Ultimate Guide To Hawai’ian Islands Local Foods

Ultimate Guide To Hawai'ian Islands Local Foods

It dawned on me as I was writing The Essential Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui that I mentioned many food dishes (grinds) that were truly unique to the Hawai’ian Islands.  I guess I have some explaining to do so I’ve put together this Ultimate Guide To Hawai’ian Islands Local Foods.  A primer of sorts to help you out when reading menus while visiting Maui or any of the gorgeous islands in the Hawai’ian archipelago. Where I can, I share our favorite spots to find these unique local-style Island delicacies on Maui!

Present Hawai’ian Island food culture is a melting pot of many international influences.  You’ve got Portuguese, Native Hawai’ian cuisine,  American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Polynesian sometimes all rolled into one meal!

When you put all of these food cultures into an equation, the results are infinite and nothing less than unique and creative!

Ultimate Guide To Hawai’ian Islands Local Foods

Desserts and Sweets

Let’s start with dessert items shall we, because who doesn’t love dessert?

photo by Ululani’s Shave Ice

Shave Ice – Shave ice or Hawaiian shave ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice. To be correct, it’s ‘Shave Ice’ not Shaved Ice! While the product can resemble a snow cone, snow cones are made with crushed, rather than shaved, ice. Served in a cone or cone shaped cup, flavored syrups are added to the ice, which are absorbed by the ice instead of surrounding it, shave ice in Hawai’i is often flavored with local ingredients such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passion fruit, li hing mui (salty dried plum), lychee, kiwi fruit and mango. The toppings are very unique to Hawai’i too! Look for mochi balls, sweetened condensed milk, adzuki beans, ice cream! You won’t find toppings like shredded toasted coconut or adzuki beans on the Mainland! Our favorite Shave Ice spot is Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice located in north Kihei! (and walk next door for fresh out of the fryer Malasadas at Sugar Beach Bakeshop!)

Haupia – Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawai’ian dessert often found at luaus and other local gatherings in Hawaiʻi. Think of it as coconut finger jello. The traditional Hawaiian recipe for haupia calls for heated coconut milk to be mixed with ground pia (Polynesian arrowroot, Tacca leontopetaloides) until the mixture thickens. Due to the lack of availability of arrowroot starch, some modern recipes for haupia substitute cornstarch. Don’t worry if you fall in love with Haupia while visiting the Island, you can buy packets at the local grocery stores and take it home with you or order online too! But it’s also simple enough to make from scratch at home. Check out the how to video if you love this local-Hawai’ian yummy pudding!

Portuguese Sweet Bread – or Pao Doce, that was originally a Christmas and Easter tradition. Portuguese sweet bread is a bread made with milk, sugar and/or honey, eggs, yeast, flour and sometimes lemon peel to produce a subtly sweet lightly textured loaf or rolls. If you’ve ever found ‘King’s Hawai’ian Bread’ on the mainland you get an idea of what this yummy bakery goodie is all about.

Kulolo – Kulolo is a Hawai’ian dessert made primarily with baked or steamed grated taro corms and either with grated coconut meat or coconut milk. Considered a pudding, kulolo has a solid consistency like fudge and is often served cut into squares

Malasada – Hawaii’s favorite fried treat. A malasada is a Portuguese confection, made of egg-sized balls of yeast dough that are deep-fried in oil and coated with granulated sugar. Think Mainland donut holes on steroids. There’s an upcoming blog post that I’ll do on the divine Malasadas from the Sugar Beach Bake Shop. Suffice it to say that they are amazing – and all Malasadas are not created equally!

Cinnamon Malasada

Ice Cream Mochis from Leonard

Mochi Ice Cream – Mochi Ice Cream is bite-sized ice cream wrapped in mochi, a sweetened rice dough. Pretty much anything Mochi, not just Mochi Ice Cream is popular in Hawaii. Why not try Butter Mochi, or Mochi Balls on your Shave Ice or Mochi’s cousin Chi Chi Dango (another confection made from rice flour).


Technically speaking many of the items listed here could fall under the snack category but here are a few that are specifically – just snacks.

Crack Seed – Crack seed is a category of snacks that originated in China. It is highly popular in many regions, such as Hawaii. Crack seed are basically preserved fruits that have been cracked or split with the seed or kernel partially exposed as a flavor enhancement. The flavors are varied, ranging from extremely sweet and salty to sour flavors. Flavors can include rock salt plum, li hing mui, honey mango, licorice peach, or any kind of combination of fruits, flavors and type of preservatives used. What originally was a preserved fruit has become a favorite snack in Hawaii and a sample of a cultural food.

Li Hing Mui – Basically a salted, dried plum but also a flavoring. You can find variations such as seedless, shredded, sweet, sweet-sour, red, white etc. Eaten as a snack , Li Hing for short, is a a ‘crack seed’.  But the flavoring – which is ground up plum skin mixed with various other flavors and red color – is sprinkled on fresh fruit, added to tropical drinks, shave ice, you name it. An acquired taste for most and the ingredients of present day Li Hing Mui don’t exactly convey as ‘health food’ (think red and yellow food dye with aspartame)

swap meet

Taro Chips – One of my favorite snacks (and I like to start my trip to Maui eating them on the plane, Hawaiian Airlines currently offers them on their snack menu.) The Hawaiian Chip Co. makes (in my opinion) the best taro chips. They are not overly salted like ones from another major chip company. They’re just perfect for snacking on the beach! I love their starchy goodness and rarely do I not eat an entire bag.

Have you gone into a sugar coma yet?  Mouth puckering from the thought of  sour pickled plums? Yea, me too. Let’s move on to some main dishes shall we.

And speaking of Taro, let’s talk about…

Poi – I recall stories from my Tutu (grandmother) of my mom eating fresh poi as a baby during the years they lived on Oahu. I’ve eaten poi several times, but it’s been a while. Note to self; eat poi again on next trip to Maui!  According to Wikipedia (and I use their reference to make sure I get it right)

Poi is a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from the underground plant stem or corm of the taro plant (known in Hawaiian as kalo). It is a traditional part of Native Hawaiian cuisine.

Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) until it is a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating to achieve the desired consistency, which can range from liquid to dough-like. As such, poi can be known as “one-finger,” “two-finger,” or “three-finger” poi depending on the consistency, alluding to how many fingers are required to scoop it up in order to eat it (the thicker the poi, the fewer fingers required to scoop a sufficient mouthful). Poi can be eaten immediately when fresh and sweet, or left a bit longer to ferment.

