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10 Eateries in Maui That Will Blow Your Mind


Did this McDonald's Breakfast plate catch your eye? I thought so!

Hawaii and their rich culture includes some delicious cuisine. As a born and bred Japanese, sometimes American (mainland) cuisine can be too much; too sweet, too salty, too-everything. But in Hawaii, the flavors tend to be appealing to my appetite because of the Polynesian influence.

With that said, stating that I ate my way through Maui might be an understatement! I ate as much as I explored the island and I have absolutely no shame. Pretty much everything I ate in Maui was delicious; can't think of one thing that I didn't like.

Without further ado, let's get into the good stuff!

McDonald's Spam & Portugese Sausage Breakfast - That's right, I listed McDonalds. If you travel internationally, you know that each McDonald's serves items that are local to the country. No, I don't normally eat McDonald's living in the U.S but when I'm abroad, I enjoy seeing what they have. In Hawaii's case, they serve Spam & Portuguese Sausage Breakfast Platters. I grabbed a platter on my way to the Road To Hana and gosh, it was so delicious!


Geste Shrimp Truck - If you enjoy garlic and shrimp, this place will blow you away. Since it's a food truck, there are no seats. In fact, the grass around it is so prickly, a lot of people were eating in their cars. Their Hawaiian Shrimp in my opinion, is the best. Lemon Pepper was great too but not quite as good. Bring cash!


808 Grindz Cafe - I ended up here twice during my stay in Maui because after the first time, I couldn't stop thinking about their food. The Macadamia Nut Pancake with their house sauce (that's key!) is potentially the best pancake I've ever had. Also, if they have the Kalua Pork Hash Loco, get that as the savory plate and thank me later. The storefront has no sign so make sure you ask or study the Yelp photos well!


Da Kitchen - If you want your money's worth, come here. Their Hawaiian 'local-inspired' dishes are da bomb (sorry, I had to). The portions are HUGE so either bring an appetite or grab an appetizer, a main dish and share between 2 people. Their Deep Fried SPAM Musubi is their token menu item - try it!


Foodland - Yes, Foodland is a grocery store. But wait, not just any grocery store! Thanks to Travel Bloggers and social media, Foodland has exploded in the past few years. They're known for their vast selection of poke. Since poke is one of my favorite food items ever, I had to go. I indulged in several flavors of poke thanks to Foodland including some Hawaiian pastries and coconut pie! Yum!


Ululani's Hawaiian Shaved Ice - The famous Ululuani's Hawaiian Shaved Ice. I admit, I'm biased when it comes to shaved ice. To me, Japanese shaved ice is the softest and most delicious. I stand corrected. Ululani's gives a run for its money for soft, delicious shaved ice. My favorite order? Macadamia Nut Ice Cream on the bottom with POG (Passion Fruit, Orange & Guava) topping!


Westin Maui Kalua Pork Nachos - If you like Kalua Pork and Nachos, visit the Westin in Lahaina for their poolside Kalura Pork Nachos. I generally don't eat food at hotels but when I tried this poolside one day, I was hooked. They're very generous with their pork and you don't even need salsa or guac - so, so good!


WowWow Lemonade - This is one of those times where I have to thank Instagram. Their memorable mason jars and on-point Instagram account had me in love with their brand. WowWow Lemonade was my first stop :) Their blended lemonade was delicious and I loved having a mason jar souvenir to bring home!


Island Cream Co. - While Ululani's Shaved Ice trumps all cold dessert items in the area, I have to give a shout out to Island Cream Co for their Poi flavored ice cream. Poi is a traditional Hawaiian paste made out of taro roots. It's most certainly an acquired taste but I enjoy Poi and more so the ice cream flavor!


Coconut's Fish Cafe - In Maui, Coconut's Fish Cafe is located next door to WowWow Lemonade. That and hunger were the only reasons why I ended up here but boy am I glad I did! Turns out they're extremely popular for their Coconut Shrimp basket and Macadamia Nut Crusted Ahi Plate. Both were crispy, perfectly cooked and to die for!
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If you're hungry, I apologize :) But if you're on your way to Maui, I hope this list comes in handy! I also want to send out huge props to my friend and fellow food-lover Rosalyn for sending me a lot of these recommendations! If you appreciate food, you'll appreciate all 10 out of 10 spots in Maui!

