Best Mexican Food Restaurants On Maui

Best Mexican Food Restaurants On Maui

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 a little Mexican.

  1. Polli’s Mexican Restaurant (Makawao)
    Located upcountry in Makawao, Polli’s is one of the few Mexican food places for which we’ll leave the beach. The food is just really good. We especially like the crisp beef tacos and the steak fajitas. Polli’s also has a great happy hour from 4:00 – 5:30 Monday thru Friday. If you’re headed upcountry, we recommend stopping by Komoda’s for some pastries for an “appetizer” and lunch at Polli’s. (Polli’s Mexican Restaurant)
  2. Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe (Kahului)
    This little hole-in-the-wall recently extended their hours and are now open from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 3:00 on Saturday and closed on Sunday. It’s less than 10 minutes from the airport, so if you’re headed out or just coming in, Acevedo’s is a good place to stop. They serve classic Mexican food dishes but fused with Hawaiian flavors. The combination makes Acevedo’s a uniquely Hawaiian/Mexican joint. The food tastes fresh and is dished out by a friendly staff. Beyond the Mexican food, they serve local favorites like loco moco and fish and chips. The daily specials are also fantastic. (Acevedo’s Hawaicano Cafe)
  3. Milagros (Paia)
    Located in the heart of Paia, Milagros is popular with locals and visitors. Though they are more southwestern cuisine than Mexican, we feel fine about putting them on this list. Our favorite item, which is only available for dinner, is the wet carne asada. A luscious, large steak burrito, topped with enchilada sauce. So ono! Milagros also has a nice children’s menu, making it an ideal location for a family meal. (Milagros)
  4. Chilango’s Mexican Cuisine (Lahaina)
    Inexpensive (for Maui) with some of the friendliest service you’ll find in Lahaina, Chilango’s hits the spot if you’re on the hunt for cheap Mexican food on the west side. The portions aren’t big, but if you’re headed to the beach, maybe that’s a good thing! We stick with the classics when we order here, tacos and burritos, but if we’re feeling frisky, we get the carne asada plate. Chilango’s is open for lunch and dinner Monday – Saturday closed on Sunday. (Chilango’s Mexican Cuisine)
  5. Frida’s Beach House (Lahaina)
    Before you head in with your board shorts and flip-flops, be aware that Frida’s Beach House is a pretty nice, formal (for Maui) restaurant. Sure, you’ll be welcome in your beach gear, but don’t expect a $2 Taco Tuesday here. Instead, you’ll find a well thought out menu that runs the gamut from taco plates to grilled Spanish octopus. Open for lunch and dinner with happy hour between 3:00 – 4:30. (Frida’s Beach House)

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Sunset Dinner Cruise – Huaka’i Luau Combo Package

Sunset Dinner Cruise – Huaka’i Luau Combo Package

This month, we introduced a new combo package featuring our sunset dinner cruise and a new partnership with Hauaka’i: Journey Through Paradise luau at the Kaanapali Beach Club resort.

First, enjoy a sit-down, three-course meal with table service, drinks, live music and dancing all while enjoying a magical night on Maui’s largest and most comfortable cruise vessel, the Maui Princess. The cruise departs nightly from the Lahaina Harbor, famous for its calm winds and gentle seas.

The second half of the combo is an evening at Maui’s newest luau, Hauaka’i: Journey Through Paradise. The luau features a buffet dinner, complimentary mai tais and juices and an ocean front show that includes an exciting fire knife dance and cultural dances and the music of Hawaii and Polynesia. Let’s go back to the buffet dinner, because buffets are made for return visits! Included in the meal are kalua pork, shoyu chicken, seared mahi, bbq shortribs, fried rice, lomi salmon, ahi poke, salads and plenty of gluten-free options. The luau is only performed on Wednesday nights, so plan accordingly. Click to official Hauaka’i website for more information.

If you book online on our website, you’ll save 10% over the retail price.