For me, poi was a bit like the kindergarden paste of my childhood in texture, not that I ate paste as a kid, has a mild flavor and would be a staple that I imagine is like growing up with hot oatmeal for breakfast.

poi @ ono hawaiian foods

Main Dishes

Loco Moco – This is some kind of meal and how it came to be is a bit of a mystery to me as the combination is not one I’d ever come up with (the history of this local and widely polular dish is known and is said to have come from Lincoln Grill in Hilo).  Imagine this, a plate of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, then smothered in gravy/sauce and finished off with an over-easy fried egg.  There are of course variants to this dish but generally speaking these are the ‘bones’ of it.

Hawaii: Loco Moco

Manapua – Manapua is a Cantonese barbecue-pork-filled bun (Cha siu bao).  In Hawai’i, Manapua’s  name is a shortening of the Hawai’ian mea ʻono puaʻa, meaning, “delicious pork thing.”  This Dim Sum item consists of a white bun with a dark pink-colored diced pork filling. Manapua has come to mean any meat-filled or bean-paste-filled bun made with the same dough and includes locally created versions with hot dogs, curry chicken, kalua pig, and even ube (purple yam), which is a popular vegetarian version of the manapua. In Hawai’i, freshly prepared or prepackaged frozen manapua may be found in dedicated bakeries, restaurants, food trucks, swap meet vendors and chain convenience stores. Which side of the fence you reside on , steamed or baked will provide you with endless debate among locals.

Oyster Sauce Chicken Manapua and passion orange drink

Mixed Plate/Plate Lunch – typical plate lunch consists of white rice, macaroni salad (more on that later), and a meat of your choosing, such as pork, lau lau (more on that later too) maybe mahi mahi, katsu chicken or teriyaki beef.  “The best plate lunches are simple, unassuming meals made in small, non-franchise, hole-in-the-wall, joints owned by local and ethnic families for generations.” says Amberloo of TripAdvisor.  Likely the best Plate Lunch nearest our condo will come from Da Kitchen, a local institution. You’ll also find Spam Musubi on their menu. Da Kitchen is about a 5 minute walk from condo door to Da Kitchen door. In fact, if you want to try many of the local foods mentioned in this post, Da Kitchen is a good place to go as they serve up so many local-style dishes. When ordering, if your server asks “toss or mac” – you’re being asked if you tossed salad or macaroni salad. Plate lunch purists want two scoops, and white rice (not brown, ‘brown rice’ might be white rice covered in shoyu). UPDATE: Da Kitchen Kihei location and their central location has closed due to COVID and the downturn in the economy.

Spam Musubi – Spam is an immensely popular item in Hawaii. Go figure. And when you look at the quintessential island-fusion fast-food item, well… you get Spam Musubi. What the heck is it you say? It’s the ultimate portable snack or lunch food on the islands and is as ubiquitous as flip flops and sunscreen here. A hunk of fried/grilled spam sits atop a block of white rice wrapped in nori in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

Macaroni Salad – Not a fan here but if you are then you’re in the right spot if you’re in Hawai’i! This ubiquitous pasta salad, nearly always served via ice cream scoop is accompanied by a same-shaped scoop of white rice (or two) and just about every place has it on the menu.

Plate Lunch Special

Saimin – Probably the ultimate local comfort food. Saimin (rhymes with eye-bin) is Chinese in origin but has blended over the years to be truly unique to the Islands. According to Hawai’i Magazine “One of Hawai’i’s most traditional local foods, saimin is an iteration of a Chinese egg-noodle soup that was developed during the Islands’ plantation era. You can taste how the recipe has been touched by Hawai‘i history’s different immigrant groups, primarily the thin Chinese chow mein-inspired noodles wading in a Japanese dashi broth. As more migrations followed, more ingredients informally entered the mix—green onions, kamaboko, kimchi, Portuguese sausage, Spam—to create the recognizable bowls of saimin you see today. It’s become so iconic you can order it at sporting events at Aloha Stadium, even McDonald’s locations across Hawaii. Star Noodle on Maui is one of the island’s go-to saimin shops.

Hamura Saimin, Lihue

Poke – It’s not sushi, it’s poke. And it’s pronounced PO-keh! Many pronounce it like ‘Pokey’ as in ‘Do the Hokey Pokey‘ but the sure fire way to blend in while traveling in Hawai’i is to pronounce it correctly. Most often Poke is made from Ahi (yellowfin tuna), shoyu sauce (we say shoyu in Hawai’i, the mainland says ‘Soy Sauce’), onions, and any number of other flavors like sesame oil, avocado, seaweed, Sriracha and more. Our favorite Poke comes from Foodland grocery store in Kihei (you can read more about our favorite island Poke here ). If you’re not sure if you like it or not sure what flavor you love best, they will give you a free sample to try.  A close runner up is Tamura’s which is a local liquor store/deli that can be found in 4 locations on Maui with one being located on Dairy road just after you leave the Kahului Airport! Perfect stop for when you’ve just gotten off the plane and you’re starving because the airplane food was yuck!

Shoyu – As mentioned above, in Hawai’i we call soy sauce by the name ‘Shoyu ‘ and it’s as much a staple as ketchup and mustard on the mainland. So though Shoyu isn’t unique to the Islands, but what we call it is really a regional thing. Wanna sound ‘local’, don’t ask for soy sauce.Ultimate Guide To Hawai'ian Islands Local Foods

Have a favorite snack or meal that you think is quintessentially Hawai’ian and ‘Local’? Leave us a comment below and let us know your favorites!

(Please note that where I use the term Hawai’i or Hawai’ian, I’m specifically referring to the local-style associated with the Hawai’ian Islands)

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Ultimate Guide To Hawai'ian Islands Local Foods

In Pursuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui

Best Mai Tai Maui
In Pursuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui

For those of us who enjoy adult beverages it can be a lot of fun to be In Persuit Of The Best Mai Tai On Maui! Mai Tai’s conjure up thoughts of grass shack tiki bars, drinking out of tiki glasses with tropical fruit on swizzle sticks and of course an umbrella, and trust me, those kitschy style Mai Tais exist but my favorite Mai Tai has grown up a little and offers a little island-style tweak!

This ubiquitous island drink’s name has it’s roots in Polynesian culture. “Maita’i ” is the Tahitian word for “good“.

