A Weekend in Maui, Hawai'i
Looking for a perfect way to spend a long weekend in Maui, Hawai’i, check out this 3 and a half day itinerary to take the stress out of planning your ideal island vacation and leave the relaxing to you. This itinerary is made for adults ages 21+ in mind. When in Hawai’i, always remember to respect the locals and wildlife, leave places better than you found them, and practice the leave no trace principle. Remember, we are guests in their home. Out of respect and guidance, this guide does not include any stops or activities in West Maui. Our hearts go out to the grieving communities and local islanders who are still struggling to recover from the wildfires in early August 2023. Please do not go to Lahaina or take photos of the area. To shop, eat, play, stay, live, and work local, check out mauinuifirst.com
30 Places • ago
Free

Welcome to Maui

Day 1

After arriving at the Kulahi International Airport (OGG) pick up your rental car and begin your adventure. Alternative travel options like a bus and Uber are available, but a rental car will give you the most freedom on your trip. Depending on your arrival time and sleeping accommodations, it may adjust what you have time for after arriving. For this specific trip, their flight landed at 12:15 pm, allowing us a half day for adventures. 

Quick Stop 

After picking up your rental car (we used our AAA membership to get a good discount on a rental at Hertz for the week), we stopped for a quick bite to eat at Tight Tacos Maui just a short 5 minute drive from the rental car facility. 

Tight Tacos Maui
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Super quick service. Not a large menu and very limited vegetarian options. Tacos were fantastic and chips were home cooked too.
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'Iao Valley State Monument

The first official stop on your Hawaiian adventure is the Iao Valley State Monument. Make your parking and entrance reservations online before arriving at the park. There are discounts for Hawaiian residents, and all other guests will pay a $5 per person entrance fee and a $10 per group parking fee. These fees are as of November 2023. Always check their website for the most up-to-date price info. Reservations are MANDATORY.

ʻĪao Valley State Monument
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Scenic hiking area and beautiful Hawaiian state park. Be sure to review the leave no trace principles before heading in. Make all reservations online. During the busy time of year, it will fill up quickly. Tons of people swim in the river here, but do so at your own risk.
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Makawao

Makawao
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For this trip, we elected to stay centrally in the eastern half of Maui. It was the best center point to do everything else planned in this itinerary.
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After checking into your Airbnb, head over to Ho'okipa Beach Park to catch the sunset and grab a bite for dinner. Paia is the best place to explore before heading to bed. You can find great local bites and small boutique stores. There is free and paid parking options downtown a short walk away from everything. 

Ho'okipa Beach Park
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Gorgeous sand beach area. Space does fill up quickly during the busy time of year. Please always respect the locals and all animals/sea life/birds you may see. A great spot to watch locals surf as well. During low tide, some sections of rock are exposed. Please exercise caution if you go exploring out on them. Waves can come up unexpectedly, and the rocks are slippery and can cause major harm or death. Please adhere to all local signage and warnings.
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Paia Fish Market Restaurant
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One of the most notable and famous eating spots on Maui would be this great fish market
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Flatbread Company
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We opted for Flatbread Pizza over seafood for the first night. It was full of large groups and great food. They had some unique options as well as a build your own too.
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Day 2 

Adventure time! Head to Maalaea Harbor to depart for your snorkeling adventure. These can typically last 4-5 hours, depending on your selected trip and what's included. Be sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen and do not get close to any wildlife, mainly out of respect for the animal, but there are also laws against it.

Maalaea Harbor
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Base for many charter boats for snorkeling and sailing adventures.
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Trilogy Excursions
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We booked with Trilogy excursions for a 5 hour snorkeling adventure, lunch and 2 alcoholic beverages all included. 2 Stops in different places in the local area as well for snorkeling. All gear included. This year is their 50th anniversary as a company. They did an excellent job and we would highly recommend.
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After completing your water adventure, drive to Papawai Scenic Lookout to see if you can catch any whales. Whales typically come to the general area between December and March, so there is a chance you might get to see them. If you want an up-close whale experience, boat tours are offered as well.