Early Morning Breakfast and Coffee on Front Street in Lahaina

Early Morning Breakfast and Coffee on Front Street in Lahaina

Headed out for an early morning boat tour out of the Lahaina Harbor? Or maybe you’re visiting from the midwest or east coast and have been up since 4:00 AM and need something to eat that isn’t overpriced hotel food? Or maybe you’re just looking for a fine cup of coffee? On Front Street in Lahaina, for coffee and breakfast before 7:00 AM, as far as we can tell, you really only have two choices: the Ocean Cafe and McDonald’s (well, sort of, as McDonald’s is actually two blocks off of Front Street and about a 1/2 mile from the Lahaina Wharf) and only one of these choices serves fresh, Maui-roasted coffee.

The Ocean Cafe opens for breakfast at 6:00 AM. If you’re looking for something quick to munch down before jumping on a boat or headed out to Hana, there’s a full compliment of danish, muffins and pastries. If you prefer something hot, we recommend the English muffin breakfast sandwich stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of sausage, bacon or ham. For something a little healthier, try the SP Bagel, a bagel sandwich with egg whites, spinach, cheese and, if you’d prefer, your choice of meat. The Ocean Cafe also serves steel cut oatmeal.

Of course, the main reason folks visit a cafe at 6:00 AM is coffee. The Ocean Cafe serves Maui Coffee Roasters, often cited as the best coffee roasted here on Maui. At Maui Coffee Roasters, they roast locally sourced beans in small batches, ensuring freshness of every roast.

Beyond, breakfast, the Ocean Cafe also serves hot dogs, sandwiches, veggie burgers, chili and more for lunch or a late afternoon snack.

The Ocean Cafe is open from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Saturday (closed Sunday).

(Full disclosure: Hawaii Ocean Project owns the Ocean Cafe)

Best Food on a Stick on Maui – HOP to it

Best Food on a Stick on Maui – HOP to it

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 restaurants and food trucks on Maui. Here are our five favorites. Note: the spelling of “kabob” is often regional, so we spell it as it appears on the restaurant menu for this article.

Donut on a Stick from T. Komoda Store and Bakery (Makawao)
OK, this is something you wouldn’t want to barbecue… would you? Hmmm, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Anyway, the premise of this is pretty simple, it’s a donut… on a stick! That’s pretty much it. But oh what a donut it is. Technically, it’s five donuts, slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with a wonderful sugar glaze. There is also chocolate covered donut, but we prefer the sugar glazed. While Donut Dynamite has some outstanding donuts, this is our single favorite donut on Maui. Komoda’s has a long history on Maui and is also known for its cream puffs and malasadas. (T. Komoda Store and Bakery)

Johnny’s Fresh Fish Kabab from Pita Paradise (Wailea)
Large chunks of fish, seared on the outside, raw in the middle, on a stick. What could be better? Pita Paradise, a nice Mediterranean restaurant in Wailea serves up fantastic traditional kababs, i.e. chicken, lamb (especially good) and beef, but the fresh fish kababs are over-the-top good. How fresh is the fish? The owner of the restaurant, “Captain Johnny” Arabatzis Jr., fishes daily and exclusively for the restaurant. The “fish of the day” is what Captain Johnny caught that morning! (Pita Paradise)

Chicken Yakitori from Star Noodle(Lahaina)
We pretty much love everything on the menu at the highly acclaimed Star Noodle. But since this article is about food on sticks, we’ll call out the chicken yakitori. With five skewers of chicken, covered in a delightful, not-too-heavy teriyaki glaze, it’s the perfect sized appetizer for large and small parties. At just $7 it’s truly one of the better bargains on Maui. (Star Noodle)

Shrimp Kabab from Monsoon India (Kihei)
Maui quietly has some outstanding Indian food. On the low end, price-wise, is Jini’s Curry in Wailuku. On the higher end, you have Monsoon India and Kamana in Kihei. Monsoon India serves a few different kabobs, but what keeps us coming back is the shrimp kabobs. Six jumbo prawns, with a wonderful yogurt and spice marinade cooked in a traditional clay oven. But if you’re visiting Monsoon India for the first time, we recommend the Monsoon Kabab dish, which includes the prawns plus chicken tandoori and lamb kababs. (Monsoon India)

Child Menu Corn Dog from Teddy’s Bigger Burger (Lahaina)
In our opinion, Teddy’s has the best burgers on Maui. We didn’t even realize they served corn dogs until our kids said they wanted to order them because they had them at a birthday party. Sure enough, there they were on the Kids Menu. We had to trade two tater tots for one bite in order to try it… but it was worth it! Teddy’s really should consider adding corn dogs to the regular menu. Finding good corn dogs on Maui is tough! (Teddy’s Bigger Burger)

Do you have a favorite food on a stick? Tell us about it in the comments below. Mahalo!

