The Incredibly Scenic Hawaii Highway Most People Aren’t Allowed To Drive

Maui’s Road to Hana is perhaps the most popular scenic drive on the island — and possibly all of Hawaii. This infamous 64.4-mile highway that stretches from Kahului to Hana is popular not for the destination — Hana Town — but for the incredible journey it takes to get there. Featuring 59 one-lane bridges and a whopping 620 curves, the Road to Hana might not be for the faint of heart, but for most people, it is an absolute must-drive on any trip to Maui. The same can’t be said for the highway that leads away from Hana to the west. Often referred to as the Back Road from Hana, Pi’ilani Highway is even more nerve-wracking than it’s famous neighbor. In fact, many rental companies don’t allow their customers to drive along this scenic highway at all.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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Have you ever driven along Pi’ilani Highway from Hana along Maui’s western shore? Share your experiences and opinions in the comments below. Another highway that lives in the shadow of Maui’s Hana Highway? Kahekili Highway, the loneliest road in Hawaii. Read all about it here.