The Maui Experiment
We recently took Emmet on his first airplane ride to Maui as an experiment, a thankfully largely uneventful experience. We had no idea how he’d react, and in general he handled it pretty well. He really enjoyed the warmer weather, and the fact he could be in just his onesie most of time rather than all bundled up for the San Francisco winter.
While there, we stayed in Lahaina, renting a small condo near the center of town (which I highly recommend if you need a place to stay). It had a great kitchen, and with access to lots of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, we cooked in as much as we ate out. At the time, strawberry papayas were particularly great, as well as some wonderful-smelling tangelos that I juiced together with a passion fruit for breakfast.
Some good places we went I’ve highlighted below, as well as a gallery of our photos:
- Miyaki Fish Market
Very fresh fish (though a limited selection) and a great Mahi Mahi ceviche.
- Honokowai Okazuya
we only tried a few of the recommended dishes, but the Eggplant Szechwan, the macaroni salad, and the triple-chocolate cake certainly lived up to expectations.
- Alexander’s Fish & Chips:
Admittedly, the fish was pretty good, but the best thing we had was the organic purple potatoes dipped in tempura batter and then fried. I’d drive out of my way for those again.
- Battle of the Kalua Pig
We tried both Da Kitchen (renowned as one of the best on the island), and also a very small place in Lahaina called Local Food. Da Kitchen’s pork was very finely shredded, and incredibly moist, with little cabbage. Local Food had larger chunks of pork, with nice crunchy bits of cabbage lacing the meat. It’s a bit of what you like best, but both were excellent.
- Maui Brewing Company Toasted Coconut Porter
An awesome beer by the Maui Brewing Company. If you go to Maui, get it at Longs Drugs, as it’s at least several dollars a six pack cheaper there. It tastes exactly like if you mixed toasted coconut into a good porter, and the result is great. Evidently you can buy the beer in California too, though I’ve not tried that yet.
We unfortunately did not make it to Sansei sushi this trip. Dining out was a bit difficult with Emmet, but we hope to eat there on a future trip. Please let us know if there were some great finds you made while staying in Hawaii.