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Best places to stay in Hana Maui | Hotels and vacation rentals
Are you considering spending a part of your Maui itinerary in Hana? Then this selection of dreamy places to stay in Hana is for you.
The 53-mile Road to Hana, with its 620 curves and 59 one-lane bridges, is a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. This scenic drive features the most stunning landscapes and cascading waterfalls.
Spending one night, or better yet two nights, in Hana or along the Road to Hana is essential to take in all this natural beauty.
I hand-picked what I believe are the best places to stay in Hana Maui and the top Road to Hana Airbnb and VRBO listings. The result is a list of stylish Hana hotels, vacation rentals, and cottages for all budgets.
So, are you ready to discover the best places to stay in Hana? Then let’s dive in!
In a nutshell
This article features a curated selection of hotels and vacation rentals in Hana. It has everything from dreamy Hana Airbnbs to cozy cottages. The article concludes with a FAQ section about Hana town and the Road to Hana.
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Short on time? Here’s a quick list of where to stay in Hana Maui:
The lush landscapes of East Maui are worlds apart from the beach scenes in more popular Maui areas. That’s a direct result of the different climate. East Maui’s abundant nature couldn’t exist without rain. So, expect anything from frequent drizzles to occasional downpours during your stay in Hana.
This side of Maui Island is also subject to trade winds. So much so, that most accommodations in Hana are not equipped with air conditioning but rely on natural airflow.
That also means that it’s hard to keep the bugs at bay. Especially heavy rains draw out all of the common critters. Luckily, most vacation rentals and hotels in Hana spray vigilantly. Just don’t leave shoes or clutter on the lanai.
And a final note before we dive in: Throughout this article, I use Airbnb as a catch-all for vacation rentals. However, I do prefer VRBO as a booking platform over Airbnb. That’s why this article on the places to stay in Hana links to far more VRBO listings than Airbnb listings. Read my informative article on Maui rentals vs. hotels to understand why.
You can learn more about the Road to Hana and the best things to do in Hana at the end of the post.
The only hotel in Hana Maui
The Road to Hana may be legendary, but the town of Hana isn’t that spectacular. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. Hana town is a small, rural town with very few shops and restaurants (most of which close rather early).
Due to its remote setting, the options are limited when it comes to accommodation in Hana. The fact that there’s only one hotel in Hana speaks for itself. Luckily, that one Hana hotel is an absolute gem. So much so, that it’s one of the top honeymoon hotels in Maui.
Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt
Category: 4* hotel.
Location: Hana town.
Number of rooms: 74 rooms, including 8 suites and family rooms.
Average rate per night: $550+ plus taxes and fees. There’s a resort fee of $45 per night that includes parking.
If you’re looking for the most romantic hotel in Hana, then look no further than the Hana-Maui Resort.
This secluded retreat is the perfect travel base to discover the tropical forests, mesmerizing waterfalls, and fragrant flowers in and near Hana.
The accommodations comprise a mix of rooms, suites, and bungalows, all of which come with a private lanai. Some rooms are oceanfront while others offer ocean or garden views. Larger suites are available for families Clocks and televisions have been removed so that nothing can distract you from the spectacular setting.
A gorgeous palm-fringed swimming pool is set amidst the hotel’s lush tropical gardens and overlooks the ocean. An on-site spa, fitness, and restaurant are also available to guests.
The Hana-Maui Resort operates a beach shuttle that will take you to a scenic nearby beach. Do note that, since the ocean on the windward coast is pretty rough, swimming and snorkeling are only recommended for experienced water enthusiasts.
The Hana-Maui Resort is located two hours from Kahului Airport (OGG).
My selection of vacation rentals in Hana
Vacation rentals along the Road to Hana tend to be much more rustic than those at Maui’s popular beach destinations. So, don’t go expecting polished condos and resort rentals in Hana. Typical places to stay in Hana are cozy cottages and cute cabins. (If you like this type of accommodation, then be sure to also check out my wish list of Maui cottages.)
