Best Japanese Food on Maui

Best Japanese Food on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Choosing the best Japanese restaurants on Maui is difficult. There are so many great Japanese restaurants, it’s nearly impossible to choose the best. So instead of naming “the best Japanese restaurant on Maui,” we’re going...
Best Fast Food Restaurants on Maui

Best Fast Food Restaurants on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Sure, Maui has the standard fast food restaurants: McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc. But Maui also has Hawaii-based fast food joints if you want a quick meal with more of a local flavor. Since we’re only including...
Popular Tropical Cocktails on Maui

Popular Tropical Cocktails on Maui

Sure, you may look like a tourist while sitting at a beach bar with an aloha shirt, sunglasses, a straw hat and big fruity drink with an umbrella or pineapple wedge hanging precariously off the rim of the glass, but damn… who cares? Tropical drinks can be served...
Best Hot Dogs on Maui

Best Hot Dogs on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) When you travel to an island locale like Maui, the last thing you think about eating is a hot dog. But not all hot dogs are created equal. One item that separates Maui hot dogs from hot dogs available elsewhere are the local toppings we can offer...
Best Plate Lunches on Maui

Best Plate Lunches on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Generally speaking, a plate lunch consists of two scoops of rice, mac (macaroni) salad and an entree. Historians believe plate lunches started when pineapple and sugar cane plantation workers would bring bento boxes, made up of rice and a main...
Best Burger Joints on Maui

Best Burger Joints on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) For this list, we’ve made sure all of the burgers are under $15. At some point, we’ll do a second list for “high-end” burgers. But for now, we want to focus on affordable, good burgers. The other thing to note about this...
Best Shrimp Trucks on Maui

Best Shrimp Trucks on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Shrimp trucks are a mainstay in Hawaii. The most famous is Giovanni’s on Oahu’s north shore. But here on Maui, we have some good shrimp truck options, as well. Here is a list of our five favorites. 1.) Geste Shrimp (Kahului) One of the...
The Best Donuts on Maui

The Best Donuts on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) We’re talking traditional donuts, not malasadas, OK? We have a different article about our favorite malasadas. For this one, we’re talking straight donuts. We love donuts. The round kind with the hole, the long kind, the twisty kind,...
Best Places to Drink Wine on Maui

Best Places to Drink Wine on Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) For many people, a romantic night on the lanai with a nice bottle of wine makes for a perfect vacation night. For others, part of the fun of vacation is going to a lively bar and laughing with friends. Here are five places on Maui that serve...
Best Mexican Food Restaurants On Maui

Best Mexican Food Restaurants On Maui

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) There are great taco trucks and carts on Maui that serve authentic and delicious Mexican food. But for this list, we’re only looking at places you can sit down and enjoy your meal. These five spots will hit the spot for those of you craving...
Best Food on a Stick on Maui – HOP to it

Best Food on a Stick on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) We tend to spend quite a bit of time in front of a grill here on Maui and the best way to deal with smaller cuts of veggies and meats while barbecuing is to skewer them on a stick. So it’s no surprise you can find fantastic food on sticks in...
Best Irish Pubs on Maui – HOP to it

Best Irish Pubs on Maui – HOP to it

Well, this is an awfully short list. These are the only two Irish pubs on Maui at the time of this writing (March, 2018)! So Maui doesn’t boast a great lineup of Irish pubs. But at least the two it does have are pretty darn great… Mulligan’s on the...
Best Banana Bread on Maui – HOP to it

Best Banana Bread on Maui – HOP to it

They said it was a fool’s errand to try to name the best banana bread on Maui. On any given day, the “best” may change due to baking conditions. Maybe the day we visit is especially humid and throws off the preparation. Maybe there was a bad bunch of...
Best Italian Food on Maui – HOP to it

Best Italian Food on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Like in most places in the United States, there’s an abundance of Italian food restaurants on Maui. Judging Italian food can be tricky because the restaurants can run the gamut from hole-in-the-wall to the finest of fine dining. The...
Best Freshly Baked Cookies on Maui – HOP to it

Best Freshly Baked Cookies on Maui – HOP to it

Earlier this year, we published a piece on the best packaged cookies on Maui. Packaged cookies are popular on Maui and all of Hawaii because they travel well and keep for longer than a day. But sometimes we just want one, fresh-baked cookie. Well, lucky for us, and...
Best Chocolate Made on Maui – HOP to it

Best Chocolate Made on Maui – HOP to it

Like coffee beans, the only place cacao beans, the main ingredient for making chocolate, are only grown commercially in the the United States is in Hawaii. Here on Maui, we have our own cacao farms. Not all of the chocolate made on Maui uses our local beans, but some...
Five Favorite Artisan Foods on Maui – HOP to it

Five Favorite Artisan Foods on Maui – HOP to it

Whether you live on Maui or are just visiting, Maui’s artisan food purveyors make treats that you can enjoy and feel good about. Using local ingredients and hiring local residents, artisan goods are a boon to the local economy. The five companies listed here...
Best Packaged Cookies on Maui – HOP to it

Best Packaged Cookies on Maui – HOP to it

On Maui, the best cookies aren’t always “bakery fresh.” We are blessed with packaged cookies that travel well in the car to Hana, the beach or just about anywhere. For visitors, these cookies are great to take back as gifts for friends and family....
Maui’s Best Greasy Spoon Diners – HOP To It

Maui’s Best Greasy Spoon Diners – HOP To It

Maui has some of the best high-end foods in all of Hawai’i. From Hali’Maile General Store to The Millhouse to Morimoto’s, if you want a wonderful, romantic meal, Maui has you covered. But sometimes, you just want greasy comfort food. It’s OK....
Best Malasadas on Maui – HOP To It

