Hawaii Highways Road Photos -- Hana Highway (page 2 of 2)

This is page 2 of photos, from my October 1999, May 2000, and November 2001 visits to Maui (plus one historic road photo), of the Hana Highway along the northeast and east Maui coasts (state routes 36 and 360, and part of county route 31). Page 1 provides introductory information about the entire highway, including a map, plus photos of or from the highway from Paia near its western end, east to the end of state route 360 in Hana. The photos below complete the journey, over county route 31 from Hana to Kipahulu, where the Hana Highway meets the Piilani Highway (remainder of county route 31) at Kalepa Gulch. This page covers the county route segment of the Hana Highway in reverse milemarker order, from north (mile 51.8) to south (mile 38.6), for continuity with page 1.

NOTE: In case you want more detail, clicking some of the photos below (for now, just some from my 2001 trip) will call up enlarged, higher-quality (less .jpg compression) versions. Those alternate versions have larger file sizes, so please be patient while they download.

Page 1: introduction, and Paia-Hana
South of Hana on the way to Oheo Gulch, the road is part of county route 31 rather than state highway 360 (which ends at the Hana Bay wharf), but is generally considered part of the Hana Highway. The road does become narrower and twistier south of Hana, however. (May 2000) Narrow curve between Hana and Oheo Gulch
Hana Highway bridge with 1911 date engraved on side Hana Hwy bridge with 1911 date stamped into end
These two narrow bridges on the highway between Hana and the Oheo Gulch have their 1911 construction dates incised on the side (the South Wailua Stream Bridge at mile 44.7 of county route 31, above left) or the ends (the Paihi Bridge, near mile 45 of county route 31, above right). (May 2000)
Baby Pigs Crossing sign on tree

The Hana Highway's famously cute, unofficial "Baby Pigs Crossing" sign is on this tree at mile 45.4 of county route 31, southbound between Hamoa and Kipahulu. (November 2001)

Wailua Falls, right next to the road at  mile 44.7 of county route 31, is a favorite stop for tourists. Fortunately, it is at one of the few wide spots on this narrow road, with room for several cars to park. (November 2001)
Wailua Falls, from the bridge
Wailua Bridge back in 1948
  This 1948 photo shows the Wailua Bridge below Wailua Falls, back when the Hana Highway south of Hana was still an unpaved road. (Bureau of Public Roads, U.S. Department of Commerce; located in archived BPR records, project file FAS-215(1), box 131, records group 30; courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - Pacific Region, San Francisco)
Oheo Gulch, with Hana Highway bridge in background Hana Highway bridge over Oheo Gulch
Near mile 41.7 of county route 31, the Hana Highway crosses Oheo Gulch at the eastern end of Haleakala National Park, south of Hana in east Maui, above the uppermost of what used to be hyped as the "Seven Sacred Pools." (That's a misnomer -- there are more than seven, and they're no more sacred than any other pools in Hawaii.) (October 1999 and November 2001 respectively)
Turnoff for Lindbergh grave

In Kipahulu, at mile 40.8 of county route 31, facing southbound, the turnoff to a small country church cemetery where Charles Lindbergh is buried. Lindbergh went to live in Kipahulu after he was diagnosed with incurable cancer. (November 2001)
Charles Lindbergh's grave, and a closer view below showing the inscription from Psalms 139:9. (October 1999 and November 2001, respectively) Overview of Lindbergh grave
Closeup of Lindbergh gravestone

Lindbergh chose a very serene final resting place, in this clifftop cemetery overlooking the Pacific. (October 1999)
Looking toward the Pacific from the Lindbergh gravesite
Jct Hana and Piilani Highways    Enlarged sign at jct Hana and Piilani Highways
There is a lot of confusion about exactly where the Hana Highway ends, but it is usually considered to end south of Highway 360's end in Hana, to run at least as far as Oheo Gulch. This sign at the Kalepa Bridge just south of Kipahulu, at mile 38.55 on county route 31, supplies what I consider a reasonable demarcation point between the Hana and Piilani Highways, even though the route number information is seriously outdated (route 36 no longer reaches into east Maui, and the mileposting for route 31 continues north about a dozen miles to Hana). It also is consistent with county planning documents, identifying county route 31 between Hana and Kipahulu as part of the Hana Highway historic district. Certainly this is the point by which most tourists have chickened out and turned back -- the Piilani Highway south of here is even more difficult than the Hana Highway, a very narrow highway with very sharp blind turns, and becoming unpaved a few miles later. Here also, the population thins out, and the lush greenery of the Hana area starts giving way to the drier and less vegetated landscapes of upcountry south Maui. (Both photos October 1999)

Maui County commissioned a study, completed in 2001, of the county-maintained bridges on the county route 31 segment of the Hana Highway, covered in the photos on this page. The study focused on needed maintenance or sometimes replacement of the bridges, consistent with their historic designation as part of the Hana Highway Historic District. It includes lots of great bridge photos.

The complete report can be downloaded from the Hana Bridges page of the Maui County web site (page works best in Internet Explorer; long 15 MB download). If you just want to review the photos, you can selectively download from that page Appendix A (four parts, 5 MB total download).

See also the Hana Highway page of my Road Geek Souvenirs Collection to see some colorful Hana Highway T-shirts and other souvenirs I brought back from Maui.
Kurumi has jokingly suggested (“if my conscience ever evaporates,” he emphasizes) building a six-lane Interstate tollway to replace the Hana Highway, to reduce travel times from three hours to thirty minutes, and thereby "enhance economic development in the Hana metro area." After 10 rides down this tollway, he proposes giving away a free T-shirt. That suggestion inspired this proposed T-shirt design by C.C. Slater (featuring a gecko, Maui's "official" reptile).
   C.C. Slater's gecko T-shirt design

Some Hana Highway books:

Angela Kay Kepler, Maui's Hana Highway (1995). Very, very detailed guide to the highway, with lots of gorgeous photos of sights along the way (especially the flowers).

Barbara and Robert Decker, Road Guide to Haleakala and the Hana Highway (1992). The Hana Highway section is short, but has detailed directions to the best places to stop along the way, as well as lots of photos.

Richard McMahon, Scenic Driving Hawaii (1997) is a great guide to scenic Hawaii roads in general, and includes an eight-page guide to the Hana Highway (including brief coverage of the Piilani Highway).

Richard Sullivan's Driving and Discovering Hawaii: Maui and Molokai (1998) includes about three dozen pages full of wonderful Hana Highway photos, as well as handy hints on where to stop to take your own photos.

J.D. Bisignani, Maui Handbook is one of the Moon Travel Handbooks which were my main trip planning reference for my trips to Hawaii. It includes a 30-page discussion of the Hana Highway (including brief coverage of the Piilani Highway).

Some other sites:

Mark Furqueron's Hawaii road photos page has some Hana Highway photos.

Ed and Chris's ("Cactus Hill") Hana trip photo gallery

About.com Hana Highway photo gallery

Discovering Hawaii photo collection

Ekahi Tours photos of its Hana tour

Page 1: introduction, and Paia-Hana
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Other Oahu South · Other Oahu West · Other Oahu East · Kuhio Highway
Kahekili Highway · Other Maui · Lanai/Molokai · Kalawao County
Saddle Road · Observatories Roads · Lava Closures · Red Road
Waipio Valley · Other Big Island

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