Did I miss any restaurants in Maui? Where's your favorite?

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42 comments

  1. My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing. I have yet to make it to beautiful Maui (or anywhere in Hawaii for that matter), but since I moved to Las Vegas, affectionately known as the "ninth island," my interest in Hawaii and it's cuisine have piqued! Can't wait to visit, and now I have a great list of places to tickle my taste buds when I arrive in Maui, thanks :)

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    1. Hi Laura! I had no idea Vegas was called the "ninth island", I love it! Hopefully you'll make it out there someday soon, I think you'll enjoy it A LOT :) Thank YOU for stopping by and leaving a comment, it made my day! xo

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  2. Ahhh you forgot the Dunes at Cafe O' lei! haha

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    1. I know, that was on the list and I didn't make it out there! I'm so bummed! Next time for sure! Thanks for stopping by :) xo

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  3. Everything looks sooooo yummy! I remember food in Maui was so delicious, so I don't blame you for indulging in the local cuisine. xoxo, nano | www.travelwithnanob.com

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    1. Yes! It was just too delicious in Maui and I don't regret one bit, haha! :) Thanks for stopping by Nano! xo

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  4. Did you know it's not called shaved ice? It's SHAVE ice. ;0)

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  5. OMG why did I have to read this before 10AM? I'm so hungry now. Your pictures made the food look amazing. I, too, loved the food in Maui - even at the small breakfast place in Lahaina.

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    1. Hahaha! Sorry buddy! Everything in Maui is so delicious isn't it? :)

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  6. I'll be the first to admit I am not the most adventurous person when it comes to food when travelling so I do frequent the occasional Miccy Dees ha ! I love seeing the different menus. So much of this looks amazing, especially that Wow wow Lemonade #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Hahaha that's ok as long as McDonald's have awesome local menu items! :) Thanks for stopping by Chiera! xo

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  7. Oh wow, I just finished writing a draft about our trip to Maui and I had to restrict myself to only write about two meals. But you're so right, all of the food is delicious! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Haha, I was thinking of doing a general Maui post but had to give food its own! :) Can't wait to read yours though!! :) Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  8. Those pancakes do look like possibly the best pancakes ever! And I just love the name Wow Wow Lemonade. I think I would try it just for that. #flyawayfriday

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    1. Hahaha so true! Such a fun name! :D Thanks for stopping by Tiffany! xo

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  9. I am totally not judging you for including McDonald's! I have a soft spot for Macca's - everything in moderation, right? All this food looks incredible and I think I would love Coconut's Fish Cafe!

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    1. Hahaha I'm so glad you didn't judge me for McD's! :D Thanks for stopping by Flo! xo

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  10. YUM! Everything looks amazing. I think, I could be very happy with Foodland ;-) All the things you pictured look very delicious to me! And the lemonade - it would be cool to have some right now ;-D Thanks for sharing!! #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Yeees! Foodland was good enough, honestly! So good! :) Thanks for stopping by Claudi! xo

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  11. We've never been to Hawaii but it's on our list and now even more so! The shrimp truck and those pancakes sound and look delicious! I didn't realise Spam was such a big thing in Hawaii, how strange. Happy #FlyAwayFriday and Happy New Year!

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    1. Aww you'll LOVE Hawaii! The food is SO GOOD there! Haha I know, SPAM is so strange but it's so good when it's being eaten in Hawaii for some reason :) Thanks for stopping by guys!! xo

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  12. Wow, wow! That lemonade - both the branding in the mason jars and the actual lemonade - look so amazing! I want to fly out there right now and get one! And that meal you had from the shrimp truck? Girl, I need to go find dinner now because you made my mouth water so much! Happy #FlyAwayFriday

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    1. Right?! I could have had that lemonade on the daily , SO GOOD! :) Thanks for stopping by Lynne! xo

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  13. Hawaii is a place I've been dreaming to visit. Now you have added another reason.. Those nachos look divine!