Best Japanese Food on Maui – HOP to it

Best Japanese Food on Maui – HOP to it

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 to list these alphabetically. We’re also looking at Japanese food overall, not sushi. So while most of these places have fantastic sushi, we chose the restaurants based on their lunch and dinner dishes. The fact that most have outstanding sushi is just a bonus.

Japengo (Lahaina)
Located in the the Hyatt in Lahaina, Japengo is an award-winning, fine dining Japanese restaurant. If you think you’ll get out of there for less than $100, you’re fooling yourself (edamame, for example, is $8), but you’ll eat one of the best meals you’re likely to have on Maui. A neat thing about Japnengo is you can order half-dishes for half the price of a full dish allowing you to try as many dishes as possible. The sushi is great, but we recommend mixing and matching from the rest of the menu. (Japengo)

Morimoto Maui (Wailea)
With more than 10 restaurants in at least four different countries (we’re being vague because by the time you read this, his empire may have grown), Chef Morimoto has two Hawaii locations, one in Honolulu and one in the Andaz Hotel in Wailea. With indoor/outdoor seating, Morimoto Maui is Maui-style fancy, meaning shorts are OK, but you probably want to dress them up with a nicer shirt. The food at Morimoto is what you’d expect from an “Iron Chef,” it’s simply exquisite in both flavor and presentation. The Duck Duck Goose fried rice is hands-down the best fried rice we’ve ever eaten. We also recommend the crispy whole fish, as well as the sushi. (Morimoto Maui)

Nuka (Haiku)
Nuka, owned by the same folks behind island favorite Paia Fish Market, is an upscale Japanese restaurant located upcountry in Haiku. Is it worth the drive up? We think so. But note that they do not take reservations, so we recommend you get there early or plan on waiting. Another option is hitting Nuka for lunch, though they do not have sushi on their lunch menu. The food, especially the sushi, is wonderful. Served as small plates, we recommend splitting about three dishes per person. So a party of two should get about 5 or 6 dishes, plus sushi. (Nuka)

Restaurant Matsu (Kahului)
Nothing fancy here, but just really good food. By nothing fancy, we mean it’s basically a parked double-wide trailer, though it’s tastefully decorated. The food is next level good. The tempura udon is fantastic. Not too thick, not too salty (a typical problem), it’s just right. Both the pork and the chicken katsus are perfectly prepared. If you can find Matsu, and it’s open, you’re in for a low-priced but excellent meal. (Restaurant Matsu)

Sansei (Kapalua and Kihei)
A longtime Maui favorite, Sansei opened their restaurant in Kapalua in 1996. Their Kihei location followed in 2002. Probably best known for their sushi, Sansei serves up a full Japanese menu that shouldn’t be ignored. The seafood, prepared in traditional Japanese-style, is always fresh and delicious. The tempuras are all light and crisp. Finally, we recommend the crab ramen with Asian truffle broth. If you order this, though, plan on splitting it. It’s not a huge bowl, but it’s rich and the pleasure of the unique flavor is best tasted in small quantities. (Sansei)

Where do you like to go for Japanese food on Maui? Let us know in the comments below!

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 Blue (Wailea)
Maui’s largest Irish Pub, Mulligan’s on the Blue offers up a full menu of Irish classics plus local fish. The drink side of the menu shows a large selection of draught and bottled beers, whiskeys and cocktails. The pub also features numerous TV’s making it an ideal spot to catch a game. The weekly Wednesday night Willie K. Dinner Show was one of the more popular live music events on the Island. However, after being diagnosed with cancer in January, he’s scaling back his performances. Check the online schedule on the Mulligan’s website to see when he’ll be playing and be sure you pre-book if you plan on seeing one of Maui’s most popular entertainers. The pub also features magic shows on Tuesdays and live music the rest of the week. While located on the “Blue” course of the famed Wailea Golf Club, Mulligan’s is independently run. Still, it’s a great place to stop for a drink after a round. (Mulligan’s on the Blue)

