Hana Highway

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Hāna Highway
Hāna Millennium Legacy Trail
Route information
Maintained by HDOT
Length:64.40 mi[1][2][3] (103.64 km)
Component
highways:
Route 36 from Kahului to Haiku-Pauwela
Route 360 from Haiku-Pauwela to Kalepa Gulch
Major junctions
West end: Route 32 in Kahului
East end: Route 31 in Haleakalā Nat'l Park
Location
Counties:Maui
Highway system

Routes in Hawaii

Route 32BHI-36.svgRoute 36A
Route 340HI-360.svgRoute 361
 
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HI-36.svg HI-360.svg

Hāna Highway
Hāna Millennium Legacy Trail
Route information
Maintained by HDOT
Length:64.40 mi[1][2][3] (103.64 km)
Component
highways:
Route 36 from Kahului to Haiku-Pauwela
Route 360 from Haiku-Pauwela to Kalepa Gulch
Major junctions
West end: Route 32 in Kahului
East end: Route 31 in Haleakalā Nat'l Park
Location
Counties:Maui
Highway system

Routes in Hawaii

Route 32BHI-36.svgRoute 36A
Route 340HI-360.svgRoute 361
Hāna Belt Road
HanaHwyAerial.jpg
Aerial view of the Hāna Highway
Hana Highway is located in Hawaii
Hana Highway
Nearest cityMakawao, Hawaii
Coordinates20°53′52″N 156°13′20″W / 20.89778°N 156.22222°W / 20.89778; -156.22222Coordinates: 20°53′52″N 156°13′20″W / 20.89778°N 156.22222°W / 20.89778; -156.22222
Area153 acres (62 ha)
Built1900
Architectural styleBasalt arch, et al.
Governing bodyState
NRHP Reference #01000615[4]
Added to NRHPJune 15, 2001

The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile (103.6 km) long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31 (the Piilani Highway). Although Hāna is only about 52 miles (84 km) from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide.[5] There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use. That one bridge, badly damaged by erosion, has been replaced by a parallel structure by a portable steel ACROW bridge erected by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

In August 2000, the highway was designated as the Hāna Millennium Legacy Trail by President Bill Clinton, with the trail start designated in ʻia.[5] The Hāna Highway is listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 15, 2001.[4]

Tourism[edit]

Coastal view along the highway

The Hāna Highway is a popular tourist attraction in Maui. Guidebooks often devote large sections to traveling the highway leading to the eastern side of Maui and document the many waterfalls and attractions that can be found along the way. Some of these attractions lie within or through private property and will often have "no trespassing" signs posted or even signs claiming that the attraction does not exist. All beaches in Hawaii are public. Some guidebooks document the "keep out" areas and ways past barbed wire fences and locked gates to reach attractions.

At the end of the Hāna Highway (actually past Hāna in a clockwise direction around eastern Maui) is the ʻOheʻo Gulch, also known as the "Seven Sacred Pools". This series of waterfalls and pools is located inside the Haleakala National Park.

Occasionally the dirt road past Route 31 is closed to traffic due to landslides. Most major rental car contracts forbid driving this section. However, although it is somewhat rough in places, it is by no means a daunting or particularly dangerous road if taken slowly. Some parts are washboard-like and require speeds of 5 mph (8 km/h) or less in order to avoid damaging the suspension of a rental car. This prohibition in rental car contracts seems more related to the remoteness of this section of highway; in case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts.

Scenic turnouts abound, including one for Wailua Falls near the Seven Sacred Pools in Oheʻo.

History[edit]

The Hana Highway was originally built for sugar plantation workers commuting from Pāʻia to Hāna.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Maui County.

LocationMile
[1][2][3]
kmDestinationsNotes
Kahului0.000.00 Route 32 (Kaahumanu Avenue)Northern terminus of Route 36, western terminus of Hana Highway
0.200.32 Route 32A north (Kamehameeha Avenue)No southbound access, southern terminus of Route 32A
0.600.97 Route 36A east (Haleakala Highway) – AirportWestern terminus of Route 36A
0.901.45 Route 380 (Dairy Road) – Airport, Kihei, Lahaina
2.904.67 Route 37 (Haleakala Highway) – Airport, Pukalani, Makawao, Kula
Paia6.7010.78Baldwin Avenue – Makawao
 16.2026.07 Route 365 south (Kaupakalua Road)
Route 36 / Route 360
Northern terminus of Route 365
Eastern terminus of Route 36, western terminus of Route 360
Keanae32.8052.79Keanae Road – Keanae
Hana47.6076.60 Alalele Road – Hana Airport
48.1077.41Honokalani Road – Waianapanapa State Park
49.9080.31Uakea Road – Hana Bay
50.6081.43Keawa Place – Hana BayFormer terminus of state maintenance
Hamoa Beach52.4084.33Haneoo Road – Hamoa Beach, Koki Beach
Haleakala National Park60.7097.69Haleakala National Park – Kipahulu AreaAccess to Oheʻo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools)
Kalepa Gulch64.40103.64Kalepa Bridge
64.40103.64 Route 31 west (Piilani Highway)Eastern terminus of Route 360 and the Hana Highway
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google Inc. "Hana Highway (1)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/jdkYm. Retrieved August 28th, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Microsoft. "Hana Highway (2)". Bing Maps (Map). Cartography by Nokia. http://binged.it/1sJS6aq. Retrieved August 28th, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Google Inc. "Hana Highway (3)". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://goo.gl/maps/5etqm. Retrieved August 28th, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  5. ^ a b Kubota, Gary T. (October 27, 2000). "On the road to... Hana". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 

External links[edit]

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Route 32BHI-36.svgRoute 36A
Route 340HI-360.svgRoute 361