Papawai Scenic Lookout
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A nice scenic spot to enjoy the view and possibly see some whales.
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After enjoying the lookout, we went to Palauea Beach for a relaxing remainder of the day. It was very peaceful and not crowded at all. We even saw a few sea turtles swimming close to shore. Remember to respect all nature and DO NOT touch or approach any wildlife. You must leave at least 10 feet of space, but more is always recommended. It is great to appreciate the beauty from a safe distance. 

Palauea Beach
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Small, peaceful beach area to relax at and spend an afternoon. Great sand to build sandcastles for kids.
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For a late afternoon snack or a great place to get a drink, head over to the Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. Both Kihei and Wailea offer great coastal views of the beach and the best spots to enjoy the sunset.

Maui Brewing Co.
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Indoor and outdoor seating available for a relaxing place to enjoy a bite to eat or a nice drink.
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Another great option is Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. This location is a great option to grab a drink and enjoy the evening with views looking out at the landscape and sunset in the distance. 

Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
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Unique distillery with great views overlooking the western shore. Limited food menu, mainly pizza available.
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Hawai'i is well known to be one of the best places to stargaze due to being surrounded by so much natural environment and not as much light pollution. For a renowned stargazing spot, head to the La Perouse Memorial and Bay area. If doing this hike at night, we recommend bringing a flashlight and wearing closed-toe shoes.

La Perouse Bay
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Great spot to enjoy the volcanic beaches. Not a great swimming area. Waves are unpredictable, always exercise caution. Wear closed toe shoes while adventuring here, rocks are sharp. Recommended to bring a folding chair to enjoy stargazing.
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Day 3

This day begins at an early morning start of 5 am to see the iconic sunrise at the top of Mount Haleakala in the National Park. This park does require an entrance fee. We recommend getting the America the Beautiful Pass, which lasts one year from the date of purchase and gives you access to all U.S. national parks, monuments, sites, and forest areas. It's a worthwhile perk if you plan to visit more than one national park a year.

Haleakalā National Park
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MUST MAKE SUNRISE RESERVATIONS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME. Time slots open months ahead of time at Recoration.gov For this it is the sunrise experience ticket. These only cost $1 and you can only get 1 per person within a 3 day period. You cannot sell these nor transfer them to others. Recommended to make your profile and already have a card on file to make your transaction process much smoother, especially if you are selecting a popular day.
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Be sure to read the comment on Haleakala National Park above for park required reservations and recommendations. Double-check how far your housing accommodations are to the summit, as it can take up to 3 hours from some spots. We used this to help select a location closer to the national park to make the early drive not as early of a start time. Look up when the first light breaks that day before departure. The first light break is when the main magic happens. If you only arrive when the official sunrise time is, you've missed the main part. Go early as the views will be worth it. This is a national park and there is a PAID entrance fee to get in to the park. It does last 3 days to enjoy for the entire week and gives you access to 'Ohe'o Gulch during your drive on the Roa

If you cannot get a reservation ticket for sunrise, a great alternative is a late afternoon hike and enjoy the sunset before heading down. The summit is another ideal location for stargazing. 

Road to Hana

After refueling, the next stop is the iconic Road to Hana. There are multiple stops along this journey. The back half section is UNPAVED, and many rental car companies won't allow their vehicles here. Be sure to check with them ahead of time if this is part of your plan. For our trip, we will only stay on the paved sections, which end not far past Hana.

Hana Highway
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Full of waterfalls, gorgeous views, beaches, state parks and more, this is an epic drive. There are tours available if you do not feel safe driving it.
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The road, even the paved section, is skinny and full of twisting turns and tight corners. Please always move over for locals and use kindness to other travelers. The Road to Hana will take the vast majority of your day, and depending on how many stops you'd like to take, we recommend breaking it into two days to enjoy it all.

Some spots are on private land and others do not have easy parking. Read all signs before parking to avoid tickets, getting towed and blocking the road. Many waterfalls can be seen from the road. All details about each stop is in the description box. 

