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Where To Eat On Maui

Eating is one of my favorite things to do on trips. Not only do you get to experience the culture of the city or country that you’re visiting, but it also creates so many memories. While we technically didn’t leave the country in order to visit Hawaii, because of all the influences from the Pacific Island nations Hawaii has quite a unique outlook on food. So here we go with one of my favorite posts to write, a where to eat on Maui post!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Like I’ve mentioned before, we didn’t have a car during our stay in Maui, so most of the places that we visited were right around our hotel, The Westin Maui, which is located right at Kaanapali, a town on the Northwest side of the island. Another town that is just a few miles south of Kaanapali and easily accessible by cab is Lahaina, and you’ll see that all of the restaurants that we visited are in these two towns.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

I also want to preface this post, and the post that I’ll write about food on Kauai as well, by saying to remember that you’re visiting an island. I know that it seems obvious, but some people don’t understand why there seems to be such a pricing difference between what you’re paying for food or hotel rooms in Hawaii versus mainland USA. Just remember that pretty much everything you eat and use during your stay on Hawaii has to be shipped in, so the cost of those things that you eat and use are going to be a little bit more expensive. So when you see the prices to eat at some of these restaurants, just remember that the higher prices a lot of times has to do with where you’re actually visiting. Ok, now it’s time to talk some food!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Hula Grill

Located literally just steps away from our hotel, the Hula Grill was the perfect outdoor casual restaurant for our first night on Maui. By the time that we had arrived at the hotel, checked in, and freshened up a bit, we walked outside to catch the most beautiful sunset. Because of the time that we arrived, there was a pretty long wait at the Hula Grill so when we spotted a seat that was open at the bar, we snagged it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

We weren’t terribly hungry, so we decided to split some fish tacos for dinner. I don’t know if it was delirium from the long flight, but those fish tacos couldn’t have been more delicious alongside the Mai Tais that we had to have!

Another reason that we decided that splitting dinner would be worth it was because we had to get Hula Grill’s famous dessert while we were there, the Hula Pie! Made with Chocolate Cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, and whipped cream, hot fudge, and nuts on top, you definitely need to split this with somebody!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, Hula Grill is a great option if you’re staying near Kaanapali or Lahaina, and offers a great location for watching the sunset on the patio as well. Just make sure to get there early so you can grab a table before it gets too crowded! There’s also an indoor dining room if you would prefer to eat inside. Make sure to save room for dessert because the Hula Pie is not to be missed!

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person (patio)

Leilani’s On The Beach

Located literally right next door to Hula Grill is Leilani’s On The Beach, which also offers both indoor and outdoor seating. After a very early morning bike ride down Haleakala, we arrived back to the hotel very tired but also very hungry and ready for lunch! Before hitting the pool, we decided to head to Leilani’s for lunch!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Because we wanted to enjoy the weather as much as possible we opted to sit out on the patio, plus it also offered some pretty awesome people watching as well. We started off our meal with some Mai Tais because we when in Hawaii, you must drink beachy and fancy cocktails. For food though, I decided that fish tacos would be the perfect option for me again, and what can I say, they’re one of my major food groups, and when in Hawaii you should eat as much fish tacos as possible! While Hula Pie was on the menu again, we weren’t hungry enough for dessert that day.

Overall, Leilani’s felt a lot like Hula Grill especially since they’re right next door to each other with a lot of the same menu choices. They also both offered patios which would have beautiful views of the sunset and indoor seating options as well. Either way I don’t think that you can go wrong with either or, and of course I’d recommend the fish tacos or the Hula Pie!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
2435 Kaanapali Parkway, Building 1
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$20-$30/person

Cheeseburger In Paradise

Our guided tour of The Road To Hana took the whole day, but when we got dropped off at our hotel, we pretty much had just enough time to catch a cab from our hotel back to Lahaina to watch the sunset over the water! Once we were done watching another spectacular sunset, we were definitely ready for dinner, and one of the places that was very easily accessible, had great views of the water, and was within walking distance was Cheeseburger In Paradise, yes just like the Jimmy Buffet song!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

With a few other locations on Maui and on Oahu, Cheeseburger in Paradise is obviously a very popular choice when you’re craving a good burger. Overall, the menu had your basic burger options, but also some really unique options as well like the Mac & Cheese Burger. I was being basic that day and opted for the Black N Blue Burger because I was in desperate need of some blue cheese!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall, we thought that the burgers were good especially if you’re kind of over eating fish tacos or poke. We also really enjoyed the fact that there were local Hawaiian beers on the menu so that we could enjoy something else other than a Mai Tai! Because of it being situated right on the water, this location of Cheeseburger in Paradise gets very crowded, so be prepared to wait for a table. We were lucky enough to grab some seats at the bar so that we could eat quicker!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
811 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$15-$20/person.

