Maui Friday Town Party | 5 Fridays 5 Towns 5 Parties

Maui Friday Town Party
5 Fridays, 5 Towns, 5 Parties!
Maui Friday Town Party

Maui Friday Town Parties happen every Aloha Friday with the first Friday being Maui Friday Town Party – Wailuku! Spearheaded by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, each party highlights one of Maui’s historic small towns and along with their unique, local businesses. Whether it’s an eccentric art show in Lahaina or a paniolo party in Makawao, each town creates an authentic atmosphere including great food, stellar music and local vendors!

Both residents and visitors greet the weekend with a special night of Maui culture, friendly faces and free entertainment. It’s always fun and we always find great food, vendors selling unique items and tons of island Aloha can be found!

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Which party is this week?

First Friday of the month – Wailuku

Second Friday – Lahaina

Third Friday – Makawao

Fourth Friday – Kihei

Fifth Friday – Lāna‘i

Fifth Friday in Lāna‘i is somewhat unique in that there are only a handful of Fifth Fridays in a calendar year and one needs to take the Lāna‘i ferry to attend.  Package deals are generally available, visit this link for more info.

Be sure to visit our Maui Event Calendar for what’s happening on Maui during your visit

Maui Friday Town Parties

Good Eats!! (We say Ono Grindz in Hawaii!)

Friday Town Parties offer a safe and fun community-oriented, family-friendly street fair to kickoff your Maui weekend.

Surrounding businesses offer extended retail hours and special promotions. Artisans, crafters, and culinary contributors add lots of variety to each town party. Have fun while supporting Maui’s economy and revitalizing historic Maui.

• Live Music for everyone!

• Lots of Family Fun!

Maui Friday Town Parties

Fun For All!

No matter where the Maui Friday Town Party, every event is community-minded and kid-friendly. With a heartwarming, small town feel, each party includes retailers, local artisans and crafters, delicious food and energetic music.

Maui Friday Town Parties

For up-to-date details on our individual town festivities, connect with Maui Town Parties on Facebook and Instagram, or contact the Maui County Office of Economic Development at economic.development@mauicounty.gov or 808.270.7710.

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Wine Tasting At MauiWine – Maui’s Upcountry Winery & Ulupalakua Vineyards

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards
Wine Tasting At MauiWine – Maui’s Upcountry Winery And Ulupalakua Vineyards

I’ll be the first to admit that we’re just a little bit wine snobby. Our primary home is in the Napa Valley and most of our friends are involved one way or another in the wine industry. In fact Jeff’s family has a long history in this valley (7 generations!) and our son continues the tradition and works in wine sales (and of course we love to drink good wine, who doesn’t?)  What’s very interesting to us, and fun little fact that a wine grower from our town here in Napa Valley has been involved with MauiWine since it’s wine-making inception! We love that Napa Valley-Maui connection!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

When you think of Maui, wine country isn’t the first thing that comes to mind but MauiWine & Ulupalakua Vineyards are putting out some very lovely wines.  Located on the hillside of Haleakala in the upcountry area of Maui known as Kula, MauiWine is producing some delicious varietals!  The cooler upcountry temperatures combined with the unique terroir allow for some amazing and complex tastings!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

Wine grapes are not the only basis for their wines, they produce their famous pineapple wines and sparkling wine as well as a raspberry dessert wine.

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

What started out as a temporary wine making exercise soon flourished into a signature wine. While waiting for the grapes to mature, MauiWine began making wine from local pineapples. It’s popularity earned it a permanent spot on their wine list!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

Their signature pineapple wine ‘Maui Splash’ is crisp, sweet and slightly acidic with rich pineapple overtones. Perfect for afternoon wine coolers on a tropical island!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

MauiWine and surrounding estate and vineyards has a rich and varied history and heritage dating back to 1841. It’s well worth a visit to learn about this rich history.

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

The Estate wine list includes a Grenache with tasting notes of “roasted nuts. cherry fig. orange rind. cactus. wet fire wood. olive. dusty. plumb. progression. vagrant. wood cabin. curious.” Very interesting tasting notes, wouldn’t you say? I know they had me at ‘cherry fig, orange rind’.  But I doubt I’d turn down sips of the Malbec either how does ‘belgium chocolate. dark cherry. blueberry cream. sweet mint. figgy. pistachios. gushy‘ sound?

Spending an afternoon wine-tasting upcountry is a lovely experience.  We love to sit on their veranda and sip while nibbling on a nicely laid out charcuterie plate. There is a large checker-board for an impromptu game or head over to the lawn for a little game of corn hole.

