Goin to Maui for first time in mid-August with my wife. Staying at the Westin Maui for 6 days (Wed-Mon). I have researched info here on Chow and on Yelp and have come up with a short list of restaurants we want to dine at. Gonna probably skip the Feast At Lele and Old Lahaina Luau luaus in favor of spending the $200 at a great restaurant. Maybe will do 1-2 breakfast somewhere in Lahaina but prefer not to eat a ton in the morning before heading to the pool all day. Will grab quick light lunch at hotels pool\beach during the day.
The Starwood resorts have a free shuttle that runs to Lahaina all day til approx 10pm at night so several of these we can get to for free then can take short (hopefully cheap) taxi ride home. Concerned about cost of taxi to get to Merrimans, Mamas, etc... as we have heard that taxi from airport to our hotel is $50. Plan to have a couple of cocktails\beers by the pool\beach during the day then head out for dinner to catch sunset... so we would be ok to drive. Sunset in August is around 6:50pm. We were not planning to rent a car but now it seems like a no brainer that we should considering how much we would spend in taxis to go to some restaurants. Are the roads safe at night to drive (well lit)? We usually only split a bottle of wine at every dinner so one of us is always good to drive.
Also plan to pack maybe pack 2-3 bottles of wine from home stash (in wine skins) in suitcase.
Also... what is dress attire at night? My wife is only bringing sun dresses and flip flops. I was only going to bring shorts and short sleeve button up surf type shirts and maybe a few Hawaiian (Tommy Bahama) shirts and flip flops. For example... Merrimans dinner attire states "casual resort wear" which to me, is exactly what we are bringing. Just never want to over or under dressed.
Here is the short list... (any other recommendations are appreciated).
Mama's Fish House
The Plantation House Restaurant
Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
127 Lahainaluna Rd., Lahaina Maui, HI 96761
Plantation House Restaurant
2000 Plantation Club Dr., Kapalua, HI 96761
The Feast At Lele
505 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Mama's Fish House
799 Poho Pl, Paia, HI 96779