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Maui Eats

Koa's in Lahaina

As promised, here's your guide to eating in and around Kihei and why I love these places. 

Kihei Caffe- If you want epic eats for breakfast in a casual setting, head here. I'm pretty sure we ordered one of everything including the incredible Loco Moco (substitute fried rice under that meat and egg). They also have a daily iced coffee that won me over with notes of coconut.

Cinnamon Roll Place- This little storefront is tucked under a stairwell in a strip mall, but is a piece of heaven in paradise. Be nice and get up early, grab a box for the whole family and enjoy on your deck. We went for traditional frosting and macadamia nut covered cinnamon rolls. My brother put it best when he said the entire roll tastes as good as the center of most other cinnamon rolls.

Donut Dynamite!- Think of this place as the cuter, younger sister to Voodoo Doughnuts; not as crude but still sassy and tasty. This is a bit out of the way (nearer the airport) so plan accordingly because they close when they sell out. And they are closed on Sundays.

Akamai Coffee Co.- As mentioned in my previous post, my go-to for coffee would have to be this coffee shop that reminds me a bit of being at home in LA. They roast their own beans and have a great space, complete with swimming basket chairs! I had a lovely iced lavender coffee and a turkey and cheese croissant that keep me going for a drive up the volcano.

Three's fish taco

Three's Bar & Grill- This was our first stop once we got into Maui and we made the effort to make our way back to happy hour later in the week. There is indoor and outdoor seating available (depending how much humidity you want served up with your meal). Each visit, we demolished fish tacos, pork nachos, panic sushi rolls, and ramen.  Everything on the happy hour menu is more than enough to share and delicious. This was also the restaurant that catered our sunset cruise!

Coconut's Fish Cafe- You'll be happy here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are famous for their huge, fresh fish tacos, but I had a wonderful poke bowl here. Everything is really good, but it seemed even pricier than most places in town. Having said that, we went here three times during our stay. I'm just excited that they are opening one in DTLA soon!

Fred's Mexican Cafe- A favorite from Southern California, Fred's is a solid place for Mexican food with a view. The homey, structure has a wrap around porch and lots of indoor/ outdoor seating with a view of the beach (and better yet the sunset!). The Cadillac margaritas and the calamari tacos during happy hour had the best reviews from our hungry group.

5 Palms Restaurant- Are you starting to see a happy hour theme here? Well, hang on to your forks & chopsticks because this is the mother of all finds in Kihei for that magic hour. Order yourself a Wicked Arnold Palmer and try to not loose your mind over the amazing treats to pick from on the happy hour menu.  Dinner looks fabulous here, but I don't know why anyone in their right mind would not have one of everything on the HH menu. We were there for hours eating sashimi, calamari, crispy brussels sprouts, and BBQ ribs. Honestly, some of my best memories of this trip are of sitting on this patio, laughing with my family and new friends, in the most beautiful of settings.

Here are a couple of extras for those of you who make it up to Lahaina. Enjoy!


Koa's- A gorgeous and tasty lunch on an upper deck, overlooking the ocean. Good photo ops here and even better Bloody Mary's. 

Ululani's Hawaiian Shave Ice- The quest for the perfect Shave Ice can be lost in all of the shave ice stands that line the streets of Hawaii, but Uluani's is among the best.  There is one in Kihei too. 

Dole Whip Maui- I was so excited to get a Dole Whip pineapple float on an extremely hot day in Maui! Nothing is cooler than soft serve pineapple ice cream with pineapple juice.

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