Best Malasadas on Maui – HOP To It

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) There are so many good malasadas on Maui, it’s hard to narrow the list down to just five, but after weeks of agonizing research, we think we’ve come up with the definitive list. But first, the ground rules. We’re sticking with...
Best Food Trucks on Maui – HOP to it

Best Food Trucks on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Food trucks keep sprouting up on Maui and we couldn’t be happier. The quality of food at the trucks listed below rival anything you’ll eat at high end restaurants. While you’ll find classic Hawaiian dishes like poke, you can also...
Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui – HOP to it

Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Noodle dishes and bowls come in all shapes and sizes. While Oahu may have some of the best ramen restaurants in the world, Maui definitely doesn’t. But ramen isn’t the only noodle dish in town. Maui does have excellent saimin, a local...
Best Coffee Shops on Maui – HOP to it

Best Coffee Shops on Maui – HOP to it

A good coffee shop is somewhere you want to nest, a place where you can do anything from check your email to chat with friends. For this list, we aren’t talking about the best coffee. Instead, we are talking about are the best places to enjoy coffee. Of course,...
Best Vegetarian Food Cafes on Maui – HOP to it

Best Vegetarian Food Cafes on Maui – HOP to it

From the cheapest dives to five-star restaurants, most places on Maui have a nice selection of vegetarian dishes. In fact, over the years, we’ve found Maui to be one of the more vegetarian-friendly islands in Hawaii. To be sure, we can eat unhealthy here on Maui...
Best Breakfast on Maui – HOP to it

Best Breakfast on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Is that why people are willing to stand in line for hours to have it? It’s a phenomenon we truly don’t understand. But if you like to stand in line for breakfast, we have some...
Best Fish and Chips on Maui – HOP to it

Best Fish and Chips on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Maui has many excellent fish and chips spots. This is a statement of fact. Whether at high-end restaurants or small shacks, you’re bound to find fresh fish, fried perfectly. When putting this list together, we came to the realization that...
Best Gluten Free Casual Dining on Maui – HOP to it

Best Gluten Free Casual Dining on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Being gluten free on Maui does not need to be a burden. Over the last five years, we’ve seen an influx of gluten-free options entering our restaurants. While the fine dining options are plentiful, there are also many casual restaurants and...
Best Coffee Ice Cream on Maui – HOP to it

Best Coffee Ice Cream on Maui – HOP to it

Hawaii is the only state in the country that commercially grows coffee. As a result, we have actual, locally sourced coffee around these parts. Most of the coffee goes for drinking, but it sure makes for some good ice creams and gelatos. Here are our favorites…...
Best Pizza on Maui – HOP to it

Best Pizza on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) To be honest, there aren’t a lot of great pizza places on Maui. But the places on this list are truly top-notch. Unique to Maui pizzas are the local ingredients and toppings you can generally only find here. Step outside of your normal pizza...
Best Sandwiches on Maui – HOP to it

Best Sandwiches on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) At its core, a sandwich is two pieces of bread stuffed with, uh, stuff. So what differentiates a great sandwich from a good one? Freshly baked bread is a start, but it’s the “stuff” that magically transforms an ordinary sandwich...
Best Shave Ice on Maui – HOP to it

Best Shave Ice on Maui – HOP to it

After a fun day on a snorkel adventure to Molokini or Lanai, nothing says “refreshing” quite like Hawaiian shave ice. What makes Hawaiian shave ice so good? For some, it’s the fresh syrups, for others it may be the add-ins, but for most people...
Best Happy Hours from Kihei to Wailea – HOP to it

Best Happy Hours from Kihei to Wailea – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) It’s been said that every hour is happy hour on Maui. But not every hour on Maui features special prices on food and drinks. That’s what makes happy hour even happier! Here is a list of our favorite happy hours on the south side. For a...
Best Pie on Maui – HOP to it

Best Pie on Maui – HOP to it

Pie or cake? That’s the age old question. Here on Maui, we’re blessed with some amazing bakeries. Some do pie, some do cake and some do both. But today, we’re focusing solely on pie. Sure these bakeries all have the standard flavors, but when on...
Best Baked Treats on Maui – HOP to it

Best Baked Treats on Maui – HOP to it

(UPDATED JUNE, 2019) Here on Maui, we’re blessed with some of the best bakeries in the state (if not the country). You can find treats of all kinds, from cookies and donuts to local fare like mochi and malasadas. Here are our five favorite baked goods on Maui. 1....
Top Ten Casual Places to Eat in West Maui

Top Ten Casual Places to Eat in West Maui

On the lookout for great places to dine or grab food to go on your Maui vacation? If you’ll be staying here in West Maui, look no further. Considering we operate our Maui ocean tours from Lahaina, we know the area well, and have come up with a solid top ten list...
Best Lahaina Restaurants to Try on Your Vacation

Best Lahaina Restaurants to Try on Your Vacation

Images Provided by Down The Hatch: www.dthmaui.com We’ve all got to eat, so we may as well enjoy it as much as we can. When you’re on vacation, it can be hard to know which restaurants are worth trying and which could end up a disappointment. That’s...

Ten Lahaina Restaurants You Will Not Want To Miss Out On

Lahaina, Maui is known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and of course, Hawaii Ocean Project boat tours! If you feel a bit peckish while you’re waiting to go on your HOP boat tour, why not check out these delicious eateries? Our list covers a variety of...