Explore the Reserve

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Why Maui?  Maui is the undisputed playground of Hawai’i.  You will find that no other island has the range of activities, natural beauty, and unspoiled local experiences as on our island.  The Road to Hana Reserve is a great place to begin this adventure on the island of Maui.  

For forty years our secluded spot just off the road to Hana has been preserved in all its beauty and serenity.  Three generations have made this family farm and “Reserve” a location of choice for artists, yoga students and visitors seeking the inspiration of the rainforest and the adventures of the upcountry around Haleakala–our legendary volcano. Visitors find it the experience of a lifetime.

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The Perfect Location

The Reserve is located on the northeast shore of the island with easy access from the main airport (20 miles) on “The Road to Hana”–known as the most beautiful road on the islands. Our central location on the northeast shore allows easy access to many important recreation areas, small unspoiled towns and breathtaking views that make the north side of the island such a delight. An amazing number of wonderful local restaurants are in every town around us, featuring the harvest of the island’s land and sea.

Make sure to check out Things to See & Do on our website. Explore from afar the sites, towns, restaurants, shops, and natural wonders that surround the Reserve.

From our one location you can

  • Visit central Maui and meet the people—Kahului, the valley of Sugar and Pa’ia
  • Explore the northeast shore—drive the Hana Highway, enjoy the sights and adventures at every turn
  • Experience a Haleakala sunrise, hike the trails, bike ride down the mountain
  • Take in the “cowboy” upcountry, ride the Ranch zip line
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Take a Visual Tour of the Road to Hana Reserve Grounds

Five acres of lush tropical splendor await friends and family. The extensive grounds are well kept but not manicured so that you experience the wonder of the unspoiled, natural environment.

This is a large, country property with lush green foliage, vast blue sky and ocean views from many locations. Take a 2.5-mile loop walk or drive a short distance from the Road to Hana Reserve to visit waterfall pools for swimming.

On the property you can also visit the Tibetan Buddhist Stupa that was built by Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche in 1976. It was recently restored and is a lovely place to view sunrise, sunset, or the moon. The views from the stupa are spectacular overlook the ocean and Haleakala crater.

View our Photo Gallery

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Road to Hana Reserve: a short drive from the airport

The 20-mile drive begins on Highway 36 passing through the plantation city of Pai’a– passing green fields, small communities and ocean under a sparkling blue sky. You will drive by farms and neighbors and into our tropical forest heading north toward the ocean. The total drive takes forty minutes and transports you to whole another place in time.  The Reserve was carved out of the rainforest by artists, naturalists and craftsman creating a unique place now protected from the passing of time.

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Road to Hana Geography

To the south and southeast our Road to Hana Reserve slopes upward with views of Haleakala, the dormant volcano. Coming down from the volcano is a spring-fed mountain stream that runs across one side of the property. Over hundreds of years the active stream has created a small but lush valley leading out to the ocean. Fresh water from the stream has always provided the water needed for family and visitors. Trade winds off the ocean provide a refreshing breeze up the valley and through the lush tropical foliage.

The Reserve is just 1.2 miles north of the Road to Hana driving toward the ocean. It is about 200 feet above sea level and one-half mile from the ocean. On the property, to the north and northeast, is a sweeping view of the ocean. On the north shore of the island stone bluffs and secluded inlets contain the ocean and the southern trade winds. The creek meets the ocean forming a beach of polished stones from rocks that were once molten lava. Near the property is an overlook and a trail used for a hundred years as fishermen have made their way to the shore.

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The Road to Hana Reserve Grounds

The Road to Hana Reserve is in a setting of lush rainforest which extends as far as the eye can see, over a deep valley nestled between hills, in the shadow of Haleakala. The ocean sparkles below the valley and a keen eye can spot whales and passing cruise ships.

The extensive grounds of the Road to Hana Reserve are well kept, but not manicured, so that you have the feeling of a very natural environment. This is a large country property with lush green foliage, vast blue sky and ocean views from many locations.  There are trails to explore, too.  Take a 2.5-mile loop walk or you can drive a short distance from the cottage to visit waterfall pools for swimming and the many attractions on the Road to Hana.

Reserve Bird List:

  • Common Myna
  • House Finch
  • Japanese white-eye
  • Northern California cardinal
  • Melodious laughing thrush

There are over 40 varieties of Palm Trees on the property and more varieties of tropical plants than you can count.

On the property, you can also visit the Tibetan Buddhist Stupa that was built by Lama Gyattrul Rinposhe in 1976. It was recently restored and is a lovely place to view sunrise, sunset, or the moon. The views from the stupa are spectacular overlooking the ocean and Haleakala crater.

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“Enchanted cottage, enchanted jungle, taking breath seems to simpler in breathtaking air.  Thank you.”    – Susan Koffman and Tom Cooper, Wayland, Mass.

The Road to Hana Reserve Stream

For thousands of years rainfall has soaked the rainforest side of the Haleakala volcano. The porous volcanic rock has produced a spring fed stream cutting a rain forest valley into the landscape as the stream tumbles down to the ocean. The Road to Hana Reserve and other properties in the valley draw fresh water from the stream for drinking, cooking, bathing and irrigation. From the cottages the stream drops 200 feet over about half mile down to the ocean.

The inlet that it forms between the tall bluffs of the north shore is an age-old fishing and bathing spot for those who live in the area. During storms the trade winds break on the bluffs with awesome and pounding surf and the inevitable rainbow. From the cottages it is a short walk down to the bluffs, which have a trail cut into the bluff down to the inlet and the rocky beach.

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Maui Guidebooks

Many of our visitors have found the Lonely Planet Guide to Maui one of the most useful both to prepare and to take on their journey to the Road to Hana Reserve. Maui Revealed by Andrew Doughty or the big Moon Handbook for Maui are also packed with useful information for your visit.

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