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Have you heard of SkinnyFATS?  SkinnyFATS’ Catchups are a line of delicious condiments featuring three bold ketchups and one zesty mustard are coming to Hawaii.  SkinnyFATS will be bringing a taste of Las Vegas to Hawaii as they partner with Foodland (a local grocery chain) and bring to you awesome condiments for great recipes year round.  

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What are SkinnyFATS Catchups?

So, what’s the big deal about these catchups anyway, you may be asking?  It’s an All Natural, No GMO’s and Gluten Free condiment.  Besides being a great way to sauce up your favorite foods you can also create a plethora of different recipes to satisfy any foodie.  Let’s get the breakdown of each one available, shall we?

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UNIPEPPERCORN – Black Pepper Catchup:  Once upon a tomato there was a magical spice by the name of unipeppercorn.  All explorers yearned for it, but none could attain it.  Then one day, Christopher Tomato found it and stole it from the natives.  The rest is condiment history.
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CHILLPOTLE – Chilpotle Catchup:  Once upon a pepper there was a smoked jalapeno named Chillpotle.  One day, H.I. Larius and Tomato came along… Larius proposed the opportunity for expansion of the mind and palate to all man, plant and animal alike to elevate as one.  The rest is condiment history.
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JALATCHA – Jalapeno Catchup:  Once upon a tomato there was a jalapeno named Sally.  The boys were all intimidated by Sally because like most jalapenos she ran a little hot.  Bobby Tomato was not afraid.  The rest is condiment history.
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TURMERICA – Hot Mustard:  Once upon an asian herb, there was a young root named Tera.  Feeling as if she was missing the right spice in her life, Tera set out to travel the world.  She sailed the sea until she discovered new shores in the land of the free.  The rest is condiment history.
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PORKY PINEAPPLE – Pineapple Catchup:  Once upon a tomato, there was a pineapple named Porky.  Adopted at an unripe age, he thought he was a tomato.  As he grew larger and more prickly on the outside, he remained sweet on the inside; learning to live in harmony with others regardless of their differences.  The rest is condiment history. 

5 Savory Selections Available!

There are a total of 5 savory selections and boy are the a great addition to any of your favorite dishes.  In addition, each of the catchups is produced in small, individual batches and the sauces not only taste great, but they avoid using high fructose corn syrup if at all possible.  Each condiment is 20 calories or less per serving and perfect to spice up or season any meal.

Where can you buy SkinnyFATS in Hawaii?

Foodland Hawaii will be carrying these products at limited locations (below is a list) so you can shop for one or all of them on four main islands here.

Oahu:

  • #1 Market City
  • #2 School Street
  • #3 Aina Haina
  • #4 Beretania
  • #8 Kaneohe
  • #9 Pearl City
  • #10 Wahiawa
  • #16 Ewa Beach
  • #18 Dillingham
  • #19 Mililani
  • #27 Pupukea
  • #31 Waipio
  • #32 Laie
  • #33 Nanakuli
  • #36 Stadium
  • #37 Kailua
  • #43 Kapolei
  • Food Pantry #1
  • Food Pantry #3
  • Malama Haleiwa #1006
  • Malama Makakilo #2801

Maui:

  • #20 Kaahumanu
  • #22 Lahaina
  • #23 Kihei
  • #24 Pukalani
  • #35 Wailuku
  • #42 Farms Lahaina
  • Napili

Kaua’i: 

  • #28 Waipouli
  • #30 Princeville

Big Island (Hawai’i Island):

  • #21 Hilo
  • #25 Kona
  • #26 Puainako
  • #28 Waipouli
  • #38 Waimea
  • #39 Farms Mauna Lani
  • #41 Keaau
  • Malama Pahoa #2802
  • Malama Oceanview #2805
  • Malama Honokaa #2808
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Recipes???