Ululani’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice

Now one of the foods that you absolutely, hands down, cannot miss during your trip to Hawaii is the famous Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and the place to grab some shaved ice on Maui is Ululani’s. Luckily for us, Ululani’s was literally just down the street from Cheeseburger in Paradise so we just walked over and immediately got in line for some dessert.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Now I’m sure you wondering what makes Hawaiian Shaved Ice different than normal snow cones that you get at home, and that my friends is the little bit of sweetened condensed milk that is added to whatever flavor combination you choose. The condensed milk adds just a little extra sweetness to your delicious shaved ice!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

When you arrive at Ululani’s be prepared to wait in line! I think that since everybody wants to try some Hawaiian shaved ice while they’re in Hawaii, no matter what time you visit you’re pretty much guaranteed a line. I honestly can’t remember what flavor combinations that we tried, but I know that Chris got a Hawaiian Shaved Ice and loved the condensed milk on top! It was the perfect and refreshing way to end our day! Like Cheeseburger In Paradise, there are several locations around Maui, so if this location isn’t close to you, there’s probably another one nearby!

Location:
790 Front Street
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$5/person

Lahaina Grill

If you’re looking for a fancier night out on the town during your stay in Maui, then look no further than Lahaina Grill. Located right in the heart of Lahaina, if your socks aren’t blown off by the beautiful restaurant itself, then don’t worry they’ll be blown away by the delicious food that you’ll be served. There’s a reason that it was voted the top restaurant on Maui 24 years in a row!

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Overall our time at Lahaina Grill couldn’t have been more perfect. The service was incredible, and we loved our dishes that we got. One of my favorites was the “Cake Walk” that served up three different types of crab cakes because who doesn’t love crab cakes, especially when they’re done in different ways? Our early dinner reservations worked out perfectly for our time at Lahaina Grill because we literally walked out the door to the ocean and watched the sunset. It was the perfect end to our first full day on the island.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Our Hawaii trip was a 5 year wedding anniversary trip so we knew that we wanted one of our dinners to be extra special, although I’m pretty sure that we did book some other fancy dinners during our time on Kauai as well. I really thought that Lahaina Grill nailed it as far as being a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food that was perfect for celebrating any occasion! Just know that you’ll end up paying a little bit for it as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- Where To Eat On Maui

Location:
127 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina HI 96761

Price:
$50-$60/person

And there you have it, my guide of where to eat on Maui! It’s definitely not the most comprehensive of guides, but it’s a good place to start if you’re staying in the Kaanapali or Lahaina part of the island. I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever visited Maui? Are there restaurants on this list that you’d want to check out? 

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How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai
What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala
A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

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Where to eat on Maui, from casual restaurants with fish tacos to Hawaiian shaved ice to one of the best restaurants in Maui, there's something for everyone!

A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Besides Haleakala National Park, perhaps the most known attraction on the island of Maui is The Road To Hana. Known for extremely narrow roads and hairpin turns that are often blind, the treacherous roads lead to beauty that you can only begin to imagine, which is why when we visited Maui on our big anniversary trip we knew that we needed to spend a day doing The Road To Hana.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

One of the biggest questions that we asked ourselves when we were planning this portion of our trip to Maui was whether or not we wanted to drive The Road To Hana ourselves or whether or not we should book a guided tour. After doing our research, we decided that booking a tour made the most sense for us, and I thought that I’d lay out the reasons why you should book a guided tour as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Why You Should Book A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

You Won’t Have To Rent A Car

When we put together our itinerary for Hawaii, I only gave us two full days in Maui. Day 1 was devoted to Biking Down Haleakala while Day 2 was going to be our Road To Hana day. Because we had booked a tour of Haleakala, the only day that we would really need a car would be our second day for The Road To Hana.

After doing some research about the island, I found out that it would be pretty easy to navigate around the island without a car since taxis are readily available. Which meant that if we didn’t have a car we wouldn’t be stuck at our resort the whole time. That’s not really the case when it comes to some of the other Hawaiian islands like Kauai. Now obviously, renting a car would be cheaper than booking a tour, but see the second point below for another reason why we wanted to book a tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

You Don’t Have To Worry About Driving Those Treacherous Roads

Like I said, The Road To Hana is filled with not only blind turns, but several of those are on one way roads that might unpassable if there has been bad weather. To say that it can be stressful on a driver would be a huge understatement. Let’s not forget that the main reason that you’re in Hawaii in the first place, to relax and be on vacation, so you might as well not stress yourself out with trying to drive yourself on The Road To Hana, which leads me to my next point.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

You Can Focus On The Beautiful Scenery

The reason that everybody loves The Road To Hana is because it’s filled with breathtaking views that you don’t get at home. If you’re driving, chances are you’re not taking in the amazing views, and I’m pretty sure that Chris will 100% vouch for me after our trip to Big Sur a few years ago. He was so focused on driving that I don’t think that he fully got to appreciate the beautiful California coast.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Which Tour Group Should You Choose?

