Over a lifetime on Maui and many years as a personal chef, these are my favorite places to eat on Maui.
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Over a lifetime on Maui and many years as a personal chef, these are my favorite places to eat on Maui.
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It's a favorite spot among locals for their decadent Katsu Moco with delicious gravy. For something light, try their Chinese Chicken Salad.
Try the Ahi Benedict or Goat Cheese Pancakes for breakfast, and the Spice Rubbed Fish or Poke Tacos for lunch.
Several kids can split the classic Hawaiian "Mixed Plate," which comes with slow cooked pork, rice, and macaroni salad. Or take it all on yourself!
Mouth-watering Pork Adobo is marinated to perfection at this local hole in the wall.
Near the Lahaina Harbor, it's a great place to fuel up before your ocean adventure. Get the Lox and Bagel Benedict!
Poke, or raw cubed, marinated fish is a centuries-old Hawaiian specialty. This food truck serves it straight up or fried.
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This place is a local legend! They serve simple, perfectly cooked fish in a casual picnic table setting. Their fish burgers are legendary.
It's Maui's answer to In-N-Out Burger and the best spot on the island to grab a tasty burger and fries.
A 30-minute ferry ride takes you to one of Hawaii's smallest inhabited island. Check out the beach at Manale, a playground for spinner dolphins.
It's the "Old Faithful of the Pacific." Watch a plume of sea water shoot 100 feet in the air out of an ancient lava tube. Don't get too close (trust me on this one)!
Dive 100 feet below the surface and explore an underwater world inaccessible to snorkelers and scuba divers.
A finger of lava hangs out into the sea, about halfway down the Road to Hana. Stop by for fresh banana bread, a small arboretum, and an old stone church.
Grab a picnic lunch at Paia Fish Market and head to the beach to watch some of the best windsurfers fly off the waves. Expect wind.
Long, forgiving surf break and warm water make Maui an ideal place to learn to surf. Betcha someone in your family will catch a wave. It'll be sweet, brah.
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The mall here hosts free Ukulele and hula lessons. Learn how to play "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," and then act it out in smooth rhythmic dance moves.
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Every night from Black Rock Beach, you can watch a torch lighting ceremony that ends with a 30-foot plunge into the ocean.
Luaus can be pricey, but this hula show is free from 6-8 pm, every night at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel.
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Their battered, fried Mahi-Mahi taco is one of the tastiest on the island. Bet you can't eat just one!
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It's a tiny little beach in Kihei and an ideal launch for beginner stand up paddlers.
Frequented by tourists and locals alike, this beach park is a great spot for a picnic, and its calm waters makes it ideal for stand up paddle.
One of three great beach parks, you have a BBQ area with picnic benches. It's a also a great spot for stand up paddle.
This highly-rated ocean tour company offers many amazing excursions and lessons for exploring the warm waters off Maui's coast.
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Great place to rent surfboards and stand up paddle boards in South Maui. They give surf lessons and stand up paddle lessons too.
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It's a quiet, 5-mile beach (longest on Maui!) on an undeveloped part of the coast. The shore is a little small, but it's a great starting point for a 3-mile SUP ride to Kihei.
The pizza is excellent – thin and crispy crust with fresh toppings. It's a great stop if you're visiting the North Shore or on your way to Hana.
Far out there on the rugged Keanae peninsula, is this little treasure. Grab some banana bread or a full lunch and stretch. You're halfway to Hana!
Walk the ancient footpath to a black sand beach with breathtaking scenery.
This black sand cove is a great place to swim and float among the waves. There are also benches where you can enjoy a family picnic.
The sole survivor of the tsunami of 1948, this old stone church still holds services in a tiny village on the rugged Ke'anae Peninsula.
The perfect romantic date, it's a beautifully choreographed show with some of the "most fabulous cooking on Maui."
Even teenagers would have a hard time texting through the show. This spectacle blends hula and exciting Samoan fire knife dancing.
One of Maui's most affordable Luau's, you get one free ticket for kids 6-11, and all kids under 5 get in free.
It's a smaller luau, where you'll get your own individual table. The show takes place against the colorful backdrop of sunset over Ka'anapali Beach.
Five dancers toss flaming knives across the stage and acrobats pull a number of stunts. This luau is less crowded and about 1/2 the size of other luaus.
It's like the Paia Fish Market of South Maui. If you're in Kihei, stop by for lunch to take to the beach or up to the top of Haleakala.
