Maui Summer 2013
Hello. I'm an Australian now in Maui; used this fantastic site to great effect for SFO recommendations last trip. Can't see anything up to date for Maui. Staying Kaanapali 9 days, but prepared to travel a little if worth it. Happy to pay for anything worthwhile; any cuisine, but preferably good wine list that stretches beyond a token sav blanc and Napa Chardonnay (nothing wrong with that in principle, but seeking some diversity). Any suggestions gratefuly accepted ...
too late to help the op but if anyone else is looking at this thread:
Iron Imu BBQ at Napili Shores Resort
5315 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Napili, HI 96761:
pretty good southern barbeque for something different
Ono Kau Kau
3481 L Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761:
Mixed plate lunch, garlic Ono, teriaki beef, Pig, Rice and macaroni salad full belly for15usd
286 Kupuohi St
Lahaina, HI 96761:
Excellent house made noodle dishes, go during off hours ridiculously popular
You have gotten some good resources.
While I might have contributed in some of those, here is my short list, starting in Ka`anapoli/Kapalua:
Peter Merriman's, up toward Kapalua
Gerard's in Lahaina
I`o in Lahaina
Would have recommended Banyun Tree at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, but have not dined there, since a major redo.
Some other favorites, just have not done anything for me.
Now, though a trek from West Maui, I would be remiss to not mention Mama's Fish House. We had done lunches from Ka`anapali, but due to our love of wines, and the distances, had not done dinner there - just too far to drive. Then, we were given a week's stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, and took them up on the offer. However, we passed on two more free nights there, to pay for The Inn at Mama's, just to be able to have dinners there, and walk back to our cottage. It was well worth that expense.
We also did another night at Bev Gannon's, and that was good, as always.
IMHO, the two best wines lists are at Mama's (loads of very good FR Chards), and then Gerard's (again, great FR Chards).
Again, just my personal preferences.
Aloha, and enjoy,
I recommend the O'o Farm tour and lunch. You would have to bring your own wine, but the food was excellent, the arbor with the tables you eat at look like something out of a fairytale (the picture on the website is pretty accurate), and if you are at all interested in growing your own produce, it's a very interesting tour. Eating just picked produce and drinking freshly roasted coffee makes a huge difference flavor-wise. Monday through Thursday only, starting at 10:30 am, reservations essential.
The Maui dining scene doesn't move as fast as other places like big cities. Here are some threads from the last 12 months:
Hula Grill and Duke's for happy hour is one of my fave's in Ka'anapali.
Mama's Fish House for lunch or sunset dinner.
Bev Gannon's General Store
Kula Lodge for breakfast after the crater sunrise.
Morning snorkeling at Molokini is awesome with the Monk Seals..
Gazebo in Napili for breakfast..Macadamia pancakes
Plantation House at Kapalua Golf Course for the best breakfast..Ahi benedict with wasabi hollandaise..no wait, great views and reasonable.
Costco and Foodland for poke are your friends.