Are you thinking of visiting Maui soon? As heard on the news, Gov. Ige announced that the Re-Opening of Hawaii. “Re-opening” means visitors can by-pass the 14 day quarantine as long as they test negative for Covid19. Details and updates are available here at Department of Health website
In preparation for this Maui Re-opening, I asked our Wailea Realty Agents for some recommendations on where to eat on Maui at this time. I asked them to share their experiences on dining, especially in the restaurants where Dine-in is available. Here are what they shared:
Had a great dinner at Fabianis Kihei last week. Tristan chose it as his ” first night out of Quarantine dinner” and it did not disappoint! The outdoor dining area makes it even better than before! – Alana Rucynski, RS
Don’t forget the Wailea Kitchen. Their cocktails, tapas and ever changing dinner menu are so ono. Chef Malik is very creative – Jill McGowan, RS
Nancy Beebe, RS, also shared her experience at Wailea Kitchen which is now also known as Coladas Maui. She said: I ate at Wailea Kitchen last night 9/25/2020, with a client celebrating an accepted offer on her new condo. It’s located at 131 Wailea Ike Pl by the Wailea tennis club, and also know as Colada’s Maui known for clean food and dirty drinks! Great open air vibe and great sunset views. The dinner menu changes nightly with a great selection of vegan and gluten free options. I had the Pesto Macadamia Primavera with Mahi Mahi and it was fabulous! Smaller menu which I prefer but lots of options for everyone!
In addition, Nancy also recommended Moku Roots, which I had been hearing great things about: “One of my favorite places to eat lunch is in Lahaina Gateway, at Moku Roots. Amazing menu for vegan or vegetarians. Her farm, Mala Akala is located 6 miles away in Launiupoko where they get fresh organically managed vegetables. Enjoy constantly changing menu in a super hip eatery (see photo below)”.
Erica Haleakala, RS, mentioned some restaurants from Central Maui and upcountry: “Some of my recommendations are Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina, Pollis upcountry, Flatbread in Paia and Bistro Casanova in town (Kahului). Great to take advantage because some of these places are typically very hard to get into!” –
“I had the occasion of my birthday at home but not without the welcome treat of a take-away from Kamana Kitchen! This is a Nepalese family run Indian restaurant just next to Foodland which offers authentic and affordable Indian curries and speciality dishes, with indoor and outdoor dining options. Thankfully they’ve remained open for both lunch and dinner and take away”. – Katy Foxwell, RB
“Kula Bistro is one of my favorites and we did the beautiful Makawao Forest Reserve hike (6.3 mile loop) then went to Kula Bistro Cafe. The food there is phenomenal! I had the pasta with vodka sauce and substituted the shrimp for zucchini and spinach. So #onolicious The bakery and pastries are just what the doctor ordered to sweeten any mood you’re in 🙂 I took home the lemon cream puff, the keylime cheesecake, and a chocolate macadamia nut cookie” – Diane Pool, RB
Amanda Kittle, RS, highly recommended Merriman’s Kapalua: “Good food, great ocean view and 50% off all bottles of wine for Wine Wednesday for Kamaaina.
“Some of my favorite places to eat are the amazing food trucks. Two in particular are OGO and Like Poke. OGO has a variety of different items and daily specials including fish, sushi, and beef. Good portions and reasonably priced. Like Poke has fresh fish right off the boat. Awesome poke bowls and salads. OGO is located in Maui Parkway, near Ace Hardware Wailuku. Like Poke is in the foodtruck place across from Costco Gas Station.” says Jai Jimenez, RS
“Also a great place to have breakfast or lunch is upcountry Grand Ma’s Coffee House, followed by a walk on the world famous Thompson road afterwards. At Grand’ Ma’s you can find one of the best Banana Bread / Cappuccino combos on Maui and a daily choice of fresh baked muffins. They even have a fresh fish catch of the day time to time . Take a minute to breathe and enjoy God’s amazing creation!” – Reggie Audant, RB
“Fork and Salad at Azeka Mauka. They are open 11am to 8pm. They have a casual Indoor or outdoor seating or take-out. Great salads, sandwiches & soups. Build-your-own salad, customize your sandwiches. Fresh, local produce, always delicious!” – Vivian Dames
Some of Karin Carlson, RB ’s favorites:
- Pita Paradise they have great food, fresh fish (Johnny, one of the owners is out on the water catching the fish), great vegetarian options and covered patio/ outdoor dining available/
- Ami Ami at the Maui Coast Hotel, part of the Café O’Lei family. Good food and semi-outdoor and patio dining.
- Monsoon India …Yummy Indian food with stunning ocean views from every table …and lots of great vegetarian options……
- Fabiani’s on Lipoa. The entire patio is now set up for outdoor dining and the Italian food is awesome. The pizza is the best on Maui.
- 5 Palms. I love the Keawakapu beach location for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is great and dining on their outdoor covered lanai is awesome especially during whale season.
- Pioneer Inn…we ate at the temporary setting in the courtyard over the 4th of July weekend because the regular restaurant location was undergoing renovation. There is a “new” chef in charge and the menu has some amazing new additions…vegetarian items too.
- Ba-le (Vietnamese cuisine) located in the food court near Safeway/Kihei…talk about lots of vegetarian items…this menu is great. Right now it is take-out only but you can eat right outside the restaurant.