Now that I’ve laid out all the reasons that you should choose a guided tour of The Road To Hana, I should mention which tour group that we ended up choosing: Valley Isle Excursions. The reasons that we ended up choosing Valley Isle Excursions was because they provided transportation to and from our hotel, they took us to the highlights on The Road To Hana, breakfast and lunch were provided, and the tour groups were limited to 12 passengers which meant that you didn’t feel overly crowded on your tour.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

With a price of $151.99/person ($141.99/person if you book online), it can seem a little pricey, but when you consider the fact that it’s an all day tour and everything else that I just listed, I think that it’s a pretty good deal. The vans that Valley Isle Excursion used were extremely comfortable, not only were they air conditioned, but we weren’t all over the other passengers on the tour either. I also felt that our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and he told us all about the history of the sites that we were seeing and gave us more than enough time at all of our stops. We couldn’t have had a better tour experience!

What You Can Expect To See

Now obviously on your trip to The Road To Hana you’ll want to make sure you see the highlights and Valley Isle Excursions has done just that. They have a map of the different stops that they make around the Road To Hana, weather permitting of course, so here is what you can expect to see!

The Clubhouse At Maui Lani

The Maui Lani Golf Club is where you’ll begin your day with the Valley Isle Excursions, with a continental breakfast served up along some beautiful views! The day started off looking a little gloomy, but thankfully the sun came out and we still got some pretty cool pictures too!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Eucalyptus Grove

Trees that look like somebody literally just took a paintbrush to them, the rainbow Eucalyptus Grove is stunningly beautiful! While these trees aren’t native to Hawaii, they do grow like crazy and make for some beautiful pictures!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Waianapanapa State Park

One of the things that I had to see during our Road To Hana trip was a black sand beach. Caused by when the hot lava meets the cold Pacific Ocean, the black sand beaches are beyond beautiful and make for some great photo ops, even if it’s an overcast day!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Oheo Gulch In Haleakala National Park

A beautiful part of Haleakala National Park, these fresh water pools are perfect for swimming as well as offering a beautiful view of the rocky Hawaiian coast and the Pacific Ocean. If swimming isn’t your thing, there’s also lots of hiking in the area as well with even more waterfalls to see!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Palapala Ho’omau

Probably my favorite shot of the whole trip was taken here at the church of Palatal Ho’omau. The resting place of Charles Lindberg brings a ton of people to this spot every year, but even if your’e not an aviation fanatic, the beauty of this space is enough to bring you back to this spot time and time again!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Maui Backside

It’s still amazing to me how different the landscapes of an island as small as Maui can be. The last part of your trek will take you around the backside of Haleakala and the barren back of the volcano is a huge contrast to the luscious rainforests filled with waterfalls that you just saw on your trip to Hana. Even though it’s not filled with greenery, this side of the island is beautiful in its own way!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

What To Bring On Your Trip On The Road To Hana

A Camera/Extra Batteries

This is obviously the most important thing to remember on your trip on The Road To Hana. Without a doubt you will take numerous pictures of the beautiful landscapes, and the last thing you would want to forget is your camera or extra batteries.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Cash

There are numerous stops along the Road To Hana at little roadside stands. Because of the nature of The Road To Hana making everything so remote, I would suggest bringing cash to buy some coconut squares or some locally made banana bread or jerky. You won’t be disappointed!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

Bathing Suit/Towels/Change of Clothes

One of the most famous stops along the Road To Hana is the Pools at Oheo Gulch. You will make quite a long stop at this location, and one of the most fun things to do during your time there is take a dip in the Pools. Not only are they refreshing, but you also get a great view out to the ocean as well. Just make sure to pack a bathing suit and towels and potential change of clothes. There are restrooms available for you to change.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Guided Tour Of The Road To Hana

And there you have it, anything and everything that you need to know for your own trip on The Road To Hana, especially if you wanted to book a guided tour. If you’re in the market for a guided tour of The Road To Hana, I can’t recommend Valley Isle Excursions enough. We loved our time with them and we felt like we really got to see the highlights without having the stress of driving it ourselves! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you traveled The Road To Hana? Have I convinced you to take a guided tour?

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What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

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Why you should go on a guided tour of The Road To Hana in Maui, along with what you can expect to see and what you should bring with you!

