Conversation Between johnfromberkeley and Miulang

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  1. P.P.S: I don't know if you are aware of this, but 80-85% of everything that's consumed in Hawaii is imported! And if you can find them, get hold of some fresh Kula strawberries. They should be in season and are absolutely delicious.
  2. P.S.: please make sure you buy a styrofoam cooler with ice if you are planning on buying meat, eggs and milk and other perishables in Kahului. In the 80 degree heat, those perishables won't stand a chance without a cooler.
  3. I think the road (Hwy 36) that winds around the south end of the island is open again after being closed down by an earthquake 2 years ago. Check at the guard station at Ohia Gulch. If it is open, it would be a very interesting trip to take because you travel over the last volcanic eruption that took place on Maui. The road eventually leads up to Kula and Haleakala if you want to take it all the way around. From some scenic views up in that area, you can see Kahoolawe and Molokini and Molokai.

    Once you get to Hana, though, you will likely throw out all of your carefully planned itinerary and fall into just taking things as they come along.

    Have fun.


    PAU (the end)
  4. Once you’re in Hana, you won’t find much to do except soak in the beauty of the place. If you need anything, you can stop off at the Hasegawa General Store. The grandma who was the owner just died, and the family hasn’t decided yet if they will keep the store open, although it is a Hawaii institution.

    Since you’re spending 5 days in Hana, you should also drive out to the Keanae Peninsula. That’s where some of the taro fields grow and on that one road (it ends up at the ocean), you will see a little stand that sells the best banana bread I have ever tasted.

  5. There’s a Foodland supermarket down the road from that is one of the last “local” supermarkets ( It’s on the perimeter of Queen Kaahumanu Center (the next mall down the road). They have excellent poke that’s always made fresh every day and is reasonably priced. Foodland might also have some sake and carry local ingredients that Safeway doesn’t carry.

    If you can’t eat veggies, it not be worth it to stop at Mana Food. It’s not very big, and I wasn’t impressed by their veggies, but they do have an awesome to-go selection.

    There is a superstition that you should not carry raw pork in your car if traveling to Hana at night; cooked pork is OK though.

    On your way to Hana, you will encounter several roadside stands that sell fresh fruit and other products.

  6. Right in Kahului, Tasaka’s is in the Maui Mall (the first mall outside the airport). There’s a Long’s Drug in there too (around the corner) where you can find some sake, the One-Ton Chips and Maui Brand Kitchen Cooked potato chips (these are the original kettle chips that started that whole craze of “Hawaiian style” potato chips. They also have CookWees, which are cookies made on Maui. Ah Fook’s is in the old Kahului Shopping Center, which is the shopping mall next to Maui Mall. They had a serious fire about 3 years ago and have moved to a much-smaller space in the same mall, which is now undergoing major redevelopment into condos. You can probably skip going to Ah Fook’s and go to Foodland instead.

  7. Once on the road, it will take you a minimum of ½ hour to get to Kihei to get to Maui Divers, and I’m not even sure if the outlet in Kihei still exists because when I googled Maui Divers, it doesn’t show any Kihei stores. Maui Divers is known more now for their jewelry and not so much for their diving equipment. If you’re going there for scuba or snorkel gear, there are other companies that are dedicated to just that. If you have to be in Kihei anyway, check out Hawaiian Moons Natural Grocery ( Then you probably wouldn’t need to stop by Mana Foods on your way to Hana.

    So given all the driving time you will be doing once you leave the airport and shopping to boot, I seriously doubt you can plan on being enroute to Hana by 3 p.m.

    end of part 2
  8. Hey John:
    I was raised on Maui and go back to visit family every now and then. Here are a few more ideas for you.

    First of all, if your plane is supposed to arrive at 12:47 p.m. in Kahului, plan on being late on arrival. Depending on which airline you’re flying on, Hawaiian is the most on-time and United is usually late. Those are the 2 that I have flown on to Maui.

    If you’re planning to check baggage, expect that to take anywhere from a half hour to ¾ of an hour more, depending on which airline you’re flying. Hawaiian doesn’t use containers (they handle each piece of cargo individually) so their bags take longer to come off the plane than United’s will. Even the disembarking process at Kahului Airport will take some time, even if you take everything with you onboard.

    All the car rental places are located off the airport property (adjacent to the airport) so you have to wait for the shuttle van to come get you. Then you wait in line for your car.

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