Some people recommend driving straight to the Pipiwai Trail, at the end of the Road to Hana, and do the tour in reverse, to get ahead of the crowds. Here’s our take on this. Driving from the start of the Road to Hana to the Pipiwai Trail is about 2.5hrs, without stopping. That’s a long way and a lot of twists and turns before you’re even out of the car.
We say start early, enjoy the journey – stopping at the viewpoints along the way, hike the Pipiwai Trail, and you’ll be more relaxed for the return trip.
If you’re still convinced you’re like to do it first, that’s ok, we’ll point out the “not to be missed” stops again quickly on the return trip, along with some fascinating stories about Hawaiian history.
And you know, maybe the most relaxing way to do the Road to Hana is to stay overnight.