Grilling up for the end of the summer months or looking forward to trying new recipes for the holidays? SkinnyFATS Catchups has you covered!  We definitely suggest checking out SkinnyFATS Catchups and include them into some of your favorite recipes.  I’ve included a few recipes for you below so you can try them out for yourself.  Keep an eye out at your local Foodland to see when they Porky.

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Jalatcha BBQ Chicken
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Chillpotle 4.20 Taquitos

Download the PDF’s to these recipes below:

As soon as I have the opportunity to try out some recipes, I’ll be sure to share them here or via my social media channels, so be on the lookout for those.  

Try it out for yourself?

Above all, my family and I love trying new food and seasoning items.  It’s a great way to infuse flavor into a plain food dish.  Seriously, I love the fact that the SkinnyFATS Catchups are low in calories and Carbs.  Once you try these, I’m sure you’ll think of a variety of ways to use the ketchups and I can’t wait to hear about the recipes you create.

So will you be heading on over to your local Foodland to snag a few bottles of these SkinnyFATS catchups?  If so, what flavor do you want to try first?


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If you’ve been a long time reader here, then you know that my family and I love experiencing new restaurants and eateries.  Last week, we found ourselves craving sushi and after spending a few hours at the Batting Cages in Kihei, we decided we would dine in at Three’s Bar and Grill.  Having not had the opportunity to eat here yet, we were quite excited to try out the establishment, especially since it was visited by Guy Fieri from Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.  I’m not gonna lie though, just reading their menu online had us very ecstatic about the food we were going to be ordering.

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Three friends who loved to cook and loved to surf dreamt up the idea of starting their own catering business.  In 2009, Three’s Catering was launched using a rented warehouse and their old trucks.  After a few short months, their unexpected success had them looking for a location for a restaurant and here we are today.  Sadly in October 2016, Three’s Bar & Grill had a fire at the restaurant and it needed to be repaired before reopening after renovations the following month.  Now, the business is booming and I’m excited to share our experience with all of you.

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Three’s Bar and Grill includes three chefs’ three cuisines – Hawaiian, Southwestern and Pacific Rim, making it a great place to experience a variety of food with different flavors and ethnicities.  I love the wide range available to select from and I definitely love the casual island lifestyle vibe you get when you dine in here.  You can choose between indoor or outdoor dining areas which are great for the laid-back atmosphere of the Southside area of Maui.

So, let’s talk about food, shall we? Three’s is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and also offers a great Happy Hour selection (2 times a day is available).  I also love that they have a great wine list as well as a selection of signature and delectable cocktails to choose from.  All of these things are great, but I think one of my favorite parts of their food menu is the fact that they also offer a Kid’s menu and being a mom, that’s definitely a plus.  We selected Three’s Bar and Grill because we wanted to try out their sushi and I just had to have a taste of their Oyster Shooters – a special on the menu (which, if you’re an oyster lover, I highly suggest).

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Let’s talk about the Oyster Shooters.  Traditionally they come in a shot glass with saké (Japanese rice wine), but I didn’t want to have any alcohol, so I asked them to make up a special order for me.  The Oyster Shooters are made with Uni (sea urchin), a fresh oyster and tobiko (fish roe).  They are topped with just a little bit of scallion or green onion for a fresh and vibrant look but also to bring out some of the flavors.  They are tiny but filled with a punch of umami that will definitely cater to all of your senses.  If you like seafood or love oysters like I do, this is a must-try for sure.

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Whenever it comes to sushi restaurants or bars, my husband and I always order the Rainbow Roll.  It gives us an idea of how fresh the different types of seafood is and the presentation of the sushi.  Most sushi bars create the same types, but they all have different flavors and flare.  We enjoyed the Rainbow Roll for sure and loved that each of the ingredients was fresh and absolutely delicious.  It was so fresh that we were able to eat the leftovers for lunch the next day and the sushi was as vibrant the next day as it was the night before.  Delicious and fresh sushi, made-to-order, usually comes with a Rainbow Roll on their menu and you can tell it’s fresh by the texture of the fish.  Traditionally a rainbow roll includes the following:  Ahi tuna, salmon and hamachi (yellowtail) or shrimp.  If you bite into the different fish in this roll and they are buttery in texture, that usually means they are very fresh.

