Kahakuloa Bay

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nsmykowski
Buffalo, NY5 contributions
Treacherous Drive-Extremely Dangerous
Mar 2020 • Family
Wow...this area is beautiful but the road around to Kalakuloa is treacherous. I recommend to not drive from central Maui to west Maui on the road. We did it today and it was terrifying. It appeared in the guidebooks as an adventurous excursion and we were up for that (had no problem with the Road to Hana or up to Haleakala), but the tiny road and sheer cliff drop offs were actually treacherous. Heading in this direction your car is on the outside of the road and passengers are looking down hundreds of yards of sheer drop offs. There were also sections of road that had washed away so that the drivable portion was only about 8-10 feet wide. Literally I felt like I was going to die on one of those cliffs today. Driving in the opposite direction, slowly, in clear and daylight weather is the only way I think this could be even remotely reasonable.
Written March 6, 2020
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JenRed2014
Buffalo, NY797 contributions
Do this over Hana!
Feb 2020 • Family
We had a great day driving all of Route 30 and 340. We all agreed that the Northwestern Route was more interesting than the road to Hana, and no more difficult a drive.

We loved seeing the hulking Kahakuloa Head change in the distance as our trip progressed. The town was very quaint and the drive was beautiful.
Written February 29, 2020
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Wasabi Doggy
Seattle, WA9 contributions
Stunning landscape
Feb 2020 • Couples
The area of Kahakuloa has much in the way of stunning visuals. Approaching from the west, the dramatic rock formation of Kahakuloa Head in the distance is felt like a presence that draws one closer and closer with each htairpin turn. The setting is simply spectacular.

We drove only so far as the art gallery above the town in the saddle. Excellent fish tacos in the food truck parked there by the way. Sitting at the little picnic tables you can survey the town, the bay, and the view up the long long rugged valley that leads up to the volcanos crater. A lush green impenetrable half tube that’s awesome to contemplate. Perhaps not much different than so many of the other drainage valleys that one sees on the map but the difference is that from this one place you can actually see how far it goes into the interior.

The gallery is more gift shop than art gallery but there are some small landscape originals by at least three talented painters as well some original sculptures. Much more in the way of jewelry and cards, prints and knick knacks. In the village there is a picturesque wooden church that is currently under a major restoration project. There are several banana bread refreshment trailers right along the road. I had anticipated a bit more of a little Main Street here but it’s too small for even that. I felt like a real outsider just driving through, this is a place that values its own tenacity and authenticity and isn’t looking for any outsiders to validate it. ... or that’s the feeling I got anyway. The road is quite good until soon before the little village, where it narrows to a semblance of a sometime wide and sometimes narrow one-lane road. I chose to tap my horn when entering the blind areas, as well as observing the slow speed limits. It’s pretty much the luck of the draw in terms of how easy or difficult this portion of road ends up being. There are plentiful pullouts to allow for cars to pass in opposite directions. Aloha spirit really helps as well as clear hand signals to opposing cars as to who is going to wait and who is going to proceed. Obvious actions speak the loudest here.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dean W
Oahu, HI24 contributions
Documented racial bias incident
Oct 2019
Please read about Christopher Kunzelman before driving into,and supporting this area.And please look for the YouTube video of the actual incident.
Make your own educated decision on this stop.
Written December 8, 2019
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Duquesadiner
Glasgow, UK1,365 contributions
Worth the drive
Feb 2019 • Friends
You have to wonder about the islanders who populate this area. We come from Scotland and have places with low numbers of indigenous residents as well but there are spots along the 340 between Lahaina and Paia that make even us admire their tenacity. We stopped as often as possible, to take photographs, see the local produce that was for sale and immerse ourselves in the beauty of this side of Maui. Simply magnificent.
Written February 20, 2019
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avialae
Carstairs, Canada121 contributions
Tis a very tiny road, kinda like Ireland!
Dec 2018 • Couples
Take your time, enjoy the views and be courteous. Yes you will have to back down to a pull over spot, and other will for you. Stop half way and enjoy the lovely little gallery "Karen Lei's" and get out of the car, and take a break. I think some of the nicest art work we saw in Maui was here. Beautiful views all along the way. We continued to Wailuku for lunch. To stretch the legs we checked out Kepaniwai Hertiage gardens, its on the way to Iao Valley state park. Lovely gardens, and the Iao stream nice to walk along. It was cloudy and raining up the mountain so didn't go to the Park. Then we headed back to Kahana for a beer at the Maui Brewery.
Written January 6, 2019
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Lauren E
Adelaide, Australia15 contributions
Beautiful drive, not that bad!
Aug 2018 • Family
After reading these reviews, I’d almost convinced my husband that we were not doing this drive! I’m so glad we did though because it was stunning and not that bad at all! I’m not sure whether we just went at a good time, but we headed north from Kanaapali around to Kahului and we didn’t encounter too much traffic. There were quite a few cars parked at the viewing spots however we didn’t pass that many cars and we never had an issue with pulling over to let cars pass/other cars letting us pass. It took us just under three hours to get from our hotel in Kanaapali to Kahului, and we stopped for quite a while at the blowhole and also a couple of other times for photo opportunities. The drive is by no means easy, however it was no where near as difficult as the reviews make it sound! As long as you drive carefully and courteously you’ll be fine. We are from Australia and found it fine. Would recommend Julia’s Banana bread at the blowhole stop! We unfortunately didn’t get to do any of the trails as we have a small baby and he wasn’t up for it. The only negative thing was that there was no phone service so make sure you load up your map and stops beforehand, as some aren’t very well signposted! Would 100% recommend doing this drive!
Written August 11, 2018
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sardrum
Burlington, VT34 contributions
Old Hawaii
Jan 2017
The north shore of West Maui is gorgeous. A very winding and precarious road. Old Hawaii at its best. Along the way is Kahakuloa Bay, a quintessential old Hawaiian village. Within the village is Lorraine's Bake shop and food to die for.
This is a 2-3 trip and not the full day road to Hana. I much prefer this trip.
Written January 27, 2017
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Shawn_and_Lana
Kihei, HI187 contributions
A step back in time!
Oct 2016 • Couples
Feels like old Hawaii here! The drive may make some nervous (eg, portions feel like a clif side version of Road to Hana) but drive with respect and caution and enjoy this special place on the other side of Maui!
Written October 26, 2016
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,231 contributions
ISOLATED TIGHT KNIT COMMUNITY
Oct 2016 • Couples
As you travel this road you will happen on the community of Kahakuloa and the namesake bay. This is a must stop on your travels on the west side of Maui. There are a few stands that sell shave ice and probably the best banana bread on the planet. I recommend Ululanis (it is the pink place on the west side of Kahakuloa), proceeds help the preservation of the of the Old Kahakuloa church.
Written October 24, 2016
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