Stop 1 - Mile Marker 2 

Twin Falls Maui Waterfall
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Located on a private family owned farm, this stop has easy parking and a short walk to view the falls. There is a $10 parking fee to visit these falls. No free on street parking is available.
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Stop 2 - Mile Marker 16.7

Ke'anae Arboretum
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Well known for the rainbow eucalyptus, this free stop is a great one to add to your list. There is very limited parking here. Short walks through tons of native lush green plants.
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Stop 3 - Mile Marker 18.9

Wailua Valley State Wayside
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Another free spot with very limited parking (only 3-4 spots). Gorgeous views of the whole Wailua Village down below.
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Stop 4 - Mile Marker 22.5

Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside
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Great spot for a picnic under the small shelters and provided tables. A small waterfall, bathrooms and decent parking is available here. This is a free stop to enjoy as well.
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Stop 5 - Mile Marker 32.2

Waiʻānapanapa State Park
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YOU MUST MAKE ONLINE RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME. There are limited entries per day and even for specific times of day. You will have access to the black sand beaches. For non-Hawaiian residents there is a $10 parking fee plus a $5 entry fee per person.
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The lava tube is also very close by here and if you have the time, you can add that to your day. It's a unique experience but with our limited time, we opted to skip it.

Hana Lava Tube
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Stop 6 - Food stop in Hana

Harley’s Babs N’ Bowls
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For food, Hana had more limited options than we originally expected, especially for visiting in early December. We stopped at a local food truck space that had multiple options and easy parking. The food was delicious and loved that there were so many options easily available. Everyone was able to find food that they loved.
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Stop 7 - Mile Marker 45

Wailua Falls
@WeekendPostcards
This is one that we did as a nice and easy drive by to enjoy versus actually getting out to stop. There are no real official parking spots here but you will see a ton of tourists walking in the road. The falls are beautiful but it was one we opted to enjoy briefly.
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Stop 8 - Mile Marker 62

Haleakala National Park - ʻOheʻo Gulch
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Part of Haleakala National Park (we used our annual America the Beautiful pass to enter) you will gain access to the 'Ohe'o Gulch and gorgeous views. The walk down is a short 0.5 mile loop trail. There is currently NO Swimming access anywhere in the park. And the Gulch is closed to direct access. There are wonderful viewpoints to see it all from a safe distance.
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Pipiwai Trail
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A 4 mile round trip hike to beautiful waterfall view points, a massive banyan tree, and a walk through a bamboo forest. You cannot access the water from any point on this trail. Strongly stated NO swimming anywhere in the park.
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As your last stop on your return from the Road to Hana, we ordered Thai Spice to go to take with us back to our Bed and Breakfast to enjoy for dinner that evening. It was the perfect way to finish off the day. 

Thai Spice LLC
@WeekendPostcards
Currently only offering food to go, it was the perfect dinner option for us to stop and grab before heading back. If you order the crispy chicken, it comes with A TON of chicken. Enough to be shared between 2 people.
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Day 4

Today is mainly designed as a travel day back home. Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the island culture before heading home to the hustle and bustle. We spent a few hours exploring Paia for last minute gifts to take back home. Stop in Paia for a delicious lunch bite before heading to the airport. There are a ton of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Arrive early to return your rental car in ample time before checking in to fly home.

Wishing you a safe flight and a wonderful trip

Paia
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Historical Paia is a great spot to grab food, check out the boutiques and just relax into the local culture while supporting small businesses.
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Alternative Options 

Here are a few alternative options to swap into our itinerary plan if anything above doesn't seem like the right fit for you. 

Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours
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Unique tour experience focused on the cocoa bean.
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Paraglide Maui
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Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
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This was one of our backup options to explore if we could not get reservations for Iao Valley State Monument. Make for a great time outdoors.
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A Weekend in Maui, Hawai'i
Looking for a perfect way to spend a long weekend in Maui, Hawai’i, check out this 3 and a half day itinerary to take the stress out of planning your ideal island vacation and leave the relaxing to you. This itinerary is made for adults ages 21+ in mind. When in Hawai’i, always remember to respect the locals and wildlife, leave places better than you found them, and practice the leave no trace principle. Remember, we are guests in their home. Out of respect and guidance, this guide does not include any stops or activities in West Maui. Our hearts go out to the grieving communities and local islanders who are still struggling to recover from the wildfires in early August 2023. Please do not go to Lahaina or take photos of the area. To shop, eat, play, stay, live, and work local, check out mauinuifirst.com
30 Places • ago
Free

Welcome to Maui

Day 1

After arriving at the Kulahi International Airport (OGG) pick up your rental car and begin your adventure. Alternative travel options like a bus and Uber are available, but a rental car will give you the most freedom on your trip. Depending on your arrival time and sleeping accommodations, it may adjust what you have time for after arriving. For this specific trip, their flight landed at 12:15 pm, allowing us a half day for adventures. 