Dog and Duck (Kihei)
Located in the “triangle,” the little cluster of bars and clubs just south of Foodland in Kihei, Dog and Duck is the more wild and unrefined of the two Maui Irish pubs. If Mulligan’s is known for its extensive Irish food menu, Dog and Duck is more known for its party atmosphere, seven nights a week. The food is OK (stick with the fish and chips), but if you’re going for the drinks and a good time, Dog and Duck has you covered. The pub has a few TV’s and they are pretty generous with the remote if there’s an event you must see. One great thing about Dog and Duck is that it’s centrally located in Kihei, so you’re a short Lyft ride away if you over imbibe. (Dog and Duck)

Of course, if your idea of an Irish Pub is anywhere that serves Guinness on tap, you’ll find plenty of locations on Maui. In fact, tell us in the comments where you like to go for a Guinness or Jameson…

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 bananas. Or the water was “funny.” You get the picture. We barreled ahead anyway. For the most part, we’ve been eating banana bread on Maui for years, so it’s not like a single bad visit is going to throw us off. We have plenty of institutional knowledge on this topic. Here then are our five favorite banana breads on Maui.

We’re going to take the wimpy way out and declare a tie for the title of the best banana bread on Maui. Both Aunt Sandy’s and Julia’s are ridiculously good.

Aunt Sandy’s Banana Bread (Road to Hana, mile marker 17)
What makes Aunt Sandy’s so good? No one is really sure. We think it’s probably the locally ripened bananas, but Aunt Sandy may put a little magic into her bread. It’s always super moist, not too sweet and the texture is divine. We know people who, because of a craving, have driven out to Hana just for Aunt Sandy’s, bought a couple of loaves, and drove home. Crazy! (Aunt Sandy’s Banana Bread)

Julia’s Best Banana Bread (Kahakuloa)
If you think the Road to Hana can be a tough drive, it ain’t got nothing on the Kahekili Highway. You can reach Julia’s from both Lahaina and Wailuku, traveling in opposite directions. But the highway from both directions is rough. Hairpin turns on a one-lane roads with a deathly drop down a cliff into the ocean is no one’s idea of a fun drive. But the payoff, arguably the best banana bread on Maui, is so worth it. There’s nothing fancy about it. It just tastes darn good. (Julia’s Best Banana Bread)

The rest…

Grandma’s Coffee House (Haiku) Located way upcountry in Haiku, getting to Grandma’s from the west side is a bit of hike, but you won’t be upset you made the drive. Right about now, you’re probably wondering if it’s a prerequisite to drive for hours for banana bread. The answer is no. Just keep reading. Anyway, Grandma’s is an old school shop with wonderful breakfast and coffee… and banana bread. At Grandmas’s there a number of varieties of banana bread, but we stick with the classic. Again, for some reason, the banana bread here has “something” that just makes it better than most banana breads you’ll find on the mainland. (Grandma’s Coffee House)

Four Sisters Bakery (Wailuku)
Located in a tucked away building in Wailuku, Four Sisters can be a little hard to find, but trust your GPS. Getting here is nothing compared to Julia’s or Aunt Sandy’s! Once you find it, order one of everything. They are probably best known for their butter rolls and their malasadas. But the banana bread is truly fantastic. Try the mango bread, too. You won’t be disappointed. As the Wailuku location is fairly close to the airport (about 15 minutes away), many people will grab the banana bread as gifts for friends and family back home. If you do this, we recommend packing it in your suitcase or it might not make it back! (Four Sisters Bakery)

Sweet Aloha Baking Company (Lahaina)
Better known for their amazing cinnamon rolls, Sweet Aloha Baking Company also makes fresh banana bread every day. On top of the standard banana bread, they also make it with chocolate chips (our favorite) and macadamia nuts. We recommend eating the cinnamon rolls right away and squirreling away the banana bread for a nice mid-day snack. (Sweet Aloha Baking Company)

Do you have a favorite place for banana bread on Maui? Please share in the comments below.

