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Maui on a budget report (long) Maui on a budget (long)

Steve Brooks | Sep 27, 2004 01:44 PM

With 2 about-to-be-married adults and 4 grown kids, we wanted to eat in the timeshare as much as possible with one "over-the-top" (for us) meal, a few takeouts, and many Maui delights along the way.

1st stop, Costco, Kahului: Sandwich fixings for the week, rum, pineapple wine, eggs, milk, pizza (not that great), lasagna, fish, macadamias, POG juice, iced tea. Should have bought Nicky's 100% Kona coffee here... They were out of sushi...

2nd stop, Star Market, Kihei: Thinking it was same as Foodland, found high prices and less selection. Bought (mediocre) sushi, fruit, rice, Kona pancake mix with macadamia nuts (ended up buying 4 more at Foodland, later, for gifts).

Restaurant meal: Five Palms Restaurant, Kihei. Will definitely return, if not for the food, the views (large windows open to waves on the rocks, palms swaying, tiki torches, Wailea resorts in the distance--sigh) and the service. Everyone gracious without being annoying, server had that 6th sense to what everyone needed. Prime rib, fish, everything done to perfection and nice presentation. Kids surprised us with a Baskin-Robbins ice cream wedding cake with fresh orchids. Entire experience was outstanding. (Caveat: don't wait until the last minute to order a wedding cake, especially on Maui)

Take out: Maui Tacos, Kihei, was good, but we're kinda spoiled by great Mexican here in CA. When we discovered a missing order back in our room, we called, expecting the usual, "Are you sure you checked all the bags,..." Instead, we heard an immediate apology and offer to drive it to us! Excellent salsas and hot sauces.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina: Fun atmosphere but thought it was over-rated. 45-minute wait on a week night after sunset, greasy fried foods, watered-down full-priced Mai-Tais, friendly but forgetful service.

Whalers Village: Decided not to eat here because of one (large) bar having a Happy Hour. Little too frat-house for our taste, with a lot of young drunks...ended up having drinks pool-side at the Sheraton.

Sheraton poolside: Great Blue Hawaiian and Lava Flow drinks with the pupu tray and excellent nachos. Ringside seat for the sunset, torch-lighting and cliff-diving off Black Rock.

South Shore Tiki Lounge, Kihei: surprisingly good food and uncrowded. $7 hamburger and sausage fare with an excellent condiment table. Watched a surfing movie on the big screen during dinner. Smoking allowed outside, plus smoke from the bar next door made dining unpleasant at times. Strong mai-tais.

Shave ice, Kihei: Compared the 2 main stands -- the one in front of the mall in front of South Shore Tiki Lounge (sorry, forget the name of that mall) and the one in front of Da Kitchen. The one in front of the mall won our votes unanimously. More shave ice, 3 flavors instead of 2, and free ice cream at the bottom making it $1 cheaper (important when buying for 6!)

Malasadas, Simply Sweets Bakery, Kahalui: Wonderful. Went back for more on Sunday to discover them closed. Home Maid Cafe, Kihei, also closes on Sunday so didn't have a chance to compare them.

Road to Hana: Coconut Willies, 3 miles this side of Hana, road side stand with dried coconut, fruit, GIANT avocados. Keawe-smoked coconut was pricey at $5/baggy, but selection was good (chocolate, papaya, habanero!). Too bad the smoked fish stand next door closes on Thursdays.

Roadside stand, Makena Beach: $8 for a fish taco? Yikes! No "Habanero-Mango salsa", either...

Flea Market, Kahului: Saturdays, closes at noon, best place for fruits, vegetables and best-I've-ever-had SMOKED MARLIN.

Farmers Market, Kihei: MWF, 1:30-5:30. Good place for fruits, vegetables, salsas, cheapest Kukui jams, jellies, syrups. A little disappointed in the Red Mountain 100% Kona ("guaranteed to be roasted within the last 2 weeks!" Guess we're spoiled here on the mainland...)

Luau: Only audited the Wailea Marriott hula show (it's on the Wailea Walk, behind the big resorts), but will definitely do this next time...


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