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We had several different types of sushi rolls to include:  Shrimp Tempura Roll (pictured above is 2 orders), Lava Roll (pictured below), and of course, the Rainbow Roll.  The specialty rolls range in price from $14.00 to $20.00 which is about average for sushi here on the island.  It’s reasonable considering the market price of the fresh fish.  Their fish is fresh and flown in daily and they offer a variety of specialty rolls, sushi and hand rolls and specialty items.

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Pictured above (and below) is the Lava Roll which includes:  Spicy Tuna Roll topped with ahi, sriracha finished with tempura crunch, Negi and chili oil.

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If my family and I order sushi, we always order a sashimi platter or sampler to try as well.  This sashimi sampler (pictured below) included a variety of delectable and fresh fish that we loved.  It’s the Chef’s assortment, so we don’t get to choose, but each piece that we received was delicious.

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Our Sashimi Sampler included Saba, Hamachi, Ahi, Shrimp, and Salmon.  The platter itself was filled with beautiful colors making it a delight to eat.  Yummy!

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And, since we were there during their Happy Hour that evening (Happy Hour times are: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Late Night Happy Hour is Only available in the Surf Lounge) I decided I would place an order for a few more oysters.  Their fresh shucked Penncove oysters are just $2.00 each for their Happy Hour special.

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I wasn’t able to catch photos of my husband and son’s Beer Battered Fish & Chips Entree which they each ordered and definitely enjoyed.  The Fish & Chips were made with beer battered mahi mahi that was fried to perfection, homemade tartar sauce, crispy fries, and lemon.  This entree was simple was so good that they ate it too quickly for me to grab a photo of their food. lol

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Three’s offers a wide selection of menu items to choose from and a great selection for their Happy Hour.  We enjoyed the fact that these three Chefs came together and created a menu like this.  I can’t wait to bring my other family members here to try the menu, since I know that there will be something for everyone to choose from.

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Service was quick and our server was very courteous.  The one thing that took the longest to arrive was the seafood and sushi, but our reservation was for 9 pm and we understood that they were in the midst of a busy rush, so it was expected.  Most places on the island close by 9 o’clock in the evening and this particular part of South Kihei was still booming, with Three’s Bar and Grill quite busy for the time of night that it was.  It’s a rare thing to see restaurants open so late so that is definitely a plus.

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Three’s Bar and Grill is located in a little marketplace area off of South Kihei Road across from Kalama Park.  The menu prices are about average for Maui and the food definitely tasted and looked fresh.  My entire family enjoyed what they ordered (the Twins had Chicken Strips with Fries off of the Keiki Menu) and we look forward to going back again soon.

Three’s Bar and Grill is the sister restaurant to Fork & Salad, one of my favorite places to get a fresh salad with local ingredients.  Stay tuned in the coming week or so for a review of some of my favorite treats from Fork & Salad discussed here on the blog.

Three’s has their own food truck that rolls up to different events and parties.  You can find it at the Kihei Town Party events alongside the Fork & Salad Beer Garden Set Up for the Kihei Town Parties for Kihei 4th Friday.  But, you can also book the food truck for your private parties and events.

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If you’re interested in checking out Three’s Bar & Grill, definitely call ahead to book reservations or use Open Table (which is what we love to use) to book for your party.  If you’re going to be dining in late, I highly suggest sitting in the Surf Lounge to take advantage of the Late Night Happy Hour and don’t forget to try out some of their signature cocktails too.

Restaurant Hours
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Happy Hour 
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location [map]
1945 S Kihei Road, Suite G
Kihei, HI 96753-7836
808-879-3133

Want to learn more about Three’s Bar & Grill?  Head on over to their website and have a look at their menus, about the company and restaurant and so much more.