Best Italian Food on Maui – HOP to it

Best Italian Food on Maui – HOP to it

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 restaurants on our list tend to fall in the moderate to pricey side of the scale. But one thing they all have in common is delicious food. Here are five favorite Italian restaurants on Maui, listed alphabetically.

Casanova (Makawao and Kahului)
What started as a humble deli over 30 years ago is now an Italian food institution up in Makawao. Serving homestyle, moderately priced Italian food. The seafood cioppino, which features a half lobster tail is an incredibly good bargain (on Maui) at $32. Beyond the cioppino, the pastas are all tasty and for an extra $2, you can get them gluten-free, which makes Casanova’s an excellent choice for the entire family. We prefer the Makawao location over the Kahului location, but the food is great at both. (Casanova)

Fabiani’s (Wailea and Kihei) With two south side locations, Fabiani’s takes the crown for moderately priced Italian food in Kihei and Wailea. While the Kihei location is a bit more casual, the food, albeit with a slightly different menu, is the same at both. One of the best deals in town is their 50% off pizzas during happy hour in the bar. Fabiani’s also features a nice, in-house bakery that produces excellent pastries and desserts. As for the meals, the simple spaghetti bolognese is always perfectly prepared, while the osso bucco is a dish you’ll come back for again and again. (Fabiani’s)

Matteo’s Osteria (Wailea)
For a fun and romantic night, look no further than Matteo’s Osteria. Matteo’s features one of the top Italian wine lists on Maui, and the food is rich and fantastic. The Rissoto Alla Pescatora is loaded with seafood. If you enjoy fresh seafood, we’re not sure if there’s a better dish in town. Matteo’s is also one of the most vegetarian and gluten-free friendly fine dining experiences on Maui. They will basically prepare any dish for you with gluten-free pasta or pizza crust. (Matteo’s Osteria)

Sale Pepe (Lahaina)
While best known for the pizzas that come out of their custom-made stove piping hot, Sale Pepe also offers flavorful pasta dishes. After numerous visits to Maui, the owners of Sale Pepe decided to sell their restaurant in Brooklyn (the male half of the husband/wife duo who own the restaurant is originally from Milan) and make a go of it on Maui. Even though it’s one of the best Italian restaurant in Lahaina, the prices are actually quite low for the quality of the meal. The menu changes based on the availability of fresh, Maui-grown ingredients, but we’ve never been disappointed by a meal at Sale Pepe. (Sale Pepe)

Taverna (Kapalua)
Opened in 2016, Taverna is already winning culinary awards and devoted followers. Located in the heart Kapalua, with outstanding views and a friendly atmosphere, Taverna’s vibe screams “Maui!” If there’s one Italian dish we crave, but can’t often find (probably due to the raw egg) on Maui, it’s carbonara. Taverna’s carbonara is perfectly simple. Five ingredients, prepared just right. The vegetarian eggplant parmesan is also a treat. (Taverna)

Where do you like to go for Italian food on Maui? Let us know in the comments below!

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 you, Maui has plenty of bakeries that sell fresh cookies. Here is our list of favorite bakery cookies on Maui.

  1. Hula Cookies and Ice Cream (Ma’alea)
    Located in the shops at Ma’alea, next to the Maui Ocean Center, Hula Cookies and Ice Cream doubles up on the good eats with fresh baked cookies and ice cream. Why just eat a cookie or an ice cream cone when you custom make an ice cream sandwich, choosing your favorite cookies and ice cream flavors? (Hula Cookies and Ice Cream)
  2. Sugar Beach Bake Shop (Kihei)
    Known for the fresh malasadas, Sugar Beach Bake Shop also offers up fresh cookies and delicious macarons in an assortment flavors. We think these are, hands down, the best macarons on Maui. The texture is perfect. The first time we tried them we were immediately sent back to Paris. Their classic chocolate chip cookies are also excellent. (Sugar Beach Bake Shop)
  3. BanyanTreats (Lahaina)
    If you’re stepping off one of our Whale Watchor Snorkel tours, across the street from the wharf you’ll find BanyanTreats. BanyanTreats features eight different types of fresh baked cookies, locally made Roselani ice cream and over 30 different shave ice flavors. Our favorite for the keiki (kids) is the cute combo of smiling ice cream with a cookie “hat.” You’ll get that reference if you check out the website link below. Conveniently located on Front Street in Lahaina, BanyanTreats is a wonderful place to relax and take a break from strolling in that wonderful Maui sun. (BanyanTreats)
  4. Maui Bread Company (Kihei)
    New to the bakery scene, Maui Bread Company opened its Dolphin Plaza Kihei doors in 2017. It serves fresh baked bread (duh), brownies, pastries, cookies and more, including a large selection of gluten-free products. As for the cookies, we can never resist the peanut butter and bacon cookies. They are large, fat cookies with just the right blend of sweet and savory. (Maui Bread Company)
  5. Zippy’s (Kahului)
    Inside of Zippy’s resides Napoleon’s, a counter bakery that offers a full menu of sugary baked goods. From cakes to donuts to fantastic turnovers and everything in between, Zippy’s is a great place to pick up sweets on your way to your hotel or condo from the airport. As for the cookies, we highly recommend the Melting Moments shortbread cookies, a Hawaiian take on Russian Tea cookies. (Zippy’s)

