Hana is considered “Real Hawaii,” and has remained relatively unchanged when compared to the rest of Hawaii's development. The people of Hana have fought very hard to keep Hana the same home they grew up in: pristine and under-developed. “Road to Hana” tours, of course, always include the charming town of Hana.
The original Hana Highway was first completed in 1926 and was less a highway and more a simple 1-lane gravel road. This provided the first access to the town by car or trucks.
Originally home to sugarcane plantations sine the 1850’s, the area became more of a tourist spot when the Ka'uiki Inn opened in 1946. The hotel is still in operation, now known as the Travaasa Hana Resort and Spa, and is one of the biggest employers in Hana.
Points of interest in Hana include the Hana Cultural Center & Museum, Kahanu Garden, Kaia Ranch Tropical Botanical Gardens, Hana Beach Park, Hamoa Beach, Wai'anapanapa State Park, and Hasegawa General Store. The Hasegawa General Store is one of the most interesting shopping experiences on Maui with many items marked “Uniquely Hana.” It’s the perfect pit stop on the road to Hana for food, drinks, souvenirs, and more. If you’re looking for a bite to eat in Hana, check out the Hana Ranch Store, Ka'uiki Restaurant, or Paniolo Lounge.