Many Hana rentals are in a rather isolated location. If that sense of seclusion makes you feel uncomfortable, then be sure to either choose one of the Airbnb vacation rentals located in Hana town or one of the Hana cottages that are located on the grounds of a local farm. Wifi and cell signal can be pretty spotty but that’s all part of the charm.
It’s also recommended to arrive during the day so that you can familiarize yourself with the location. And don’t forget to plan ahead for groceries if you plan on doing your own cooking. Shopping and dining options are extremely limited on this side of the island, especially from the late afternoon onwards.
For every Hana Airbnb in this list, I have added all the essential details you need. This includes the number of rooms, the number of persons it sleeps, the license number, and the average cost per night. That way you can see at a glance if the condo is spacious enough and fits within your budget.
Every Hana vacation rental in this list links out to the corresponding listing on VRBO or Airbnb. Simply read through the details, check the reviews, and set your preferred dates to get an exact breakdown of the costs. If you still like what you see, you can go ahead and make your online booking.
Now, without further ado, here’s my personal selection of the best places to stay in Hana.
Psst… At the end of this article, you’ll find a map showing the location of all listings.
The Hana Harvest Cottage is a modern vacation rental on the Road to Hana. Inside, you’ll find a cozy living area and a fully equipped kitchen that has everything you need to whip up your favorite meals. The bedroom comes with a king-size bed for a restful night’s sleep. The beautiful bathroom comes with jungle views.
Perched among the treetops, you’ll be treated to a spectacular birds-eye view of the blooming flowers from every window. Both the living room and the bedroom open up to the large lanai, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery and savor the fresh air.
This cottage is located on the top floor of the Hana Harvest Cafe. Tropical flowers, fresh herbs, vegetables, bananas, papayas, and pineapples are cultivated onsite. Wander the lush garden or enjoy the panoramic views with a cup of coffee, a fresh smoothie, or a slice of banana bread.
Location: Right next to Hana Bay, surrounded by beaches and black-lava landscapes.
Registration: TAT: #TA-090-965-4528-01 | TMK: #140050230000 | License #STHA 2019/0002.
Average rate per night: $950 plus taxes and fees.
In an enviable setting overlooking Hana Bay, is this gorgeous oceanfront cottage. Every room offers unobstructed ocean views and you can fall asleep to the sound of the crashing ocean waves.
Some of the most mesmerizing Road to Hana attractions – Waiʻanapanapa State Park, the Hana lava tubes, Hamoa Beach, and Wailua Falls to name a few – are just a short drive away. The food trucks and shops of Hana town are located within walking distance.
This beautiful 2-bedroom accommodation is one of the few places to stay in Hana that has been designed to modern standards. However, do note that this cottage, like most other cottages in Hana, is not equipped with air conditioning.
3. Keanini in Hana Kai Maui
Specifications: Studio with 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 people.
Location: Right next to Hana Bay, steps away from the shops and restaurants.
Registration: TAT #TA-036-175-0528-01 | TMK #140050400000 | License n/a due to zoning.
Average rate per night: $417 plus taxes and fees.
The Hana Kai Maui Resort is a group of oceanfront condos that’s being run like a small hotel by the most kind and welcoming staff. Most of the units look rather basic and outdated. Luckily, this particular Hana Kai unit is an exception to the rule.
The Keanini unit is essentially a spacious studio with one king bed and a queen sleeper sofa. There’s a curtain that separates both sleeping areas. You’ll also find a small kitchen and a clean bathroom.
The lanai offers front-row seats to Hana Bay. It’s the perfect place to start and end the day. The Hana Kai Resort is set in a tropical garden with a spring-fed koi pond and beachside barbeque facilities. It’s located in Hana town, steps away from the local shops and restaurants, one of the most convenient places to stay in Hana for one night.
This charming vacation rental in Hana boasts two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a host of delightful features. The kitchen, complete with elegant granite countertops, is equipped with a gas range, a microwave, and a coffee maker. You’ll find a queen-sized bed in one bedroom and two comfy twin beds in the other.
Wake up to the sweet melodies of chirping birds before stepping out onto the spacious lanai and relishing the amazing garden views. Tucked away in a tropical paradise, this enchanting Hana accommodation is surrounded by lush jungle plants, creating a truly tranquil environment. This beautiful setting makes this one of the best places to stay in Hana for nature lovers who like a sense of privacy.
