Fodor's Expert Review Kula Lodge

15200 Haleakala Hwy., Rte. 377, Kula, Hawaii, 96790, USA

Located at a 3,200-foot elevation, this older lodge is within close proximity to Haleakala National Park. Units, which have electric fireplaces and private lanais, are in two wooden cabins; four have lofts in addition to the ample bed space downstairs. On 3 acres and surrounded by tropical gardens, the lodge has expansive views of Haleakala and two coasts. The property has a restaurant with mesquite-fired pizza oven, an art gallery, and a protea store that will pack flowers for you to take home; next door is a gift shop. There have been some complaints about musty odors.

The lodge offers a discount for weekly rates, a 5% reduction for stays of seven days or more.


There are five different rooms at the lodge, all with queen-sized beds, private lanai, and private bath. Four of the five rooms have additional lofts with either futons or twin beds for additional sleeping options. Recent updates have seen the linens and towels replaced, and the quaint decor and high elevation makes these rooms fill a bit like a treehouse.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The lodge is close to the highway and there is a lot of business at the diner, both of which combine to make extra noise for guests.


Bathrooms are basic, some with showers and some with tub/shower combos.


There is no lobby at this lodge.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The lodge’s rate is a bit high for what guests get. A rustic lodge, it doesn’t offer much more than a bed and a shower, with a coffee maker serving as an amenity. The location is the draw here.


For down time, the Lodge’s restaurant is a nice place to hang out. It’s got beautiful views, free Wi-Fi, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the only full-service bar in Kula. The garden terrace is the special occasion spot at the lodge, nestled amongst the trees at 3000 feet above sea level, with a wood-burning pizza oven and open-air views.


Getting Around

It’s easy (and preferable) to explore Maui’s smaller towns by foot, but to get to them and around the island, you’ll need to rent a car. If you plan on exploring the Road to Hana, get something with a little extra horsepower (but not too big as the road can get very narrow).


Find fresh, vibrant food at Fork and Salad (24-min drive), featuring signature, as well as build-your-own salads, grain bowls, and sandwiches made with a wide variety of mostly local and organic ingredients. These healthy options make a great choice to pick up for a beach picnic or day of hiking.

Find casual, beachy fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Beach Bums (37-min drive), where Hawaiian meets American in the form of omelettes, sandwiches, and burgers. Their kiawe/guava wood smoked BBQ dinners make for a special treat.


Find a comfy neighborhood bar right near the airport at Hang Loose Lounge (25-min drive) where you’ll wonder if happy hour will ever end. It remarkably lasts from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.! In addition to happy hour, Saturdays are wahine days, where ladies receive even cheaper drinks. The friendly staff is another big draw here.

If you’re looking for a really fun happy hour, you’ll want to stop by Milagros (27-min drive) (you’ll likely need a good drink upon your return from Hana). Not only is their happy hour a good three hours long (from 3 to 6 pm), but it is CHEAP--$5 house margaritas, mai tais, and wine, along with $4 beers and $6 menu items make it one of the best-priced options on the island.


The lodge boasts some of the most expansive views on the island, with guests able to see three of Hawaii’s smaller islands, as well as the West Maui mountains. The proximity to Haleakala is also a big draw here.




Phones: 808-878–1535;800-233–1535

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