Hana’s climate is typical of a tropical rainforest, being hot, humid and wet. The weather is similar throughout the entire year, but the best time to take flights to Hana is in the spring and autumn seasons between April and May and between September and November.
Occupying the eastern edge of the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands, Hana is a beautiful, yet isolated destination. It is an area that was first settled by Polynesian people between 500AD and 800AD and is now a popular destination for surfers. Renowned for its rugged coastline, peaceful setting and unspoilt natural beauty, Hana can only be reached via a narrow road that famously winds along the coastline in a series of hairpin turns, bridges and breathtaking ocean views. Framed with tropical rainforest and crystal blue waters, Hana is a popular place to swim, sunbathe or snorkel. Its many beaches, particularly Hamoa Beach, are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the Pacific and are popular celebrity haunts. On the Hana Highway, you can spend time at Kahanu Gardens, a botanical garden that features a fantastic collection of plants and the world’s largest collection of breadfruit. The garden is also the location of Pi’ilanihale Heiau, an ancient temple dating from the 14th Century, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the Hawaiian Islands. If you venture out of Hana, you can explore Haleakala National Park, the site of the dormant volcano Haleakal?. Its tallest peak is said to be the home of the demigod Maui in local legend. The park stretches all the way to the coast and offers fantastic opportunities to watch the sunrise or hike along the numerous trails across the desert environment.
Hana’s isolated location means that if you want to make the most of this beautiful area, your best option is to hire a car. Eight major car rental companies are available at Kahului Airport. The journey along the Road to Hana is considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world and takes about three hours. If you are concerned about driving down the narrow road to Hana, then another option is to take a tour bus. There is no public transportation in Hana, but you can hire a taxi from a local taxi company.
Hana Airport (HNM) is a small airport on the northeast side of the island of Maui and is 3 miles (5 km) from Hana. Although the airport can be accessed by car, there are no taxi services or public transportation at the airport. You can book a transfer to Hana with one of the local chauffeur or shuttle bus services in the area. If you want to rent a car during your stay in Hana, the best option is to fly to Kahului Airport, located 50 miles (80 km) from Hana, and rent a car from the many companies located in the airport.