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Jun 25, 2012 07:13 AM

Kihei Over the New Year

Are the restaurants in Kihei typically closed on 12/31 and 1/1?

I'm assuming the smaller mom and pop places are, and we should go to Wailea to eat?

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  1. Aloha..
    Not a fan of Kihei and couldn't imagine spending NYE there but many more options in Wailea to eat and drink.
    Careful on the driving to and from..

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      We've stayed in Kihei before and loved our beachfront condo. We are from New York City and want something more relaxed for New Year's Eve, having spent the last few NYEs in Manhattan. Hence, the choice of the smaller town, Kihei.

      We'll probably visit Paia and Lahaina while we're there. We'll also be in Honolulu for five days after the New Year, so I'm not worried about missing out on fine dining options.

      1. re: kathryn

        If you love your beachfront condo in Kihei, then maybe you should hang there with bubbly and get some ahi poke from Foodland or Costco.
        If you want to get out and dine, Mama's Fish house is a fave or Bev Gannon's General Store.
        It's crazy busy over the Christmas holidays, so book early and have a great time!

        1. re: Beach Chick

          Mama's is a good call, we loved our meal there last year.

          I am really hoping they don't do a special NYE prix fixe menu with higher than normal pricing, and special seating times (6pm, 8pm, 10pm). This is what almost every Manhattan restaurant does for NYE. Not sure what it's like in Maui.

          1. re: kathryn

            I would do a lunch at Mama's and then hit up Costco/Foodland for bubbly and other goodies and stay in and enjoy the surf with some Hawaiian music and then head out New Years Day with a morning swim and a big breakfast..

            Plantation House at Kapalua Golf Course is one of my faves with their ahi benedict and wasabi lines, great views and a good way to start the new year.
            Gazebo or Sea House in Napili is another great place for breakfast.

            Look forward to your post on HNL..where are you staying?

            1. re: Beach Chick

              I think lunch at Mama's is an excellent idea. I never really got spending the tariff for dinner after dark there. Although lunch is not much cheaper, you get to really take in the atmosphere instead of the tiki torches. Pupus and champagne on the lanai sound wonderful.

              Also, I'd check to see where there are fireworks. I understand that the Waterfront is reopening and might have a view of Wailea fireworks? Something to look into perhaps.

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Right now, in Honolulu, we're at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Rainbow Tower, getting in on a Friday morning and leaving on a Tuesday night. So we'll have fireworks on Waikiki at a minimum. Really looking forward to it.

                Have a huge wishlist of places to go - Fresh Catch, Leonard's, Waiola Shave Ice, House without a Key, Lewers Lounge, Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian, KCC Farmer's Market (early AM), Diamond Head Grill & Market, Chef Mavro, Pint & Jigger, Orchids for brunch, Shirokiya Food Court, Nanzan GiroGiro, dim sum at Tai Pan, Sushi Izakaya Gaku, Ono Hawaiian Foods, Ono Seafood, Ailana Shave Ice. We'll be spending most of our time in Waikiki, Downtown, near Diamond Head, and on Kapahulu Ave.

                I kind of wish it were December already!

                1. re: kathryn

                  Good list..
                  I would add Roy's in Waikiki..not your Roy's on the mainland.
                  Happy hour at Hula grill, Duke's, Top of Waikiki.
                  North Shore..Giovanni's shrimp truck for the garlic shrimp with 2 scoops.


      2. Second the rec for Mama's Fish. Went there for a Christmas lunch a few years ago. And I know it's a chain but I really liked the appetizers that I had at Spago. I remember reading somewhere that thMaui's Spago was one of Puck's best restaurants.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          Spago Maui exec. chef was voted "Best Chef Maui" 2011 by the readers of Maui No Ka Oi magazine. Read his story, he's driven.

          1. re: manomin

            That is some major dedication! I was at first hesitant about going to Maui's Spago, especially as I go to LA often. But when I'm in LA, I never get to go because there are so many other places to try. I'm glad that I went because those poke cones were some of the best things I've eaten on that trip!

            1. re: Miss Needle

              Isn't he amazing? I have had a couple of the best meals ever there, a multi course custom tasting menu as well as other things. If you are ever there like during the film festival he does whole roasted pigs and other amazing things always the hit!