EXPLORE: Maui – What to Eat and Drink in Hawaii

Aloha! While traveling around the United States and abroad I really enjoy trying new foods and drinks. Regional foods, dining experiences, and socialization is a fun way to immerse yourself in the culture of the place you are visiting. Trying new things also allows you to be more open and adventurous while creating memories and stories to share. Maui is a fun place to try tropical drinks, traditional Hawaiian foods, new snacks, and contemporary cuisine.

Maui - What to Eat and Drink

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I was able to try a variety of foods, restaurants, and drinks while visiting Maui. Check out what I ate in Hawaii and also 8 additional foods to try and check out my 10 additional restaurant suggestions!

1. Mama’s Fish House

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Mama’s Fish House is located just past Paia on 36 (Highway to Hana). Mama’s is known for Mai Tai’s and Stuffed Mahi Mahi. Be sure to call for a reservation! You don’t want to miss this place.
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2. Geste Shrimp Truck

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This unassuming beat up truck on the side of the road serves up shrimp a number of delicious ways. Geste Shrimp Truck provides take away food so plan on having a picnic by the beach or take it back to the room to enjoy on the patio.

3. Old Lahaina Luau

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If you’ve never been to Hawaii you should definitely go to a luau! The Old Lahaina Luau is fun and educational. You are welcomed with leis and a cocktail and the buffet includes Poi, Poke ‘Ahi, Pua’a Kalua, sides, breads, desserts and more. The performers entertain with traditional hula and present Hawaii history through story telling.
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4. Lahaina Coolers

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Lahaina Coolers was recommended by our whale watching guide. This restaurant is situated on a side street with open air indoor seating and patio seating. A variety of beers and drinks are available along with a full menu featuring seafood and more.

5. Kihei Caffe

Kihei Caffee is a fun place to go for breakfast. You can get banana nut pancakes, pineapple french toast, or loco moco with a cup of coffee. Sit outside on the patio or take it to go!

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6. Shaved Ice

Road to Hana - Shaved Ice

You kind of have to try shaved ice in Hawaii! I had pineapple and tried the strawberry as well while on the Road to Hana. There are a variety of places that offer this cool treat.

Additional Foods to Try:

  1. Maui Wine – Pineapple Wine
  2. Maui Brewing Company Beer
  3. Pau Maui Vodka
  4. Macadamia Nut Chocolate Candy
  5. Pineapple Candy
  6. Kona Coffee
  7. Hawaiian Potato Chips
  8. Loco Moco

Additional Places to Try: 

  1. Coconut’s Fish Cafe
  2. Lynne’s Cafe
  3. Aloha Mixed Plate
  4. Fish Market in Honokowai
  5. Komoda Store & Bakery
  6. Local Boys Shave Ice
  7. Grandma’s Coffee House
  8. Ululani’s Shave Ice
  9. Tasty Crust
  10. Sam Sato’s

Have you been to Maui? What was your favorite thing to eat and drink? Or are you headed to Maui soon? What are you looking forward to trying? Let me know in the comments below!