Best Mai Tai Maui

According to Wikipedia; “Victor J. Bergeron claimed to have invented the Mai Tai in 1944 at his restaurant, Trader Vic’s, in Oakland, California.[3] Trader Vic’s rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his then-new bar named for himself (later a famous restaurant) in Hollywood. Don the Beachcomber’s recipe is more complex than that of Vic’s and tastes quite different.[4]

The Trader Vic’s story of its invention is that the Trader (Victor J. Bergeron) created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends, Carrie Guild, tasted it and cried out: “Maita’i roa ae!” (literally “very good!”, figuratively “Out of this world! The best!”)—hence the name

Most current recipes for Mai Tais based on Trader Vic’s 1944 recipe include rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur (typically orange curaçao). Variants may include orange and grapefruit juices, bitters, grenadine, falernum, and so on. Various books from Victor Bergeron described using rum from Jamaica as well as from Martinique, which in modern usage is a Rhum Agricole.”.

Regardless of which side of the drink debate you fall on, I think we can all agree that this magical rum concoction is a truly delightful, island adult beverage and one that you must try so that your Maui vacation is complete.

Best Mai Tai Maui

I’ll cut straight to the point and let you know that my very favorite Mai Tai can be found at Monkeypod Kitchen. But don’t let that stop you from trying one at all of the restaurants and bars you visit so that you can come to your own conclusion.

Monkeypod’s Mai Tai follows the traditional route but with a little twist, the secret, well not so secret, ingredient is in the house-made liliko‘i  syrup made into a foam that tops the drink.

Best Mai Tai Maui

From Maui Magazine; “Jason Vendrell, beverage director/sommelier at Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea, says, “When we were opening the restaurant, I wanted to do a more classic mai tai, with just one small variation. I was going to incorporate a house-made liliko‘i [passionfruit] syrup, and Chandra Lam [talented mixologist from Southern Wine & Spirits] suggested we make a foam. I think the reason the Monkeypod Mai Tai is so popular is because it is well balanced and refreshingly tart. We also use the best possible ingredients.”

And popular it is!  According to one of Monkeypod’s Instagram posts in January “Monkeypod kitchen Wailea sold 115,000 Mai tai’s this year.”  That’s a whole lot of cocktails my friends, they must be doing something right!

Best Mai Tai Maui
Monkeypod Garlic Fries and House Special Mai Tai!

Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself! Monkeypod Wailea is just a few minutes drive from our condo and trust me, they have fantastic Happy Hours from 3p–5:30p & 9p–11p (50% off appetizers).

Maybe you’re reading this from the Mainland? No worries, here’s the recipe for you to try at home. Reproducing the ‘liliko’i’ foam may be a bit of a challenge but home mixologist probably love a good cocktail challenge.

Monkeypod Mai Tai Recipe


1 oz. Old Lahaina Light Rum
1 oz. Old Lahaina Dark Rum
1/2 oz. macadamia-nut orgeat
1/2 oz. Marie Brizard Orange Curaçao
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

Honey Liliko‘i Foam

1/2 oz. honey
1 oz. liliko‘i purée
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. egg whites
1.5 oz. cold water


Mix foam ingredients well and put in a nitrous-oxide (NO2) infuser* to half capacity. Use 4 charges for a liter-sized infuser. (Or blend ingredients on high speed till foamy.) Add lime juice, orgeat  (a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water), orange curaçao and Old Lahaina Light Rum to mixing glass. Shake with 1 cup cubed ice about 30 seconds and pour into highball glass. Float dark rum. Top with honey-liliko‘i foam and garnish with pineapple half moon.

*also known as a ‘Whipped Cream Dispenser‘ , widely available on Amazon.

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The Essential Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui
The Essential Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Some of Maui’s best ‘grinds’ (food) are offered up from Food Trucks.  We’ve put together this ‘Essential Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui‘ as a jumping off point for what’s sure to be an ever growing list of hidden gems that are sprouting up around South Maui (North Kihei to South Wailea) and Island wide.

There’s no arguing that Maui is one of Hawaii’s top gastronomic destinations with it’s fusion of Island-Asian style blended with traditional Polynesian and sprinkled with European influence. The top end restaurants though wonderful and decadent come with a hefty price tag. Maui’s local food trucks offer up amazing, mouth watering, local style dishes aimed at the average to budget traveler and local alike.

Get ready to thrill your taste buds with these local style grinds!

Kina’ole Grill

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Let’s start with Kina’ole Grill Food Truck. Kina’ole Grill appeals right away with their beautiful turquoise truck painted with a lei-making beauty and an outrigger-canoeing guy. But though their truck is eye-catching, it’s what’s being served from the widow on the other side that has locals and tourists talking. Sample menu items range from fresh grilled Ahi to Chicken Katsu. The Crispy Calamari is a big hit with it’s Dynamite Sauce as is the Coconut Shrimp! How do Pulled Pork Sliders with delicious Guava BBQ Sauce sound?

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Kina’ole Grill Food Truck can be found just across from Kamaole I beach (Bonus! It’s walking distance from our condo!) in South Kihei.

Link – https://www.facebook.com/KinaoleGrillFoodTruck/

Hours – 7 Days a Week 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Prices – $11-30

Address – Corner of S. Kihei Road and Alanui Kealili Dr,  Kihei, HI 96753

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Aloha Thai Fusion

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Maybe you’ve had grilled Ahi and Mahi Mahi a few days in a row and are looking for something delish but just a little different. Then no problem because parked right next to Kina’ole is Aloha Thai Fusion Food Truck (and catering)!

Why not try some Hand Rolled Spring rolls all vegetarian with fresh herbs, or Maui’s voted Number One Pad Thai Chicken or Shrimp?  Can’t go wrong with their Fresh Grilled Fish Tacos made with stone ground tortillas and pineapple coleslaw w/cilantro lime mango crème fraiche!

Guide To Food Trucks Of South MauiLink – http://www.alohathaifusion.com/

Hours – 7 Days a Week 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Prices – $8-25

Address – Corner of S. Kihei Road and Alanui Kealili Dr,  Kihei, HI 96753 (Use map above)

Big Beach BBQ

Now Big Beach BBQ has a big local following as they’ve been serving up BBQ delights on island for some time now. They had a regular spot at the Maui Brewing Co but just announced their new location at the Kukui Mall.  Their motto – “Pork & Pelagics is what we do.” – keeping it simple.

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

The meat is smoked in Kiawe and the fish is caught locally, offering you a genuine taste of the islands that’ll keep you coming back for more. Vacation over? No problem, they sell their BBQ Sauce and Hot Sauce so you can take some of the islands home with you.

Menu items range from Pulled Pork Tacos to a side of Mac Salad (it’s a ‘thing ‘ in Hawaii) to the Pine Dog (pineapple infused pork link).

