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Aug 6, 2009 01:52 PM

Help! A glorious 13-day honeymoon on Kauai and Maui - where. to. EAT!?

Hi Hounders,

Very excited - just booked the flights for my (our) honeymoon (late October) for 6 days in Kauai and 7 on Maui. One of my favorite parts of planning (okay, my ultimate favorite part) is getting on here and colllecting all of the must-hit food spots.

We'll be looking for all meals, and price points that won't break the bank (wedding planning hasn't been cheap!). Special fancy meals, local experiences, and can't-miss holes-in-the-wall. Please share your secret haunts!

Thank you so much, in advance

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  1. Here are my notes from our recent Maui vacation.

    1. I recommend the book "Best Places to Kiss in Hawaii" it has great info on Maui and Kauai. My Mom has this and Hawaii for Dummies (hate the name but it is a great book) which is also great and extremely helpful. The first one I mentioned though will really help you find the more private beaches and intimate restaurants.

      These really helped us find cheaper, better restaurants as well. We loved tham and read them so much before our trip that it looked like we were studying for a test by the time we were done with them.

      I hope these help, and let us know how it goes. ;



      1. A couple of recent links regarding Kauai.

        My list for Kauai:

        Beachhouse for a great romantic setting and good food. Some don't like this place because it's touristy. Well I'm a tourist and the view is unforgettable. If you're going to splurge on dinner, this is the place. Forget Roy's.
        Mark's Place. Small, unassuming with good plate lunch.
        Hamura Saimin. A local institution.
        JoJo's (two locations) for shave ice.
        Lihue BBQ Inn, pretty good seafood plate lunches.
        Lappert's Ice Cream

        1. Congratulations, Jel212! We just got back yesterday from a long visit to Kaua'i and ate at quite a few places. I'm writing up a short report, and I agree with Ogawak 100% on Hamura, Mark's, and Lihu'e Barbecue Inn. I'd agree with JoJo's, too, but we didn't go there.

          We ate at the Beach House after skipping it the last five years, and I'd say it's a must do for honeymooners. The food is good, but I wouldn't go there so much for the chow experience as for the setting. We probably won't go back for another several years, because it seems too formulaic. Our service was mechanical, but efficient, and the menu is pretty much the same as six years ago. But, they're doing something right, because it was packed before we got there and after we left, which is some accomplishment with the decrease in visitors to the islands. It's probably a good idea to make a reservation a week or two before you plan to eat there, and make it for when the restaurant opens, so you can get a table on the water where you'll have a perfect view of the setting sun. If you let them know it's your honeymoon, they'll probably make it special for you.

          Another place that's constantly busy is the Japanese restaurant Kintaro on the eastside in Wailua. The food is very good, it's popular with locals, and if you don't get there when it opens, it could be a long wait for a table.

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          1. re: beantowntitletown

            Wonderful - thank you so much, all! I am ridiculously excited (especially for post-wedding-dress eating!)

            1. re: beantowntitletown

              I agree with Beantown regarding the Beach House. Our food was good not great and the service was very average but in this case, it's all about the view and ambience. We went for our 20 year anniversary and had a fabulous time. I imagine it would be even more special for honeymooners. The view and the sunsets are spectacular. I would not miss it if I were in your situation.

            2. I highly recommend Mama's Fish House on Maui. It is expensive but it is worth it! Make sure to book your reservation just before sunset and when you get there, tell them it's your honeymoon and hopefully they'll sit you at a table along the windows facing the ocean.
              Also recommend Haliimaile General Store. I went for lunch and thought it was amazing. While "upcountry" you should trek a little further to Komoda Bakery for the most amazingly delicious malasadas and donuts you've ever had!!