Kula Hawaii is a relatively quaint and rustic area on the island of Maui. Centrally located, it spans a portion of the island’s “Upcountry” region on the western-facing slopes of Haleakala. The rich, volcanic soil in and around Kula lends itself well to the growing of plants for food and other purposes. As such, top area attractions include the Alii Kula Lavender Farm, the Shim Coffee and Protea Farm, and the Kula Botanical Gardens. Other things that Kula is noted for are its views and its relatively moderate weather. From various vantage points around the Kula district, you can look out towards Haleakala or down towards the coast. In relation to weather, Kula is usually cooler than destinations that are found in the lower areas of Maui. Not only is it cooler, but it is also more peaceful in Kula than it tends to be down along the coast, which is something else that many Kula residents appreciate.
Kula Maui Accommodations
Kula Maui Accommodations
The Kula area of Maui isn’t heavily developed, boasting a more rural setting where open areas that have been cultivated for farming tend to reign supreme. As such, you won’t find a lot of hotels in the Kula district. For those who wish to stay in the Kula area, however, there are some lodging options. Small bed and breakfasts have a particularly strong presence up here, with examples including the Upcountry Bed and Breakfast (pictured), the Maui Moonlight Garden, and the Kula View B&B. Travelers who are searching for Kula Maui accommodations can also consider staying at the Kula Lodge & Restaurant or opt instead to book a vacation rental property. The Kula Lodge & Restaurant is a fantastic place to dine and is especially well known for its breakfasts. It offers five quaint and rustic rooms for overnighters. As for the area vacation rentals, they include some pretty inviting homes that can make for excellent Upcountry travel bases.
Kula Maui Restaurants
Kula Maui Restaurants
Whether you are staying in the Kula area or are just up exploring for a while or simply passing through, there are plenty of places to stop when hunger and thirst set in. Among the more obvious choices is the aforementioned Kula Lodge & Restaurant. In addition to serving up good food, the restaurant at the Kula Lodge treats its guests to wonderful views. The special outdoor area looks out over the entire west side of Maui. Also worth noting is the restaurant’s bar, which is the only full-service bar in Kula. Other eateries in and around Kula combine with the Kula Lodge to offer a rather complete array of menu items, including burgers, pizza, and pasta. Baked goods are in especially good supply at several of the café-style eateries in Kula, as is fresh coffee, so if nothing else, you can grab a cup of joe and a snack.
Rolling hills and misty mountains mix with cool breezes in the high elevations around Haleakala – or Upcountry Maui, as the area is known. Up here, the living is relaxed and scents of eucalyptus, jasmine, and freshly roasted coffee often fill the air. Ranches, botanical gardens, and farms are among the area’s major features, and eateries such as Grandma’s Coffee House present travelers with quaint places to take a time out. The Upcountry is an ideal place to escape to for a taste of rural Hawaii, both literally and figuratively, so you don’t have to treat it exclusively as a gateway to Haleakala National Park. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the octagonal Holy Ghost Church when exploring the Kula area. Erected in the late 1800s, this church was a gift from the king and queen of Portugal to Maui’s Portuguese plantation workers. It is Kula’s most notable landmark and has been recently restored. Finally, no discussion about Kula and the Upcountry would be complete without mentioning those sweeping views of Maui and Pacific Ocean. Ahhh, life is good up here.
Kula isn’t the only place to visit when you find yourself in Maui’s beautiful Upcountry region. Area visitors can also drop in on other small towns in the general area, including Makawao (pictured) and Pukalani. Among other things, Makawao is known for its Hawaiian cowboys, also known as the paniolo, and for its thriving art scene. As for Pukalani, it boasts some pretty fantastic vacation rental homes and is where you will find the Pukalani Country Club. Visitors can book tee times at the Pukalani Country Club and treat themselves to rewarding rounds of golf on the 18-hole course. So, while you won’t find any of those famous Hawaii beaches up in the Upcountry of Maui, the charming atmosphere of the area and its various attractions make it a great place to spend some time. And, the coast is easy enough reach when some time on the sand is in order.