Welcome to Kahakuloa
The bayside village of Kahakuloa, tucked at the bottom of a lush valley and embraced by towering sea cliffs, retains a solidly Hawaiian character. Kahakuloa’s isolation has protected it from the rampant development found elsewhere on Maui. Farmers tend taro patches, dogs wander across the road, and a missionary-era Protestant church marks the village center. One of Hawaii’s most accomplished ukulele players, Richard Hoʻopiʻi, grew up here.
You won’t find any stores, but villagers set up hard-to-miss roadside stands selling fruit and snacks to day-trippers. For shave ice, hit Ululani’s hot-pink stand. For chilled homemade lemonade and free samples of macadamia nuts, coconut candy and ʻono (delicious) banana bread, stop at Julia’s lime-green shack.