Aloha! I had to include this extra sunset picture. It was taken on a really rainy day near one of the Wailea golf courses, and no, this picture was not edited in any way. Wow.
Okay, enough of sunsets.
Let's talk food. More importantly, let's talk carbs. We don't come to Hawaii to start a diet. Here are some of my favorites:
This is my first stop of the day. We walk to Wailea and hit Honolulu Coffee at the Wailea Shops, because it's a nice walk and because it's a lovely quiet place to start the day.
We take walks every day so that I can justify banana mac nut french toast at Kihei Caffe. Please do not be alarmed by its appearance. They make awesome breakfast food!!
See the line of people? Yeah, that's 8 am on a weekend.
I am not yet done with carbs. These two next places, Ululani's and Sugar Beach Bake Shop are right next to each other, which makes for a dangerous combination. Ululani's has the best shave ice on the island and Sugar Beach Bake Shop has the best bakery items on the island (that's only my opinion, though; other people's opinions may differ). Think really fine shave ice with loads of delicious syrups, malasadas, key lime pie, coconut cream pie, banana cream pie, banana bread, and carrot cake, to name a few.
It's not all carbs, though. Maui actually has protein items as well.
Any trip to Lahaina includes a trip to Aloha Mixed Plate. It's a great outdoor spot right on the beach at the north end of Lahaina--a welcome difference after you've walked about busy Front Street. I have a partiality for teriyaki chicken plate lunch, but everything is good here and decently priced! They recently remodeled so that the entire patio area is covered, so you can enjoy the ambience even when a dose of rain comes along.
AND HERE ARE MY FAVORITE FISH SPOTS--ONE INEXPENSIVE, ONE NOT SO MUCH.
Coconuts Fish Cafe has 2 locations in Kihei now, and one is just down the street from our condo! Best. Fish. Tacos. Ever. Enough said.
Monkeypod Kitchen is my go-to for macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi. I hear there are many great menu items here--all I care about is the mahi mahi. It's a Wailea restaurant, which means it is not inexpensive. It is one of the restaurants not along the beach but up by the golf course in a rather non-descript strip mall. By the way, it is not the only good restaurant located in a non-descript Wailea strip mall. Manolis has good pizza and Matteo's has excellent Italian food and boasts the largest wine list on the island.
Never turn your nose up at strip malls on Maui. Some of the best places to eat are located in rather bland settings.
We came by Ulupalakua Ranch a few years ago after taking the back route from Hana to upcountry Maui (note on Hana: don't take the back route if you have a thing about shear cliffs, hairpin curves, and extremely narrow roads). This is a working ranch that also happens to make some great burgers and brisket (although I've noticed that the brisket is more a special than a regular menu item). This part of upcountry has really beautiful views of the ocean below. If you are in the mood for a drive to upcountry Maui, I would definitely recommend this spot!
Not far from our condo is Five Palms in the Mana Kai Maui resort. If you look up the reviews on this place, most say something like, "not that great of food for the price." I agree. I come here for the view, which is gorgeous at sunset, and because it is right on Keawakapu Beach, which is a beautiful and relatively uncrowded beach!
Keawakapu Beach at Mana Kai Maui resort
Sunset on the patio at Five Palms restaurant.
Those are some of my favorite eating establishments on the island.