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Extreme South Side Drive

"The Backside" - Kipahulu to 'Ulupalakua

The South Side Drive is the most asked-about drive. This is the road that continues beyond Kipahulu of the Road to Hana drive. In recent years most of the really rough spots have been smoothed over. We are not telling you to drive through here, but the mostly-barren scenery is picturesque. Photos are taken at mile markers when available.

Palapala Ho’omau Church is the last site you’ll pass before the beginning of this Extreme "backside" Drive.

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palapala hoomaui church
hana backside road
hana backside road
hana backside road
hana backside road
hana backside road

The first mile of the "backside" of the Hana Road is the most extreme... and picturesque.

backside haleakala
backside haleakala
backside haleakala

The first couple miles hug the side of Haleakala, which you are driving around.

backside haleakala
backside haleakala
backside haleakala

After the first extreme couple miles it is mostly a dirt road and cattle land.

hana cattle

After the first extreme couple miles it is mostly a dirt road and cattle land.

kaupo
st. joseph church

The Kaupo Store (left) is the only business out here, and St. Joseph Church is the only site you can visit.

st. joseph church
kaupo
hana backside

The original St. Joseph Church can be seen in the photo on the left. And the dirt road continues.

hana backside
hana backside
hana backside

The "backside" drive is for the most part one long drive with no stops. This area used to be heavily populated with Hawaiians. It is now mostly for cattle grazing.

hana backside
hana backside
hana backside

You won’t pass many cars on this road as you are approaching 'Ulupalakua.

ulupalakua
ulupalakua
ulupalakua

The Hana drive enters ‘Ulupalakua, where you make your way to Kahului by way of Route 37.

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DRIVING THE ROAD TO HANA?

Information about the drive like the four Most Commonly Asked Questions, driving around the "backside," timing, Hana articles and much more at the Hana CD Guide website.

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