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

The well manicured tropical landscape is inviting and makes us think back to a quieter time when upcountry Maui was Paniolo country.

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

Visiting the winery is easy, just head to Kula along highway 37 – travel through Maui Beef company territory and enjoy the expansive views. You’ll come upon the winery on the left with the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and deli on the right.  I recommend having lunch at the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and wine-tasting in one afternoon. We’ll add a blog post soon about the Ulupalakua Ranch Store and Deli soon!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

We found that we really liked one of the wines they produce so we joined the wine club so that we can get it back home as well as provide for our guests. One of our favorites is Kula,  a crisp white wine at a very ‘weekday wine‘ price point – and with tasting notes of; ‘ginger, peach skin, tangerine oil, apricot, honeysuckle. pomelo. asian pear. jacaranda, nectar flower, sweet basil root‘, it is indeed a yummy wine!

The wine club is well worth checking out (make sure they can ship to your state.) Jeff and Casey, our son, really like the 2015 Syrah. With tasting notes of “kiawe smoke. dill. plumb. rhubarb. morels. wet forest. dates. tobacco. darkness. new leather. thought provoking. masculine. fig. green tea” it doesn’t take much convincing to sip this luscious wine!

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

Visiting the Winery – From their website:

Tasting/Tours

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

“Starting at the King’s Cottage, we invite you to engage your senses with a tasting at our 18-foot bar, crafted from a single piece of solid mango wood. Take a step back in time with us and enjoy the rich culture of this historic location.

Originally constructed in the 1870s, the King’s Cottage was built for the visits of King Kalākaua, the last reigning king of Hawai’i, who would come to the slopes of ‘Ulupalakua to relax, entertain, and enjoy a little royal vacation time.

Here, it is our privilege to continue this rich tradition of home-grown hospitality as we offer a taste of our handcrafted wines. Whether you plan to visit our historic winery in a group or as a romantic outing for two, you can experience all of our unique wines here, including our popular pineapple wines, Traditional Methode sparkling wines, and our small production estate wines.

Tastings are offered here every day from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and guided tours of the historic estate, production area, and wine cellar depart the King’s Cottage lanai at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.”

Tasting: 10am-5:00pm
Tours: 10:30am & 1:30pm, 30 minutes

No reservations required for groups of less than 10

Tasting: $10-$15 Fee (flight of 5 wines)
Tours: Complimentary

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

Private tastings are also available:

“For our most exclusive MauiWine experience, it is our pleasure to offer a personalized tour with one of our knowledgeable wine consultants. Stroll through the beautiful historic estate, view our production area, and enjoy a one-on-one wine tasting in one of the many historic buildings on the estate. A great way to make memories with friends, family, and those you love at MauiWine—all part of this unforgettable private experience.

Time: variable, unavailable for same day booking

Starting at $400, inquire for pricing

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

A Rare Vineyard Experience

A visit to our vineyard is not only a memorable adventure for the wine enthusiast, but a chance to experience the beauty of the island in an unparalleled way. Stroll between the rows of grapes and run your fingers through the rich volcanic soils that sustain our vines and give each of our varietals their distinctive character. In our 23-acre vineyard, you get away from it all and escape to a little slice of island paradise that is made available to few. At sunset, this experience offers an unbelievable perspective of the island that can’t quite be put into words. Join us outside, in the center of one of the most unique vineyards in the world. Experience a tasting of our estate wines that is designed to be as exclusive as the ground you stand on… where the flavors and aromas of our unique wines blend with the fresh mountain air and the warm glow of the majestic Maui sun disappearing behind the horizon.

*Booking requests must be received at least 7 days in advance and within 45 days of requested date.

Availability Seasonal & Extremely Limited

$850.00 Minimum – Advanced Booking Required

*See Vineyard Experiences for information on private tours and tastings in the vineyards.”

Head on up country and enjoy the spectacular views, laid back style of a bygone era and sip some delicious wines.

Wine Tasting MauiWine Winery Vineyards

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11th Annual Maui County Ag Festival

Maui County Ag Festival
11th Annual Maui County Ag Festival

The 11th Annual Maui County Agricultural Festival, Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about Maui ag while invigorating Maui ag, will take place on Sat., April 7th, 2018. The entire industry, its allies, and supporters come together on the lū‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū to share what each group does for the collective good of agriculture in the County, and to showcase ag’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui.

