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Jun 16, 2014 10:17 AM

Dining on Maui

We will be visting Maui next month and we be staying in Kapalua but don't mind driving. We are pretty familiar with Maui, although we haven't been in the past three years. We love everyting from fine dining to shacks on the side of the road, so long as they have good food.

Any suggestions for "real" Hawaiian food? We generally visit Aloha Mixed Plate and DaKitchen. Any other places we should try? I would love to try a Luau sponsored by a local church or something like that where there are few tourists.

Also, we generally go to the Plantation House, but I heard that they had some pretty significant changes. What do you think?

We always visit Mama's Fish House, Sansei, the Paia Fish Market and the Gazebo for breakfast. There appear to be some new places close to Kapalua, such as Shark Pit, Miso Phat, Iron Imu BBQ and the Huli Huli Chicken Shack. Any other suggestions? Sorry in advance if this has been covered before and I appreciate any feedback you provide!!!

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  1. I assume you'll be doing Merriman's? Sea House for breakfast or Happy Hour?

    The folks who own Gazebo also now have Koa's in Lahaina.

    Fish Market Maui?

    Try these for local food.


    Waikapu on 30
    1486 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793
    Mon-Fri 6:30 am - 5 pm
    Lau lau, saimin, poi

    Takayima Market
    Poke and bentos, tako poke
    359 N Market St, Wailuku
    Mondays - Saturdays 5:15am - 6:30pm

    Four Sisters
    Malasadas and plate lunch, butter rolls, manapua
    7am-2pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays)
    2062 Vineyard Street (directly across the county parking lot)
    Friday lunch Hawaiian Plate: kalua pig, lau lau, chicken long rice, squid luau, lomi lomi salmon, mac salad, rice

    Home Maid Bakery
    Pastries and bentos/plate lunches
    1005 Lower Main Street
    Hot malasadas made daily from 5-10 a.m. and 4-10 p.m.
    Open 7 days a week, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

    Sam Sato's
    1750 Wili Pa Loop, Wailuku, HI 96793
    7am-2pm daily except Sundays


    Pukalani Superette
    Poke and bentos
    Monday - Friday 5:30 am - 9:00 pm, Saturday 6:30 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
    15 Makawao Avenue, Pukalani, Hawaii 96768


    Local Food
    Kalua pork, spam musubi, shoyu chicken
    Mom and pop hole in the wall, outdoor seating in strip mall
    222 Papalaua Street, Lahaina, HI, (808) 667-2882
    Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm


    Okazuya & Deli Honokowai
    3600D Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Ste R
    Call ahead for takeout, cash only
    Mon-Sat 11 am - 2:30 pm, Mon-Sat 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm


    Huli Huli Chicken at the Keolahou Hawaiian Church
    177 S Kihei Rd
    Wednesdays & Saturdays for lunch
    Outside tent vendor

    Home Maid Cafe
    1280 South Kihei Road, Azeka Plaza
    Malasadas and plate lunch
    Mon-Fri 6 am - 3:30 pm, Sat 6 am - 2 pm, Closed Sundays

    Surfside Deli
    Plate lunch
    1993 S. Kihei Road, Maui
    Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Sunday.

    2 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Mahalo, Kathryn. The chicken katsu (paying $.95 extra for the mushroom gravy) from Okazuya in Honokowai. Would never, ever have found it on my own.

    2. We'll probably have a lunch at Merrimans and dinner at Sea House. Are you not familiar with Fish Market Maui? Its at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. and is a tasty lunch spot.

      I have not heard of most of your suggestions for local foods and will eagerly try as many as possible. Thanks for your thorough post!!!

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      1. re: bringiton

        Merriman's Kapalua isn't open for lunch.

        Hours of Operation:
        Dinner: Sunday-Saturday: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
        The Point: Sunday-Saturday starting at 3:00pm
        Happy Hour: Daily 3:00pm – 5:00pm

        1. re: bringiton

          Kathryn mentioned Fish Market Maui near the top of her post...(she knows EVERYTHING). :-)

          In my opinion Merriman's is far better than Sea House all the way around.

          Sea House for breakfast or maybe HH, but drinks are also way better at Merriman's.

          Have fun!

        2. One of the best places to get a "plate lunch" is just down the road from you, Honolua General Store. Great lunch spot unless ABC has completely ruined the place.
          Also Tasty Crust is just down the road from Home Maid Bakery and is great for breakfast after going to the Swap Meet

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          1. re: rexster314

            I have never heard of Tasty Crunch, Home Maid Bakery or the swap meet? Where are they? When is the swap meet?

            We love the plate lunch at the Honalua General Store!!!

            1. re: bringiton

              Tasty Crust
              1770 Mill St, Wailuku, HI 96793
              (808) 244-0845

              Home Maid Bakery (see also their Kihei location
              )Lower Main Street: 1005 Lower Main Street, Wailuku
              Dairy Center: 395 Dairy Road, Kahului

              Maui Swap Meet is in Kahului, every Saturday, 7am-1pm.
     (I think their site might be down right now)

              1. re: kathryn

                Thank you, Kathryn!!! We usually only venture to Wailuku for A Saigon Cafe, but these places sound fun too.

          2. For us, it isn't a visit to Maui without making a visit to Wendy the barmaid at Halimaille General Store. She always insists we have the daily soup, and she is always right. And then we have the mandatory sashimi napolean.We've actually flown to Maui for a couple of days just to have this meal. We are in her ohana photo book multiple times.

            1. Aloha. .
              You hit up a lot of the places we go to and we'll be there in a couple of months and we are going to a sushi place in Kihei that Kathryn recommended..Koiso.

              Happy hour at Hula Grill or Duke's is always a good time.

              Breakfast is either Plantation House for the best Ahi Benedict w/wasabi hollandaise, Gazebo or Sea House.
              If you find something different, without a long line and good..please report back.

              Maui tacos or the Jawz food truck at Makena beach for my Mex fix.

              Aloha and Mahalo

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                Kihei Cafe is another place we like to visit. Their pork fried rice for breakfast is amazing!!!

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Have you been to Plantation House for dinner lately? There are a bunch of posts on Yelp that say there are new owners and a new chef and the food quality has fallen off dramatically.

                  1. re: bringiton

                    I've only been to Plantation House at Kapalua for breakfast before heading out to 18 or when I don't feel like waiting at the Gazebo..
                    This has become the '19th hole' for us with drinks and a sandwich around lunch time.
                    No desire to go for dinner..weird, I know.

                    Haven't been back since the fire..
                    I will check it out soon and report back.