They constantly move between their locations in Makena (Big Beach), and Kukui Mall.  But,  they don’t move at random, so if you’re ever curious about where they’ll be and when, just go to any of their social media pages or head over to their website to check out their schedule!

Link – https://www.instagram.com/bigbeachbbq or https://www.bigbeachbbq.com/

Hours – Wednesday 5pm – 10pm , Fri, Sat, Sun 11am – 5pm

Prices – $3-14

Address – Varies but their Kukui Mall location is;   1819 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

Jawz Fish Tacos

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

If you’re headed out to Makena Beach (aka Big Beach) or any beach in that vicinity then no need to pack a lunch, just head over to Jawz Fish Tacos. It’s oh so much more than just fish tacos. For a food truck, they offer a nice variety on their menu. Everything from (of course) Fish Tacos to Shave Ice (again, in Hawaii it’s a ‘thing’).  Maybe you forgot your water bottle and you’re mouth is full of salt water from body surfing at Big Beach, no problem – Jawz has you covered.

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Link – https://www.yelp.com/biz/jawz-tacos-big-beach-makena

Hours – Monday – Saturday (Closed Sunday) 10:30am – 7:30pm

Prices – $4-12 BRING CASH, it’s a little isolated out at Makena.

Location – Makena Beach Parking lot #1

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Horhito’s Mobile Taqueria

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

I’m sensing a theme here for South Maui Food Trucks – Tacos!  Next up on our list is Horhito’s Mobile Taqueria.

Open daily from 10am-9pm, specializing in Mexican Cuisine, Horhitos was voted Maui’s Best Food Truck in MauiTimes Best of Maui Issue. The shrimp ($3) and fish (ono or mahi, $4) tacos come on flour tortillas with shredded lettuce, cheese, chipotle mayo and pico de gallo. The steak, al pastor and smoked roast pork tacos ($2) are served on corn tortillas and topped with onions and cilantro. The menu also includes breakfast burritos and wraps, Hawaiian plates, quesadilla, burritos and hot dogs.

Link – https://www.facebook.com/HorhitosMobileTaqueria/

Hours – 7 days a Week, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Prices – GREAT! $2-9

Address – 1941 S Kihei Rd,  Kihei, HI 96753

South Maui Fish Company

One of my all time favorites that I stumbled upon by chance when they were first starting out is South Maui Fish Company. Give their poke bowl a try, it’s amazing!

From their website; “At South Maui Fish Company we take great pride in offering you the freshest quality of fish.  Daily catch coupled, with much of our menu being locally sourced produce and as many sustainable ingredients as possible.  We want our customers to have a great meal while having the least amount of impact on our environment.”

Link – http://southmauifishco.com

Hours – Monday – Saturday 11:00a.m. – 8:30 p.m (Open until they sell out, which does happen)

Prices – $3-26

Address – 22 Alahele pl. Kihei, HI, 96753 (Behind the Union 76 station on S Kihei Rd)


Outrigger Pizza

A departure from the food trucks above is Outrigger Pizza. Offering up pizza delights such as White Cheddar Mushroom and Chicken Bacon Ranch!  You’ll also find other amazing pizza flavors from this mobile eatery such as Pesto Pie and Spinach Delight. Maui’s first wood-fired pizza food truck, the chef/owner uses Kiawe wood in the over and hand makes each pie while you wait! Check them out at the Kukui Mall. Psst… Kiawe is a lesser known species of Mesquite.

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Link – https://www.outriggerpizzas.com

Hours – Monday – Saturday 11-830pm

Prices – $8-15

Location – Kukui Mall 1819 S Kihei Rd, Kihei HI 96753 (see Big Beach BBQ above)

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Kihei Station Food Trucks Court

Recently, a little-used parking area behind the mauka (mountain side) Azeka Shopping Center has been converted into a food court of food trucks. From their website “Kihei Station Food Truck / Trailer Pod is a culinary carnival with a rotating lineup of culinary curiosities that are sure to amaze, delight and astound.”

There are shade structures, games and plenty of trucks to choose from.

Here’s a list of some of the food trucks rotating in/out at Kihei Station with about 5 or 6 in residence at any given time.

Teddy’s Burgers – Authentic home-style burgers, thick shakes and all the traditional sides.

Just Put In – Serving up the French-Canadian delicacy known as Poutine (French Fries topped with cheese curds and brown sauce/gravy)

808 Street Grindz – Grilled cheese, Sliders, Tacos and sides

Bait & Hook – A Seafood Eatery – Poke, Chowder, Fish Tacos and more

Gyro – Greek Mediterranean Grille – Gyro, Salad, Falafel, Hummus

Da Nani Pirates – Tacos, Wraps, Salad, Sandwiches

Veg Out – Vegetarian Cuisine

Lahaina Hot Dog Co – All beef hot dogs, sausages & more

Old Lahaina Town Coffee – Coffee

Melemele Sweet Shop –

Off the Griddle – Waffles

Guide To Food Trucks Of South Maui

Several more trucks are slated to be added in the near future. We’ll update this post as new trucks rotate in and out.

Hours – 11:30 – 8pm

Prices – Varies depending on vendor

Location – 1 Pi’ikea Avenue, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96761 (Behind Azeka Shopping Center)

Have a favorite food truck in South Kihei or on Maui, drop us a note below in the comments section, we’d love to hear from you!

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Kohola Brewery Lahaina Pouring Their Heart Into Craft Brew

Kohola Brewery Lahaina
Kohola Brewery Lahaina Pouring Their Heart Into Craft Brew

Kohola Brewery Lahaina.  Last week we visited Maui Brewing Co for a look at what’s on tap in South Maui – today we’ll see what’s brewing up on the West side in Lahaina.

Kohola Brewery was born of the dreams of two couples, William and Susan Ramirez and Ian and Christine Elumba of Southern California. Home brewers taking their dreams to a new level!

The brewery was purchased from the former owners, Maui Brewing Co. after they expanded into South Maui. The fit was perfect!  After much remodeling and reconfiguring of equipment to meet their unique needs, the brewery opened their doors to the thirsty in December of 2016.

From Kohola’s web site;

Kohola Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery located in the heart of Lahaina, Maui. We believe that good beer makes everything else better. Beer is one of those special things in life that brings people together. We pour our hearts and passion into a pint and share our craft to those who enjoy our extraordinary brews.  We are your local brewery. We are Lahaina-brewed.
Kohola beers are now served in 80 draft handles in 50 bars, restaurants and resorts on Maui, as well as several places in Oahu and Kauai.
All of our Beers are brewed and packaged locally here in Lahaina, Maui. Flights of 4, 6 and 8 are available. Happy Hour is 4-9PM Daily
For the uninitiated, Kohola means Whale in the Hawaiian language and is represented in their unique and simple logo.

