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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Hawaiian Food on Maui

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Aloha Mixed Plate

Aloha Mixed Plate

Just how traditional is this favorite oceanfront haunt? It now features poi made from taro grown right on the property’s farm. You can also get “luau food” here, like kalua pig and cabbage or a steaming plate of pork lau lau; since the restaurant is partnered with Old Lahaina Luau it’s as authentic as you can get.  

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Da Kitchen

Da Kitchen

While it isn’t Hawaiian in the traditional sense, the food that’s served at Da Kitchen is a staple for modern day Hawaiians. Enormous portions of chicken katsu accompany teriyaki beef; for a real stomach stretch, try a “Big Braddah Combo,” served with mac salad and rice. Also, three words: fried Spam musubi.

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Hana Hou Café

Hana Hou Café

There aren’t any luaus in the jungles of Ha‘iku—but you wouldn’t know it from the “Hana Hou Plate” served at this laid-back East Maui hideout. Squid luau and lomi salmon are partnered with lau lau and poi, and top off the plate with a square of haupia—a succulent coconut pudding.  

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Foodland Farms

Foodland Farms

Yes, it’s a supermarket in a nondescript shopping mall, but the diverse selection of ahi poke bowls are what make it a local favorite. If you didn’t think it was possible to find fish in Maui for under $7, sample one of the dozen varieties of the raw fish served over rice—like shoyu or ahi avocado, served with a sprinkling of wasabi.  

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Kō

Though Maui was once homogenously Hawaiian, field laborers who arrived to work the plantations brought their flavors with them. At Kō restaurant in the Fairmont Kea Lani, the multi-ethnic cuisine is a reflection of modern Hawaii. Portuguese sweet bread stuffed with taro accompanies Korean yam noodles, and Filipino lumpia spring-roll appetizers can be paired with Japanese tempura.


Visit the Best Hawaiian Food on Maui


4100 Wailea Alanui Dr (at The Fairmont Kea Lani), Wailea, HI 96753, United States
7.7/10

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Seafood Restaurant
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Foodland Farms
345 Keawe St, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
7.9/10

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Grocery Store
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Hana Hou Café
810 Haiku Rd, Ha‘ikū, HI 96708, United States
7.2/10

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Café
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Da Kitchen
425 Koloa St (at Haleakala Hwy), Kahului, HI 96732, United States
8.3/10

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Hawaiian Restaurant
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Aloha Mixed Plate
1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
8/10

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Hawaiian Restaurant
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