Quick Stop 

After picking up your rental car (we used our AAA membership to get a good discount on a rental at Hertz for the week), we stopped for a quick bite to eat at Tight Tacos Maui just a short 5 minute drive from the rental car facility. 

Tight Tacos Maui
@WeekendPostcards
Super quick service. Not a large menu and very limited vegetarian options. Tacos were fantastic and chips were home cooked too.
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'Iao Valley State Monument

The first official stop on your Hawaiian adventure is the Iao Valley State Monument. Make your parking and entrance reservations online before arriving at the park. There are discounts for Hawaiian residents, and all other guests will pay a $5 per person entrance fee and a $10 per group parking fee. These fees are as of November 2023. Always check their website for the most up-to-date price info. Reservations are MANDATORY.

ʻĪao Valley State Monument
@WeekendPostcards
Scenic hiking area and beautiful Hawaiian state park. Be sure to review the leave no trace principles before heading in. Make all reservations online. During the busy time of year, it will fill up quickly. Tons of people swim in the river here, but do so at your own risk.
Add to
Details

Makawao

Makawao
@WeekendPostcards
For this trip, we elected to stay centrally in the eastern half of Maui. It was the best center point to do everything else planned in this itinerary.
Add to
Details

After checking into your Airbnb, head over to Ho'okipa Beach Park to catch the sunset and grab a bite for dinner. Paia is the best place to explore before heading to bed. You can find great local bites and small boutique stores. There is free and paid parking options downtown a short walk away from everything. 

Ho'okipa Beach Park
@WeekendPostcards
Gorgeous sand beach area. Space does fill up quickly during the busy time of year. Please always respect the locals and all animals/sea life/birds you may see. A great spot to watch locals surf as well. During low tide, some sections of rock are exposed. Please exercise caution if you go exploring out on them. Waves can come up unexpectedly, and the rocks are slippery and can cause major harm or death. Please adhere to all local signage and warnings.
Add to
Details
Paia Fish Market Restaurant
@WeekendPostcards
One of the most notable and famous eating spots on Maui would be this great fish market
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Details
Flatbread Company
@WeekendPostcards
We opted for Flatbread Pizza over seafood for the first night. It was full of large groups and great food. They had some unique options as well as a build your own too.
Add to
Details

Day 2 

Adventure time! Head to Maalaea Harbor to depart for your snorkeling adventure. These can typically last 4-5 hours, depending on your selected trip and what's included. Be sure to pack reef-safe sunscreen and do not get close to any wildlife, mainly out of respect for the animal, but there are also laws against it.

Maalaea Harbor
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Base for many charter boats for snorkeling and sailing adventures.
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Trilogy Excursions
@WeekendPostcards
We booked with Trilogy excursions for a 5 hour snorkeling adventure, lunch and 2 alcoholic beverages all included. 2 Stops in different places in the local area as well for snorkeling. All gear included. This year is their 50th anniversary as a company. They did an excellent job and we would highly recommend.
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After completing your water adventure, drive to Papawai Scenic Lookout to see if you can catch any whales. Whales typically come to the general area between December and March, so there is a chance you might get to see them. If you want an up-close whale experience, boat tours are offered as well.

Papawai Scenic Lookout
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A nice scenic spot to enjoy the view and possibly see some whales.
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After enjoying the lookout, we went to Palauea Beach for a relaxing remainder of the day. It was very peaceful and not crowded at all. We even saw a few sea turtles swimming close to shore. Remember to respect all nature and DO NOT touch or approach any wildlife. You must leave at least 10 feet of space, but more is always recommended. It is great to appreciate the beauty from a safe distance. 

Palauea Beach
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Small, peaceful beach area to relax at and spend an afternoon. Great sand to build sandcastles for kids.
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For a late afternoon snack or a great place to get a drink, head over to the Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. Both Kihei and Wailea offer great coastal views of the beach and the best spots to enjoy the sunset.