Despite its secluded nature, it remains conveniently close to Hana town and to all the main attractions on the Road to Hana.
Location: Past Hana, on a side road just past mile marker 51 on the Road to Hana (follow the sign to Hamoa Village).
Registration: TAT #TA-018-960-7936-01 | TMK #140080060000 | License #STHA 2016/0005.
Average rate per night: $1000 plus taxes and fees.
Next on our list of unique places to stay in Hana Maui is a spectacular two-story oceanfront property.
It features a living room with amazing floor-to-ceiling windows and a fully stocked kitchen. There’s one master bedroom on the ground level and two master-sized bedrooms on the top level. Each comes with a private oceanfront lanai. The eucalyptus floors, koa wooden cabinets, and tropical decor make it one of the most authentic Hawaiian vacation homes.
In addition to its top finishings, the location of this Hana home is pretty impressive too. You’ll find Hamoa Beach which counts as one of the highlights of a Road to Hana trip, within walking distance. Travel guides describe it as one of the most scenic beaches on the island. The blend of black lava rock and white coral makes it one of the softest sand beaches on the East Coast of Maui.
This is one of the few Hana house rentals that can accommodate up to 8 guests. It’s also the perfect place to combine your stay in Hana with some days at the beach. And let’s not forget about the hot tub which makes for an excellent stargazing spot.
Location: Right next to Hana Bay, surrounded by beaches and black-lava landscapes.
Registration: TAT #TA-090-965-4528-01 | TMK #140050230000 | License #STHA 2019/0002.
Average rate per night: $750 plus taxes and fees.
Experience the serene comfort and delightful ambiance of this charming cottage. You’ll instantly feel at ease as you step into the open living space.
This sure is the prettiest of all Hana cottages for rent. Its truly coveted location on the edge of Hana Bay also makes it one of the most romantic places to stay in Hana Maui. Let the soothing sound of waves crashing on Waikaloa Black Rock beach become the soundtrack to your stay. After a good night’s sleep, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the lanai as you relish in front-row seats to a breathtaking sunrise. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of this charming Hana Airbnb before embarking on your day of adventures.
Venturing out to explore the wonders of the famous Road to Hana is a breeze from here. Just a quick drive away, you’ll find incredible attractions like Waiʻanapanapa State Park, the intriguing Hana lava tubes, the stunning Hamoa Beach, and the captivating Wailua Falls, to name just a few. And don’t worry about missing out on the local delights of Hana town. Food trucks and shops are conveniently within walking distance.
Location: Past Hana, on a side road just past the Braddah Hutts BBQ Grill on the Road to Hana.
Registration: TAT #TA-198-460-8256-01 | TMK #140030400000 | License #STHA 2018/0004.
Average rate per night: $795 plus taxes and fees.
Hana Ocean Front Paradise offers luxurious living in a beautifully furnished interior. This island-style home in Hana offers a tranquil escape with its secluded location. Immerse yourself in a cozy atmosphere with an abundance of books to dive into. Ocean views abound from the living and dining area. The kitchen is well-stocked with tableware, cooking supplies, and basic spices.
The generously sized bedrooms and bathrooms ensure utmost comfort, each boasting its own full bathroom. For your convenience, there’s also a fourth guest bathroom equipped with a shower. Wake up to the breathtaking ocean panorama in the master bedroom, which also features a luxurious soaking tub and shower with scenic views. This truly is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Hana.
There’s an indoor and an outdoor screened dining area, both facing the ocean. An additional outdoor seating area showcases stunning mountain views. You’ll love the lanai that wraps around the entire ocean side of the house, complete with comfortable chairs to relax and soak in the oceanic beauty.
Privacy is paramount here. With no neighbors in sight, the land stretching between the house and the ocean is owned by Hana Ranch, providing a vast pasture landscape. You’ll find convenient amenities just a short walk away, including the general store, Hana Ranch Restaurant, and a variety of food trucks.
Note that a 3-night minimum stay applies in this Hana vacation rental.
