Maui Highlights

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Kihei

IMG_20180217_001320_353Belle Surf Café – Crepes, coffee and smoothies (1794 South Kihei Rd.) – Open daily 8am-1pm. Try their superfood green smoothie and check out their little souvenir shop. $5-15.

Coconut’s Fish Café –  Casual fresh seafood restaurant (Azeka Center, 304-1279 South Kihei Rd. and Kamaole Center 2463 South Kihei Rd.) – Best fish tacos and fresh grilled fish. Open daily 10am-9pm. Try their tacos! $15-25.

ourstory-1-e1467036586973.jpgThree’s Bar and Grill – Pacific fusion cuisine (Kihei Kalama Village, 1945 South Kihei Rd.) – Casual spot for Hawaiian, Southwestern & Pacific Rim fusion food. Open daily 8am-10pm, very popular, need a reservation. $20-35.

Fork & Salad – Fresh and local salad bar (Azeka Mauka Plaza, 204-1279 South Kihei Rd.) –Open daily 10:30am-8pm. Their mission is to redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine as healthy, quick, convenient and affordable, so it can be enjoyed every day by everyone. They support local farmers, ranchers and fishermen, to support a sustainable, edible Maui. Try their watermelon and feta salad. Great for packing a picnic for the beach! $10-20.

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Paia

fish-tacosPaia Fish Market – Fresh local seafood restaurant (100 Hana Highway, also in Kihei and Lahaina) – Open daily 11am-9:30pm. Impressive selection of fresh fish caught by local fishermen off the shores of the Hawaiian islands. Whenever possible they offer produce grown right here and serve generous portions of food at reasonable prices. The original restaurant opened in 1989 in Paia town and has been a local favorite and a landmark of this Hawaiian plantation town. Paia is now a legendary destination known for the birth of major water sports and the restaurant has been fortunate to support the evolution of this lifestyle. Try their fresh grilled fish with salad or as a meal with rice. $20-30.

IMG_20180217_001515_444Flatbread Company – Pizza and salads ( Hana Highway) – Open daily 11am-10pm. They have a location in Whistler as well. Try their salads. $20-30.

Sip Me @ Consuelo’s – Bright and spacious coffee shop with lots of pastries and sandwiches. (115 Baldwin Ave.)  – Open daily 6am-5pm. Try their cakes! $5-15.

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Lahaina

Lahaina Fish Co. – Two-floor oceanfront restaurant that serves fresh fish and pub food  (831 Front St.) – Open daily 11am-9:30pm. Located on Lahaina’s oceanfront, in the heart of Front Street, they specialize in the finest Angus prime rib and freshest Maui fish, broiled, blackened or grilled. Try their grilled fish and prawns. $20-40.

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Shops

img_20180217_004252_288.jpgHawaiian Moons Natural Foods – Health food store (Kama’ole Beach Center, 2411 South Kihei Rd.) Open daily 8am-9pm. Established in 1994 as the first full service natural food store in the Kihei/Wailea area, promoting healthy food and a sustainable lifestyle. In ancient Hawaii, the Hawaiians used the moon to dictate their daily lives. Each moon phase had a name & the Hawaiians did not think in terms of days but instead in terms of moon phases. The phases also dictated the seasons. By knowing the different phases of the moon the Hawaiians knew when to plant, to harvest, to fish, to worship and even to play. This created a sustainable lifestyle for the Hawaiians. Hawaiian Moons uses only 100% compostable containers and flatware for our Salad and Hot Bars, and our Grab n’ Go deli items, promoting organic farming, recycling, environmentally friendly products and energy efficiency. Try the pono pies! $5-50.

Endless SummerMalibu Shirts – Authentic Vintage Apparel and exhibition of vintage memorabilia (two locations in Wailea and in Lahaina). From the beaches of California and Hawaii, Malibu Shirts is rooted in the history of surf and beach culture, focusing on the people, places, businesses and events, that have shaped an entire lifestyle. Check out their “Endless Summer” hoodies and tote bags. $35-60.

Sand People – Papery, crafts, and home decor shop (three locations in Kihei and Lahaina).  It began as a small surf shop in the quiet town of Hanalei, Kauai in 1986. Over the years, the brand made its way to the south side of Kauai and eventually to the neighboring islands of Oahu and Maui. The brand currently boasts fourteen locations and a friendly Ohana of like-minded individuals. By supporting an array of local artisans and independently owned brands, Sand People brings a unique and genuine collection of goods to those who are happiest with their toes in the sand. Check out their notebooks and souvenirs. $15-50.

honolulu-cookie-companyHonolulu Cookie Company – Cookie boutique (in the Royal Hawaiian Center, and many other locations). Delicious pineapple shaped cookies in all kinds of flavours. You can taste all their cookies in their stores. Great for gifts to bring back home – all sizes and custom packages available. $5-50.

Mana Foods – Health Food Store in Paia ( Paia) Founded by Ed Thielk in 1983, it supports over 400 local vendors and the local business community. 50% locally grown and 90% certified organic or unsprayed items, they care about the environment and make sure to prioritize sustainable business practices. The deli department uses biodegradable plastic-wear and to-go containers that are made from corn. Fresh meat products and deli sandwiches are packaged in compostable, gluten-free trays made from wheat stalks. In order to make sure that nothing goes to waste at Mana, local farms that supply our fresh produce pick up our compostable byproducts so that nothing green goes in the trash. Try their deli food and the selection of fresh tropical fruit. $5-50.

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Best Beaches

IMG_20180212_233348_379Makena Beach – One is the nicest, longest, and most pristine beaches on Maui (6600 Makena Rd, Kihei, south of Wailea, in Makena State Park) Open Daily from 6am-6pm. 1.5 miles of golden sand stretching as wide as 100 feet in places. Visitors can swim or snorkel in the pristine water, picnic in the shade or simply sunbathe on the seemingly endless expanse of sand. Nestled between two black lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds and provides great views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe. Restrooms and picnic facilities are available, and a handful of food vendors operate out of trucks both inside and just outside the park. Can be windy and sometimes wavy, good place to watch body boarders.

IMG_20180212_224259_579Paia Beach – North Shore beach with bigger waves, where you can watch surfers and body boarders. Many national and international ocean sport competitions are held here at world famous Ho’okipa Bay just outside the bohemian surf town of Paʻia (pronounced Pa-ee-ah). Surrounded by sugar cane fields the town of Paʻia has a population of less than 3000 people. However it’s amazing how much of a variety of restaurants and funky boutiques are everywhere in this one stoplight town. It’s really is a fun place to be and people from all over the world come here to surf in the day and dine in the afternoons and evenings in this funky little tropical town.

Kama’ole Beach – Family-friendly, shallow and calm beach in central Kihei (along South Kihei Rd.) Kama’ole is a very popular set of long, 1.5 mile sandy beaches with incredible views of Molokini, Kaho’olawe and Lana’i islands. Kam III has one of the most regular South Maui shorebreaks for boogie-boarding. Snorkeling opportunities are plentiful. Because of its convenient location, it does get crowded on weekends and holidays. Facilities: showers, bathrooms, lifeguards, BBQs & picnic tables.

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