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Eating Places on Maui



1285 Front St., Lahaina (behind the Lahaina Cannery Mall); (808) 661-3322

Price: $6.25 to $13.95. Features inexpensive local style plate lunches with a view worth a million bucks, especially at sunset: tiki torches, crashing waves and Hawaiian music from the luau next door.


Sunrise Cafe, 693-A N. Front St., Lahaina (around the corner makai from Lappert's ice cream place); (808) 661-8558.

Price: $5.95 to $9.95. Tiny hole-in-the-wall. Great Eggs Benedict. Breakfast is served until 3 p.m., when the place closes for the day.  The lunch menu of soups and sandwiches kicks in after 11:30 a.m. Cash only accepted.

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42 Baldwin Ave

Paia, HI 96779

  1. (808)579-6323

Do not miss! Average price: $8.00. See the extended review on this page, BELOW.


Ba-Le French Sandwiches & Bakery, 1221 Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina (in the Lahaina Cannery Mall); (808) 661-5566. Also, 4b: 270 Dairy Road, Kahului (in the Maui Marketplace); (808) 877-2400

Price: $7.75 to $8.25

Vietnamese/ French/Hawaiian. Yummy sandwiches are served on French-style baguettes. Pastries and croissants round out the menu. Fast service. Try the Ba-Le Corn Puffs and the Kiawe-smoked Pastrami Banh Mi Rolls.


3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina; (808) 665-9895.

This market has a take out counter with sandwiches, fish tacos and pizzas, including crab and avocado, lobster salad, poke (Hawaiian ceviche) and smoked fish. For a great fish dinner without paying a fortune, this tiny shop in a West Maui strip mall makes it simple. Convenient to Napili/Honokowai, near the West Maui Airport.

Price: $8.99 to $12.99


502 Office Road, Kapalua. Phone 808-669-6128

Price: About  $7.00. Located within the Kapuala Bay Resort property, Chef Romeo Arruiza, formerly of the Westin Kaanapali, offers a changing menu of lunch plates, pizzas and creative sandwiches. Stop on your way up to Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District Beach and Honolua Bay and enjoy the food while looking at the dreamy view of Molokai across the channel, and in the surfers and snorkel boats in the bay below.


Maui Community College, 310 W. Kaahumanu Ave., Kahului; (808) 984-3225, open during the school season. The best affordable gourmet food on the island. Call ahead to make reservations. Located near the Kahalui Airport. Visit the website to see the menus.

Price: $5 to $8.50, more for the multi-course dinners.

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3674 Baldwin Avenue

Makawao, HI 96768

(808) 572-7261

Do Not Miss! Uphill from Paia Town is the cowboy town of Makawao, where Komoda Store sells luscious creampuffs and light as a feather malasadas. We bring a styro ice chest and fill it up, then freeze or refrigerate the cream puffs in our condo or hotel fridge. Whether eaten ice cold or room temp, these little puako are to die for. CALL AHEAD to reserve your order: they sell out early.


1188 Makawao Ave

Makawao, HI 96768

(808) 572-0220

Located just around the corner, uphill from Komoda Store, is a good place for breakfast, with great coffee and baked goods.


Lahaina Square, 840 Wainee Street

Maui, HI 96761 Phone: 808.661.8883

Kahului Kaahumanu Center, 275 Kaahumanu Ave.

Maui, HI 96732. Phone: 808.871.7726

Kamaole Beach Center 2411 S. Kihei Road Maui, HI 96753,Phone: 808.879.5005

California-style burritos, tacos, enchiladas, et al, with a Hawaiian flair: Dependable healthful and cheap: tastes great and fills you up. Salsa bar. We have eaten at virtually every Hawaii location, and the quality is consistent.


Birthing Whales & Kalepolepo Beach

Kihei is South Maui’s commercial hub, with numerous shopping malls and thousands of condo units. For this reason, many people stay here but head elsewhere on Maui to dine, explore, or hit the beach. It’s true that Kihei can’t match Wailea or Makena’s amazing beaches, but here’s a hidden gem that is at the same time beautiful, highly photogenic and close: Kalepolepo Beach. The bonus is, after your swim and taking photos of each other in this postcard-picture-perfect setting, walk next door to the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, at 726 S. Kihei Rd.  Whales give birth right here in Ma`alaea Bay.

