Before my husband and I had a child, we were pros at the one-day trip to Hana. Staying in we’d hit the road by 6:30 am, stop for breakfast in Paia, do as many stops as we liked along the road to Hana before driving home the back way.

Now, we have a two-year-old and a trip to Hana isn’t as efficient. Earlier this summer we took a trip to Hana but we knew we needed to break up the trip for our son. So we got to work looking for a place to stay in Hana for a night. 

We found four great options for a one night stay in Hana:

  1. Waiʻānapanapa State Park Cabins
  2. Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt
  3. Hana Kai
  4. Bamboo Inn


Where to Stay in Hana for One Night

Ready for your options in Hana? Let’s get to them:

Waiʻānapanapa State Park Cabins

In Waiʻānapanapa State Park you’ll find these no-frills but well-maintained cabins. From most cabins, you’ll look out over the lush landscape to the distant ocean view. The cabins come with bunk beds, a full bathroom, a kitchen and living room, and a lanai. But, they’re not full service. You’ll need to bring your own linens and blankets (yes, it does get cold at night). 

These cabins are popular and book up far in advance, so if you want to stay there, start making plans early. While these cabins technically have a two-night minimum, if there is only one night available for a cabin, you can book a single night. That’s how we were able to spend just one night there on our most recent trip (though you could easily spend two nights there, happily). 

Waiʻānapanapa State Park has plenty to see, including a black sand beach. A plus of staying overnight is you can hit the beach early before anyone else is up. 

Book the Waiʻānapanapa cabins here

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Henry and Jordan enjoying our cabin at Wai’anapanapa State Park in August.


Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt

Formerly the Travaasa Hana, this resort has changed hands and is now called the Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt. At this luxury resort, you can book a 650 square foot bungalow up to a nearly 2,000 square foot family residence. 

While you can stay at this resort for one night, it would be a shame to. The luxury grounds and amenities make it the perfect place to escape from the more crowded areas of Maui. 

Book the Hana-Maui Resort by Hyatt here

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Hana Kai 

The Hana Kai is a community of vacation rentals that range from studios to two-bedroom units with fully equipped kitchens. The property is located right on the ocean in Hana. But if you’re looking for an ocean view unit, you’ll need to book a two-night stay. 

Book a rental at the Hana Kai.

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Bamboo Inn

This ocean-front B&B offers two studio rentals and two one-bedroom rentals. It’s located in Hana, near Hana Beach Park. 

Book a room at the Bamboo Inn here.  


How Long is the Road to Hana?

The Hana Highway is only 64.4 miles. Sounds easy, right? Well, not when you factor in over 600 hairpin turns and 59 one-lane bridges plus a number of can’t miss stops, you’re looking at a long drive. A good estimate is that the drive will take 5-6 hours one way. Factor in more time if you have young kids or want to take in the stops without feeling rushed. 

The way back should theoretically take less time without the stops, but you’ll find that the traffic on the road later in the day can be a little challenging. 

If you plan to do the entire trip in one day, estimate that you’ll spend approximately 10-12 hours on the road that day. 

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The Hana Highway isn’t as scary as they make it sound. The road is in good shape but observe caution around the turns and one-lane bridges.


Is It Worth Staying in Hana?

After the long journey to Hana, gearing yourself up to drive all the way back to your hotel can feel exhausting. A one night stay is absolutely worth it. It gives you the opportunity to not feel rushed on your journey and you can make as many stops as you want. Plus, you get the chance to do activities on the route home, like the Pipiwai Trail or the ‘Ohe’o Gulch. 

And lastly, a night stay in Hana is quiet and peaceful. Maui can feel crowded, especially in the high season. But Hana never feels crowded in the evenings once the majority of the day-trippers leave. It’s a night of peaceful relaxation that you won’t find on other parts of the island. 

Ready to plan your trip to Maui? Head to our Maui Travel Guide for information on where to stay, what to do, and free Maui itineraries.

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Erica Gellerman

Erica Gellerman


I'm the co-founder, with my husband Jordan, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. You will most likely find me on the water on a SUP or swimming in the waves.

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