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Maui: Where to Eat and What to Do

If you are headed to Maui: Where to Eat and What to Do

Maui Where to Eat and What to Do

I recently went to the island of Maui in Hawaii with my family.  We wanted to eat at the best places and experience some fun things, so I did a ton of research before our trip and used those recommendations the entire time we were there.  I’m sharing that information with you… I think you’ll find that it will help tremendously as you’re driving around the island!  If you see something that interests you, I recommend that you give it a quick once-over on Yelp to read other people’s reviews before you choose something.  We stayed in Kaanapali, but I’ve included recommendations for all parts of the island for you:

SOUTH MAUI:

Caesar Salad with Grilled Mahi Mahi at Paia Fish Market South

Caesar Salad with Grilled Mahi Mahi at Paia Fish Market South

NORTH SHORE:

The Flatbread Company

The Flatbread Company (not the complete menu): we didn’t eat here, but everyone we talked to had been here and LOVED IT.

UPCOUNTRY:

Lavendar

Photo from: Ali’i Kula Lavendar Farm

EAST MAUI: HANA:  if you are doing road to Hana, definitely get the GPS app for your smart phone Gypsy guide Full Maui tour is 10 bucks -but sooooo worth it -it Bluetooth’s your phone to rental car stereo and gives you an amazing and great guided tour not only for Hana but the entire island

  • WHERE TO EAT:  Troy’s BBQ at Koki Beach Park (look for a small hut… and he’s only open one or two days/week- We were told to check grocery store fliers for his current hours.  Food is great, so get there early as he sells out), also look for fresh fruit stands and banana bread stands.  It’s probably best to bring some things to eat in case you’re not successful in finding an open spot to eat.
  • WHAT TO DO: Pools of Ohe’o (aka Seven Sacred Pools- beautiful waterfalls and pools… a popular attraction on Maui), Twin Falls (easy, stroller-friendly waterfall hike), Four Falls of Na’ili’ili (hike that involves some tricky climbing), Jaws Surf Break (good place to view huge waves, if they’re happening), Pu’a Ka’a Park (picnic spot with waterfalls).
Seven Sacred Pools : photo from MauiGuidebook.com

Seven Sacred Pools : photo from MauiGuidebook.com

CENTRAL MAUI:

  • WHERE TO EAT:  Da Kitchen (best local food & huge portions), Zippy’s (famous for their chili & rice), Ichiban Okazuya (yummy tempura shrimp & chicken katsu), Tasty Crust (best banana pancakes on island), Hula Cookies & Ice Cream (onolicious ice cream sandwiches with local made ice cream), Ululanis, Farmacy Health Bar (the best acai bowls you’ll ever have. Everything is local & vegan.)
  • WHAT TO DO:  Iao Valley Needle Hike (beautiful and peaceful), Maui Ocean Center (a bit pricey, but a favorite for kids), whale watching tours, Ziplining- Maui Zipline is great for families (you have to be between 50 and 250 pounds and can be as young as 5 years old, and they have side-by-side ziplines so you can go with another person).
Ululanis

Ululanis Shaved Ice

WEST MAUI:

Jungle Trail Honolua Bay

Short Jungle Trail from road to Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay: Great Snorkeling Area

Honolua Bay: Great Snorkeling Area

Seafood Risotto @ Duke's

Seafood Risotto @ Duke’s

Where we stayed: The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach (condo rentals): looking from balcony of condo out toward Black Rock.

Where we stayed: The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach (condo rentals): looking from balcony of condo out toward Black Rock.

Disclosure:  This was a trip I took with my family- it was not sponsored.  The recommendations shared are from many friends and relatives who have visited Maui and our own experiences too.  Enjoy your trip!

4 Responses to “Maui: Where to Eat and What to Do”

  1. postedApr 9, 2016 11:07 AM

    Now I want to go to Hawaii! It looks like you had a great (and delicious) time!

  2. postedApr 9, 2016 7:37 PM

    So much fun reading about your favorite places! A few of our favorites are on your list, including the amazing Road to Hana, Mama’s Fish House & Four Seasons Maui. Our #1 spot goes to watching the sunrise at Haleakala and then bicycling back down! I am scrolling up now to click on all the links you posted and make a list for our next trip. Looks like y’all a wonderful vacation.   🙂

  3. postedApr 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    We went to Maui many years ago, and I don’t even remember where we ate, but we loved the food! This is a great roundup of places to eat and hopefully I’ll be able to refer to it, soon! It’s definitely high time we go back!
     

  4. postedApr 21, 2016 11:42 AM

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, and definitely have it on my bucket list (top five!). What a great resource for visiting Maui!

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