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Dec 16, 2008 04:52 PM

Good, Cheap, Local Kaanapali/Lahaina Maui Eats

My family and I are going to be spending a week in Maui near black rock, kaanapali/Lahaina. Knowing my family it will be a good mix of extremely expensive and extremely amazing food mixed with cheap eats and a night or two in the hotel with a few good movies. The only thing is that I keep hearing about how the food of Hawaii has its own culture and flavor and I want to experience it, on those cheap movie nights I don't want Dominos or Friday's, I want to local hole in the wall. Please recommend your favorite local spots near Black Rock / kaanapali / lahaina Maui, it doesn't need to be expensive or even moderately priced, it doesn't need to be pretty, it just needs to be good and preferably sanitary.

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  1. Suggest you go to Honokowai Okazuya & Deli. We really liked their Salmon with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce.

    Honokowai Okazuya & Deli
    3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd Ste D, Lahaina, HI 96761

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    1. re: DriverPhil

      Also good poke. The takeout octopus at the Star Market nearby wasn't bad either.
      Star Marrket
      3350 Lower Honoapiilani Rd.

      1. re: wolfe

        thanks all for the recs.

        star market is now times. still some good poke:

    2. Lots of great restaurants in the Lahaina to Kapalua area. No TGI Fridays, so no worries! If you are staying at the Kaanapali resort area, do try the Barefoot Bar for pupus or lunch. Hula Grill is good but busy for dinner. Drive an extra 5 minutes and go to Pineapple Grill in Kapalua. No view (well, tennis courts) but the food is very good. In Lahaina, try Lahaina Coolers for breakfast. Same no view thing, though. For really good local grinds, try Mama's Ribs and Rotisserie in Napili. Strictly take out, so good for stay in nights. Gotta try Lulu's too! At Lahaina Cannery Mall overlooking the parking lot, but go anyway. Great local food and if you are there on a game day, lots of TVs! And if you really, really want local, eat at Zippy's in Kahului. Or the Ale House. Have a good time!

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      1. re: Mauisgr8

        Mamas Ribs in Napili is local food epitomized. Plate lunch - take it back down to the point - yum. Good BBQ and chicken, solid food resonably priced. The line out the door of local boys at lunch caught my attention.......The pork sandwich still has me drooling.....had one almost every day after I discovered it .....leave the beach ...not dinner time...time for a pork sandwich. I hear the family owns it again .....hope they keep it . They sure are doing somethin great. Local owned small family place - where I like to eat when traveling

        1. re: Mauisgr8

          Mama's ribs is indeed very good, but one correction, they have tables inside and out, so not strictly take out.

        2. Da Kitchen. Da teri chicken is da best.

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          1. re: ML8000

            2nd da kitchen. we went to the lahaina location. especially loved the korean chicken. also had some deep-fried spam misubi:


          2. Another vote for Honokawai Okazuya & Deli. Recall the sautee mahi with lemon butter was fresh and well prepared. Owner was a hotel chef who left for his own small spot that serves just about everything from burgers to semi-gourmet fare, all of it to go.

            The Times Market is a nearby source, but the Safeway in Lahaina has a lot to offer, from freshly made poke (get the one that says "Island Fresh", the rest is from frozen fish) to roast chickens. Poke and Maui potato chips is a great appetizer with a bottle of good fizzy.

            1. We had a great lunch at Maui Brewing Company near Kaanapali or between Kaanapali & Napiili.

              They're a local brewer and made several beers that my husband really liked. We also had a great salad, 2 terrific soups and a beer-battered brie.

              The service was extremely friendly and upbeat. The atmosphere was relaxed but comfortable.