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Where to stay on Maui - does Wailea area have good dining or should a foodie stay in the West?

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Where to stay on Maui - does Wailea area have good dining or should a foodie stay in the West?

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Nicole | | Jun 20, 2012 05:03 PM

We've been to Maui once before, a couple of years ago, and stayed in Kaanapali. I grearly enjoyed the food, from casual lunch plates of kahula pig, to fine dining at Merriman's, to the Feast at Lele luau. I want to go again, and I was thinking about staying in the resort area on the South of the island to mix things up. But is the South a culinary wasteland? I've read a bunch of reviews that mention restaurants in Maui, and it seems like they are all on the west side (other than Mama's Fish House and HGS), and that's where we did most of our dining last trip (aside from HGS). I know that the Four Seasons in Wailea has a Spago, but that's not of much interest to me since I'm coming from L.A., what I'm looking for is great Hawaiian and Pacific Rim influenced food, food I can't get at home. Does this exist on the South (Wailea area), or do I have to stay near Lahaina to be near the good food? And if there is good food to be had near Wailea, recs for both casual and fine dining would be greatly appreciated.

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