If you're staying on West Maui, this is a great restaurant to grab snacks before venturing out to Hana. Grab their signature Hana Lunch Box (everything you need for $12).
Located in the Shops at Wailea, choose between hot and cold prepared foods and pre-made deli sandwiches.
Lunch bentos, sandwiches, salads, and other Hawaiian specialties make up the menu. Try the fresh made Malasada donuts.
This mom n' pop lunch spot serves local favorites to go. Set in Maui's central valley it's a great place to stop if you're visiting the Ioa Valley.
This hidden gem, is basically in the middle of nowhere. But those who make the trek out to Hali'imaile in the highlands, will be rewarded with some of the island's best cooking.
With an emphasis on local food, you get a real sense of what the island has to offer. Highlights include the Abalone Risotto with Kampachi Bacon and the Surfing Goat Cheesecake for dessert.
It's Hawaiian fusion food done right. This chain may dot the state of Florida, nearly 5,000 miles away, but it still holds its own on Maui.
Now for the holy combination of steak and seafood. That's the specialty here at this open-air, Four Seasons restaurant.
With postcard-worthy views and Instagram-worthy dishes, this romantic Kapalua restaurant serves delicious rack of lamb and tasty snapper.
It lives up to the hype! Dine on fish caught that day and cooked to perfection in the light of flickering tiki torches over a secluded cove.
Think Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This exclusive 15-seat sushi bar serves some of the best raw fish outside of Tokyo. Be sure to make reservations well in advance!
Indulge in seared ahi and foie gras or try their daily opakapaka fish special. This is one of the fanciest restaurants in Lahaina.
It's half fish market where you can buy the daily catch to grill or cook at home, and half deli serving ahi sandwiches slathered in secret sauce.
Perched on cliffs above the Pacific, this elegant open-air restaurant serves top grade sushi rolls and sashimi.
In the heart of Whalers Village, it's a great place to dine with the family on the beach. Try the ceviche marinated in coconut sauce!
It's Lahaina's tasty lunch for under $10. Treat the family to Maui favorites such as Korean tacos, chicken katsu, or fries drenched in delicious sauce.
Maui Chef, Mark Ellman makes some seriously tasty fish. Best of all you can watch boats go in and out of Lahaina Harbor as you dine.
It's a casual, family BBQ joint with slow-cooked brisket and smoked ribs. They also have takeout for when you just want to eat back at your place.
Kids will love the delicious homemade pies and treats. They also make great specialty sandwiches, perfect for a quick lunch.
Tucked away in a nice family resort, this place is great for a drink and bite to eat by the pool.
The manager at Maui Hill resort puts on a weekly Mai Tai party with live music and free drinks. Seriously, Dennis is the the man!
Right on Ka'anapali Beach, you can hear the waves as you dine. Try their seasonal specialty cocktail at happy hour, which runs from 3-5 pm everyday and includes live music.
The decor is funky, really funky. See for yourself! They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live jazz. Say hi to Farzad, the super friendly owner.
Grab some local kula greens, Hawaiian avocados and fresh fish at Fish Market Maui, next door.
Grab local fruits and veggies with views of the ocean and mountains in the background.
The Sharwil avocado is so good, it's been banned on the mainland. But you can get it here. You can also pick up local juices, jams, and fresh baked goods.
There's a wide variety of local fruits, veggies, and confectionaries at this Saturday morning market.
Cool off in the shade of the banyan tree and see work from local artists. There's also a face painting booth and kid's crafts for the little ones.
On the last Thursday of the month, The Baldwin Home Museum puts on a free outdoor concert with local musicians from 6-7:30 pm.
This isn't your typical luau music. It's a celebration of authentic Hawaiian folk music, epitomized by the distinct sound of the slack-key guitar.
With the "wow" factor of Cirque du Soleil, this powerful retelling of Hawaiian history is a blend of dance, music, and acrobatics.
Like something out of the Partridge Family, this family troupe, puts on a magic dinner show infused with family-friendly comedy.
Every Friday from 6-9 pm, the galleries of Lahaina host a free "Art Walk" with featured artists and refreshments.
Maui's capital knows how to party! Join on first Fridays for a street party with craft vendors, food stands, and a beer garden serving local brews.
All the galleries light up until 10 pm and Front Street buzzes with music, food, family activities, and performers from Ulalena.
Maui's cowboy town puts on a street party with locally farmed food, classical Hawaiian music, dancing, and a fire show.
The Keiki/Youth Zone has lots for the little ones, and parents can browse booths set up by local shops.
There's live music here everyday. Brin