This shop is located just across the street from Kihei's popular Kamaole Beach Park. You can literally wander in wearing a swimsuit and flip-flops, and when you do, chances are, you'll fit right in. There is a fairly extensive menu of specialty cocktails and alcohol-free juices. The burgers are delicious, if a little pricey considering the beach-shack atmosphere, but the live music is really the key here.
This romantic, open-air restaurant provides a panoramic view of the world-famous Wailea coastline. Come for the Early Bird Special, and catch a glorious Maui sunset. The special comes with an entree, salad, potatoes and Molokai Sweet Potato Cheesecake. For a splurge, the Puhelu Rack of Lamb is highly recommended. The perfect accompaniment is the Markham Merlot. Take your time, the service is friendly and relaxed, and the ambiance is idyllic.
If you've never heard of Guri Guri, you are not alone. It can only be found at this particular location. However, this stand is a landmark on Maui and a legend among the islands. Guri Guri is a refreshing, frozen dairy product that tastes like a cross between sherbet and ice cream. It comes in two flavors: strawberry or pineapple. The recipe is a jealously guarded family secret. While some people don't find it to be anything special, some people become strangely addicted to it and stop by the stand daily.
Everything about Mama's, from the decor to the service to the amazing cuisine, is first-class. Locals and visitors consider it to be the ultimate special occasion restaurant. The path leading up to the restaurant is lit by torches and lined with palm trees. Candles light the dining room, and most tables feature an ocean view. Appetizers include Tahitian Poisson Cru, Sashimi Salad, and Shrimp Won Tons with macadamia nut dipping sauce. The Mama's fishermen catch fish daily and everything is delicious. The stuffed fish is unbelievably tender and flavorful. The wine list is an award winner.
Named "the best food and entertainment combo in Maui" by Zagat's Restaurant Survey, this lively eatery features energetic dancing and live music upcountry. The sprawling dining area with the bar at one end turns into one of Maui's hottest nightclubs after hours. A huge wooden sun-deck is great for lounging and people-watching in the daytime. The menu features a nice selection of salads (made with organic greens), wood-fired pizzas and delectable homemade pastas smothered in rich sauces and savory meats.
Master magician Warren Gibson has earned rave reviews from guests around the United States. Now Warren, together with the ghostly piano player Annabelle, is enchanting audiences nightly in downtown Lahaina. The key elements of this spectacular night are delicious Pacific Rim cuisine, a tableside opening act, a comfortably elegant ambiance and, of course, some world-class magic.
Located at the main entrance to the Wailea, resort, this popular café is one of the more stylish and unique on the island. One of the casual eateries conceived by renown chef Peter Merriman, it has all the bells and whistles that have made his neighbor island cafes successful. The casual setting and locally grown and resourced ingredients make for a delightful dining experience. The menu features the fabulous Hamakua mushroom pizza from the Waikoloa café with new and creative items like a selection of saimin. There is a keiki menu and a wonderful dessert menu, too. - Lottie Tagupa
Standing at the Menehune Shores in Kihei, Monsoon India enthralls with an authentic menu of Indian specialties and breathtaking views of the Maalaea bay. The menu spans a typically North Indian palate with great diversity in breads like naan and kulcha, and extremely rich curries. Tandoor (Indian clay oven) preparations are a specialty and should not be missed. Apart from this, the selection of biryanis is also pretty diverse. As with most Indian restaurants, vegetarians are well catered to with a selection of curries and vegetables. The restaurant's interiors are done up in a warm palette with clean lines, but with the stunning ocean views on offer, there's a chance that you won't really notice anything else. Groups and large parties are well accommodated and the restaurant also offers catering. An excellent choice for a relaxing Indian meal.
Whoever has said that Maui's nightlife is non-existent needs to wander over to South Maui to get with the real action. One of several late-night spots, this bar has style, comfort and action. Not your typical tequila tavern, this bar attracts the stylish and sassy islanders who come for the contemporary setting and the ambiance. The ice bar is something to see, since it really is a frosty curiosity that keeps the beer chilled so patrons can chill. The bar has two levels. The upper level is cuddly cozy and has a view of the dance floor while the main floor is the perfect spot to see and be seen. -Lottie Tagupa
This wonderful eatery is not your mama’s health food restaurant. Stylish and modern, it offers a menu of fresh ingredients and fat and calorie-conscious selections for those watching their figure so that they can flaunt their stuff on Maui’s sassy sultry beaches. The décor is cheery and bright with surfboard tables and benches. The wall accents provide cheery color and an education on Hawaiian fish while you wait for the kitchen to do magic on your order. Menu selections include whole wheat buns, brown rice, low fat dressings and more. The grilled fish burgers are made of fresh island fish and prepared with your choice of Asian, blackened, Cajun style dressings or simply with lemon and butter. -Lottie Tagupa
You have to love this place. It is so convenient, so cheap... and so highly unexpected! The small, cheerful diner sits in the middle of a strip mall on South Kihei Road. It is easy to find the restaurant; just follow the sounds of 1950s pop music. Deliciously fattening burgers, fries and ice cream are served. Low prices make this a favorite with tourists and locals. If you're lucky, you will catch a glimpse of the aging bikers who like to hang out here on their Harleys and munch on ice cream cones.
One of the more popular Asian restaurants in South Maui, this quaint Vietnamese eatery is cool and casual. Located in the Azeka Place shops, this eatery has reasonable prices and friendly service. The menu can be described as modern Vietnamese that consists of Asian flavors with a hint of American influences. The menu offers many standards and a more than a few creative specialty dishes. Popular menu items include lemongrass curry and the vermicelli noodle bowl. The restaurant offers ample free parking in the Azeka Place parking lot. - Lottie Tagupa