Exploring the road to Hana is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but dining options on the way are few and far between. Don’t let a rumbling stomach cut your exploration short! Here are a few of our favorite places to stop before (or after) taking on this adventure. Just make sure sure to double check hours before you leave!
Backside (Through Kula)
Grandma’s Coffee House
If you start by taking the back side of the road (heading upcountry through Kula) we recommend you stop a Grandma’s Coffee House for some fuel, be it coffee, tea, breakfast or lunch! Grandma’s has a nice variety of local style and traditional breakfast and lunch options as well as plenty of baked goods to choose from. The gas station and convenience store next door also marks the last stop for gas (and gas station goodies) before Kula Highway transitions into the road to Hana.
This is the site for the Upcountry Farmers Market, but for those not fortunate enough to arrive on a Saturday morning, Creme at Marlow (a coffee shop), Long’s drugstore and nearby food trucks make this a perfect stop before embarking. There is plenty of room and options to enjoy from little snacks to a full meal. For those finishing their trips on this side, the pizza’s at Marlow Tavern or cold beverage from Mahalo Aleworks can be the perfect finish to a long day.
Frontside (Through Paia/ Haiku)
This popular pizza stop has something for just about every pizza lover, satisfying meat lovers with kalua pork, sausage, pepperoni, bacon and more, offering a bounty of fresh local vegetables to choose from and a variety of sauces from mango barbecue, to pesto to traditional marinara, it’s hard to go wrong. The rotating menu and pizzas of the day keep the options fresh for regulars and can be enjoyed in the restaurant, at nearby Baldwin Beach, or on the road.
Baked on Maui
Baked on Maui, as the name suggests, sells countless varieties of baked goods in house and all over the island. If a sweet treat isn’t enough to hold you over for a lengthy trip around East maui, one of their hearty breakfast options is sure to do the trick (just be sure to save a little room for banana bread from on of Hana’s roadside stands!)