Top-notch entertainment and perfectly prepared cuisine make this a premiere Maui attraction. A little island history: Lahaina used to be known as Lele. In those long-ago days, gala royal feasts were held along the beach. They featured the best food, music and dance of the island. This is a reconstruction of the ancient royal celebrations. Executive Chef James McDonald presents a mouth-watering array of specialties representing all the regions of Polynesia.
Tourists and locals alike return to this oceanfront landmark in central Lahaina. Sit on the lanai, sip cocktails and look out on the Pacific. The prime rib is savory and tender, and on the lighter side, there are four to five fresh fish offerings daily. Be sure to save room for the Hula Pie, made from a chocolate wafer crust, macadamia nut ice cream, chocolate fudge and whipped cream. Live Hawaiian music is a firm feature here.
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.
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 restaurant is located in the courtyard of a downtown Lahaina landmark. The Inn (P.I. to locals) was the only hotel in Lahaina for a long time and is currently a comfortable Best Western property. Fusion-influenced cuisine and fruity drinks are served in a tropical garden setting. The menu features fresh local seafood and produce. Graze on Kula green salad and spring rolls, or go for a heartier choice such as the Fettuccine with Scallops and Mussels.
This local bar is tucked away in a small shopping center amidst homes and churches. Far away from the beaches and high end resorts, this neighborhood bar is a popular place with area residents and islanders. It's a fun place to gather for a cold and refreshing pau hana beer with friends and co-workers, to enjoy satellite sports and especially to enjoy their menu of tasty small dishes or pupus that include everything from edamame to sashimi. The bar is neither fancy or pricey, but the real value is the warm and genuine local island atmosphere. - Lottie Tagupa
With around 12 TV's hanging on the walls, it's easy to catch your favorite game while enjoying burgers, stir-fries, steaks, sandwiches, and seafood at Stopwatch Sports Bar & Grill. The local draft beer complements the meal along with the sounds of Hawaiian music in the background. With friendly people around in a relaxed atmosphere, this sports bar is sure to draw you back! If you're looking for a quiet meal by yourself, you can also sit in the shaded lanai area close to greenery. Stopwatch burgers are a must-try!
One of the easier spots to find in charming Haiku, this wonderful restaurant has lots of charm and a menu that will make you want to come back again and again. Located in the same building as a tour company and a post office, the exterior is plain and functional like the neighboring businesses; however, once inside, the cheery interior is accented with hardwood furnishings done in warm, wood tones with English country accents. The menu is fabulous, contemporary, creative and elegant. One can begin the day with eggs Benedict and mimosas and retire in the evening eating pan seared ahi tuna with a glass of Pinot Noir. -Lottie Tagupa
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
Located in the Maui Dive Shop building in Kihei, this pizza spot is the perfect place to get out of the sun and heat of South Maui, have a bite to eat and relax. The setting is inviting with a décor that hints of pirate ships and whimsical pieces or sea creatures and pizza. Much more than a simple pizza joint, this eatery offers a menu that includes sub sandwiches, pastas, chicken wings and of course a long list of thin crust pizzas with all the expected toppings. It is also one of the better go-to spots for live sports. Plasma screens and chilled beer are readily available at the bar on sports nights. -Lottie Tagupa
Tucked away behind several cafes and eateries in the Kihei Kalama Village, this small and funky bar and grill offers lots of character, great Irish specialties and live satellite sports and entertainment. The crowd is mostly island visitors that come for a familiar atmosphere and to feast on bangers and gravy, sandwiches and lots of cold beer. There is trivia night that has grown to be one of the area's more interesting and popular bar events. Happy hour is a great time to mingle with the locals and during football season the place rocks during University of Hawaii away games. -Lottie Tagupa