PAIA: Cafe des Amis

Paia is Maui’s windsurfing town, just 10 minutes from the airport.

Even though we’d been to France three times, we thought that crêpes were...well...kind of silly. I mean, pancakes for dinner?

One day we were ambling down Baldwin Ave. and were mesmerized by the strong earthy smell of Lavazza coffee. The smell brought us immediately back to France, so we stopped for a cup, and ordered a chocolate strawberry crêpe to go with it, just to have a little treat before dinner. It was orgasmic.

So we studied the menu on the chalk board, and read aloud the delicious-sounding ingredients of the crêpes being offered that day by the French chef. We ordered a shrimp curry crepe with coconut milk, cilantro, and rice, and the fresh tuna confit [not from a can] with potatoes, aioli, and tomato. Both disappeared in minutes. So then we had the authentic salad Niçoise. Just like we had in Paris! Other choices at Café des Amis were equally inventive and unique, such as mushrooms in a cream and wine sauce, and brie and avocado with apples and black pepper. We returned the next day. And the next. Since then, there’s never been a trip to Maui that did not include a wonderful meal at Cafè des Amis.  Under $10 including a salad. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Bon appetit.

AROUND THE BEND from Kapalua / Napili / Honokowai, in West Maui, near the apex of West Maui’s North Shore, lies Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District Beach with great snorkeling and surfing. And a very fine beach it is, especially in summer when all the sand comes back. Next door, wondrous Honolua Bay is Surfer Heaven, and tour cats bring snorkelers there to explore the underwater scenery. The point immediately past Honolua Bay, after the road climbs past it and begins curving up to the left, then to the right, is Lipoa Point. Stop here to watch surfers, drink in the magnificent views of the bay and distant Molokai, and if seas are calm, drive out toward the point a little further to experience this little protected crystal-clear natural swimming pool in the photo, and hike a little past that to see the unnamed beach. We may or may not have swum naked around here...that’s all we’re sayin’.

The Google map couldn’t find the beaches, just nearby Honolua Place...and Google misspells Mokuleia Bay as  “Makuleia”. See our Driving & Discovering Maui guidebook for map and much more detailed information.

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Kalepolepo Beach

Alexander’s Bath

Mokuleia Beach

Napili Surf Condos are situated on perfect little Napili Bay with stunning views of Lanai and Molokai Islands in a lovely area of Maui too few visitors know about.

We loved this place, and no, we did not get a freebie or even a discount, but took advantage of an online special. Click the large photo to visit the Napili Surf site. The Napili / Honokowai / Kapalua area boasts some of Maui’s best beaches and eating places, from the unforgettable Pineapple Grill to Maui Tacos.

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FREE WiFi On Maui:

Hale Imua Internet Cafe 1980 Main St, Wailuku, HI, 96793

SurfandSip The Coffee Store 275 Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI, 96732

Borders Books Dairy Rd. 270 Dairy Rd. Suite 190, Kahului, HI, 96732

Hale Imua Internet Stop and Shop 2496 S. Rd HI, Kihei, HI, 96753

Aloha Business Centers @ The Westin Maui Hotel 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Kaanapali Resort

Westin Maui Hotel 2365 Kaanapali Parkway, Kaanapali Resort

Aloha Business Centers, Maui One Ritz-Carlton Drive Kapalua Resort

Embassy Vacation Resort 104 Kaanapali Shores Place, Kaanapali Resort

SurfandSip The Coffee Store 5095 Napili Hau Street, Lahaina, HI, 96761

SurfandSip The Coffee Store 1279 S. Road, Kihei, HI, 96753 Ashley's South Shore Cafe 362 Huku Lii Place, Kihei, HI, 96753

Hawaiian Village Coffee in Kahana and Kaanapali

Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center Coffee Shop ( near T-Mobile) - Kauilui