Location: In Hana, on a side street just past mile marker 31 on the Road to Hana (follow the sign to the Hana Lava Tube and to the Kahanu Garden).
Registration: TAT #TA-149-899-4688-01 | TMK #130090600000 | License #BBHA 2020/0001.
Average rate per night: $539 plus taxes and fees.
Situated within the spacious grounds of Olamana Organics, a 5-acre organic fruit farm, this Hana cottage rental provides a unique opportunity to witness a working farm in action. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with a bountiful basket of ripe fruit. Guests are also invited to explore and indulge in the delicious avocados, citrus fruits, and other exotic delights growing on the farm.
Inside this rental, you’ll find a cozy living area and a small kitchen to whip up a simple meal. This cozy cottage also boasts one spacious bedroom and one bathroom, perfect for two people to relax and recharge. It’s one of the most delightful places to stay in Hana for a couple’s getaway.
This Hana bed and breakfast is conveniently located just across the road from the renowned Hana Lava Tube, adding a touch of adventure to your stay. Further down the road, you’ll find the Kahanu Garden and the Pi’ilanihale Heiau. The tranquil town of Hana is just a short drive away.
The Road to Hana is the ultimate Maui destination for adventurous souls. Embark on an unforgettable adventure in nature’s paradise. Witness breathtaking sunrises, hike along trails that lead you through lush rainforests and vibrant verdant landscapes, and cool off with a refreshing dip in one of the waterfall pools.
The opportunities for exploration and adventure are pretty much endless. Here’s an overview of the best things to do along the Road to Hana:
Explore the waterfalls and take a refreshing swim: Some of the most iconic waterfalls along the Road to Hana include Twin Falls, the Upper Waikani Falls, the Upper Hanawi Falls, and Wailua Falls.
Admire the tropical flowers and exotic plants in one of the many botanical gardens such as the Garden of Eden Arboretum, the Keanae Arboretum, and the Kahanu Garden which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Visit the Hana Lava Tube or hike through Kaeleku Caverns.
Marvel at the unique Red Sand Beach.
Hike the Pipiwai trail to see the banyan tree and explore the bamboo forests.
Discover the Seven Sacred Pools, a series of tiered waterfalls and natural pools.
Eat your heart out. Try the freshest tropical produce, the most savory banana bread and the sweetest coconut candy.
As mentioned before, the Road to Hana is prone to rain. Occasionally, flash floods occur in this region. So, make sure to take the necessary precautions when exploring the Road to Hana and subscribe to the MEMA alerts page to receive severe weather warnings.
Renting a car is essential if you plan on driving the Road to Hana. My go-to partner is Discount Hawaii Car Rental. Their booking process is effortless, with no booking fees, prepayment, or cancellation penalties!
General booking policies of vacation rentals in Hana
There are loads of cancellation and booking policy settings that VBRO and Airbnb renters can implement. So, to help protect you when booking your place to stay in Hana, it’s ideal to look for properties that have the following policies:
Hana Airbnb and VRBO booking policies to look for
Multiple installment plans: This is best for luxury stays that can cost a fair amount. The maximum number of installments offered is three. Try and find an accommodation that offers installment plans, as this can help you budget.
Long-stay payment plans: Airbnb doesn’t offer installment plans for long-term stays. On the other hand, VRBO does. This is another reason why I prefer VRBO listings.
Hana Airbnb and VRBO cancellation plans to look for
Moderate cancellation policy: This entitles you to a full refund if you cancel up to 30 days in advance and a 50% refund for cancelations up to 14 days in advance.
Relaxed cancellation policy: If you cancel up to 14 days in advance, you will receive a full refund and a 50% refund for cancellation up to 7 days in advance.
Cancellations with multiple installment plans: Some accommodations won’t offer refunds for installment bookings. For example, if you have paid 50% of your booking and cancel your stay, some renters won’t charge you for the remaining 50%. However, you won’t receive a refund for the paid fee. Keep an eye out for these policies when booking.
Which of these Hana accommodations caught your eye?
Chances are that you’ve found your dream accommodation for that long-awaited Maui vacation. If not, then have a look at my other wish lists of places to stay in Maui to discover even more wonderful hotels and vacation rentals.
