A Tesla Journey with Maui EVs: Top Stops on the Road to Hana

Thinking of exploring the legendary Road to Hana during your Maui getaway but feeling hesitant about driving an EV? You’re not alone. Many travelers share your concerns about “range anxiety,” especially when it comes to new adventures in an EV. Here at Maui EVs, we get it—and we’re here to ease those worries. To show you just how capable and reliable a Tesla can be for your island explorations, we’re excited to share a real-life journey we took along this breathtaking route. Join us as we recount our experiences along some of the top Road to Hana Stops, proving that you can discover all the magical sights of Maui in an EV, completely worry-free.

Tesla Model 3 parked in front of the ocean along the Road to Hana

Journey Overview

Embark on a journey with us in a Tesla Model 3, boasting an impressive range of approximately 220 miles (other vehicles in our fleet get 270+ miles when fully charged). Our day began in Kihei, bright and early at 7:50 AM with the Tesla charged to 90% (~197 miles). This tour along the mesmerizing Road to Hana was filled with must-see stops, culminating in a visit to the majestic Seven Sacred Pools. Even without a mid-journey recharge, we comfortably wrapped up our adventure, arriving back in Kihei by 9:15 PM with 15% battery still in reserve (~34 miles left). Want to see how smoothly you can navigate Maui’s scenic routes in our reliable EVs? Take a look at our detailed Road to Hana map below and see for yourself how we tackle the road with ease.

Road to Hana Map showing round trip to ʻOheʻo Gulch (Seven Sacred Pools) and back to Kihei
Our roundtrip Road to Hana Map - view the interactive map here

Journey Highlight: Our Road to Hana Stops

Kihei (7:50am, 90% battery)

Our adventure began in Kihei, the vibrant heart of Maui’s southwest shore, known for its bustling atmosphere and abundance of activities. This central location is perfect for starting the iconic Road to Hana.

Tesla screen showing 90% charge (197 miles) for the start of our Road to Hana journey

Waikamoi Ridge Trail

 Our first stop was the refreshing Waikamoi Ridge Trail. Just an hour into our journey, we took on this easy 1-mile loop, soaking in the lush greenery and stretching our legs in the crisp morning air.

Start of the Wikamoi Ridge Trail with trail sign

Keanae Arboretum

Mid-morning, we explored the Keanae Arboretum. This free-access site allowed us to wander among unique and local flora, including the mesmerizing Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees. It’s a wonderful spot to reconnect with nature and enjoy a peaceful break.

Rainbow Eucalyptus trees at the Keanae Arboretum in Maui on the Road to Hana

Waianapanapa State Park (12:45 PM, 60% battery)

A highlight of our trip, Waianapanapa State Park boasts the island’s famous black sand beach. Less known is its stunning 2.3-mile coastal trail which offers dramatic ocean views and hidden coves. Remember, entry requires a reservation, so plan this stop in advance!

Beach at Waianapanapa State Park along the Road to Hana

Hana (3:00 PM, 57% battery)

By afternoon, we reached Hana and indulged in some of the best Thai food on the island from a local food truck. Hana is a slice of old Maui, where time slows and the island’s spirit shines brightly.

Hana Beach Park sign

Seven Sacred Pools/Pipiwai Trail (4:10 PM, 53% battery)

Our turn-around point was the breathtaking Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe’o, part of Haleakala National Park. Here, you can wander along the Pipiwai Trail to a stunning waterfall and through a magical bamboo forest. Remember, there’s a park fee, but it grants you three days of access, perfect if you’re planning to catch a Haleakala sunrise or sunset later.

The Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o

Paia

On our return, we stopped in the eclectic town of Paia to wrap up our day with delicious flatbread pizza. This artsy community is a great place to unwind, with its laid-back vibe and unique shops.

Flatbread pizza from Flatbread Company in Paia

Return to Kihei (9:15pm, 15% battery)

We concluded where we started, arriving back in Kihei at 9:17 PM with 34 miles of range left. It was a full day—over 13 hours of exploration, laughter, and unforgettable memories.

End Tesla charge on our journey to Hana, showing 35 miles remaining (about 15%)
Model 3 along the Road to Hana in front of lush green vegetation and the ocean

Recommendations for Your Road to Hana Adventure

Best Days to Travel

To fully experience the local culture and visit the charming shops along the Road to Hana, we recommend avoiding Sundays, as many local businesses take a day of rest. Choosing another day ensures you get the full, vibrant experience of Maui’s roadside attractions.

Paia fish market Mahi Mahi and potato and rice plate
Pranee’s Pad Thai on the Road to Hana
Aunty Sandy's Banana Bread in front of the shop sign on the Road to Hana

Must-Try Food Stops

Maui is a haven for food lovers, and the Road to Hana offers some can’t-miss culinary delights:

  • Flatbread Company in Paia: A perfect spot for wood-fired pizzas in a laid-back setting. It’s a great place to fuel up for the journey ahead with their fresh, organic ingredients.
  • Paia Fish Market: Known for its fresh seafood, this spot offers a taste of the ocean like nowhere else. Grab a bite of their famous fish tacos or seafood plates.
  • Thai Food By Pranee in Hana: For a taste of Thailand in the heart of Maui, Pranee’s is the place to go. Their authentic flavors and fresh ingredients make for a perfect lunch stop.
  • Aunty Sandy’s in Ke‘Anae: No trip on the Road to Hana would be complete without stopping for some of Aunty Sandy’s famous banana bread. It’s a sweet treat that perfectly complements the adventure.

