This has probably been discusse before in this thread but I searched and didn't see anything quickly.
We travel there frequently and have made the trip around the northeast side of Maui from Lihue to Kapalua a number of times. We call it the mini-Hana. We like it because we think it has very similar views to the Road to Hana but it only takes about 2-3 hours depending on stops.
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Has anybody done the road to hana in reverse? Starting in Kahului and going counter-clockwise, through Kula, Keokea and around through Kaupo and Hana and back up.
Any benefit to doing it this way? Assuming road 31 is open and not washed out..
The main issue would be that most of the traffic is in one direction, esp. on the way "back"; that is, in the a.m., people are headed toward Hana, and in the p.m., going back to the major tourist locales.
Given that there are many places where the traffic is one lane only, it could be irksome to buck traffic; however, if you spend most of the day seeing the sights, by the time you get to Hana and on the road "home," you will be joining the throngs!
Might be a good way to go, if you want to hit the O'heo Gulch Park (7 sacred) pools for a morning visit first, before through Hana, and seeing all the other sights along the route.