Maui Brewing Co.
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Indoor and outdoor seating available for a relaxing place to enjoy a bite to eat or a nice drink.
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Another great option is Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery. This location is a great option to grab a drink and enjoy the evening with views looking out at the landscape and sunset in the distance. 

Ocean Vodka Organic Farm and Distillery
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Unique distillery with great views overlooking the western shore. Limited food menu, mainly pizza available.
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Hawai'i is well known to be one of the best places to stargaze due to being surrounded by so much natural environment and not as much light pollution. For a renowned stargazing spot, head to the La Perouse Memorial and Bay area. If doing this hike at night, we recommend bringing a flashlight and wearing closed-toe shoes.

La Perouse Bay
@WeekendPostcards
Great spot to enjoy the volcanic beaches. Not a great swimming area. Waves are unpredictable, always exercise caution. Wear closed toe shoes while adventuring here, rocks are sharp. Recommended to bring a folding chair to enjoy stargazing.
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Day 3

This day begins at an early morning start of 5 am to see the iconic sunrise at the top of Mount Haleakala in the National Park. This park does require an entrance fee. We recommend getting the America the Beautiful Pass, which lasts one year from the date of purchase and gives you access to all U.S. national parks, monuments, sites, and forest areas. It's a worthwhile perk if you plan to visit more than one national park a year.

Haleakalā National Park
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MUST MAKE SUNRISE RESERVATIONS ONLINE AHEAD OF TIME. Time slots open months ahead of time at Recoration.gov For this it is the sunrise experience ticket. These only cost $1 and you can only get 1 per person within a 3 day period. You cannot sell these nor transfer them to others. Recommended to make your profile and already have a card on file to make your transaction process much smoother, especially if you are selecting a popular day.
Add to
Details

Be sure to read the comment on Haleakala National Park above for park required reservations and recommendations. Double-check how far your housing accommodations are to the summit, as it can take up to 3 hours from some spots. We used this to help select a location closer to the national park to make the early drive not as early of a start time. Look up when the first light breaks that day before departure. The first light break is when the main magic happens. If you only arrive when the official sunrise time is, you've missed the main part. Go early as the views will be worth it. This is a national park and there is a PAID entrance fee to get in to the park. It does last 3 days to enjoy for the entire week and gives you access to 'Ohe'o Gulch during your drive on the Roa

If you cannot get a reservation ticket for sunrise, a great alternative is a late afternoon hike and enjoy the sunset before heading down. The summit is another ideal location for stargazing. 

Road to Hana

After refueling, the next stop is the iconic Road to Hana. There are multiple stops along this journey. The back half section is UNPAVED, and many rental car companies won't allow their vehicles here. Be sure to check with them ahead of time if this is part of your plan. For our trip, we will only stay on the paved sections, which end not far past Hana.

Hana Highway
@WeekendPostcards
Full of waterfalls, gorgeous views, beaches, state parks and more, this is an epic drive. There are tours available if you do not feel safe driving it.
Add to
Details

The road, even the paved section, is skinny and full of twisting turns and tight corners. Please always move over for locals and use kindness to other travelers. The Road to Hana will take the vast majority of your day, and depending on how many stops you'd like to take, we recommend breaking it into two days to enjoy it all.

Some spots are on private land and others do not have easy parking. Read all signs before parking to avoid tickets, getting towed and blocking the road. Many waterfalls can be seen from the road. All details about each stop is in the description box. 

Stop 1 - Mile Marker 2 

Twin Falls Maui Waterfall
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Located on a private family owned farm, this stop has easy parking and a short walk to view the falls. There is a $10 parking fee to visit these falls. No free on street parking is available.
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Stop 2 - Mile Marker 16.7

Ke'anae Arboretum
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Well known for the rainbow eucalyptus, this free stop is a great one to add to your list. There is very limited parking here. Short walks through tons of native lush green plants.
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Stop 3 - Mile Marker 18.9

Wailua Valley State Wayside
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Another free spot with very limited parking (only 3-4 spots). Gorgeous views of the whole Wailua Village down below.
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Stop 4 - Mile Marker 22.5

Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside
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Great spot for a picnic under the small shelters and provided tables. A small waterfall, bathrooms and decent parking is available here. This is a free stop to enjoy as well.
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Stop 5 - Mile Marker 32.2

Waiʻānapanapa State Park
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YOU MUST MAKE ONLINE RESERVATIONS AHEAD OF TIME. There are limited entries per day and even for specific times of day. You will have access to the black sand beaches. For non-Hawaiian residents there is a $10 parking fee plus a $5 entry fee per person.
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The lava tube is also very close by here and if you have the time, you can add that to your day. It's a unique experience but with our limited time, we opted to skip it.

