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Going to be in Maui for 10 days...where do I HAVE to go???

I'm going to be in Kehei for 10 days w/ my family. Where on the island do you recommend we go? I prefer small, unknown local places over the big fancy places...although it would be nice to have one place in mind for a special dinner one night. Also, I'm a chef by trade so I'd like to prepare some meals at the house we're renting as well. Any markets in particular I should look to for inspiration?
I'll take any & all recommendations, I'm a very adventurous eater!
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Although not small and not unknown, I highly recommend Sansei, www.sanseihawaii.com, in Kihei. We were in Maui a few years ago & found it through the Four Seasons recommended restaurants list. I then remembered that Rachel Ray visited the Kapalua location on $40 a day (she ate at 10:00 p.m. some night when sushi becomes 50% off). VERY CASUAL place but extremely busy so reservations are a must. I don't remember exactly what we had but you don't have to be just a sushi lover to enjoy this place (I even purchased some souvenirs). We probably had some sushi, meat & fish because half my family is allergic to shellfish. Hope you enjoy!

    1. Lucky You -- My SO and I just returned and we love to cook,so we ate at the house where we stayed almost every night - perhaps the following will be of assistance - Shop at Stars(for fish and maui beef) or Safeway(for staples), GET THE TUNA - any cut - fish is probably the best value in Maui - check out the wine selections at Costco(very near the airport) some nice Napa and Australian choices.If you eat Organic, go to Mana in Paia(nice funky town to visit too)for example,I was able to find some choice YerbaMate which can be hard to find in some places- they have really fresh,local grown veggies,bulk grains and rice- think hippie Whole Foods.-- Maui has a good choice of restaurants,EACH one is spotty on terms of service and quality. None are consistant ,so good luck! - also, If you do get to Paia,dont miss Anthony's for great coffee,teas and usually great scones and muffins - I have a theory as to why the general spottiness abounds - it's must be difficult to concentrate on serving the public when the surfs up,or the sky is magnificent at sunset,or the tradewinds are perfect,etc.etc. - I'm sure you will enjoy your stay!

      1. Pa'ia Fish Market in Pa'ia has excellent fish platters in a very casual atmosphere. The Pineapple Grill in Kapalua serves great food and has a nice view in West Maui. You should make it to Lappert's for ice cream - the Shops at Wailea has one. Da Kitchen in Kihei serves great local Hawai'ian food. Make sure to stop at Costco near the airport to stock up on food items. They have a surprisingly large selection of local & Asian foods including a pretty good poke and cheap booze; everything else is mainland pricing! Check out the papers for local farmer's markets and/or festivals. There are a lot of posts on high-end stuff in Maui.

        1. bigger names:
          roy's
          pacific o
          kimo's
          hula grill
          sansei
          tropica- pricey, small portions but very good

          we went in early june...made breakfast daily, lunch often did aloha mixed plate... only went out for 3-4 dinners this trip->we brought our 15 month old daughter and she needed to get to sleep around 5-6 every day.

          1. STAY AWAY FROM LONGHI'S! (Google "Longhi's" and "braying" and you'll see why. Do not believe the hype. Gadzooks, what a place.)