There is food along the Road to Hana, and Road to Hana food even made it onto national TV!
There was a whole episode dedicated to Road to Hana food on the National Geographic Channel, courtesy of Gordon Ramsay’s show called Uncharted.
And, there were a couple of spots featured that you can give a taste test!
So below will include famous Road to Hana food and other options for food stops that you can make along the way.
Confirm the hours of the restaurants along the Hana Highway
If there’s a place you really want to eat at, it’s best to make sure you’re aware of the open hours. Some places may close earlier than you’d expect.
See below for where to eat along the Hana Highway!
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5+ food stops on the Road to Hana
In the order that you’ll encounter them as you drive the Road to Hana from Paia!
1. Kuau Store
If you’re feeling hungry, stop by the first of several country stores you’ll see on the Road to Hana.
Try the poke bowl! Or anywhere you see it available, really. A poke bowl is a Hawaii specialty.
Country stores also tend to sell locally made products.
The Kuau Store hours are from 6:30am to 7pm. See updated hours.
The Kuau Store is early on along the Hana Highway so it can also be reasonable to go here on a day you’re not doing the Road to Hana. Passing through Paia town on the Hana Highway, it’s around a 5 minute drive to the Kuau Store. (map)
Another country store towards the start of the Road to Hana that has fresh-made food. There are also tropical fruit drinks here.
You can try the Hawaii specialty poke bowl here too!
There is a nice outdoor seating area here.
The Jaws Country Store cafe hours are from 7am to 3:30pm. See updated hours.
The Jaws Country Store is also pretty early on along the Hana Highway so it can be reasonable to go here on a day you’re not doing the Road to Hana. Passing through Paia town on the Hana Highway, it’s around a 10-15 minute drive to the Jaws Country Store. (map)
Jaws Country Store: See more about this Road to Hana food stop.
Now driving along past the Jaws Country Store, we are getting into the “real” Road to Hana!
Aunty Sandy’s is one of the famous Road to Hana food stops. Consider this a mandatory stop on the Road to Hana if you are looking for the best Road to Hana food.
Aunty Sandy’s was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s show.
A loaf of banana bread at Aunty Sandy’s will cost around $7. If you only want one loaf, you need to bring cash.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Stop by for food here earlier rather than later (as in, not on your way back) since this might be closed by 2:30pm or 3pm.
If you’re elsewhere on the Hana Highway and see Nita’s banana bread, it’s said that it’s the same recipe as Aunty Sandy’s.
See more about this Road to Hana food stop: Aunty Sandy’s banana bread
4. Halfway to Hana
There’s a halfway to Hana sign, which is actually a shop, and you can make this a food stop.
You can also make this an ATM stop if you’re short on cash. Many places on the Hana Highway are cash only.
This is a restaurant stop for fresh locally sourced food where you can have lunch.
If you like spicy food, try the fish tacos here!
You can expect to pay $15-20 for one meal. Credit cards are accepted here.
There is open-air dining at Hana Farms.
See more about this Road to Hana food stop: Hana Farms
If you are looking for a Road to Hana food truck, the Braddah Hutts is one to try!
A stop for food at a food truck in Hana.
Try the fish tacos! Fish tacos are a thing on Maui. (See fish tacos in South Maui too.)
Food here might be $10-20.
See more about this Road to Hana food stop: Braddah Hutts food truck
Right next to Koki Beach is a spot where you can eat Hawaii’s famous huli huli chicken. You can get Hawaiian-style bbq here. And so, this is another Hawaii specialty food.
This is the huli huli chicken that was featured on Gordon Ramsay’s show.
There’s an outdoor seating area where you can eat with ocean views.
You can see some red sand here although it’s not THE famous red sand beach.
See more about this Road to Hana food stop: Huli huli chicken in Koki
Where to eat after the Road to Hana
The town of Paia is the unofficial start to the Road to Hana… which means it’s also the unofficial end to the Road to Hana if you’re making it an out-and-back trip! If you’re making it a Road to Hana loop, you can also end your day in Paia if you start from Kula.
So after you have finished the Road to Hana, you can end your day by eating at a restaurant in Paia.
Mama’s Fish House is a very popular restaurant along the Hana Highway, and you’ll need to make reservations well in advance if you want to eat here. This is one of the most famous restaurants in all of Maui. (map)
Around sunset is also a very good time to stop by Hookipa Beach for a chance to see turtles! (This is not too far from Paia.)
And those are some food stops to make while driving the Road to Hana!
If you are interested in Road to Hana food stops, you may also be interested in these Maui activities:
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- Wailua Falls
- Keanae Road
- Hookipa Beach
- Honomanu Bay
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- Puaa Kaa Falls
- Oheo Gulch
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- List of beaches on the Road to Hana
- The big list of things to do on the Road to Hana
HAPPY EATING ON THE ROAD TO HANA!