As I stated before, my family and I enjoyed Three’s Bar & Grill and we know it will be a restaurant we’ll return to again soon.  We hope they expand and open a location in town (Central) like they did with Fork & Salad, I think it would be a hit.


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As a local Maui native, born and raised on the island, I know all too well how expensive Maui life can be.  Between the cost of living, delicious dining venues and the awesome attractions, $20 does not get you very far, especially when you’re here on vacation.  That’s why I wanted to share with all of you my “top” budget-friendly activities that are perfect for your trip to the island while visiting or for the locals alike.  Maui offers so many great attractions or things to do that are not only affordable, many are free.  In this list, I will share with you some of my free favorites as well as a few that you will need to pay a little, but it’s worth it for sure.  With a little patience and planning, you and your family can have a blast.  Let’s chit chat about those options, shall we?
*Please note that this list is in no particular order.  I think all of my selections are fun and exciting and while visiting or looking to take part in a little Maui stay-cay (if you live here), these are all great options to check out.

#1 – The Maui Swap Meet

The Maui Swap Meet is a local favorite and one of the best places to try out a variety of Maui food flare or to pick up souvenirs.  Admission to the Swap Meet is just $0.50 a person (12 and older) and children 11 and under are free.  With free re-entry and free parking, it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning.  There are usually over 200 vendors on any given day and you can find everything from fresh produce to local food, arts, and crafts, sweet treats like Hawaiian shaved ice and jewelry galore.  I also love that you can get handmade soaps and candles or a great 10 minute (or more massage).  If you want to try fresh fruit and vegetables, you’ll get every type there – including delicious Maui Gold Pineapples.  My favorite to grab while at the swap meet is a fresh coconut with sweet coconut water and then coconut spoon meat after I’m done drinking.  If you are here on vacation, this is a great place to stop and pick up souvenirs for your family and friends.
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Maui Swap Meet
*What is spoon meat?  It’s when the coconut meat is so soft and tender that you can scoop it out of the coconut shell with a spoon.  It’s the best way to eat coconut in my opinion.
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Maui Swap Meet
A few notes for your day at the Maui Swap Meet – Be prepared with your own bag (recycle tote, etc.) to easily carry your purchased goods.  Since it’s often hot, make sure to have water or something to drink to keep hydrated while walking around.  Be prepared with cash as most vendors (vegetables and food especially) do not accept cards.  Many jewelry vendors do accept credit cards so it’s best to ask if they offer that option but be prepared with cash.  Most of the vendors are definitely willing to bargain on the cost of products, but I suggest looking around before buying since some of the vendors further away tend to be cheaper.

#2 – Experience Maui Food Fare at Local Food Trucks

Food Trucks are becoming all the rave around the world but they have been a popular thing here on Maui since I was a little girl.  I remember going to Makena Beach as a teen and eating from a few local food trucks back in the day.  Nowadays, you can find food trucks selling every type of food pretty much everywhere on Maui, stationed all over the island.
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Geste Shrimp Food Truck, Kahului Harbor
Food trucks are a great way to experience a variety of different local eats for half the price of most sit-down restaurants.  They are a great way to grab a quick bite to eat or stop and fuel up after a day playing in the ocean.  Some of the food trucks on the island have specific lots where they are located (Kahului Food Truck Lot across from Costco Gas Station) or you can find them in places like the Maui Swap Meet, along Kahului Beach Road at Kahului Harbor or different shopping centers.  You can easily spot a food truck everywhere on island, making it a go-to for locals and visitors alike.  And, did I mention the type of food you can find at these trucks?  Well, the options are endless but include Local Hawaii food and plate lunches, shrimp, Thai food, desserts and ice cream, hamburgers, tacos, Mediterranean food, poke or fish and so much more.
Some of our favorite food trucks are:
  • Thai Me Up – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco) and Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
  • Maui Freeze – Kahului Harbor
  • Geste Shrimp – Kahului Harbor
  • Mediterranean Grill – Haiku
  • Wraps To Go – Up Country Kulamalu Shopping Center by Longs
  • Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go – Kahului Food Truck Lot (across from Costco)
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Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go Food Truck, Kahului Food Truck Lot across from Costco Gas Station