Hana Lava Tube
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Stop 6 - Food stop in Hana

Harley’s Babs N’ Bowls
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For food, Hana had more limited options than we originally expected, especially for visiting in early December. We stopped at a local food truck space that had multiple options and easy parking. The food was delicious and loved that there were so many options easily available. Everyone was able to find food that they loved.
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Stop 7 - Mile Marker 45

Wailua Falls
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This is one that we did as a nice and easy drive by to enjoy versus actually getting out to stop. There are no real official parking spots here but you will see a ton of tourists walking in the road. The falls are beautiful but it was one we opted to enjoy briefly.
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Stop 8 - Mile Marker 62

Haleakala National Park - ʻOheʻo Gulch
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Part of Haleakala National Park (we used our annual America the Beautiful pass to enter) you will gain access to the 'Ohe'o Gulch and gorgeous views. The walk down is a short 0.5 mile loop trail. There is currently NO Swimming access anywhere in the park. And the Gulch is closed to direct access. There are wonderful viewpoints to see it all from a safe distance.
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Pipiwai Trail
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A 4 mile round trip hike to beautiful waterfall view points, a massive banyan tree, and a walk through a bamboo forest. You cannot access the water from any point on this trail. Strongly stated NO swimming anywhere in the park.
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As your last stop on your return from the Road to Hana, we ordered Thai Spice to go to take with us back to our Bed and Breakfast to enjoy for dinner that evening. It was the perfect way to finish off the day. 

Thai Spice LLC
@WeekendPostcards
Currently only offering food to go, it was the perfect dinner option for us to stop and grab before heading back. If you order the crispy chicken, it comes with A TON of chicken. Enough to be shared between 2 people.
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Details

Day 4

Today is mainly designed as a travel day back home. Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the island culture before heading home to the hustle and bustle. We spent a few hours exploring Paia for last minute gifts to take back home. Stop in Paia for a delicious lunch bite before heading to the airport. There are a ton of restaurants and cafes to choose from. Arrive early to return your rental car in ample time before checking in to fly home.

Wishing you a safe flight and a wonderful trip

Paia
@WeekendPostcards
Historical Paia is a great spot to grab food, check out the boutiques and just relax into the local culture while supporting small businesses.
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Alternative Options 

Here are a few alternative options to swap into our itinerary plan if anything above doesn't seem like the right fit for you. 

Maui Chocolate Coffee Tours
@WeekendPostcards
Unique tour experience focused on the cocoa bean.
Add to
Details
Paraglide Maui
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
@WeekendPostcards
This was one of our backup options to explore if we could not get reservations for Iao Valley State Monument. Make for a great time outdoors.
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Hi travelers! I am here to help you enjoy your weekend trips to the fullest to cities near, far, or even in your backyard. Currently:📍Michigan, U.S.A. New thatch guides coming soon: Cinque Terre, Italy Just Posted: Evansville, IN & San Diego, CA Upcoming Trips: European Summer ---------- About Me: Michigander at heart but currently traveling the world one week at a time for work. I specialize in budget, outdoor, weekend trips and adventure travel. When not on the road, I am down to spend the day exploring the local city scene. I try to make the most of every work trip by sharing adventures, grand or niche, to encourage others to get out there and embrace what the world has to offer. I love connecting with people from all around the world. Feel free to say hi over on Instagram @weekendpostcards My travel pillars are: - Try at least ONE new thing each trip - Take a walking tour or a local hike - Enjoy every sunset - Explore the places off the beaten path - Avid traveler (14 Countries, 44 States, 24 U.S. National Parks & countless cities) Bucket list items: Ride in a hot air balloon & visit all 50 U.S. states. — Check out my free and paid thatch travel guides on my profile, or for a customized itinerary for any of the locations featured, shoot me a message so we can connect. Let's explore!
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