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Maui - recommendations near Kapalua, advice on itinerary

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Hello. We'll be in Maui for the first time in a couple of weeks and I'd like some thoughts on our itinerary. In particular, I'd like to know any other places near to Kapalua that we shouldn't miss as well as a recommendation for a top sushi restaurant. Thanks in advance.

Lunches:

Paia Fish Market

Bruddah Hut's BBQ

Sam Sato's

Cafe 808

Okazuya

Plantation House (after golf)

Dinners:

Hali'imaile General Store

Mama's Fish House

Banyon Tree

Lahaina Grill

Merriman's

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Lahaina Grill
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761

Sam Sato's
1750 Wili PA Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793

Mama's Fish House
Paia HI, Paia, HI

Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761

Paia Fish Market
2A Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

Cafe 808
Kula Rd Lowr Lowr, Kula, HI 96790

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  1. As has been noted here, HGS, Paia Fish Market and Mama's Fish House are both at least a 45 minute drive from Kapalua, which might be a little further than you want to drive after dinner and drinks. We usually hit these restaurants for lunch or on our way to or from the airport in Kahului. HGS and Paia Fish Market are not nearly as scenic as Mama's Fish House, but then they are not nearly as expensive either. We enjoyed the Sea House (at Napili Kai) for dinner on our last visit to Maui and will definitely go there again. Prices there are easily only about half of those at Mama's Fish House. Our experience at Merriman's was less impressive than some of those reported by other posters and we have not returned since our only trip there a couple of years ago. If by "Okazuya" you are referring to Honokowai Okazuya, I would definitely recommed it for take-out lunch or dinner. Prices are very reasonable and the food is good. The Gazebo is a good place for breakfast or lunch. It's right on Napili Beach and is locally well-known for it's breakfasts. Most of these spots have websites that post menus, so do a bit of research before you go.

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    Mama's Fish House
    Paia HI, Paia, HI

    Sea House Restaurant
    5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

    Paia Fish Market
    2A Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

    3 Replies
    1. re: Mimi

      Oh! I need to go out and look at my bumper - I have a sticker from an amazing fish market
      in Lahaina that had fabulous poke, salads and fish fillet of many varieties in another case.
      Was it Maui Fish Market? I'll let you know. Just home from work and exhausted!

      1. re: manomin

        That would be great, thank you.

      2. re: Mimi

        Great, thank you for those suggestions. I should have noted that we are staying in between Paia and Huelo for a couple days before heading over to Kapalua, so we plan to go to those first three during that time. Sea House looks like a great suggestion and we will definitely check that one out.

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        Sea House Restaurant
        5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

      3. I will attest that your dinner recs. are in line with my favs., though the Banyan Tree has been redone, since we last dined there, so cannot comment on what might have changed. It was very good, bordering on great, two years ago.

        I'd add I`o in Lahaina, and Gerard's, as alternates.

        As noted above, both Bev Gannon's and Mama's are a bit of a hike. We used to only do lunch, as we always found ourselves in Kapalua, but found the remedy to that - The Inn at Mama's, which was a great stay, even though we had just left a 3500 sq. ft. condo at the Ritz-Carlton (and turned down 3 more free nights!). Having Mama's 20' from my door was a blessing, and Hale`imaile General Store is just down the road, and not half an island away!

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

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        Banyan Tree
        1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI