Hana is a community on the eastern end of Maui, and it might remain largely isolated if not for the spectacular scenery on the Hana Highway that draws visitors in droves.
Hana Town itself has a small population, although there's a constant influx of travelers. It's hot and humid year-round, but you'll be able to escape the tropical conditions at any one of the many excellent beaches in and around Hana – including a black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park, and Hamoa Beach (sometimes called Hawaii's most beautiful beach).
The Hana Highway – also known as the Road to Hana – meanders more than 50 miles along the northern shore of Maui and leads to the community of Hana. If you've got the time, the best way to travel the Hana Highway is slowly, stopping frequently to check out waterfalls, beaches, and breathtaking views.
Along with the many attractions along the Road to Hana, there are also historic and scenic points of interest in Hana Town itself – including the Kahanu Garden, a 294-acre botanical garden that's also home to the 14th-century Pi'ilanihale Heiau temple, the largest such temple in Hawaii.
Hana Town is at the end of the 52-mile Hana Highway that starts in Kahului, but the drive takes at least 2.5-3 hours – even if you don't make frequent stops – because of all the twists and turns. Plan to take your time.