What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

I’ve only been to Maui twice, but one of the things that I will continue to do every single time I visit and will hands down recommend time and time again is watching the sunrise over Haleakala and signing up for a bike ride down the volcano afterwards. It is a beyond amazing experience and so extremely peaceful, even it’s an extremely early wake up call. Today I thought that I’d break down our experience with Mountain Riders, so you can know exactly what to expect when you experience your own sunrise over Haleakala.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Haleakala National Park

First of all, I guess that y’all are probably wondering what in the heck Haleakala even is! Haleakala is an active volcano on the eastern side of the island of Maui, but don’t worry, it is  currently dormant. Besides being an active volcano, Haleakala also happens to be the highest peak on the island and can be seen from pretty much anywhere on the island.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Because Haleakala sits on the eastern side of the island, the sunrises over the crater of the volcano are beyond spectacular, which is why the Hawaiians named this volcano Haleakala which literally translates to “House of the Sun”. The Haleakala volcano is part of a National Park and offers not only access to beautiful sunrises, but some hiking trails as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Know Before You Go:

Go on your first day in Maui

Believe me when I say that seeing the sunrise over Haleakala is not to be missed, but in order to see the sunrise you have to wake up extremely early. And I’m not talking 4:30 early, I’m talking 2:00 in the morning early, which is why I very much suggest experiencing Haleakala on your first day in Maui.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Most tour groups will you pick you up at your hotel, and depending on where you’re staying, you could have a potential hour drive from your hotel to Haleakala. And that doesn’t even count getting fitted for your bike, grabbing all of your safety equipment, and signing all of your waivers! But don’t worry, your tour groups will have coffee waiting for you, so you can be at least a little perky before the sunrise.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Wear warm clothes

Remember when I said that Haleakala was the tallest peak on the island of Maui, well that’s about 10,000 feet above sea level, and the visitor center where you can watch the sunrise is almost that high above sea level as well. So what does that mean for you besides an amazing view? It means that it’s going to be very, very cold!

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Dressing in layers is definitely the key when it comes to watching the sunrise over Haleakala because it’ll be cold when you watch the sunrise from the summit, but you’ll be back in the warm and balmy island weather once you’ve ridden your bike down to the bottom of the volcano. To give you an idea of what to expect, we visited in July and the average lows at Haleakala are in the upper 40s and the average highs are in the mid 60s, so it will be cold!

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Most of the tour groups will give you some gloves and a body suit to wear, but you’ll still want to make sure that you wear jeans, closed toed shoes, and probably a jacket. There will be stops along the way so that you can take layers off, but the last thing that you want is to be miserable watching a beautiful sunset over the top of the tallest volcano on Maui!

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Go with a tour group

I’ve mentioned it several times already, but I highly recommend using a tour group when you go to the top of Haleakala. Not only will you not have to worry about driving that early in the morning and trying to navigate around an island and a National Park that you’re not familiar with in the dark, but you won’t have to deal with trying to actually get into the park and find parking and dealing with all the entrance fees as well.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Most of the tour groups will pick you up from your hotel, drive you up to the top of the mountain, help you navigate down the mountain, provide you with breakfast afterwards, and take you back to the hotel. It’s actually a very good deal, considering that your entrance fee to the park, bike rental, and transportation are all considered.

Bike down Haleakala

Now I know that the idea of biking down an active volcano doesn’t exactly thrill everybody, but trust me if I can do it, you can too! I definitely am not the one that has the best balance or is the most active or even can really ride a bike, so if I was able to do it, you can too! I mean I might have crashed my bike in Europe, but I managed to not fall off the volcano in Hawaii, but trust me that’s a story for another day.

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

When I say that you don’t have to be active to bike down Haleakala, I literally mean that you probably won’t even pedal the whole time that you’re on the bike. The bikes that are provided to you are a special kind of bike that are weighted to help you literally just glide down the volcano, plus you factor in the incline of Haleakala and yep, you won’t even be moving those pedals at all by yourself! It’s definitely a very different story if you try to bike across The Golden Gate Bridge, you will have to pedal your butt off in that situation!

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

Now besides not really having to work in order to bike down the volcano, choosing to bike down the volcano will also give you the opportunity to take in all the amazing sights of the island while also getting to experience a range of ecosystems as well. It truly is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on!

The Wandering Weekenders- What To Expect When Biking Down Haleakala

If you’re still sure that biking down the volcano isn’t for you, there are several tours that will drive you to the top of the volcano for the sunset and then drive you back down afterwards. It’s still gives you the opportunity to see the sunrise without having to deal with all the chaos that I mentioned before.

Overall though, you really don’t need much in order to enjoy a trip to the top of Haleakala, just your eyes in order to remember an unimaginable experience. Because believe me, it will truly be an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget! I’m linking up with these Wanderful Women from some Wanderful Wednesday- Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World!

Have you ever biked down Haleakala? If not, have I convinced you yet that you need a trip to watch the sunrise over the House Of The Sun?

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How To Spend 9 Days Exploring Maui and Kauai

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