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FoodieGrrl Oct 7, 2008 03:33 PM

DC Chowhound here, looking for help.

We're coming out for our wedding in December. Just the two of us, thank heaven! But we need a place to eat after we get married on the beach at sunset. (I know, I know - such a cliche, but hey! It's my cliche! :-D)

Since I'm Chinese-American, my first thought was a Chinese place to do a special abbreviated banquet menu for two, but it looks like Maui has a dearth of good Chinese. After perusing this board, I'm thinking about:

Mama's Fish House
Hali'imaile General Store
The Plantation House
Lahaina Grill

Thoughts or any other suggestions? These places are really at the upper limit of our budget. Getting to Maui in December is costing us a fortune, so we're planning on splurging for the wedding dinner one night and a luau on another.

TIA!

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  1. Beach Chick RE: FoodieGrrl Oct 7, 2008 05:32 PM

    Aloha and Congrat's!!
    Where are you getting married in Maui..Napili/Lahaina area or Kihei?
    If Kihei, I would definitely do Mama's Fish House..
    Kaanapali area, I would do Plantation House..
    Been to several wedding dinners at Hula Grill which is a fun and lively place or Kimo's in Lahaina which both are owned by the TS restaurant group..
    Bev does is a fab chef at the general store in upcountry but I would go for lunch.
    Also, Chez Paul is funky lovely French restaurant.

    Mahalo

    www.hulagrill.com

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      FoodieGrrl RE: Beach Chick Oct 7, 2008 05:54 PM

      Aloha and mahalo!!

      Good question on where in Maui. Um...does it seem flighty to say that I don't know yet? This is crazy for me - I must be the most organized, Type A personality ever! Our officiant, who is a family friend who lives in Maui, is actually determining which beach he thinks is best, so I don't really know.

      But we're staying in Kihei, which is why I was thinking Mama's Fish House. Of course, all of the menus for these places make my mouth water, so maybe I'll just keep in line with the more laid back approach we're taking to this whole wedding by throwing a dart at a list of the restaurants and see which one it lands on!

      Do you have any suggestions for good bakeries that might be able to do a tiny wedding cake?

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        Beach Chick RE: FoodieGrrl Oct 7, 2008 06:05 PM

        friends got married at Kaanapali beach and they had the most exquisite Lilikoi (passion fruit)cake that was out of this world good..I forget which bakery they used..
        I wouldn't throw a dart..decide and have a wonderful time..Mama's is an excellent choice.
        December can be busy during the holidays make those reservations!
        Gosh, I have snorkeled up and down most of those beaches in Maui and Kihei has some great beaches..
        All the best to you!

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          FoodieGrrl RE: Beach Chick Oct 7, 2008 06:13 PM

          Thank you - er, mahalo!

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          FoodieGrrl RE: FoodieGrrl Nov 9, 2008 02:12 PM

          So, it turns out we'll be getting married fairly far south - at Po'olenalena Beach. Since the Plantation House and Mama's Fish House, and pretty much everything else is at least an hour away, is there someplace that anyone can recommend in South Maui?

          Thanks!!

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        cstr RE: FoodieGrrl Oct 22, 2008 04:00 PM

        Of your list I highly recommend Bev Gannon's Hali'imaile General Store, truly awesome. Mama's has a great view but I'd only go for lunch, the rest and food is way over rated. There are a lot of local places that are more down to earth, dollar wise, you'll find them on another thread in this board. Lots of great sushi and home made noodles all over the island. Have a great wedding day!

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          duck833 RE: FoodieGrrl Oct 22, 2008 06:57 PM

          Was at a wedding for dear son on the beach below the four seasons a couple of weeks ago. Nice place, public access, I would recommend it highly. They hired a wedding co-ordinator that actually did the ceremony, brought chairs, photographer, violinist, video guy. Worked pretty well.

          The dinner there by the pool was not cheap, but it was wonderful.

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            FDawson RE: FoodieGrrl Nov 9, 2008 04:17 PM

            Congratulations!!! I was a little bit skeptical of Mama's due to mixed reviews I had read and heard about the service and food. We were in Maui in June and my wife forced me to go to Mama's since she'd been wanting to go there for so long. We went.......and it was wonderful. Really, it was great. We ordered 3 appetizers instead of entree's. The service was great, the food was great. The setting is wonderful. The food is a little pricey, but we were glad we went. Good luck.

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              Bill Hunt RE: FDawson Nov 9, 2008 04:27 PM

              FDawson,

              Thanks for that report. I have also seen the "Mama's Battles," and made CH and myself the promise, that we'd dine there in Dec, regardless. Looks like we may have to skip a day of golf, but I can live with that. I do wish that it, and Bev Gannon's were not so far from the Ka`anapali. I'd hate to give up two days of golf.

              Full reviews to follow,

              Hunt

            2. DriverPhil RE: FoodieGrrl Nov 9, 2008 05:05 PM

              What do you folks want? A busy, gourmet place like Mama's and Lahaina Grill or a quieter gourmet place like Gerards ?

              The Plantation is stylish with a nice view but the food is a bit down-market from the top level places.

              We just celebrated our anniversary on Maui and ordered a cake at the Star Market. Quite awesome and a bit over 1 billion calories per slice!

              We're not fans of hotel dining so are unable to advise on those places.

              'Best of Luck and Congratulations!

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              Gerard's Restaurant
              174 Lahainaluna Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

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                FoodieGrrl RE: DriverPhil Nov 10, 2008 04:13 PM

                Thanks, DriverPhil!

                We'd love a quieter, more elegant place. Neither one of us likes big crowds or "trendy" places (we're getting too old for that!), so someplace with great food, great service, and great (quieter) atmosphere would be perfect.

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                  Juji RE: FoodieGrrl Nov 11, 2008 05:13 PM

                  Some of my favorite places in and around Wailea are: SeaWatch (on the Wailea Gold Course), Nick's Fishmarket at the Kea Lani, Duo or Ferraro's at the Four Seasons, and Waterfront in the Maalaea Harbor. Completely agree about Hali'imaile General Store, it is wonderful, and Mama's is also an all-time favorite.

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                KamaainaDreams RE: FoodieGrrl Nov 15, 2008 01:34 PM

                Congrats to you. My husband and I renewed our vows this past weekend in Maui (25 years!). We had lunch at Mama's to celebrate. The fresh fish was superb to say the least, and the service was outstanding. We chose to go during the daytime to take advantage of the incredible ocean view from our table. (If you choose to do this, check the serving hours s they close down mid-day). My husband has been in foodservice for seventeen years and picks apart EVERY restaurant we go to. This time he had nothing but good things to say....which rarely happens. This is our 9th trip to Maui and Mama's has been our best dining experience yet. I would suggest another restaurant for your actual reception because it's at night, but why not try Mama's on your one week anniversary :). **** $$$$

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