Do you have a favorite place for freshly baked cookies on Maui? Leave a comment below or tell us on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Facebook @hawaiioceanproject or send us a picture on Instagram @hawaiioceanproject.

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 do. Those are noted below, with a special shout out to Hana Gold. We highly recommend their plantation tour if you have time on a trip to Hana. Here, then, are our five favorite chocolates made on Maui.

Hana Gold
The Hana Gold chocolate bars are made using organic cacao grown and hand-picked on their Hana plantation. Not only is the cacao grown on Maui, but 100% of the ingredients used are cultivated on Maui. The bars themselves are even poured and molded in Hana. Hana Gold offers plantation tours Monday – Saturday at 2:00. Beyond the plantation, Hana Gold chocolate bars can be found at Mana Foods, Down to Earth, Maui Ocean Center and other specialty shops. (Hana Gold)

Hawaii Fudge Company
With locations on Front Street in Lahaina and on South Kihei Road, the award-winning Hawaii Fudge Company, makes it convenient for you to try their various candies. Beyond fudge, they also make toffee, caramels and taffy. Our favorite is the salted caramels, but everything we’ve tried has been good. Hawaii Fudge Company also offers daily classes in their Kihei shop where you’ll take home a pound of fudge that you make. (Hawaii Fudge Company)

Maui Specialty Chocolates
Maui Specialty Chocolates is one of Maui’s best kept secrets. These dark and milk chocolates, made by the owner of the company, are rich and smooth and come in many varieties. Our favorites are mint truffles and the crunchy peanut butter cups. Beyond chocolate, they also make delicious peanut butter and chocolate mochi that melt in your mouth. The only place to purchase Maui Specialty Chocolates is from their little outlet in Kahului, about 5 minutes from the airport, making it a great place to pick up gifts for your flight off the island. (Maui Specialty Chocolates)

Sweet Paradise Chocolatier
Making chocolate with locally grown ingredients, Sweet Paradise Chocolatier has been on Maui since 2007. Perfect for gifts, their hand-crafted truffles and patterned chocolates are absolutely beautiful and taste great, too. Each piece is like a little piece of art. But you’d be a fool to not eat them, after taking an Instagram photo, natch. The lava sea salt caramels are also heavenly. At their Wailea shop, they also sell chocolates from other Hawaiian-based chocolatiers, so it’s definitely worth a visit.(Sweet Paradise Chocolatier)

Wow Wee At just $2.50 a bar, decidedly less expensive than the other chocolates on this list, Wow Wee calls its chocolate bars “Maui’s Candy Bar.” Wow Wee makes bars in a variety of local flavors, using local ingredients like macadamia nuts, coconut, Maui potato chips, Kona coffee, Maui rum and Hawaiian sea salt. Our favorite bar is the Dark Chocolate with Hawaiian sea salt and caramel. Wow Wee chocolate bars are available at Long’s Drugs and other local retailers. (Wow Wee)

Do you have a favorite chocolate made on Maui? Leave a comment below or tell us on Twitter @HIOceanProject and Facebook @hawaiioceanproject or send us a picture on Instagram @hawaiioceanproject.