I completely agree with DiverPhil. Maui is not THAT large, BUT if one is in, say Kapalua, then recommending Mama's Fish House for diner, might not work well.
The budget is very, very important too, as there is much to enjoy at several different price-points, and to suggest Merriman's, when one wants a noodle plate, would not be useful at all.
Mama's Fish House
Paia HI, Paia, HI
re: Bill Hunt
Just did some recs. in the Ka`anapali - Kapalua for some friends.
Banyan Tree @ Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua (they have done a refurbish, since I dined there last, so do not know what changes might have been made)
I'O in Lahaina
Gerrard" in Lahaina
Lahaina Grill in Lahaina
Now, that couple did David Paul's Island Grill, and loved it, while we were very disappointed, especially as we have followed Chef Paul for a long time. Hey, maybe we dined there too soon after he opened?
For breakfast, we recommended:
The Gazebo, Kapalua
Sea House, Kapalua
Plantation House, Kapalua
On our last two trips, our disappointments were:
David Paul's Island Grill (see above)
Travel safely, and most of all, ENJOY,
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI
Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761
, Lahaina, HI 96761
David Paul's Island Grill
900 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761
Sea House Restaurant
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Well, I don't know exactly what you mean by "great places to eat" - Fancy or just good things to eat....
My 2 cents: If in West Maui, I'd add Star Noodle to the mix. Casual, interesting food with an Asian twist. Not in Lahaina proper but up a hill into an area of mostly low-rise industrial buildings. We enjoyed it enough last year shortly after they opened, to go back for a second dinner.
286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761
How about around Ka'anapali? I'll be staying at the Westin Ocean Resort for a week or so in mid-may, anything really Chowish and not to be missed around there?
Ideally I'd love a couple of high end places, some local spots that may not be as well known, breakfasts, etc.
I believe I will be going to the General Store restaurant at one point, is there anything there that's not to be missed?
Thanks in advance
I really really love the Ahi Napoleon at Hailiimaile GS, it's fabulous. Although everyone raves about the boboli and crab I was not as impressed. Her flavors are just amazing you will really enjoy yourself. I have yet to go but I hear good things about Peter Merriman's new place MonkeyPod.