Also, rest assured that all featured vacation rentals in Hana and along the Road to Hana are operating legally with the required county permits and that all suggestions are hand-picked and thoroughly researched.
Places to stay in Hana FAQ
The Road to Hana or Hana Highway is a scenic road that runs from Kahului to Hana in East Maui. It leads along rugged cliffs and lush landscapes dotted with waterfalls.
Hana is famous for being the endpoint of the Road to Hana, the scenic highway with its 620 curves and 59 one-lane bridges, that runs along the East Coast of Maui. Hana itself is a rural town with few attractions but it’s a convenient travel base to explore the untamed beauty of this remote region of Maui.
Yes, it’s definitely worth staying overnight in Hana. There’s so much to explore on the Road to Hana, in Hana town, and even beyond Hana that it’s impossible to see it all in one day. It’s also not recommended to return from Hana after dark because the Hana Highway is a dangerous drive.
That’s why spending one night in Hana, or along the Road to Hana, is the absolute minimum to experience it to the fullest.
It’s recommended to stay in Hana for at least one night and preferably two nights. There’s so much to see along the Road to Hana, in Hana town, and past Hana, that you need plenty of time to experience it to the fullest.
It takes about 2 hours to drive the Road to Hana from Kahului to Hana. It’s a scenic drive of 64 miles. But driving the Road to Hana is all about the journey. The beauty lies in the many stops that you take along the way. The entire drive including the must-see stops, takes about 10 hours to complete.
There aren’t many options to stay along the Road to Hana. Most accommodations can be found in Huelo, near the start of the Road to Hana, or in Hana.
Staying in Huelo gives you a head start on visitors that come from South and West Maui.
But if you plan on exploring the attractions along the Road to Hana, in Hana, and past Hana, it’s recommended to stay in Hana itself. Hana lodging options can be found near Waiʻanapanapa State Park, Hana Bay Beach Park, or Hamoa Beach.
Budget options include Waianapanapa State Park cabins and tent camping sites at the Kipahulu section of the Haleakala National Park.
You don’t need 4WD to drive the Road to Hana. A small car is actually more convenient since the Hana highway has some very narrow, one-way episodes. Plus, parking near the attractions is extremely limited.
A reservation is not required to drive the Road to Hana. The only attraction along this scenic highway that requires a reservation is Waiʻānapanapa State Park with its beautiful black sand beach, sea caves, and blow-holes. You can make your reservation on the official website.
Yes, Hana is worth it. The town of Hana may not be all too spectacular, but the Road to Hana and the Kipahulu section of the Haleakala National Park, just past Hana, are. The drive is a journey filled with natural wonders.
It’s no easy task to find the perfect accommodation in Hana. Most of the places to stay in Hana are pretty basic and outdated. Here’s an overview of the criteria that I use when researching the truly amazing places to stay in Hana Maui.
I always look for properties that have been recently updated or redecorated.
The unit should preferably be located within walking distance of Hana town or near one of the Hana beaches.
It should offer a sense of remoteness without feeling too isolated.
The kitchen should be well-equipped.
Make sure it matches your personal taste.
Yes, Airbnb in Maui is legal but it’s strictly regulated. Maui County defines transient vacation rental as accommodation rented for less than 180 days and requirements and permits vary according to the type of rental.
So always check if your rental has all its permits.
Here’s a list of the different certifications they should have depending on the permit type:
Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT or W) number.
Tax Map Keys (TMK).
Permit numbers starting with either “ST”, “CP”, or “BB”. Exceptions exist for special zoning districts, but none of these exceptions apply in Hana.
PS: I’ve done the work for you. All the listings I include have the correct permits.
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Hand-picked by author and Maui accommodation expert Sarah
Sarah is a seasoned traveler with a professional background in luxury hotel management, experience as a hotel inspector for Forbes Travel Guide, and comprehensive knowledge of the Maui accommodation landscape. To present you with the fine fleur of places to stay in Maui, she carefully scans hotel booking sites and vacation rental platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO, meticulously checks reviews, and verifies rental permits.