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The Best Banana Bread in the World?

So we’re driving along the majestic and windy road into Kahakuloa and a vibrant green roadside food stand catches our eye. We pause for a bit and see tourists pulling over, others seem lost and a few more appear to be maneuvering an illegal U-turn. The moment we get within hearing distance of Julia’s Famous Banana Bread stand we start to hear someone shouting. “Get action, get some action!” For myself and my girlfriend (who was visiting me from Los Angeles) we were slightly amused and not really alarmed. You’d think there would be a smiling woman wearing a woven hat and long mu’u mu’u named Julia manning the treehouse — with its epic views of the lower taro patches and cute menagerie of fresh baked breads, cookies and other bites — but no, its a local, outgoing gentleman by the name of Kalani who uses a different approach to luring the passersby to stop and “get free samples.”

Parched and starving, we eagerly parked then grabbed a few bites of the li hing mango, lilikoi butter, cookies and of course the world-famous banana bread. Featured in Bon Appetite, and Travel + Leisure, this truly is a banana bread to behold. We literally ate an entire loaf in one sitting and we each also purchased a large bottle of lilikoi juice. The bread is soft, moist yet fluffy and the perfect balance of banana flavor, mild craveworthy sweetness and delightful supple texture. Was it the best banana bread I’ve ever tasted? It was a close second. But I know people from around the world love this bread and even special order it to satisfy their craving.

The road that leads to Kahakuloa is a precarious one so drive with caution and aloha.
The vibrant green treehouse is also preceded by these roadside signs.
Once you enter the stand you are greeted with a taste of all the goodies.
The treats are great for travel, hiking, munching and don’t require refrigeration. Bites like coconut candy, dried mango , nut clusters and cookies are sweet and make for a great snack.
The lilikoi butter was delicious and went well on the sample cracker, but it would honestly go well with anything. The treehouse also offers recommendations on their favorite places to eat around the island (i.e. Sam Sato’s and Tin Roof).
These snacks are affordable and easy to grab n go. For us locals li hing mui mango is a staple.
The fresh fruit juices in guava, passion fruit and pineapple were so refreshing and absolutely thirst quenching. Not too sweet either.
There it is, the world famous banana bread. So simple, yet so delicious and absolutely amazing!

Julia’s Banana Bread
4625 Kahekili Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
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Due to current road work, Julia’s Stand/Tree House has relocated during weekdays to a pop-up near mile marker 38 – hours are Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm and back at the treehouse Saturday & Sunday from 9 – 5 pm.

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About Olena Heu

Olena is Executive Editor, Food & Lifestyle at MAUIWatch. The founder of Olena Heu Communications, a social media, digital marketing, consulting and freelance writing company, Olena holds a BA and MA in Communication and Speech from Hawaii Pacific University. An adjunct professor, lecturer and motivational speaker Olena is also an award winning journalist, writer, photographer and avid traveler.

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