Year Round Beers

Kohola Brewery Lahaina


Kohola Brewery Lahaina

Let’s take a look at what’s on tap!   Year Round Beers-

Talk Story Pale Ale – American, 5.1% ABV, A smooth, grainy, and slightly bready, classic Pale Ale. This flavor matches beautifully with the citrus, tangerine flavors and aromas of Chinook, Mosaic, Mandarina Bavaria and Citra hops. Locals in Hawaii love to chat — or what we say talk story. This is what this beer truly represents, good times with friends and Ohana. Malt: 2-Row, Vienna Hops: Citra, Chinook, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic Yeast: House Ale.

Lokahi Pilsner Pilsner – German, 5.5% ABV, Our best-selling beer, a German Style Pilsner, presents a slightly grainy, pilsner malt sweetness to the nose and mouth. Its crisp hop bitterness from Tettnang hops is accentuated by a moderate sulfate rich water profile, this pale-yellow lager is conditioned for 6-8 weeks to give it a perfect flavor and aroma profile to compliment the beautiful island of Maui! Lokahi is the Hawaiian word for “in unity, harmony, and peace”. Malt: Pilsner Hops: Tettnang, Hallertau Magnum Yeast: Bohemian Lager.

Red Sand Red Ale – American Amber / Red, 5.5% ABV, Red Sand Ale is an American-style Red Ale that is medium bodied with bready, malty flavors and aromas. It has hop aromas of earth and spice from the late kettle Fuggle additions. This beer is named after the “pocket” Red Sand beach in Maui. As red ales are not common to the islands of Hawaii, this is truly a “pocket” style in paradise. Malt: 2-Row, CaraAmber, Crystal 60, Black, Vienna Hops: CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk, Zeus), UK Fuggle Yeast: House Ale

Kohola Brewery Lahaina

The brewery has a good sized handful of Limited Release beer on tap as well, all with monikers as unique as their flavor profiles;  Shaka Island (IPA), Pineapple Lokahi  (Pilsner), Lilikoi Saison (Lilikoi = Passionfruit), Mean Bean Coffee Stout, Mr. Ukulele (IPA), Hop Aloha (IPA), Sweet Home Lahaina (Belgian Tripel) and Coconut Hula Stout!
Kohola Brewery Lahaina


At the moment the brewery isn’t offering up food but Ono Tacos is their neighbor and Kohola encourages folks to grab a bite at the food truck (well really food trailer) and carry it on over. Kohola offers fun games such as cards, Jenga, GIANT Jenga and more as well as complementary WIFI, and kamaaina specials for residents.


Brewery Tours

Kohola Brewery Tour;

Tours are $10 from Wednesday to Friday. 2pm, 3pm and 4pm

The 30-minute brewery experience provides guests with a basic introduction to beer, grains, hops, yeast, brewing and a tour of our brew house, cellar room, and entire brewery. Beer Samples, Growlers, Pints, Crowlers and Merchandise are available for purchase.

Tour GuidelinesKohola Brewery Lahaina
– Please arrive 10 minutes prior to tour time.
– Please Check-in with the Beertender.
– Check-in for tours closes 5 minutes prior to the start of the tour.
– Alcoholic Beverages are not allowed on the tour.
Guided public tours are strictly limited to 8 people and are available for ages 21 years old and up. Sorry, our liquor license doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 21 years old at the brewery, this includes minors, children, toddlers, and babies.

GRATUITY is not included. Tipping your tour guide is appreciated!


Where: 910 Honoapiilani Highway #55, Lahaina, HI 96761

Hours:  Open 7 Days 12pm – 9pm, Happy Hour 4pm – 9pm

Contact: 808.868.3198




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Fork & Salad Serving Up Fast Healthy Meals On Maui

Fork & Salad Serving Up Fast Healthy Meals On Maui
Fork & Salad Is All About Healthy Eating

Forget about the salad bars of the past, take a look at what three local chefs are cooking up (or rather not a whole lot of cooking) at their newest healthy-eating restaurant in Kihei. Fork & Salad Serving Up Healthy Meals!! With an incredibly diverse menu and ingredients sourced locally these boys have hit a home run. Sandwiches, Wraps, Soup and Salad are the main fare at this north Kihei hot spot.

Fork & Salad

Fork & Salad

Building your own salad is a 3 step process.

First, pick your salad base of kale, arugula, spring mix, spinach, romaine (or other seasonal greens as available)

Second, pick your favorite dressing from the following

cilantro-smoked chili
roasted shallot balsamic
green goddess
meyer lemon-herb
creamy ranch blue cheese classic caesar l
thai lemongrass

olive oil
squeeze of lemon & oil
balsamic vinegar
red wine vinegar

Third, pick 5 ingredients from  ‘Build Your Own’ salad ingredients list

beets raw
beets roasted
spicy broccoli
cilantro and mint
corn raw
crimini mushroom
curry golden raisins
dried cranberries
boiled eggs
fried garlic chips
fresh hearts of palm
green papaya
kabocha squash
kalamata olives
kim chee banana peppers
local sprouts papaya
purple sweet potato
purple cabbage
red bell pepper
red onion
roasted eggplant
brussel sprouts
blue cheese
shredded feta
goat cheese
slivered almonds
health grain mix
buckwheat noodle
wasabi pea

And Viola! Healthy eating at it’s finest.

Fork & Salad

As visitors in search of healthy eating and locally sourced foods, we think this one is a real hit. The infinite number of combinations would be cost prohibitive if you were to try and purchase all of them individually and chances are you couldn’t eat what you’ve bought before your departure. This is a great option to get a very diverse salad or sandwich without breaking the bank.

Of course there are also order off the menu salads as well, both options will run you less than $10 and sandwiches slightly more.

Fresh soups are offered as well as healthy grain bowls.

About Fork & Salad

A chef-inspired salad company! “Eat local. Eat healthy!”

Our Mission: to redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine – as healthy, quick, convenient and affordable, so it can be enjoyed every day by everyone. In doing so, we will effectively support local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, taking us one step closer to a sustainable, edible Maui.


We feature tasty chef-inspired salads, sandwiches, soups, stews, juices, organic coffee and more. We source as much of our produce locally and organically as possible. Every ingredient has an origin and every recipe is hand-crafted! Our diners will feel awesome eating healthy as they support our partner vendors!