UPDATED NOV. 13, 2020:
THE SHOPS AT WAILEA
Revitalization will be completed 3rd week of November – check their website for operating days and hours for retailers.
Honolulu Coffee – OPEN DAILY 7am-1pm
Island Gourmet Market – OPEN
Tommy Bahama – OPEN
Lineage – OPEN for Dine In & Carry Out
Longhi’s – Closed, Will open Fri Oct. 2
Cheeseburger – Closed, No Updates
Ruth’s Chris – Closed, No Updates
Pint & Cork – Closed, Opening soon, no date yet
Pita Paradise – OPEN for Dine In & Carry Out
Monkeypod – Updated 11/16 – Opening Nov. 19th
Fabiani’s Wailea – Closed, No Updates
Matteo’s – Closed, No Updates
The Market – OPEN for Carry Out
Manoli’s – OPEN – Dine In and Carry Out
Akamai Coffee – OPEN for Breakfast and Light Lunch
Gannon’s – Closed, No Updates
Mulligans – OPEN for Carry Out – Will OPEN for Dine In and Beverages on Sundays “as long as football is televised.”
Wailea Kitchen (formerly Joe’s at Wailea Tennis Center) – OPEN Daily Dine In & Carry Out 3pm–9pm
Wailea Wine – OPEN
For Fine Dining, Nick’s Fishmarket at Fairmont Kealani is opened November 1st. Ko Restaurant, also at Fairmont Kealani opening today November 5, and Morimoto at Andaz opened on November 1. Humble Market Kitchin is now OPEN.
Tommy Bahamas – OPEN
OTHER RESTAURANTS – Check with restaurant for open days/hours as schedules change
Five Palms – OPEN
Sarento’s on the Beach – Closed, No Updates
Café O’Lei – OPEN
Ami Ami – OPEN
Three’s – OPEN
Sansei – Closed, No Updates (Location opening soon at Kukui Mall)
Paia Fish Market Southside – OPEN
Coconut’s Fish Café – OPEN in Azeka Plaza only (closed in Kamaole Shopping Center)
Maui Brewing Company – OPEN (no brewery tours and tasting room is closed)
Hula Grill – Closed – OPEN
Mala Ocean Tavern – OPEN with additional open air seating.
Mama’s Fish House – Closed, (Now accepting reservations starting Oct. 6)
Merriman’s – OPEN (“Merriman’s Outdoor Grill” outside area on the oceanside point 4pm-8pm Daily for dining)
Hali’imaile General Store –Opens. Nov. 13
Eskimo Candy opening on Second Week of December 2020.
This Thursday, October 1st (and probably every 1st Thursday of the month) Wailea Village will host a Market, called “Sunset Market at Wailea Village”. It is from 4pm to 7pm.
ADDED Updates November 5:
Where to Eat on the West Side
Merriman’s Ocean Point Grill is one of the most popular restaurants during pandemic. Their beautiful open air set up next to the beach is absolutely fantastic. And if you are craving for Monkeypod Mai Tai and disappointed to hear that they are not open yet, go to Merriman’s Oceanpoint Grill and you can order that same Lilikoi Mai Tai there (yes, they have the same owner). Needless to say, the food is excellent!
The next popular restaurant is Mala’s Ocean Tavern in Front Street Lahaina. This place had grown during Pandemic. A great place oceanfront place with delicious food, wonderful wine and creative culinary cocktails. They actually converted their parking lot into an Open-Air dining and it turned out really good!
Sea House in Napili next to Napili Bay. Known for its stunning ocean view and epic sunset during dinner so reserve early and get a good seat. In addition to the view, enjoy a delicious sea-to-table cuisine.
Another open-air restaurant next to the ocean is the Pacific’o on the Beach. They are open Thursday to Monday 5pm to 7pm. Located at 505 Front Street in Lahaina.
Kimo’s Maui is open! Most of you already know they have great food and gorgeous cean view. And one thing they are also known for? The HULA PIE! It is home to tee original Hula Pie. It’s not to be missed!
PapaAina in Pioneer Inn has been creative. Their new chef, Lee Anne Wong has been hosting creative and fun dinners with theme. This is a must experience especially for foodies and also for those who loves history. As we know, the Pioneer is is Maui’s oldest hotel and eatery, established in1901. Papa Aina is open 8am to 2 pm daily and Friday Dinner is at 6pm.
Hula Grill is open and Leilani’s on the Beach is opening soon (it might already be open by the time you are reading this). Both are located at the Wailer’s Village in Kaanapali. Both also have beautiful ocean views, delicious cuisine and Hula Pies!
The Pour House Kapalua is open. They have authentic Italian cuisine, global wines, Italian Beers. It is a great place for dates in Kapalua.
Fleetwood on Front Street is opened on November 3rd.
Star Noodle is opening on November 7, on a new location at 1285 front St. in Lahaina. It is the former location of Aloha Mix Plate. Aloha Mix Plate is temporarily closed. Star Noodles will be open seven days a week 10:30am to 10pm.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop opening on November 22.
Cane and Canoe in Kapalua (at Montage) and Dukes Beach House Maui are now open. Dukes in open Wed-Sun from 12 noon to 9pm.