After all the great food we had on Oahu, it’s kind of amazing we had any room left for the second half of our Hawaii trip. Or that we didn’t gain 20 pounds over the course of the week. (Probably only because of doing things like hiking down the side of a cliff….) But when we got to Maui, the first thing we did was head straight for the food trucks. Not sorry about that at all.
Wailuku / Kahului
808 Food Truck, Kahului
We were actually looking for the famous Geste Shrimp Truck along Kahului Beach Road just north of the airport, but it wasn’t parked in its usual spot, so we chose another food truck instead. We were hungry, and they all looked good. Thankfully, 808 Food Truck was an excellent choice. I got the katsu plate, which was a fried fish with rice and a delicious sauce on the top. You could tell the fish was freshly caught, and I did not at all mind eating it out of a styrofoam tray in the car. The shrimp truck pulled in just as soon as we finished, and a swarm of people went up to it, but I was still happy with our food truck selection.
Tasty Crust, Wailuku
We stopped in Wailuku on our way to the Olivine Pools, just before beginning the crazy drive up the mountain. I knew this little diner would be good as soon as we went in because we were the only non-locals in the place. They’re famous for their pancakes, so I got those along with some amazing hot chocolate. A simple but delicious breakfast! It looks like kind of a dive from the outside, but on the inside it’s very homey.
Yes, you read that right. This is the Grand Wailea Resort’s restaurant, and it is named after the state fish of Hawaii. Humuhumu for short. We made reservations ahead of time, and we had Thanksgiving dinner here! Hubs planned it perfectly, setting the reservation for just before sunset, and we got to see the resort’s beautiful “Sunset Ceremony” from where we sat. It was a little pricey, but our food was excellent, and Husband had a giant drink in a fish glass that he loved. Probably the most beautiful restaurant setting we experienced in Hawaii.
It’s much more commercial and polished — and we were specifically looking for little off-the-beaten-path dives for most of our trip — but the food at this place was so darn good that it earned a place on my list of favorites. It was close to our hotel in a shopping plaza, and the inside was beautifully decorated with monkeypod wood. We sat up at the bar and listened to some live music. I got the Coco Corn Chowder and the Burnt Maui Pineapple & Cashews salad. They were so amazing that I sprung for dessert — a slice of coconut pie, and the best dessert I had on our trip. I wish we had discovered Monkeypod Kitchen sooner!
When in Hawaii, it seems only natural to go to a luau, amiright? But we didn’t want one of those cheesy luaus where they get the dad of some family to come up and learn the hula and whatnot. With Feast at Lele, we picked right. It was much more cultural and educational, with very few kids compared to other luaus. The setting was right on the beach in Lahaina with a gorgeous sunset just before the show. Instead of a buffet, the servers brought courses that matched the cultures that make up Hawaii. The dances also reflected each place with a cultural influence: Fiji, French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Hawaii itself. The food was delicious (especially the pork!) and the drinks were unlimited. Worth every penny!
If you’re thinking about going to Maui, definitely put these places to eat on your list. (And check out my other list of Places to Eat on Oahu if you’re island-hopping!) I cannot wait to go back!