Farm to Table 2.0

Founded by chef-owners Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin in 2016, Fork & Salad is their second restaurant brain child, the first being Three’s Bar and Grill in Kihei, Maui. Their vision is to expand the farm-to-table movement to all parts of Hawai’i and make it accessible to all consumers and boost the local economy.

Fork & Salad

Click for a downloadable To-Go Menu (PDF)

Hours: Open Every Day 10:30AM to 9PM

Address: 1279 S Kihei Rd, Unit 204, Kihei, Hawaii 96753

Phone: 808-879-3675

More Info https://forkandsaladmaui.com/

Fork & Salad can be found on Facebook and Instagram

UPDATE: Fork and Salad has a second location in Kahului, very close to the airport if you want to grab a to-go meal for your flight home or a snack after arrival!

Pu’unene Shopping Center 120 Ho’okele St., Unit 330, Kahului, HI 96732
Kahului — 808-793-3256
Open Every Day
11AM to 8PM

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Maui On Tap – Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery
Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

With names like Bikini Blonde, Pineapple Mana and Pau Hana (Hawaiian for ‘later’ or ‘after finished’, which translates also to after work) one can expect to have some delicious island style craft brewed beer, and Maui Brewing Co. doesn’t disappoint. Come visit their Brewery in Kihei, Maui!

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

About Maui Brewing Co.

Sit back & relax, or play some boards games, while enjoying a beer in our tasting room or covered lanai with glorious views of both Haleakala & Molokini! We offer many styles from our thirty-two tap draft system, and have selected ciders, wines, and specialty cocktails. We welcome families with children who are well-supervised during your visit. Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome any pets (unless service animals) for health code reasons.

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery



2018 marked the year for the opening of MBC’s brand new Kihei on-site restaurant.  It’s already surpassed expectations and is one of the islands most hopping restaurants!  Fantastic ambiance, great food, excellent service (and I mean top notch!), and of course there’s the outstanding beer -what an amazing selection! (personal fav is the Imperial Coconut Porter -delish!)

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery



Offered daily from their Kihei Tasting Room. A 45-minute guided tour providing an up-close glimpse of our brewhouse, cellar and packaging line. The tour ends with a tasting of our flagship beers, a token for a full beer (or Island Root Beer), and a souvenir glass for you to keep!



Hours: MBC offers six daily tours between noon and 3:15

Public Tours are $15 per person.  Book your tour


Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft BreweryLIVE MUSIC

Between 5 -8pm MBC features live local bands and music, perfect for taking in Sunset while sipping a few cold ones and noshing on some good local food-truck fare. Follow MBC on Instagram for their updated music schedule.

Please note: No minors are allowed in the Tasting Room after 8pm









MBC offers their beer to go in four packs or six packs, crowlers, growlers, and kegs (ok, maybe you shouldn’t take a keg back to our condo.) You’ll love that that you can pick from their extensive on-tap menu and they will put 32 ounces of your favorite beer in a ‘Crowler‘ (extra large can) – canned right then and there! So cool!  Maui Brewing Co beer is also sold in most if not all the local grocery stores, liquor stores and chain stores so if you need more after your visit, no worries.




605 Lipoa Parkway
Kihei, HI 96753
PH: 808.213.3002

7 Days a Week 11am to 10pm

Maui On Tap Exploring A Local Craft Brewery

Every day from 3:30pm-5:30pm & 9:30pm-11pm Daily. Enjoy $1 Off House Beers, $3 Off Culinary & Classic Cocktails, $10 Pizzas, 50% Off Select Apps *Only pizzas served after 10:30pm


Joining us on a Wednesday? Wear one of our many MBC logo shirts or hats and enjoy $2 off MBC beers all day long!

MBC offers six daily tours between 11:30 and 3:15pm (see more above)






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Lauryn Hill – Special Maui Valentine’s Weekend Engagement

Lauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement
Ms. Lauryn Hill
A Special Valentine’s Weekend Engagement at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Lauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement


Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents an evening with Ms. Lauryn Hill. Imagine sitting on the lawn in Maui enjoying an outdoor concert with tropical island breezes while listening to wonderful music!

Lauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 6:00 PM

With special guest, Eli-Mac!

Gates open at 5:00 pm

Ms. Lauryn Hill, a native of South Orange, New Jersey, first came to attention with the multitalented group, the Fugees. Their real breakthrough came with the sophomore album, “The Score,” which featured the hit song, “Killing Me Softly.” That album still remains the worldwide top-selling rap album of all time.

Ms. Hill earned two Grammy awards (Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a duo or group) in 1996 before releasing her self-written and self-produced iconic solo album, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill,” which topped Billboard charts the moment it came out. She remains an influential artistic force.


Opening up the show is Eli-Mac, aka Ciara-Camile Roque Velasco, a Filipino-American singer known for her success on the third season of American Idol. Vocally she was most closely aligned with hip-hop among other genres and was even likened to her inspiration, Lauryn Hill.

Don’t miss this special Valentine’s weekend engagement!!

CLICK HERE for the menuLauryn Hill - Special Valentine's Weekend Engagement

TICKETS: $59/GA (plus applicable fees)
Ticket prices increase $15 on day of show.

PARKING: $5 (CASH ONLY) at UHMC parking lots night of show.
There is no parking available in the MACC lot.

MEET & GREET PACKAGES: The concert’s promoters have made additional packages available to patrons who have already purchased a concert ticket.

Packages are available for purchase now through Wednesday, Jan 31, at 4:00 pm HST, or while quantities last.

Packages can only be purchased in person or by phone at the MACC Box Office.
Box Office hours: Tue-Sat, 10-6pm

ADD-ON PACKAGE #1: $650 per person; includes access to side stage area, photo opportunity with Ms. Lauryn Hill, tour poster, and a collectible laminate.

ADD-ON PACKAGE #2: $236 per person; includes photo opportunity with Ms. Hill, tour poster, and a collectible laminate.
Date Event Time Tickets
Saturday February 10 Lauryn Hill 6:00 PM Buy Tickets


Maui Arts & Cultural Center


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Craft Cocktail Tasting Special Event

Craft Cocktail Tasting Special Event
Eureka! Craft Cocktail Tasting Special Event

Craft Cocktail Tasting Special Event.  Taking place on January 23, 2018.  New all-American Restaurants Opens in Downtown Las Vegas on February 12, 2018 and offers a cocktail preview at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Eureka! hosts a craft cocktail preview event at the Andaz Wailea to showcase a sneak peek into the all-American craft cocktail bar program at one of Las Vegas’s newest restaurants, opening on February 12, 2018. Explore, taste and sip your way through signature cocktails with Eureka!’s own Beverage Director Trevor Tyler. Featured cocktails include:

· Old Fashioned:  Whiskey / Sugar / Bitters (Choice of Buffalo Trace Bourbon or Old Overholt Rye)
· Electric Butterfly:  Immature Brandy / Rum / Butterfly Pea Tea / Lime / Chareau Aloe / Orgeat / Buzz Button (sensory discovery)
· Young and in Love:  Vodka / Elderflower / St. George Raspberry / Blood Orange Shrub / Lemon

Craft Cocktail Tasting Special Event

Space is limited and RSVP is required to alexia.penna@eurekarestaurantgroup.com.



Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
3550 Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea, HI 96753

About the Andaz Maui Hotel & Resort

Phone Numbers
Contact Phone: 310.405.9645
Email alexia.penna@eurekarestaurantgroup.com
Contact Name: Alexia Penna
Contact Organization: Eureka!

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The Ultimate Maui Farmers Market Guide

The Ultimate Maui Farmers Market Guide
The Ultimate Maui Farmers Market Guide

We’ve put together The Ultimate Maui Farmers Market Guide. Your island guide and a map of Maui Farmers Markets to help you find the freshest, locally grown fruits and vegetables while visiting Maui.

Knowing how to shop like a local will enable you to cook the best island fresh meals made from locally grown and organic produce. And you’ll be supporting the local community and eating the freshest island grown ingredients! Maui is blessed with a year round growing climate and though some fruits and veggies do have seasons, you’ll always find something unique and exciting to try!

One of the reasons our guests stay at a fully equipped condo is to enjoy a few meals in. Our condo is just steps to the two gas BBQ grills available and we’ve just installed a brand new 5-burner gas cooking range and offer every imaginable kitchen gadget to prepare your island style meals.

All Farmers Markets are also listed on our Maui Events Calendar should you wish to see Farmers Markets listed by a particular day of the week.

Download your printable take-along copy of The Ultimate Maui Farmers Market Map here!

Farmers Markets of Kihei (South Side)

Lipoa Street Farmers Market

This little market has some great vendors but it’s still on the small side. Even still, you’ll find a nice variety of goodies.

Days: Saturdays

Times: 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: 95 E. Lipoa Street, Kihei, HI 96753

More Info

Farmers Market Maui

Located on the north side of Kihei near Sugar Beach. This is an ongoing market open most days and serving up lots of local style fresh produce, baked items, hummus, cheese and more. Most days you can buy a cold, fresh coconut, opened with a machete to order and sip right out of a straw! Best stuff ever! One item not to miss from this and the Lahaina sister farmers market is the Lilikoi Cream Cheese. Lilikoi is passion fruit and supposedly this is the best on the island. Try it on a bagel, fresh banana bread or homemade French Toast!

Days: Monday-Fridays

Times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: 61 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753

More Info

The Ultimate Maui Farmer's Market Guide

Farmers Market by the Church/Iglesia (aka Rowena’s)

Days: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Times: 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: 1794 S Kihei Rd. Kihei, HI 96753

Contact: 808.572.9697

More Info & Yelp link

Yee’s Orchard

While you won’t find everything you might find at another Farmers Market, you will find the most diverse selection of fruit at Yee’s Orchard. Yee’s has been selling and growing their own varieties of fruit for over 60 years. Their mango selection can’t be beat! They get my vote for most delicious!

Days: Most days, closed Mondays & Fridays

Times: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 1165 S Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753

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Farmers Markets in Central & North Maui

Kahului/Wailuku area

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center Farmers Market

The center courtyard of this central Maui mall is transformed into a local-style farmers market three days a week. You’ll find an array of locally grown fruits and veggies as well as other farmers market fare.

Days: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

Times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Queen Ka’ahumanu Center 275 West Ka’ahumanu Avenue Kahului, HI 96732

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Maui Swap Meet

This is the quintessential outdoor Maui market. You’ll find everything here from craft goods to t-shirts to souvenirs and more. Along the back row of vendors you’ll find tons of locally grown food. This is a great market and so much more than a ‘swap meet’.

Days: Saturdays

Times: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 310 Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732

Entrance fee is $0.50, a total bargain!

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Lanakila Club Market

I haven’t tried this market yet but will soon. From their website they offer the following description; “Packed with energy and freshness – Hale Ku’ai is a training program that prepares members for employment in the retail of food items and produce. Most of the produce is marketed on the day it is delivered; and priced to be affordable to those who would not normally purchase fresh produce. The Open Market is intended to promote wellness. Come check us out…there is something for everyone.”

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Times: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: 1977 Main Street Wailuku, Hawaii 96793

Kumu FarmsThe Ultimate Maui Farmer's Market Guide

This small store sells a wide variety of local fresh fruits and veggies at reasonable prices.

Days: Most days, Closed Mondays

Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy., Wailuku, HI 96793

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La’akea Farm Stand

This is another market I’ve not yet tried. From their website; “Our Country store vends locally grown organic produce and hand made gifts to the public providing meaningful work for our participants as it creates social integration within the greater Maui community.

The Country Store offers a bounty of fruits and vegetable to the participants, staff, and the local community.”

Days: Tuesday – Saturday

Times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 639 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779

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Farmers Markets on the West Side

Napili Farmers Market

From their website; “The Napili Farmers Market offers fresh Maui-grown produce, as well as locally-made, unique products, such as Hawaiian honey, fresh juices, cultured macadamia nut spreads and dressing, along with handmade jewelry, artisan crafted organic kombucha, baked goodies, vegan sushi, hair clips, popsicles, cold pressed juices, essential oils, organic and naturally leavened bread, massage and live Hawaiian music!”

Days: Wednesdays & Saturdays

Times: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: 4900 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761

Farmers Market & Deli Maui (Lahaina)

Days: Outdoor Market open Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Times: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Deli/Store Open 7 days

Times: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: 3636 Lower Honoapi’ilani Rd Lahaina, HI 96761

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Oluwalu Open Air Market & Juice Stand

Nice stop on the way to Lahaina or after a morning of snorkeling at Mile Marker 14 (Oluwalu). Lots of fresh tropical fruit, cold coconut water, smoothies and more.