Lighthouse Maui Cafe - 70 E Kaahumanu Ave, Ste A - 808 871 0875 - Kahului

Kahului AleHouse - 355 E Kamehameha Ave - 808 877 9001 - Kahului

Maui Coffee Roasters - 444 Hana Hwy - 800 645 2877 - Kahului

Maui University - Kahului

Cafe Cafe - Dolphin Plaza - 2395 South Kihei Rd - (808) 879-4700 - Kihei

Days Inn - 2980 S Kihei Rd - 808 879 7744

Hawaiian Village Coffee - 2580 KEKA'A Dr, Suite 120 - (808) 667-2003 - Lahaina

Penny's Place Bed & Breakfast - 1440 Front St. - 808-661-1068 - Lahaina

Best Western Pioneer Inn - 658 Wharf Street - (808) 661-3636 - Lahaina

Pateys Place - 761 Wainee Street - 808.667.0999 - Lahaina

Mahina Surf #102 Condominium Resort Rental - 4057 L Honoapiilani Road - Lahaina

The Mauian Hotel - common area/Ohana Room - 5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd - 808 669 6205 - Naplili

Anthony's Coffee Co. - 90 Hana Way - 808 579 8340 - Paia

Paia Inn - for guests - 93 Hana Highway - (808) 579-6000 - Paia

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The Hana Drive is a Maui adventure you should not miss. There really is no destination, but rather a journey that won’t be soon forgotten, as the narrow, cliff-top-hugging road winds its way past hidden beaches, waterfalls too numerous to count, gorgeous spring-fed swimming holes, tiny hidden hamlets, 19th century churches, local fruit and lei vendors, and plenty of primeval beauty. The town of Hana boasts a world class hotel and spa, the Hotel Hana Maui, and beautiful beaches with names like Koki and Hamoa await. You’ll enjoy the adventure far more if you spend the night close to Hana Town in a B&B, guesthouse or hotel, as it is a long single-days’ drive.

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Lipoa Point Beach

SOUTH MAUI is the Road Less Traveled, as rental car agreements officially forbid it. A short length of the road seen in the two photos above remains unpaved but in good repair, unless there has recently been an exceptional storm. We have driven this road numerous times and have never encountered a problem, knowing if we had, that our agreement would be voided. We don’t encourage you, but we sure don’t discourage you either.

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St. Joseph’s Church

Kaupo Church

Scenes From The South Maui Roadside: Vast, Primeval, Wondrous.

Maui On TV

Modern Family traveled to the Four Seasons Maui in the Wailea Resort. Rent the DVDs on Netflix: Disc 4

There are two 2007 Maui-based MTV programs still available for viewing on the MTV website.

Maui Fever was much criticized for the non-reason that it was not racially or ethnically diverse —because all groups of friends who hang out together in real life actually are. That notwithstanding, this drama-fest of dysfunctional early twenty-somethings living in the Lahaina area with no apparent means of support, but all kinds of money and free time, may be worth your watching for the great photography and mean-girl action.

This is a psuedo-reality show that is scripted and rehearsed, as best seen in some of the heart-to-heart meetings between principal characters shot in gorgeous surroundings at just the right time of day.

Maui Fever Girls earning minimum wage by holding signs on Front St. in Lahaina advertising "Rent a Harley for $69" are then seen scheming over lunch at Leilani's on the beach in Kaanapali Resort's Whaler's Village sipping $7 drinks and eating $15 lunch items. Not very realistic, but it does make you pine for Maui and long lazy lunches overlooking the Pacific.

The second MTV series, Living Lahaina really puzzles, as its premise is a surf school run by a Hawaiian dad named Kimo who has inexplicably hired nothing but a crew of shiftless irresponsible white guys from the mainland as his school's surf instructors. They live on the premises, drink all night, throw up all morning, and skip out on work en masse despite a fully-booked schedule. Kimo is a kindly hard-ass, who threatens and fumes a lot yet gets no respect. MTV shot 8 episodes but only aired 3. The photography can't match that of Maui Fever, but if you like shows featuring Boys Behaving Badly, this one might do the trick.


Maui’s JAWS

Mokuleia Beach

Honolua Bay

West Maui Wonders

Lipoa Point

“The Brain” at Lipoa Point