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    1. Haha yes, it's such a beautiful place! You'll love it if you like the relaxing, island life vibe :) Thanks for stopping by Erin! xo

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  14. I love seeing what different McDonald's around the world serve. It can actually say a lot about the local culture. And omg tha Wow Wow lemonade looks yummy! I'd go get one just for the glass.

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    1. Me too!!! I'm so glad I'm not the only one that likes to check out the local McDonald's! Thanks for not judging me Courtney :D :D xo

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  15. Dear me Kana if I lived in Hawaii I would be eating all that stuff EVERY day - that McDonalds breakfast even looks delicious! I genuinely wouldn't know where to start!!! That lemonade looks amazing too!
    #flyawayfriday :-)

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    1. Haha right?! I would probably be unhealthy and poor in Hawaii!! :D :D xo

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  16. Holy crap these all look so good!!! I want everything!!!

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    1. Haha right?! I got fat in Maui!!! Hahahaha xo

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  17. This is a terrible list....what about Colleen's in Haiku and Cassanova's in Makawao??

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    1. Hi Anonymous (aka too afraid to identify yourself) - if you have a blog post with every single list of every single restaurant in Maui, please do feel free to share with everyone! Also, if you need any recommendations for therapists to ease your very sad and shameful trolling tendencies, please let me know! I'd be happy to forward you to professionals! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful evening! :) xo

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  18. So happy I stumbled across this post! I'm headed to Maui on Friday! Everything looks so good but I'm definitely putting Wow Wow and Coconut's Fish Cafe on the list!

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Yay, I'm so glad you stumbled across this post too! I'm so jealous you're headed to Maui :) Wow Wow and Coconut's Fish Cafe are right next to each other so that will be perfect! Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy Maui! Mahalo! xo

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  19. I grew up in Maui (and have visited Maui and the other Hawaiian islands 50+ times - most recently 2 weeks ago). This list is awesome because I still found a couple places I hadn't tried! Going back in June so I'll have to try them out! I hate to be this person, but the Westin is in Ka'anapali (not Lahaina). I know they're close, but it might make a difference to someone new to Maui who is planning a day out and doesn't realize the Westin is actually several miles from Lahaina Town. Also...if you're going for the Hawaiian way of saying it - SHAVE ice is best (even though grammatically I know it's awkward). "Shaved ice" is obviously infinitely better than saying "snow cone", but not quite as Hawaiian as saying "Shave ice". :)

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    1. Hi Hiapo! Thank you so much for stopping by! Ooohhh, got it - thank you so much for letting me know! It was my first time so I definitely made those rookie mistakes regarding Lahaina & "Shave" ice :) I appreciate you letting me know and I'm glad there were still a couple places you hadn't visited! Have an amazing time in June! xo

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  20. I have been to coconut fish cafe, ululani's shaved ice, and wow wow lemonade! They are all so great! If you go back you must try the gazebo for breakfast and Aloha mixed plate. Aloha mixed plate is one of the only places you can get MOCHIKO CHICKEN, which is delicious!

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    1. Hi Hailey! Thank you so much for the recommendation for Gazebo & Aloha - the mochiko chicken sounds DELICIOUS! I'm glad we share the same love for Coconut, Ululani & Wow Wow :D Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  21. I love how you put FoodLand on the list. I used to live on Kauai and remember spending a lot of my time getting warm, fresh food!

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  22. Hi Kana! I loved your list, it's going to be so helpful on our upcoming trip (first time back to Maui in 5 years - YAY!!). I'm super excited to try Wowwow Lemonade, yum! We usually stay in Napili so we love the Plantation House for uptown brunch (such good Bloody Marys and Benedicts) as well as The Gazebo for hearty breakfast... but THOSE PANCAKES! We're going to make a special trip to go find those, should be fun! Aloha!

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