Interesting Places To Eat In Hana, Maui

Even though your stay at Hana Kai Maui includes a full kitchen, there are times when you’ll want to eat locally. While one of Hana’s appeal is its small, somewhat isolated nature, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a variety of great food.

First Question: What Do You Want To Eat?  

It’s not all coconuts and pineapple here, you know. But it does figure into the cuisine.

You can actually find BBQ, Mexican, Thai and even Ethiopian food here, as well as traditional Hawaiian food. Maybe you won’t feel like you’re in Texas having BBQ, but you certainly won’t be disappointed. Seafood is also readily available, because we are, after all,  right on the coast, so feel free to consider seafood if you’re a fan.

BBQ

Hawaii isn’t exactly known for BBQ, and it’s a long way from Texas. But you can find BBQ as well as Hawaiian food at Bradda Huts BBQ Grill. Located at 5303 Hana Highway near the Mo’Omo’Oumi Gulch, it’s only open from 10:30 to 2:00 pm. But BBQ and “Island Style Cuisine” is right at the sign that says “Last Food Stop.” The menu is simple, but full of flavorful BBQ chicken, pork, and ribs, along with grilled Mahi-Mahi, fish tacos and shrimp or chicken pasta.

This family-owned place isn’t the fancier place you’ll see in Maui or Honolulu. But it’s one of those “native” places you don’t see in the tourist literature. The delicious food is what keeps people coming back for more.

Local Harvest

Hana Farms is a restaurant and a farmer’s market, specializing in farm-to-market foods that are grown and sourced locally and sustainably. Plate lunches, taco plates, full meal salads and burger/sandwich plates featuring bread baked right on the farm. Rounding out the menu are the local fresh fruit sparkling sodas that are also farm-made.

The Harvest Salad features salad greens grown on the farm, as well as seasonal vegetables, along with tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, purple sweet potatoes and pumpkin seeds. Local fish or pulled pork can be added for an additional charge.

Thai Food

Of all the surprising eating establishments, Thai food is not what you’d expect in a remote city in Maui, but it’s here.

Thai Food By Pranee is one of the many food stands in and around Hana that offer freshly made food with locally sourced ingredients.

From well-known favorites like spring rolls, stir fry and beef with broccoli to pad Thai and stir-fried Mahi with cashews, there’s a wide range of delicious food here. Add a glass of refreshing Thai Iced Tea with your meal for a complete Thai dinner.

It’s located at 5050 Uakea Rd, but you must arrive before 4 pm. (There is an extra charge of $1 for payments done with Square.)

Food Trucks

You wouldn’t think that the food truck trend had made it out to the Road to Hana, but it has. Somewhere between mile markers 7 and 8 is a little place called the Rustbucket. Most days. Warning: they’re open until the food runs out, usually about 2 in the afternoon.

This little truck sits among the lush greenery of Hana, where you can enjoy plate lunches big enough for two. The food is all cooked over guava wood, and is served on banana leaves with sugarcane chopsticks—no plastic here. The menu features BBQ chicken and pork, along with caramelized bananas, rice, and fresh local pineapple. The owner also hunts the food he cooks and serves, including the Hawaiian pork. Their banana bread is legendary, and sells out quickly. Add a refreshing coconut coffee, and you’ve got an unforgettable Hana meal.

Hana Kai Maui Condominiums 

Dinner out can be delicious, but expensive. With some available pantry staples, you can cook in your own place on the beach and enjoy a relaxing, home-cooked meal on vacation. 

Whether you want to stay a short time, or a longer time, we make it easy to visit Hana. We have studio-sized to two-bedroom condos with full kitchens and other amenities to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Call to book your next reservations at 1-800-346-2772, or book directly online. We’re open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Hawaii time to answer all of your questions.