Sat., April 7, 2018
9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
At Maui Tropical Plantation (map below)
Admission $5 at door or included with other ticket sales.

For more info visit Maui County Ag Fest

Family Fun!

Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau (MCFB) in partnership with County of Maui’s Office of Economic Development, generous sponsors and industry allies, here is the opportunity to learn about agricultural issues and their impact on our day-to-day lives.

Event hours are 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; admission is $5 for adults (kupuna 65 and over free and keiki under 18 free as well). Free parking.

Maui County Ag FestivalFamilies won’t want to miss this year’s “Maui Legacy Pancake Breakfast” from 8 am – 11 am. It’s bingo, a raffle and time to honor Maui farmers who have contributed greatly to Maui’s agricultural industry.

One of the big highlights this year is the expanded “Keiki Zone” complete with bouncers, farm games, livestock exhibit, pony and horse rides and family-friendly food. Entertainment stage with an awesome lineup and great giveaways throughout the day.

And Much More!
More hands on activities found in flower tent. The general public is invited to make fresh flower lei.

Farmers Market
It’s good to know who grows our food. The market also shows the importance to ag of value-added products such as taro chips, pickles, and teriyaki beef: They stretch the season, absorb surplus, and provide extra farming revenue. Also check out MauiWine and Maui Gold tent and Maui Coffee Association. Both demonstrate the process of growing an agricultural product and producing a value-added product.

Food Booths
Humble crops transform into satisfying meals when carefully prepared. Sample the best of all natural beef – hamburgers, poke bowls and smoked meat, Fork to Salad, Roselani Ice Cream, Shaka Pops and local favorites chow fun and smoked meat and 100 % Maui beef burgers and fries. Look for Maui Fresh Streatery and Three’s Bar & Grill Food Truck.

Maui County Ag FestivalKeiki Zone
Kids learn about ranching and food production while at play. Join us for barnyard games favored by children around the world and learn about livestock. Horseback and pony rides, bouncers and Livestock Exhibit throughout the day. Keiki entertainment stage with live musical performances, magic show and more.

Center Stage
Music, taiko drummers and much more from 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Farm Visits
Maui Tropical Plantation offers Tram Rides.

Grand Taste
Maui’s famed regional cuisine is based on locally grown produce: Meet local chefs and farmers who are creating menus that matter. Fees apply. NEW time from 2:30 pm – 4;30 pm. Purchased tickets online in advance $30 at the event $40.  (More Info)

Maui Legacy Farmer’s Pancake Breakfast
Tickets on sale for “Legacy Farmers’ Pancake Breakfast” $10 adults / $6 for seniors (kupuna), $6 for children age 5 to 12. (More Info)

Maui Chef’s Collaboration Dinner
Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner limited to 21 years and older $75 per person/$600 table of eight.

Mark your calendar!

Maui County Agricultural Festival Dates:
Saturday, April 07, 2018


Festival Highlights
Farm Animals: Animals that aid in farm management and provide food are on site.

Grown on Maui: Visit the farmers market and meet the farmers who grow your food.

Food Booths: From farm to table, sample hot dishes, cold ice cream, have lunch.

Keiki Activities: Kids learn when at play. Barnyard games and farm activities.

Wellness/Health: Demonstrations and info on fixing nutritious meals with fresh foods.

Contests: Share your Grown-on-Maui recipes and find out how they compare.

Composting: Learn how to make compost with kitchen scraps and garden waste.

Bugs up Close: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Landscaping: Kaahumanu/Wahinepio Avenues” and “Landscaping Q/A.”
Taste Test and Ranking of new kalo hybrids
Ag Business Succession
Water Testing for FSMA and GAP
Pre- and Probiotics and Poi Drink Sampling

Soil Nutrient Management
Differences between grain-finished and grass-finished beef

Maui County Ag FestivalMaster Gardner Program booth will have:

UH Seeds and Maui Master Gardener Apiary Honey for sale
Maui Master Gardener Help Desk providing answers to your gardening questions and offering research-based information.
Information regarding our Maui Master Gardener Program and Training
Information on Fruit Flies and our monthly fruit fly class.

Maui County Ag Festival – Support Continues to Grow
Maui County Agriculture Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2018. Designed to raise awareness and educate the community about Maui’s agriculture industry while offering farmers, ranchers and “Friends of Agriculture” a market to sell their products and produce and to interact with the general public, AgFest is Maui’s largest agricultural event.

