This was our second trip to Maui, the first being in November of 2001, so we did not do some of the things that first time visitors do. We wanted basically to enjoy the warm weather and eat in some wonderful places. We returned to some places, some places we did not.
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O.K. - now to the real meat of the report!! The meat was most often fish!! Here’s a link to some food pictures not included above http://tinyurl.com/333bvl
Gerard’s French Restaurant in Lahaina. We had been there before and wanted to return. We sat on the porch. The food here is great! I would return. Sadly, I cannot recall what I had - think was the fish special but this time I didn’t note it. Wife had the scallops and shrimp au gratin - remembers it being very rich. One of the members of our group is a vegetarian so the beautiful veggie plate in the pictures was for her.
Barefoot Bar at the Hula Grill at Whaler’s Village, Ka’anapali, - someone on-line suggested this spot - really neat - our first lavaflows of the trip were here - they actually didn’t have much flavor. The food for lunch was very good - I had a lot of ahi just about everywhere. Be sure to note the footprints on the plates. I would return here if no other reason than just for the view and the sand under the chairs!
Feast at Lele, Lahaina - we had been to the Old Lahaina Luau previously and knew that is regarded as the best and most authentic luau in Hawai’i but we weren’t that impressed by the food so this time we went to the Feast at Lele. (O.K. I know the fire twirling isn’t indigenous to Hawai’i but neither are condos, rental cars, and restaurants and most of us enjoy them, anyway.) I had heard that the amounts on the food was skimpy - but I did not feel that way. Considering the number of courses the food for each course no one could go away hungry! They present dances from Hawai’i, Aotearoa, Tahiti, and Samoa and with each dance a near plate of food is brought to you. (Not a buffet.) They prepared special food for our vegetarian. The food was much much better than the Old Lahaina Luau - just about as good as any you’ll find at a restaurant. This feast is also a treat for those who want to have a variety of drinks - each course has suggested quality drinks - all included. While I might not use the funds to return, I would encourage anyone who wants great food with their luau-type experience to go to the Feast at Lele.
Vietnamese Food - We went to both A Saigon Cafe in Wailuku and Vietnamese Cuisine in Kihei - they have both been highly recommended on-line, but we did not find the food all that impressive. Maybe we just ordered the wrong thing. I still can taste Vietnamese spring rolls I had at a stand in the food court in Honolulu - the ones on this trip paled in comparison.
Humuhumnukunukuaua’a at the Grand Wailea - we enjoyed the experience here before so returned. Though we had an early reservation we had to wait a bit. The appetizer - Ahi Traps were great.
The rest of the food was very good. Walking around the grounds of the resort is a real treat and the parking was free. Though I really like the setting, I probably would not return.
Waterfront at Ma’alaea - had to be my favorite as far as the food went - I had ahi just about everywhere (as noted above) and this was the best. the decor is not island style more classy supper club - we sat outside so couldn’t enjoy that aspect as much. We went on a Saturday evening - glad we had reservations as they were turning away folks. Finding the place at night for the first time was a little challenge and there is little parking but that won’t stop me - I shall return!
Da Kitchen, Kihei - go for lunch!! You’ll be filled!!
Shave Ice - finally got to try it - go to Local Boy Snack Shop - Kihei Kalama Village. Why hasn’t this treat hit the mainland?
Seawatch, Wailea Gold Golf Club - Highly recommend this spot!! Went here for late breakfast after packing up and checking out of the condo - the few is sublime as was the food. Wife had classic eggs benedict I had crabcake benedict. They serve breakfast and lunch from 8:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. daily. Driving out I think it was a mongoose I saw scrounging around in the shrubs.
Pacific ‘O, Lahaina - probably our favorite place for lunch but foodwise and locationwise. Might also win the prize for lavaflow! I’m gonna have to try this place and/or I’o for dinner sometime.
I know I didn’t hit details as far as food goes - so ask away and I’ll see if I can answer. I’ve had fun just remembering all the above!