In Lahaina, walking along a side street a young woman asked us to look at a lovely little knife she bought as a gift for The One for their first Christmas together. This random encounter gives a connection to a place that lasts after the beautiful sunsets have faded.

So do incredible meals if you’re into food the way my husband is.

At the Shops of Wailea

We wound up here more than once because of the proximity to our hotel. There are a variety of restaurants, including:

Longhi’s

Both the food and the service are extraordinary and complement the open-air setting. We were happy to find such a wonderful, locally owned place in proximity to our restaurant-lacking hotel. Order the Lobster Cannelloni and Linguine with Clams—both are delectable. And don’t be alarmed if a little bird stops by to say hello.

Tommy Bahama’s

Not only was it a surprise to find there was such a restaurant (Conveniently located next to his store.) but also to discover especially how good the cuisine tastes. But don’t, as we heard someone did, eat there six out of your seven nights on Maui. What a shame, with so many places to experience.

Whaler’s General Store

Surprised? There were times that we didn’t feel like going out for dinner, especially after a big lunch. This delightful store has a broad selection of prepared foods, a helpful staff, and some of the best Poke we’ve had. We sampled three nights of this delicious, quintessential Hawaiian food sitting on our balcony and watching the sunset.

I’ll mention a couple of restaurants on the Haleakala Crater and Rainbows blog: Kula Lodge and the Ulupalakua Ranch Store.

Mama’s Fish House at Paia

This was an arbitrary recommendation from another guest at our resort. He said it was a bit pricey, but delicious. Truth is that the food and service are impeccable, but (for us) it was quite expensive. The location makes you want to linger for the peacefulness of it.

Another delight was Cafe O’Lei Kihei

It is busy and boisterous and great fun. It is upstairs and from the street front, looks very narrow and small. Don’t be deceived! Climb the stairs and check out the menu with options for a variety of taste buds. They offer everything from sushi to onion soup to crab cakes. Watching the staff interact and support each other is a bit like a dinner show.

Cafe O'Lei Kihei

Cafe O’Lei Kihei

 

And the last appetizing thing we had was what we saw from the infinity pool at the hote l… the full back of a whale as it arced out of the water ever so briefly.

Maui, truly a tasty place to visit—for eyes and for stomachs.