So Much to Do!
AgFest is a fun, family-friendly, food-enthusists affair presented on the first Saturday in April reduce the disconnect between Maui agriculture and Maui residents through educational displays, interaction with Maui’s farmers and ranchers, cooking demonstrations, and hands-on, interactive displays.

More and more, people seek Grown on Maui when they shop and dine on island. However, Maui ag would like the general public to have a better understanding of the important needs required to have a productive and thriving agriculture industry on Maui. We welcome your support.
Join us at Maui County Farm Bureau.
Learn more about our annual programs including AgFest, Agriculture in the Classroom, Growing Future Farmers and Grown on Maui.

Maui County Ag Festival

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10th Annual Maui Brewers Festival – May 19, 2018

Maui Brewers Festival
10th Annual Maui Brewers Festival

May 19, 2018

Maui Brewers Festival Tickets: $120/VIP, $65/GA, $55/Designated Driver GA; prices increase on day of show (plus applicable fees)

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Maui Brewers Festival

VIP Exclusive Tasting begins at 2:00 pm; General Admission starts at 3:30 pm

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s annual fundraiser—the Maui Brewers Festival—is one of Maui’s top festivals!

The event features tasty food from local restaurants and caterers at no additional charge, beer tastings from local and national craft breweries, live music featuring Riddum Station, Yum Yum Beast, Shea Butter and the Cream, door prizes, a home brew competition, and lots of fun!

 

Don’t like beer? Enjoy hard cider, kombucha, root beer, and delicious food—at no additional charge!

Maui Brewers Festival

VIP tickets include:
•    Entry at 2:00 pm for exclusive VIP tasting
•    Ten (10) 4 oz. beer tastings
•    Access to rare beer throughout the event (while supplies last)
•    First dibs at food from over 20 vendors
•    Commemorative tasting glass
•    Discounted festival t-shirt
•    Beer lanyard
•    Live music
•    Prize giveaways only for VIPs

Maui Brewers Festival

General admission tickets include:
•    Eight (8) 4 oz. beer tastings
•    Commemorative tasting glass
•    Food selections from over 20 vendors  
•    Live music
•    Prize giveaways

Maui Brewers Festival
Maui Brewers Fest Sponsors

Via MauiNow:The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s signature fundraiser and local favorite, the Maui Brewers Festival, will return for its 10th anniversary on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

VIP and General Admission tickets are now available for the popular ‘Brews & Food’ event, taking place in the MACC’s A&B Amphitheater and Yokouchi Pavilion.”

Maui Brewers Festival

cont… “The event will showcase over 90 craft brews from breweries in Hawai‘i and the US Mainland, including many rare beers, as well as a wide range of delicious food offerings from many of Maui’s finest chefs, caterers and other food purveyors.

For this year’s special 10th anniversary event, there will be 45 breweries participating in the festival, among its largest number ever, including 13 from Hawai‘i—all carefully selected because of their commitment to making craft beer with an emphasis on quality, flavor, and locally sourced ingredients.

All food is included in the ticket price. Attendees will enjoy ono grinds from many local restaurants and caterers, featuring both savory and sweet temptations. And as in past years, the event will also feature Vitali-Tea Kombucha, root beer, coffee and other beverages.

This year’s music lineup includes Yum Yum Beast, Riddum Station and Shea Butter and The Cream.” by Nikki Shenfeld

 

Primo Aloha Festival Ale goes highly recommended at Maui Brewers Festival

This year’s breweries include: Anchor Brewing • Avery Brewing Company, • 2 Towns Ciderhouse   • Aloha Beer Company  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company, • Austin Beerworks, • Ballast Point Brewing Company   • Bear Republic Brewing Company   • Beer Lab HI   • Big Island Brewhaus   • Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams & Angry Orchard)       • Deschutes Brewery   • Eel River Brewing Company   • Great Divide Brewing Co.   • Green Flash Brewing Company   • Hawai‘i Nui Brewing & Mehana Brewing Company   • Honolulu BeerWorks   • Hop Valley Brewing Company   • Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales   • Kaua‘i Beer Company   • Kaua‘i Island Brewing Company   • Kohola Brewery   • Kona Brewing Company   • Lagunitas Brewing Company   • Lanikai Brewing Company   • Lost Coast Brewery   • Maui Brewing Co.   • Modern Times Beer   • Mother Earth Brew Co.   • New Belgium Brewery         • Newtopia Cyder   • Ola Brew Co   • Paradise Ciders   • Pizza Port Brewing Company               • Rogue   • Saint Archer Brewing Co.   • Second Chance Brewing   • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   • Smog City Brewing   • Stone Brewing Co.   • The Bruery & Bruery Terreux   •  Three Weavers Brewing Company   • Waikiki Brewing Company and   • Wandering Aengus Ciderworks.

