their fresh hot bread. If you need a lighter pick-me-up, their smoothies and jumbo shrimp make the perfect tropical snack.
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve: For those cruising along the Makena Road, plan to stop here to take in the views of this jagged terrain of lava and surrounding marine habitat. The expansive lava fields were created by what can be considered, in geologic time, a recent eruption from Haleakala and are worth stopping the car to observe.
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm: Visitors driving along the Hana Highway should consider taking the short detour to Highway 37 to get to glorious Ali’i Kula Lavender farms. For only a very modest admission fee, you can take walking tours of the farm while taking in deep breaths of refreshing lavender scented air. The aromatic smell of lavender is soothing and relaxing and would benefit anyone feeling run-down or car sick.
Huelo Lookout: On the famous Hana Highway, there are many opportunities to stop and take a break from the winding, narrow road. We recommend stopping at Huelo Lookout where there is a popular fruit stand. Here, travelers can wet their whistles with fresh pineapple smoothies before they check out the view.
Halfway to Hana: At mile marker 17.5, you’ll find another great roadside stop along this iconic roadway. Here, visitors can sample freshly baked banana bread, freshly made ice cream, local fruits and an abundance of other snacks. Since it is roughly half way to Hana, this is a great place for a pit stop.
Upper Waikani Falls: The Hana Highway is known for dozens of bridges and stunning waterfalls. At mile marker 19, you can pull over and walk toward the Upper Waikani or 3 Bears Falls for a close-up view of one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the area. This is definitely a photo-op you won’t want to miss.
Wai’anapanapa State Wayside Park: Around mile marker 32 on the road to Hana, one of the most beloved views of Maui’s black sand beaches is just a few steps away. Here there are sea caves, hiking trails, blow-holes and lava tubes to explore. If you haven’t seen an actual blow-hole first hand, then this stop is a must. The stark contrast between the blue water, white sea foam and dark lava-rock sand is utterly breathtaking and will command your attention for a good stretch of time. Save one of the snacks you picked up on the road and have a picnic at this park.
Ohe’o Gulch: Those who venture past the town of Hana should definitely stop here to view the idyllic and serenely beautiful Seven Sacred Pools, which is part of Haleakala National Park. Here, you can also explore the Pipiwai Trail and trek through bamboo forest to Waimoku Falls, on what is about a 4 mile round trip hike.