The town of Kula is located in the upcountry at the base of Haleakala, Maui's main peak. Kula, which means "wide open meadow" in Hawaiian, is located at an altitude of 500 to 1,100 meters and has a cooler and calmer atmosphere than the seaside tourist areas. Vegetables grown in the rich volcanic soil are sold under the Kula brand name, and are valued at high-end restaurants in Hawaii that aim for local production for local consumption.
Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands and offers a relaxing atmosphere with pristine wilderness centered around the majestic Mount Haleakala. In between the sparkling blue waters, tropical rainforests, and canyons, the island is dotted with charming small towns. Lahaina in the western part of the island, where the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii was located in the 19th century, was devastated by a massive fire in August 2023. We can only hope for the earliest possible restoration of this beautiful old city.