Every little thing you’ve heard about Maui’s radical magnificence is true: the undulation of the mountains and the lowlands, the cream-toned seashores that yield seamlessly to sea and sky, the volcanic rocks slicing by the million shades of inexperienced. Maui is bigger than O‘ahu, although the forested reserves bookending its jap and western factors imply that its extra populous cities are concentrated towards the island’s middle — very best for brief, scenic street journeys between restaurant-hopping.
Scores of eating rooms benefit from the pure splendor, overlooking seashores or sitting alongside foothills or excessive perches very best for watching pyrotechnic sunsets. However simply as typically, in search of out the most righteous meals in Maui means venturing to a plain-faced strip mall. A concise cross part of choices defines this record: a handful of vacationer locations worthy of their reputation, just a few locals’ hangouts for variations on conventional Hawaiian fare, and a requisite pit cease for pineapple-macadamia nut pie.
Replace, Spring 2021: Maui’s post-pandemic restaurant scene is a blended bag. Throughout 2020’s near-complete shutdown of tourism, many favourite spots modified fingers, downsized, or completely closed their doorways. Eating places barely stayed afloat, typically due to house owners who crammed each function from host to line cook dinner to dishwasher. However a stunning variety of new locations opened too, some from laid-off kitchen workers who seized the chance to launch their very own companies. The “eat native” pattern blossomed throughout the shutdown as properly, leading to new relationships between eating places and island farmers, and a plethora of Maui-made merchandise on menus and in grocery shops.
Be aware: Resulting from COVID-19 security tips, eating places are presently working at 50 % capability. Do your self a favor and ebook far upfront, particularly if you need that sunset-splashed desk.
Costs per particular person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Lower than $10
$$ = $10 – $20
$$$ = $20 – $40
$$$$ = Greater than $40
Shannon Wianecki writes about meals, tradition, and native ecosystems for publications together with BBC, Smithsonian, and Hana Hou — the Hawaiian Airways journal. Rising up in Hawai’i her favourite snack was uncooked opihi (limpet) recent off the rocks.
A part of the Eater Guide to Hawai‘i