Best Things to Do in Maui: Taro, Poi & Banana Bread Treats

Salmon treats with Poi topping

Salmon treats with Poi topping

We can learn much about the taro farming that has sustained generations of Hawaiians from the Ke’anae Peninsula’s creation legends. It is said that Ho’ohokukalai (the stars) gave birth to a sickly child, Haloa, who died at birth and was buried. A taro plant grew from the burial site. Ancient Hawaiians on this side of the island have cultivated many types of taro for centuries. The Taro plant, or Kalo in Hawaiian, is still the staple food of the Hawaiian culture. Every part of the plant is edible, and taro is now known as a super food for its rich assortment of nutrients. There are many stops on the Road to Hana where you can sample Poi, a Hawaiian dish made from mashed taro.

Aunty Sandy's Famous Banana Bread

Aunty Sandy's Famous Banana Bread

The peninsula is also home to some of the best banana bread on the island.  Sandy’s banana bread has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and the little stand sells close to 80 loaves a day! Sandy’s also has a tasty selection of sandwiches, coconut candies, shaved ice, and other goodies.

“Killer Banana Bread” 5 of 5 stars (TripAdvisor) 

This is a fun stop and was perfect for a mid morning snack for our family on our journey to Hana. We had banana bread from here and from the highly acclaimed Julia's on the most narrow and dangerous road in Maui. Sandy's banana bread is the unanimous winner with the families we traveled with. Coconut candy and other snacks were good too. Highly recommended.