This appealing town is off the beaten path, which is good news for anyone that wants to explore a side of the island that isn't crowded with tourist. Known for it's serene and peaceful atmosphere, you will find yourself in the company of kind locals at a relaxed pace.
Eco farmers breakfast with spiritual leaders and long-time local families start comfortable conversations with artisans. Good will and hospitality pulses through this community and you will find yourself swept up in it's contagious spirit.
5 Best Haiku Meals
With the ocean 20 minutes away, you're hard pressed to find fish fresher than this! Come to Nuka, and experience the sensational talent of Executive Chef Hiro Takanashi as he prepares sushi like you've never experienced. Make sure to order a bowl of Gobo Chips. You may even wind up ordering another round for the ride home! For more information, please visit Nuka Restaurant.
If love is on your list of needs, than you're in good company! Maui Kombucha serves love on a daily basis, from their Love Buzz coffee to the handcrafted kombucha served by their "boochtenders". And they don't stop there. They lovingly support local organic farmers and from their bounty, produce some of the most mouth-watering dishes. Whether you're feeling like a beautiful salad, bagel sandwich or a slice of mango lassi cheesecake, you can eat it all with a clean conscience since it's all raw and vegan. All the goodness without the guilt! Their menu changes daily, so make sure to check their website out at Maui Kombucha.
Colleen's at the Cannery
This popular joint is for those with an appetite for an extensive menu offering delicious food at a reasonable cost. Opening at 6 am, it's one of the few places in Haiku that serves a full breakfast menu. You can be sipping an organic chai tea latte while your partner chows down on a breakfast of champions. If lunch is more your thing, their Reuben Sandwich is the best on the island!
And dinner is always a nice time to try their unique pizzas, like the Trench Town, which consists of basil pesto sauce, Caribbean jerk chicken, red onion, sun dried tomato, goat & mozzarella cheese, pineapple, and peperoncinis. For more information, please visit their website at Colleen's Maui.
If time isn't your friend, then Island Tacos is your ticket. This literal taco stand is where to locals come to enjoy their lunch, so you know you're on the right path! Their fish tacos can't be beat, with tons of freshly grilled Ono (or catch of the day), in a huge flour (or two corn) tortilla. They then load it with tomato, salsa, cabbage, cheese, beans, mango salsa, cilantro and sour cream. You can pick and choose from these toppings to create your perfect meal. And we really mean meal, as these bad boys are packed to the gills! You'll be chock-full on the islands best tacos. They are open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11am-8pm. For more information, please visit their website at Island Tacos Haiku.
Fun Nearby Hike & Waterfalls
If the Road to Hana is more than you feel like taking on, then Twin Falls is a smashing solution. This hike is manageable for all, with lower waterfalls at the 5 minute marker and upper waterfalls a mile up the road. The natural foliage graces these paths, and you'll soon find yourself waiting for Tarzan to swing from the hanging vines of this very tropical rainforest. Make sure to bring your wallet along for locally made coconut candy or a freshly squeezed cane juice from the Wailele Farm Stand. For more information, please visit Twin Falls Maui.
General Haiku Maui Information
This northern village is about 2 miles inland from the beach, and is tucked snuggly into the rainforest. You will find most of the roads are paved, but beware of the many potholes that frequent the streets. To benefit you and others on the road, driving slowly is the best mode. And then you'll get a chance to gaze out at the goats and horses put out to pasture amongst the rolling green hills.
It may be sunny on the other side of the island, but make sure to bring something warm to the North Shore. Haiku is known for it's lush greenery, and that comes with the price of a decent amount of rain. The winds also tend to pick up on this side, so don't let underdressing ruin your Haiku experience! Check out the current weather forecast here: Haiku Weather Report
Grooving and Shaking
If you're wanting to explore a few places outside of Haiku, here's a general outline of what's nearby:
about 15 miles away, depending on traffic (and your speed!), it'll take you 20-30 minutes
Depending on where you are in Haiku, it may take you 10-15 minutes to get to the falls.
If the wind is blowing, you will want to head over to this beach for a award-winning show of expert wind and kite surfers. Expect it to take you 20 minutes or so to get there.
Haiku Maui Map
Haiku has the last stops before embarking on the Road to Heavenly Hana!
The best of Paia, Kahului, Maalaea, Iao Valley and Wailuku.
We have some great show, luaus, and some magic shows!