#3 – First Fridays on Maui

A great way to experience Maui, in a nutshell, is to attend one of the First Fridays.  There is a town party each and every week of the month that is hosted in each town throughout the island.  Each town has their own type of celebration and you can expect to have a grand time no matter what First Friday you attend.  It’s a fun way to experience Maui nightlife without breaking the bank.
Maui First Fridays are free to attend and most of the parties offer free parking.  Bring your appetite and make sure you have cash on hand so you can experience local food and entertainment all in one place.  This is a great place to check out awesome vendors that sell everything from food to local crafts and artwork.  But, local stores and establishments also stay open and often times offer discounts for the festivities.  I love the entertainment that you can experience while walking around (many local artists perform during First Friday parties). This is a great way to experience local artisans, live music and a ton of food vendors.

A few notes if you’re planning to attend:  Like I said, it’s a great family event, but be prepared as it gets really busy.  Be sure to have a stroller or keep your children nearby as it can get so packed that children get lost easily.  I suggest to also have a bottle of water on you as there tends to be a lot of walking around and it’s a great way to stay hydrated.  
  • Wailuku 1st Fridays – Market Street, Wailuku – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Lahaina 2nd Fridays – Front Street, Lahaina – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Makawao 3rd Fridays – Makawao Town, Makawao – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Kihei 4th Fridays – Azeka Shopping Center, Kihei – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
*For more information you can visit:  mauifridays.com

#4 – Whale Watching

A favorite thing for my family to do each year during our winter months is to watch the whales.  Maui is the winter home to thousands of whales that make the journey from Alaska to the Au’au Channel located in West Maui.  The humpback whales come to breed and nurse their young every year from December to May.  These beautiful creatures can be found swimming around and playing in our warm waters and it’s a beautiful experience to watch them while they’re in play.
Whale watching tours are actually reasonably priced considering you get a ride on a boat and get to experience our world’s wonders.  I would definitely search different companies to use and compare prices accordingly.  But, my family and I love watching whales at no cost from our favorite shorelines or lookouts.
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Taken from the Pacific Whale Foundation Boat off of Ma’alaea. View of the West Maui Mountains and Wind Farm.
Honoapi’ilani Highway, at the Pali Lookout, has a great scenic lookout area that you can pull over and park at to watch these whales at play.  My family and I also love to watch them from the shoreline at Maui’s famous Ka’anapali Beach fronting the Westin Maui resort.  You can stand on the shoreline and watch the whales play for hours.
One of our favorite whale watching companies is:  Pacific Whale Foundation – For more information visit:  Pacific Whale Foundation Tours
*A few tips – if you spot a whale at play while driving, please be sure to pull over off of the road safely.  Many visitors spot the whales while traveling along the Pali road and it is dangerous to stop in the middle of the road due to blind turns.  Pull off the road completely and do not block traffic.  
 

