Does it matter if your driving to Hana in a car or an SUV, which is better? Is an SUV too wide? YIPES! ;o(
no problem either one. I prefer a convertible.
We drove to Hana in a jeep, seemed to be just the right size. The road in spots are very narrow. We passed several large-ish SUV's going the opposite direction, and there were several times we had to pull over and stop so they could get by. I would stick with a convertible or a small jeep.
We went there last 2005 and we used a convertible, it was awesome. We saw few SUV's and it didn't seem they have any problem navigating it to Hana. Enjoy your trip!!!
a convertible would be fun. you do not need 4wd.
Convertible- totally incredible!!!!
Just did the road to Hana, you can do the road to Hana in any kind of car you want. It was a very long and twisting, but no pressure driving. We only went as far as Hana though. If you want an adventure and a MUCH more scenic and dramatic tour take 340 around the other end of the island. We took 340 from the airport area (Kahaului) around to Kapalua and on to Ka'anapali. This was a much more stressful drive and way more beautiful. One of the problems with our trip to Hana was almost all of the waterfall's we passed were dry or just a trickle. My conclusion is THE HANA HWY. (36) is a very winding country road that anybody can do up to Hana. But Rte. 340 is an adventure with very tight turns and very narrow, and you can do it in a car.
We had an suv, a trailblazer, because we have a family of 5. It was fine. I would recommend rolling the windows down though, because if you don't you miss half the experience. We smelt so many tropical smells and we would go around a turn a hear a waterfall. Great experience. We had wanted to go all the way around, but the road past the seven sacred pools was blocked off, because of earthquake damage apparantley from last year. It's really lush and green on that side of the island. Just be courteous and pull over for locals, we did that many times, since we were sightseeing. Enjoy!
We just got back from our trip to Maui and we took the road to Hana, we upgraded to a jeep and it was awesome, definetely had some waterfall fatigue there..ahahaha..we enjoyed it, took some awesome pictures, we talked to one of the bartenders in Lahaina area and she told us the forbidden road after Hana where you only require a 4 wheel drive is indeed passable but we were too late when we found out, if you're in for an adventure, go right ahead, don't forget to get your Hana cd guide either at ABC store or another store that sells them, definetely worth it. Happy Driving!
It seems that every couple of days the question about the Road to Hana is asked. It is still closed beyond Kipahulu. You can still get to the pools but CANNOt go past Kipahulu whether you have 4 wheel drive or not. Before the earthquake you could drive all the way around in a regular car. The county has said it could be up to two years before it opens. I don't know what the person in Lahaina was thinking, but they are wrong.