The World Famous “Road to Hana”
For first timers and repeat visitors, most folks opt to rent a car at the Kahului airport and make the 50 mile journey to Hana along the famous “Road to Hana” (HWY 36). In Kahului, you can purchase a ‘Road to Hana’ CD which will describe the sights along the way to make the trip more informative and fun. You can find these CDs all over Maui at places like Longs, Kmart, Wal-Mart and Minit Stop.
As you begin your journey, you’ll first pass through Pa’ia town, home of the fantastic oceanside restaurant “Mama’s Fish House”. You might want to end your trip here with a fantastic meal before returning to the airport! Next, you’ll reach the Ha’iku district. This is where the road begins to get fun! Enjoy spectacular scenery as you journey across 54 bridges taking in verdant tropical foliage, waterfalls and awesome vistas of the sea below.
The drive can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours depending on how many stops you make along the way. If you have cars backing up behind you on the road, pull over at a safe place and let them pass. The locals will love you for this and probably wave or honk to thank you.
It is a good idea to plan your meals and grocery list ahead of time. No use wasting your valuable vacation time in stores!
In Hana, there are two small grocery stores (Hasegawa General Store, and Hana Ranch Store) which carry the basics (milk bread, eggs, juice etc.), though prices are high and selection is limited.
Many guests prefer to purchase their grocery items at one of the many stores back in Kahului.
If you want to do your shopping “on the other side” before you make the drive – you can find the following stores:
Whole Foods (70 E. Kaahumanu Ave)
Costco (540 Haleakala Hwy)
KMART (424 Dairy Road)
Wal-mart (1011 Pakaula St)
Safeway (170 E Kamehameha Ave.)
Longs Drugstore (Maui Mall 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave)
Star Markets (Maui Mall 70 E. Kaahumanu Ave)
Mana Foods (Up Baldwin Ave)
Items to consider bringing with you:
Meats & Cheeses
Specialty items (sauces, seasonings, good coffees, yogurts)
Toiletries (we provide bath soap only)
A disposable cooler and ice to keep your perishables fresh along the road.
Items you do not need to buy (we supply them):
Sponges & cleaning supplies
Dishwashing soap and laundry detergent
Coffee filters (we have a gold filter)
Preparing your Meals!
Our guest houses are equipped with full kitchens for our guests to prepare their own meals. We stock our guest houses with coffee & tea, fresh local seasonal fruit, olive oil & balsamic vinegar, assorted cooking spices, salt & pepper, and other assorted condiments.
Please see our amenities page for more information.
If you want to bring some Hawaiian items home with you for gifts, it’s a good idea to give yourself some shopping time before your flight back. Both Wal-Mart and K-Mart have Hawaiian sections where you can pick up all kinds of gifts – including chocolate covered macadamia nuts!