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Early Maui Dinner (Kahului side)

I'm heading to Maui in May. We have a redeye coming home and are staying in Kula the last night, so we were going to eat at Mama's Fish House. However, I've heard their prices have skyrocketed. We've eaten there before (after sunset) so I don't care if we miss it. I was hoping CH could help me find a new place.

Hali'imaile was suggested, however, they open for dinner at 5:30pm (our flight leaves at 8pm, cutting to close for my liking). I'd prefer a dinner seating around 4-4:30pm. So obviously, the place needs to be open.

What else is a nice restaurant, good food, on that end? Obviously, I don't want to drive to West Maui, nor Kihei/Wailea.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Try Stinger Ray's in the airport. If it were on the waterfront it would have a local cult following.
    LOL

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    1. re: gfweb1

      We drive by Marco's in Kahului every year but have never stopped. Anyone been there? - it is quite convenient to the airport.

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      Marco's Grill & Deli
      444 Hana Hwy Ste M, Kahului, HI 96732

    2. I'd call Hali'imaile General Store and tell them you need to be out the door by 6:30. My guess is that they'll find a way to accommodate you. But if you want a bigger cushion before your flight...

      You'll drive right by the Stopwatch in Makawao. Nothing fancy - it's got a sports bar vibe - but the food is decent and reasonably priced. Good burgers, and last time I was there I had a seared ahi sandwich that was very tasty. Casanova's across the street doesn't get going until later in the evening, but you could probably snag something at the deli.

      Or you can take a short detour to Pa'ia town (hey, you were considering Mama's anyway). I like the Pa'ia Fish Market and Milagros. Not fine dining by any stretch, but very tasty.

      In Wailuku Town / Kahului, you can grab an enormous (p)late lunch (get it?) at Da Kitchen. Saigon Kitchen has decent Vietnamese, but don't expect it to be as good as the best the OC has to offer.

      If all else fails, I agree that Stinger Ray's has far better food than most airport restaurants. It's no bargain, but sometimes you just need one last bowl of saimin before you go home...

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        I forgot about Da Kitchen being in Wailuku. Can I just pig out at all those that you mentioned? Sheesh. Now i'm hungry.

        What do you both think? My interisland flight to O'ahu is at 8:35pm. Do you suggest stopping at Hali'imaile GS and have dinner there? Remember, I have to return my rental car then check-in for my flight. BTW, when/where do you pay your luggage fees (those suck).

        I'm unsure how far Hali'imaile is from OGG and the rental car, blah blah blah.
        Thanks. I'll look into Stinger Ray's. I saw Pa'ia Fish Market's menu, I think we'd like a bit more "fine dining". lol. I'll also check out Stopwatch. Thanks for the suggestions!!!

        1. re: kelela92

          Working it backwards...

          You should be fine if you get to the airport an hour before an interisland flight. I tend to go with half an hour, but you're checking luggage. So that's 7:35. Rental car check-ins are pretty efficient at OGG; 10 minutes is probably enough time to turn the car in and ride the shuttle to the airport, but let's be cautious and give it 20 minutes. And the drive from the restaurant to the rental car return is right around 15 minutes. So if you stop for gas in Pukalani before dinner, you need to be leaving the restaurant by 7:00.

          Personally, I'd go for it. Just let the reservationist and your server know that you have a flight to catch and need to be out the door by 7 and they'll do everything they can to accommodate you.

          1. re: alanbarnes

            Thanks for working that for me. I agree, I'm going to go for it. It sounds like a place NOT to miss, and so many others on that side too, so I'll have one good last meal before we go home. That way, I can eat all the other "good, but not fancy" places on other days.

            Sadly, I think I'm more excited about all the food, versus us golfing. lol

            1. re: kelela92

              Just ate at Hali'imaile General Store for the first time on Monday...what a treat. Had the infamous crab pizza for a starter. Entrees were the Macadamia Nut crusted fresh catch (Mahi) with mashed purple sweet potatoes, tropical salsa (pineapple and mango) and lilikoi mango butter sauce. Hubby had the Lamb chops with black bean hunan sauce and wasabi (made his nose run!) mashed potatoes. Dessert was pineapple upside down cake and vanilla bean ice cream cake. Fantastic meal...it will put you in a good mood before going back to the mainland. Ask for a table in the front room...much more happening atmosphere vs. the back.

              1. re: ladybugthepug

                I keep staring at their chocolate macadamia nut pie, and I'm drooling. I hope that's there when I get back. Sadly, I love fresh pineapple, but am not a big fan of pineapple upside cake. I think it's because it's cooked. All that you listed, sounded wonderful. I am definitely going to have the crab pizza for a starter, like you.

                Made my reservations already. She seemed to laugh when I said May, but hey, as long as I'm in the books. Yay. I'll recheck them later on.

                1. re: kelela92

                  The chocolate macadamia nut pie is on the menu and i believe the recipe is in her cookbook (she just came out with a new one, both are on display at the restaurant).

              2. re: kelela92

                just be careful that you don't underestimate the TSA line time. Worst in the US in my experience.

                Where are you going to play golf?

                1. re: gfweb1

                  I don't recall it being bad when I went 3 years ago. Hmmm...I always think LAX is bad. Bleah. Big long winding line for nothing.

                  We don't know where we're going to play golf yet. Any suggestions? I was thinking Makena North, OR since we're staying at Westin Maui, one of their Ka'anapali courses (guest rates are doable, non-guest rates aren't, yikes).

                  1. re: kelela92

                    Just went thru OGG TSA last night and it was quick for once. They get big floods of passengers at certain times I'm told.

                    I love Makena North and its CHEAP $47 in the PM (South is closed for redo anyway). Wailea Gold is tough, Wailea Emerald is fun and pretty with a couple dumb holes, Wailea Blue should be bulldozed. I've played all the Kaanapali courses and have nothing good to say.

                    Kapalua isn't far from the Westin. Both courses there are good.

                    Lanai has two great tracks that are a short ferry ride away, but are $$$.

                    1. re: gfweb1

                      Yay on the TSA being fast. :) Let's hope it is for me when I have dinner. lol. Thanks for the info on the courses. Maybe we'll play Makena North to break in the week since it's cheap in the PM, and then maybe try Wailea Emerald or something. I think the Kapalua courses are out of our price range (being over $200pp), although it'd be neat to play the "Mercedes Open" lol. So, nothing good to say about Ka'anapali, huh? Interesting. :)

                      Thanks again.

                      1. re: gfweb1

                        I looked up the rates, how is Makena $47? Was that some sort of special through a group or something? Here's the listed rates.

                        Standard: $210.00*
                        Non-Resort Guest: $175.00
                        Twilight $120.00 Tee Times after 1:00pm
                        Summer Rate $160.00 Available 5/1/09 - 9/30/09
                        Summer Twilight $115.00 Available 5/1/09 - 9/30/09; after 1:00pm
                        Replay Rate $80.00** Same-day/space-available basis

                        1. re: kelela92

                          That's what they charged a guy when I was in the proshop. Maybe he gets some deal for locals or maybe the posted rates are out of date. I dunno.

                          1. re: gfweb1

                            I would say that's the local (ka'amaina) rate.

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