Maui Brewers Festival

This year’s food vendors include:   • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers   • Whole Foods Market   • Catering Creations by Vasi   • Sumo Dogs,   • Maui Tacos   • AK’s Café   • Star Anise Indian Cuisine   • Three’s Bar & Grill   • Mulligan’s on the Blue   • Shearwater Tavern   • Maui Cones   • Outrigger Pizza   • The Maui Cookie Lady   • Maui Brewing Co   • Shaka Pops and   • Pascual’s Café.

Maui Brewers Festival

 

For More Info Visit Maui Arts & Cultural Center web page http://mauiarts.org/brew_fest

 

 

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Sugar Beach Bake Shop | Churning Out Kihei’s Best Malasadas

Sugar Beach Bake Shop
Sugar Beach Bake Shop

On a recent trip to Maui we splurged a bit and went off of our normal eating routine to indulge in local style Malasadas from Sugar Beach Bake Shop. I can see now why they have such a loyal following! They churn out fresh, hot Malasadas (read more about what Malasadas are as well as other unique Hawai’ian style local foods here).

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

Malasadas are 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 or other flavors like li hing mui or green tea. Think Mainland donut holes on steroids. Suffice it to say that they are amazing – and all Malasadas are not created equally!  We tried several and liked Sugar Beach Bake Shop’s the best in Kihei. 

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

They’re well worth the diet splurge and I found that an order of two per person was just the right amount but could have easily inhaled a half a dozen! The outside is just perfectly crispy with just the right amount of cinnamon-sugar added and the inside is light and fluffy and more of an eggy-consistancy. Not doughy, just more dense than a standard donut.  You’ll just have to get up with the turtle doves and head on over to give them a try!

Sugar Beach Bake Shop
Other delicious treats served up by Sugar Beach Bake Shop

There are other very popular Malasada producers like T. Komoda Store and Bakery in Makawao but we’ll focus on the Kihei bakery for this post.

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

Made to order in the flavor or with the filling of your choice (malasadas with filling must be ordered a day ahead), these pipping hot delicious little Portuguese donuts are a real delight.

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

TIP: Get there early, they turn off the fryers at 9am and often sell out.

TIP: Try.all.the.flavors

TIP: Custard filled must be ordered a day in advance

TIP: Try their other delicious baked goods and coffee!

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

From their website; Sugar Beach Bake Shop handcrafts from the freshest ingredients, including sweet cream butter, Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, fresh-picked *lilikoi, Dole Bananas and Pineapples and Maui Meyer Lemon zest. Inspired by local flavors and ingredients, our ever-changing selection of desserts and “favorites” are always baked fresh daily. Serving up fresh-brewed Hawaiian OMA coffee and house-made lemonades and much ALOHA all day!

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

Sugar Beach Bake Shop

 

They’re easy to find, right between their sister Ululani Shave Ice shop and the ubiquitous ABC store on the far north side of South Kihei Road

Bakery hours are Sunday – Saturday 6am to 4pm

Phone: (808) 757-8285

Location: 61 S Kihei Rd. Kihei, HI 96753

 

*lilikoi is one of Hawaii’s most popular exotic fruits, lilikoi is also known as yellow passionfruit. Lilikois are extremely tart yet incredibly sweet, and so while only the bold tongue will eat them raw, when added to your favorite drink, jam or dessert, lilikoi make everything better.

 

 

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Sharing Our Favorite Island Style Poke – Best Poke On Maui

Best Poke Maui

One of the delicious treats we eat as soon as we land in Maui is some fresh island style poke.

I wrote the following in a recent blog post about Local Style Foods;

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, oyster sauce, Sriracha and more.

Our favorite ‘weekday‘ Poke comes from Foodland grocery store in Kihei. What do I mean by ‘weekday’? Think of it like ‘weekday wine’ – perfect for every day and we have our favorites. But don’t compare to high-end restaurants or a $200 bottles of wine. Still, Foodland wins every time for us.

If you’re not sure if you like poke or not sure what flavor you love best, just politely ask for a free sample to try.  A close runner up for offering great poke 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!

 

But for today, I’ll focus on the poke from Foodland. Generally speaking, there are dozens of flavors to try. Most are ahi based and others a little more ‘exotic’ such as muscles and taco (octopus).

