city (eating) guide :: maui, hi

maui1maui2IMG_3700IMG_3681IMG_3732lahainabanyan tree parkIMG_3675We stayed at a rental condo on Kaanapali Beach in Maui, HI about an hour drive from the airport. I love Maui so much that I made staying here for one month each year a new goal. Rental condo’s have the covenience of a full kitchen and an en-suite washer and dryer. The facilities also often include shared BBQ facilities, multiple swimming pools, and great access to the beach. Although, we normally shop at the local Safeway and cook our own meals, we found plenty of tasty eats to keep us full thanks to Pinecone Camp and Lisa!

komoda bakerykomoda stick donutmakawaoKomoda Bakery || Located in Makawao, the story is that Komoda is run by a Japanese family with a background in French baking that has been here for the past 96 years. We arrived early after reading the reviews about the possibility of them selling out of baked goods if you arrived late and taste tested the stick donut, cream puff, the dinner rolls, and a guava malasada. Although, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, the shop itself is incredible with, what looks like, original store display racks and fixtures.

IMG_3756808 Deli || Across from Kam 2 beach in Kihei, we checked out early to make sure that we could pick up sandwiches for our trip back to Oahu. Voted Maui’s Best Sandwich, their porkie was absolutely fantastic with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

Geste’s Shrimp Truck || Oh, Geste! So, the website says that they open at 10:30am. We drove around in circles finally spotting the food truck area by Kahului harbour only to be disappointed that the shrimp truck was no where to be found. We must have been walking back to the car when they finally pulled up around 11:15am, so we parked again and ordered a plate of the Hawaiian Scampi and Lemon Pepper for lunch ($12 w/ rice + crab salad).

Local Boys + Ulu Lanis || The shave ice in Maui is fluffier and less packed than at Matsumoto. The cherry was a bit intense at both of these locations, but overall, it was a good shave ice fix until we got back to Haleiwa. Favourite flavours: Guava, Lycee, and make sure to get the Mango at Ulu Lanis (with condensed milk of course!). It’s like licking a fresh mango.

Lahaina Prime Rib & Fish Co.I know that Lahaina is super touristy, but sometimes that is what makes it fun. Rob and I were looking for some lunch and decided to stop here for some local grilled mahi mahi and coconut shrimp. I had low expectations after trying a nearby restaurant on a past trip, but was pleasantly surprised.


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  1. Lahaina Maui Vacation Rental

    We love Star Noodle in Lahaina. It is off the beaten path, but worth getting a little lost. Their pork buns and garlic noodles are delicious! For dessert our favorites are between Ono Gelato in Lahaina or Leoda’s Kitchen and pie shop in Olowalu. Then for your second dessert we also recommend Ululani’s! You can never have too many desserts :)