This was the place where we had a bathroom and snack stop - we got here right about noon. They advertise hot coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, gifts and the Protea Flower Gardens. I understand that some of the cycle tour people also stop here.
I didn't go in and buy anything, but I did take some pictures of flowers in the vicinity.
As we sped down the road toward the ship, the bus driver mentioned this place, but I was only able to get this blurry photo of it, and of course we didn't stop so I can't review the place
Their website says:
Perched high above the green hills of Kula on the Valley Island of Maui, the Kula Lodge and Restaurant is a comfortable place to relax on the way back from Haleakala, Hana or Maui's Ulupalakua Winery. Arriving from the other direction, the Kula Lodge is a gateway to rich scenery of Upcountry Maui, as wonderful place to meet or treat your friends and the only full-service bar in Kula.
The restaurant seats up to one hundred and fifty guests, with a very special outdoor area. Cradled in the trees at more than three-thousand feet, the Kula Lodge Garden Terrace features a wood-burning pizza oven and an open view of the entire west side of Maui.
If you stop by Kula Lodge between 11.00 am and 12.00 pm or between 4.00 and 5.00 pm the restaurant is closed but they will serve you pizza on the outdoor patio. You don't get the same views of the island from the patio but you'll get a view of the garden that boasts many beautiful flowers (you can stroll through the garden). I had the "Pizza Carbonara" with bacon which turned out to be very good. I don't remember the name of Cris' pizza, but mine was better anyway :)
This restaurant is not located inside the Haleakala National Park but is located on Highway 378 on the way to Haleakala. Kula Lodge is a quaint restaurant with some gorgeous views of Maui. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and it's a good place to stop on the way up or on the way down from the volcano. We came here for dinner after our Haleakala experience. For dinner the prices were a bit high, but the food was good. For appetizers (we worked quite an appetite on the slopes of Haleakala) we had the Thai spring rolls and seared ahi. The seared ahi turned out to be very delicious. For main course we had veal and a Mahi Mahi with a sort of Thai sauce; they were both very good. There was also pasta, rack of lamb, filet mignon, and chicken breast. They are apparently very famous for their breakfast but we didn't get there in time to try it.
The food is Pan Pacific asian fusion food. The Menu changes daily. Lots of local fish and a wonderful cozy atmosphere. This place also has 6 actual lodges in which you can stay.
Favorite Dish: Pan seared Mahimahi with Garlic butter mashed potatoes.