Posted by Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip
It’s not enough to have landed on the Island of Maui, smack dab in the middle of tropical Hawaiian paradise. Now you have a handy guide to point you in the right direction when it comes to the best food and drink on Maui, Hawaii.
Best dining in Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii: My money’s on Hula Grill, located in Whaler’s Village. Chef Peter Merriman clearly has fun with his menu. From the Imu style bbq ribs to the crab wontons, you can make a meal of the appetizers. If Opakapaka (pink snapper) is on the menu, snap up this moist regional fish.
Best lobster chowder with an ocean view: the Westin Maui’s Tropica has kept this favorite on the menu since the restaurant’s opening. The vegetable stone baked flat bread with Maui goat cheese is also a winner, as are the prawns and ono.
Best place for sunset drinks: The Sheraton Maui has a nightly cliff diving ceremony at sunset. After sunset, make reservations for dinner at Teppan-yaki Dan. Adults will enjoy the Japanese cuisine with Hawaiian influences, such as the Lobster chunks with macadamia nut butter, while the kids will like watching flying cutlery.
Best Hawaiian Luau: The Royal Lahaina Resort has the Hawaiian Luau and Kalua pig unearthing down to a science. The nightly show offers guests a cultural celebration of music, and is paced so that guests enjoy watching the dancers as the sun sets into the ocean. Children will appreciate the Keiki buffet.
Best place for snorkeling with lunch included: Teralini Snorkel Adventures offers a five hour snorkel adventure, complete with lunch on a spacious catamaran.
Best casual dining: The newly renovated Umalu at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa has fabulous food and a view to match. Order the Maui onion rings, Island style hummus with goat cheese, vegetable lumpia or Kobe sliders. If you have room, the fish tacos are fresh and filling.
Best local ice cream: While I discovered Roselani ice cream at the Royal Scoop at the Royal Lahaina Resort, the island treat can be found throughout the Hawaiian islands. My favorite; chocolate with macadamia nuts.
What’s better than ice cream? According to locals, the Acai Bowl, a blend of acai berries, bananas, apple juice and ice is blended and put into a bowl topped with granola, sliced bananas and drizzled with local honey.
Best local cheese: While I didn’t get a chance to visit the Surfing Goat Dairy, this little company makes its presence known on the island. Next trip to Maui, I’m going to visit those goats.
Best local beer: A favorite among locals and tourists, the Maui Brewing Company is the only microbrewery on Maui. I didn’t get a chance to visit the brewpub in Kahana, a popular dining location.
Photos by Nancy D. Brown