For a place that is so small you would not think there would be many food options but it’s quite surprising how diverse the food can be. With only a few days in Hana we had to choose wisely so we asked locals where to eat in Hana:
When I first saw signs of this I thought it would be a tourist trap but while getting fruit at Ono Farm’s Fruit Stand I saw the caravan and they explained it was fantastic vegetarian food.
This is another fascinating story on Maui, Chef Hans was born in India, went to culinary school in Sweden and has worked everywhere from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the Four Seasons. His wife Chef Lori Lee is from Texas and told me she came to Maui on vacation and never went home.
This place is that dangerous.
They make both vegan and vegetarian meals and you can bring your own wine at night. The menu is limited but delicious. I bought at zucchini strudel and roasted vegetable quiche to take back to Travaasa Hana for lunch and we had lots of food. At first it seems a bit pricey with most dishes hovering around $10 but once you try it you will realize it’s a bargain to eat Chef Hans food.
The main dining room at the Travaasa Hana, the kitchen makes amazing soup and my mother cannot stop raving about these scallops she ate. Unfortunately the dish was so complex I can’t quite decipher all of the ingredients so she’ll have to remain satisfied with her memories and this photo.
Thai Food by Pranee
I was hesitant to get Thai food here but it was recommended by Travaasa Hana. It’s a bit hard to find, there are random signs all over town but basically look for the baseball field and you will see a covered area picnic benches and outdoor tables.
The word on the street is that someone from Anthony Bourdain’s team called Pranee and said they are coming over to check it out. I would believe it. If you want to travel like Anthony Bourdain Get the panko crusted opakapaka (lead photo) for incredibly delicate fish – actually everything is good, just ask the staff what they recommend.
There were so many other little barbecue and burger stands we heard were great, sometimes you just run out of time!