#5 – Snorkeling on Maui

I grew up with having Maui’s surrounding ocean as my playground so I just had to suggest this awesome activity. Snorkeling in our pristine waters and viewing all of the beautiful sea life is definitely something I suggest while visiting or even if you live here.  The waters are crystal clear most of the year so it makes for ideal viewing of turtles, eels, sea urchins and a ton of different species of fish.
You can easily rent snorkel gear from a local dive shop, but if you plan to spend more time in the water, I definitely suggest picking up your own snorkel set.  There are a ton of different stores that sell them locally and many of them affordable in cost:  ABC stores, Target and Walmart all have different styles.  But, our favorite place to pick up snorkel gear is at our local Costco in Kahului (near the airport) because you’ll get a really good one for an affordable cost point.  Make sure you grab a dry snorkel (that’s important) because it automatically closes when you go underwater so that you don’t have to worry about getting water down your snorkel.
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There are so many locations to view underwater life so we have listed a few favorites for all of you to check out:
  • Napili Bay
  • Ulua Beach
  • Black Rock – Kaanapali Beach (ocean side of Sheraton Maui resort)
  • Ho’ikipa Beach Park (check weather conditions are the waves can get really big here, especially during the winter months)
  • Kapalua Bay
  • Honolua Bay
*A few tips:  It is very important to remember that while you are snorkeling, do not step on the reef.  These rocks are living creatures and you can injure and harm the home of many living organisms.  Also, make sure that you are using an all natural sunscreen that is zinc-based to protect from sunburn but also to protect Maui’s very important ecosystem.  Make sure that if you are going to hang out at the beach after your snorkel that you take with you an rubbish or items that you brought.  This is the best way to keep our oceans and ocean friends safe and unharmed.

#6 – Experience Maui’s Beautiful Beaches

I guess you could say this goes along the line of snorkeling, but it’s definitely different.  Maui has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – if you don’t believe me, ask Conde Nast – lol.  The beach is one of the best things to do on Maui because it’s free and all beaches are open year round (weather permitting, of course).  Grab a beach mat or blanket and stop by a local store to grab some lunch and spend the day sunbathing or playing in the water.  Most of the year the water conditions are absolutely ideal for swimming.
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North Ka’anapali Beach
What’s great about our beaches is most of them are open to SUP or Stand Up Paddle Board, Kayak or body boarding.  While those things all cost money (for rental or purchase), they are also other options for enjoying the beaches surrounding our beautiful island.
*A few tips for spending the day at the beach.  Don’t forget about that all natural sunscreen I mentioned earlier, but make sure you have it because a sunburn can be brutal.  Remember, anything you bring with you to the beach, take with you – like trash, etc.  Leaving it at the beach can cause issues with the sea life, but we also want to make sure we are taking care of our beaches so others can enjoy them.  Ask your concierge (if you’re a visitor) about beaches that they suggest for the type of activity you’d like to do.  And, don’t forget to check the weather, tide and water conditions before getting into the ocean.  A local saying here on island is – “When in doubt, don’t go out!”

#7 – Catch a Hula Show or Learn How to Dance Hula

Hula dancing is a huge part of the Hawaiian Culture and a beautiful art form of the Hawaiian people.  There are several hula shows on the island that you can attend and for those of you looking to try it out for yourself?  Well, you can also find free hula lessons as well.  Check with your concierge to see what is available or check out my list below for options that you can take part in.
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HULA SHOWS:
  • Keiki (children) Hula Show – Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm at Lahaina Cannery Mall.  (Free)
  • Free Hula Lessons – Thursdays at Lahaina Cannery Mall at 5 pm
  • Napili Kai Foundation’s Weekly Keiki Hula Show – Every Tuesday at 5:30 pm at Napili Kai Resort ($10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, children 5 and under are free).  Proceeds benefit the Napili Kai Foundation.
  • Tahitian Dance, Ukulele and More – throughout the month at Outlets of Maui in Lahaina (check the schedule of performances) http://www.outletsofmaui.com/calendar/
  • Polynesian Dance Show – Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm at The Shops at Wailea.  Free one-hour performance of Polynesian Dances and Hula.
*Check with your resort’s concierge to also see if your hotel/resort has hula lessons on property.  It may be complimentary or available for a small fee.