Travel Tips

Enhance your scenic drive with the Shaka Guide app, an offline audio guide that provides not only detailed narratives of each stop but also tells tales of the island’s history and culture, making your drive an immersive experience.

Charging Recommendations

While our Teslas are designed to make the round trip on a full charge without any issues, if you find yourself in need of a top-up, here are some convenient options:

  • Haiku Community Center: An ideal spot for a quick charge before you dive into the Road to Hana or on your way back, just ~10 minutes from Paia. It’s an easy and accessible option to ensure your journey continues smoothly, and a great stop before/after filling up on some delicious food in Paia.
  • Travaasa Hotel in Hana: Though generally reserved for hotel guests, the charging station here is often available to diners at the hotel’s restaurant. Enjoy a meal and charge up your Tesla at the same time.

Complete Your Road to Hana Journey with Maui EVs

As you plan your adventure through the iconic Road to Hana stops, let Maui EVs be your trusted companion on this journey of discovery. Our Teslas are perfect for navigating the scenic route, ensuring you can fully engage with Maui’s stunning beauty without a hint of worry about your car’s reliability. From the lush trails at Waikamoi Ridge to the tranquil Seven Sacred Pools, we ensure your travel is effortless and enjoyable. Trust in Maui EVs to enhance your exploration of the Road to Hana’s rich landscapes and hidden gems, making your Maui adventure truly unforgettable. Join us to experience the best of Maui, from its legendary roads to its serene beaches, with comfort and peace of mind.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Road to Hana Stops

How reliable are electric vehicles for long trips like the Road to Hana?

Electric vehicles, especially our Teslas, are perfect for the Road to Hana. They provide ample range, and with strategic charging stations along the route, “range anxiety” should be the last of your worries. Our detailed trip shows you can explore extensively on a single charge.

What are the must-have items to bring for a Road to Hana trip?

We recommend packing sunscreen, comfortable footwear for short hikes, a rain jacket, a camera, and a reusable water bottle. Some ginger chews or motion sickness medicine may also come in handy. Don’t forget to download the Shaka Guide app for an enriched travel experience with detailed narratives and cultural insights.

Are there specific times to start the Road to Hana journey to avoid traffic?

Starting early in the morning is ideal to avoid the midday rush and to fully enjoy the stops with fewer crowds. We typically hit the road by 7:30 AM to make the most of the daylight and quieter times at popular spots. Some people also recommend staying the night in Hana so you have plenty of time to enjoy all the stops the Road To Hana has to offer without feeling rushed.

Can you recommend any hidden gems on the Road to Hana that aren’t crowded?

While popular spots like Waianapanapa State Park and the Seven Sacred Pools get most of the attention, lesser-known sites like the Waikamoi Ridge Trail and the Keana Arboretum offer tranquility and stunning natural beauty without the crowds. For those looking for a swim, Venus pools is also a great spot to visit, though caution is recommended as always when swimming in any natural body of water. Let us know if you’re looking for more secluded spots, and we’ll share our favorites.

What should I do if I run low on battery during the trip?

While our Teslas are designed to last the journey on a full charge, in the unlikely event you need a top-up, the Haiku Community Center and Travaasa Hotel in Hana offer convenient charging solutions. You can enjoy a meal or a break while your vehicle charges.

How can I make reservations for attractions that require them along the Road to Hana?

Some popular attractions, such as Waianapanapa State Park, require reservations. We recommend making these bookings online well in advance of your trip to ensure you don’t miss out. Visit the respective websites or call directly to secure your spot.

What are the best Road to Hana stops for families with children?

The Road to Hana is a fantastic adventure for families. Stops like Aunty Sandy’s for banana bread and the expansive and easy-to-navigate Keanae Arboretum are perfect for little explorers. The Seven Sacred Pools also offer a fun and educational experience for kids to learn about natural ecosystems.

How do I prepare for weather changes along the Road to Hana?

Weather on the Road to Hana can be unpredictable. We suggest bringing layers and a rain jacket. Check the weather forecast on the day of your trip, and always be prepared for sudden showers to ensure a comfortable journey.

Can I stop anywhere I want along the Road to Hana to take photos or enjoy the scenery?

While there are numerous official stops along the Road to Hana where you can safely pull over, please be mindful of private property and do not stop on narrow sections of the road. Look for designated pullouts and parking areas to enjoy the stunning views safely.

What’s the best way to experience the Road to Hana for those who want to avoid driving?

If you prefer not to drive, Maui EVs can recommend guided tour services that will take you along the Road to Hana in comfort and style. Enjoy the journey with knowledgeable guides who can offer insights into the area’s history and culture.