Kula Lodge History

Nestled into the mountain at 3,200-ft elevation, Kula Lodge offers the best of Upcountry hospitality. Built as a private home in 1948, it was a site of glamorous parties with the stars like Frank Sinatra, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in attendance. Converted into the lodge and a restaurant in the early 1950s, five guest lodges were constructed to accommodate adventurous tourists who preferred to spend their vacation time on the slopes of Haleakala. As a vision of the current owner, Fred Romanchak who acquired the property in 1984, this historic lodge was expanded to include a spacious terrace with outdoor seating and artisanal pizza oven, and lush floral gardens showcasing local and exotic plants. The restaurant offers hearty breakfast fare influenced by tropics and local Hawaiian culture, and fine dining accompanied by an extended selection of wines including local specialities. Full service bar, the only in Kula, has signature cocktails created from finest local ingredients on the menu. Five lodges offer restful accommodations, while on-site Kula Marketplace carries unique gifts crafted by over 200 local artists and artisans.