The word “poke” comes from the Hawaiian word for “to slice or cut.” The main ingredient can be anything from ahi to tako to shellfish.

 

 

For the ahi variety you can try ‘California Roll’ with tobiko and avocado or ‘Spicy’ with a Sri Racha based sauce, another favorite is the ‘Wasabi-Oyster Sauce’.  There is the more basic ‘Shoyu’ sauce, or Poke Avocado. I tend to gravitate to the spicy or oyster sauce variety and often order a 1/2 pint container with a mix of both.

 

Perhaps you’re not sure if you like poke (trust me, if you like seared ahi, sashimi or sushi, you’ll love poke) – no worries, just ask for a sample or two. The gal that works the counter at the Kihei Foodland wears a perpetual smile and is always so pleasant – offering up samples.

 

Feeling brave and ready to try out some real island flavors? Why not sample the pickled garlic, kimchee cucumber, or other island specialties.

For our guests staying at our condo, we offer a local’s ‘Maika’i Savings Card’, attached to the house keyring.  Be sure to take it along on your grocery trips to save money on in-store specials like their delicious poke.

 

Foodland is easy to find, it’s located on South Kihei Road, across from Kalama Park (the park with the giant whale out front) and just a few minutes drive or a good half-hour walk (each way) from our condo – Once inside the store, the Poke counter is located in the back right.

 

 

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Get Your Shop On At The Maui Swap Meet

Maui Swap Meet
Get Your Shop On At The Maui Swap Meet

Looking for some great shopping in Maui? Then look no further, the Maui Swap Meet is held every Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College (formerly known as the Maui Community College) just off of Ka’ahumanu Ave in Kahului – Directions & Map below. Check their website for more information. It’s the largest open air market on Maui and has been running since 1981!

You’ll find hundreds of vendors and free parking.

TIPS:

• Bring some reusable shopping bags to carry home your loot

• Wear a hat

• Wear sunscreen

• Bring an umbrella

• Get there early if you’re shopping for fresh cut flowers from upcountry

• Come hungry, there’s a lot of food to try

• Be Polite if you are bargaining, living on Maui is expensive and many vendors here are doing this as their second or third job to afford living in this Island Paradise.

• Be adventurous. You’ll find unique foods here to try for the first time. Like Manapua, or Malasadas. Never had a fresh coconut? Now is your chance! Yum!

Maui Swap Meet

Don’t let the name ‘Swap Meet’ fool you. At this local market you’ll find everything from tourist souvenirs to local honey to freshly made banana bread and everything in between. It’s a lot of fun to shop and pick up souvenirs, T-shirts, fresh fruit and veggies, fresh baked banana bread. If you’re like me you love a fresh cracked coconut! You can find Malasadas, fresh juice, hot dogs and more.

Maui Swap Meet

It’s well worth the visit for the local style grinds (food) and availability of fresh local fruits and veggies. Make sure to pick up some ‘Apple Bananas’ or a delicious ‘Custard Apple’ (Cherimoya). On my most recent trip I bought an amazing Custard Apple from one of the vendors. It’s not a fruit that we find often on the Mainland and it’s well worth trying. Have a vendor help you pick a ripe one or almost ripe one. They should be a little bit soft.

Maui Swap Meet

You’ll find over 200 vendors selling food, crafts & more. Small admission fee (at the time of this posting it is $0.50 per person.

Maui Swap Meet

Maui Swap Meet

Maui Swap Meet

Maui Swap Meet

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Maui Swap Meet

Maui Swap Meet

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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).

Snacks

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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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

Ingredients:

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

Method

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

Website: 

 

 

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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
miso-ginger
roasted shallot balsamic
green goddess
meyer lemon-herb
creamy ranch blue cheese classic caesar l
ilikoi-mango
thai lemongrass
avocado-lime
OR
BASICS

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

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

apples
avocado
bacon
beets raw
beets roasted
spicy broccoli
carrots
chickpeas
cilantro and mint
corn raw
crimini mushroom
croutons
cucumber
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
pineapple
purple sweet potato
purple cabbage
red bell pepper
red onion
radish
roasted eggplant
brussel sprouts
strawberry
tomato
watermelon
CHEESE, NUTS, SEEDS, & GRAINS
blue cheese
cheddar
shredded feta
goat cheese
parmesan
slivered almonds
cashews
quinoa
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.

#EatLocalEatHealthy

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
Hours:
Open Every Day
11AM to 8PM

Looking for more Maui vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do,

come on over and visit our Local Maui Guide or Maui Events Calendar!

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