Days: 7 days

Times: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: 820 Oluwalu Village Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761

More Info

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Upcountry Farmers Markets

Upcountry Farmers Market

From the website; “What you will find at our market:“-Fresh locally grown organic produce -Coconut -Macadamia Nuts -Fresh Caught Fish -Tropical Flowers, Plants, & Trees -Maui Grown Coffee -Lilikoi Butter -Raw and Vegan prepared foods -Exotic prepared foods -Thai and Indian, Many new offerings weekly”

Days: Saturday (rain or shine)

Times: 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Location: 55 Kiopaa Street (Kulamalu Town Center), Pukalani, HI 96768

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Maui Nui Farms Farmers Market

“Maui Nui Farm is a 40 acre farm in Kula, Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. The farm grows such crops as lettuce, zucchini, squash, brocolli, bok choy, bananas, papayas, strawberries, gold potatoes, avocadoes, and also flowers such as protea, tuberroses, gardenias, haliconia, water lilies, and orchids. There is always a selection of fresh produce available.

Days: Thursday-Sunday

Times: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: 151 Pulehunui Rd, Kula, HI 96790

More Info

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Kula Country Farms

From their website;“Kula Country Farm Stand is a happy place where our community and visitors alike to the island of Maui may enjoy one of the best views on the island, a little bit of conversation, and some of the freshest produce that will keep everyone coming back again and again. Famous for our Annual Fall Pumpkin Patch and our fresh strawberries picked daily and sold all year long, Kula Country Farm stand offers fruits and vegetables that are only locally grown and harvested fresh then stocked on the shelves daily.”

Days: Monday – Saturdays (Closed Sunday)

Times: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Location: 6240 Kula Highway, Kula, HI 96790

More Info

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East Side & Hana Farmers Markets

Hana Farms

From their website; “Hana Farms is located on the lush north eastern coast of Maui, Hawaii, on the famous Hana Highway. We grow a large variety of exotic tropical fruits and spices and produce a variety of products made exclusively of local ingredients. We have developed a large local network of small suppliers all growing, harvesting, and processing fruit in our isolated tropical paradise. Our goal is to encourage and support our local agricultural entrepreneurs and the local economy by marketing and exporting locally grown and produced products.”

They are also quite famous for their 6 varieties of Banana Bread.

Days: 7 Days

Times: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Location: 2910 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713

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Hana Fresh Farm Stand
From their website; “Freshly picked, certified organic vegetables and fruits from Hāna Fresh Farm are sold at the Farm Stand and are incorporated into our menus. Relax and enjoy your meal in the Farm Stand’s shady picnic area or take it with you to your own special spot.

Your purchases from the Farm Stand support the health and wellness of the Hāna community.”

Days: Monday – Friday (Closed Weekends)

Times: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: 4590 Hāna Highway, Hana, HI 96713

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Twin Falls Farm Stand

Roadside stand offering refreshments and island grown fruits and more to ‘The Road To Hana’ travelers.

Days: 7 Days

Times: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: 6300 Hana Hwy Haiku, HI 96708

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ONO Organic Farms

From their website; “ONO Organic Farms of Maui, Hawaii is a family-owned and operated, certified organic, hand-picked, tropical fruit, coffee and cacao farm located along the world-famous “Road to Hana”, on the southeastern slopes of Haleakala volcano, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.”

Days: 7 Days

Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: At their roadside market next to the gas station in Hana town.

(tours also available at their farm)

More Info

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The perfect Mahi Mahi Fish and Chips

fish and chips with beer

fish and chips with beer

The website is launched and live now and I can think of no better thing to talk about today than the the humble Mahi Mahi. When I travel to Maui, it’s one of the first meals I have. Mahi Mahi Fish & Chips – Maui style!  Paia Fish Market has long been a favorite restaurant of mine – from way back in the days when my soul-sister and I would fly over to Maui with our checked luggage (back when you could still check two bags per person with no charge) consisting of mostly camping gear and we’d camp out at Papalua Beach campground. But that’s a story for another day…

I think in the 25 years or so that I’ve been visiting Maui, that I’ve only ever ordered the Fish & Chips from Paia Fish Market. Never had a need to try any other dish on the menu. This one is perfection and I just don’t want to mess with perfection. Though every dish that passed me by on it’s way to another customer look entirely mouth watering! There’s just something about a cold beer and a delicious, fresh cooked piece of fish!

I consider myself a Fish & Chips connoisseur.  I’ve tried hundreds of fish & chips from England to New Zealand. Anytime we visit a coastal town and eat out, I try the fish and chips.  Some make theirs too doughy, you know the kind where it’s still raw tasting goo in the middle, some have more batter than fish, others hit the mark but they just never can match my beloved Paia Fish Market style.

Picture this (and get a bib if you must) an ice cold beer (I had the Pau Hana Pilsner* from Maui Brewing Co. on my last visit, excellent!), delectable coleslaw with just the right tartness level, perfect French fries and laying over that are four lightly breaded (no gooey beer batter here!) with just the right amount of herbs and spices, cooked just right FISH STICKS!  Inside is tender and juicy Mahi Mahi… hold on I have to go get my own bib – my mouth is watering just typing this… the flavor is enhanced by their perfect tartar sauce… mmm the tartar sauce adds just the perfect touch.

One serving can easily serve two people for a light dinner. I’ve never finished a whole meal of Fish & Chips in one setting. I always take leftovers home*.

fish and chips menuWhen we first started eating here, there was one restaurant, all the way over in Paia  (which isn’t really far) but not so inconveniently far that we wouldn’t hop in the rented beat-out Jeep with no top and head over to stuff ourselves. But now they boast three locations, one of which is just is 2.3 miles from our condo door! A mere 6 or 7 minutes to mouth-wateringly delicious food. I was so excited to see that they had opened up shop in Kihei! I can now get my fix without the long drive.

Paia Fish Market has a very casual environment. Order you meal & drinks at the window, get your ticket number and seat yourself to one of their picnic tables. Condiments, napkins and silverware are on the table, ready for you. When your piping hot Fish & Chips is ready for you (ok, maybe you tried something else on the menu) a server will bring your food to you. Casual or ‘Aloha’ ware attire is perfect for dining here. If you eat at the flagship restaurant in Paia there is some great surfing decor that is sadly missing at the Southside location.

Check out their flagship restaurant in Paia town on your way watch the wind surfers in Ho’okipa or to watch the surfers on the north shore. And if you’re up Lahaina way, grab a beer and some Fish & Chips (or be adventurous and try something else on the menu.)

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* Tip! Pau Hana roughly translates as ‘Finished’ but it conveys as ‘The time after work. It is considered a time for relaxation, informal socializing with friends and family, and enjoyment.’

*Tip #2! Order extra fish sticks to take home. They run about $3 a piece and nothing beats cold fish sticks for breakfast! Don’t knock it till you try it!

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