#8 – Tasting Maui Food Tours

When I travel, I love tasting foods that are locally grown or created in the place that I’m visiting.  So, I thought the best way to really get to know Maui is by tasting the food that was created here.  We have a list of some of our favorite places that are not only reasonably priced but definitely worth checking out.
Surfing Goat Dairy – Probably one of my favorite tours and most cost-efficient compared to the others.
  • Daily Casual Tour – $12/adults and $8/children.  Tours are run every hour from 10:00am to 3:00pm and 10:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays.  This casual 20-minute walking tour takes you through their working Dairy and Farm.  You can meet the working dairy goats, dogs, cats and their pot belly pig named Charlie.  You can view the modern milking machines and view the inside of the Dairy operations.  Some goats are able to be pet and of course, it’s an opportunity to take lots of photos and have fun.
  • Surfing Goat Dairy also offers their Evening Chores & Milking Tour which is $17 for adults and $14 for kids.
  • For more information – check out: Surfing Goat Dairy
Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm – You can book the following:
  • Guided Walking Tour $12/person – reservation recommended.  Times are:  9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00, 2:30pm daily and last about 30-40 minutes.
  • Guided Cart Tour $25/person – reservations are required.  Tour times are 10:30 am and 2:00 pm and last one hour.
  • Gourmet Picnic Lunch $26/person and includes a basket tailored to your liking with choice of chicken Ceasar wrap, ham & cheese wrap, Caprese sandwich, chicken bacon club, Italian sandwich or garden salad.  Lunch includes gourmet chips, a decadent lavender-infused dessert and your choice of beverage.  Reservations are required.
  • For more info and to book: Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
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Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm
Maui Pineapple Tours – You can book the following:
  • Maui Gold Pineapple Fields & Facility Tour plus lunch at Hali’imaile General Store ($90 / person).  This is probably one of my favorites out of all the tours offered as it provides lunch from one of my favorite restaurants – Hali’imaile General Store.  It’s the best selection for the money and I highly suggest it.  The tour includes a tour of the farm to experience a working pineapple field and operation.  You’ll learn about the growing cycle and cultivation techniques, tasting states as you learn about each of them.  You also get a Free Pineapple with every tour.
  • Pineapple Tour – $65/adult and $55/child.
  • Pineapple Tour & Distillery Tour – $75/adult
  • Pineapple Tour with Lunch + Distillery Tour – $100/adult
  • For more info and to book:  Maui Pineapple Tours
Maui Chocolate Tour & Workshop – $59/per adult and $25/per child 7-12.  This is a working farm and is not able to accommodate people with physical disability due to elevation and mobility.  Learn how the cacao grows and post-harvest practices to develop the flavor.  Join in on hands-on processes and a unique guided tasting.  *For more info: Maui Chocolate Tour

#9 – Tour a Brewery, Distillery or Winery

Many visitors don’t realize that we have several awesome distilleries, a few breweries and a winery on the island.  If you are visiting local stores like Whaler’s General or ABC Store, even Walmart or Target and Costco offer local favorites when it comes to wines and other beverages.  But, many of these options can be found where they are made and these places also offer tours.
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  • Maui Brewing Co – 605 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei.  Tours offered at:  11:30am, 12:15am, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm and 3:15pm.  *Public Tours are $15 per person and a private tour is $300 (groups of 1-16 people)  For more information: Maui Brewing Company
  • Kohola Brewery – 910 Honoapiilani Highway, Ste. 55, Lahaina.  Tours are 30 minutes long.  *Tours are $10 per person – ages 21 & older only.  Tipping is recommended. For more information:  Kohola Brewery
  • Hali’imaile Distilling Company – 883 Hali’imaile Road, Haili’imaile.  Tours are $10 per person and children under 12 are free.  Reservations are required and tastings of products are available to guests 21 and over.  Each tour operates daily and lasts about 30-45 minutes.  Maximum reservation is for 20 people so if you have a larger group, contact the distilling company for options.  You can get more info or reserve your space online at: Hali’imaile Distilling Company
  • Ocean Organic Vodka – 4051 Omaopio Road, Kula.  Tours operate 7 days a week 9:30am to 4:00pm.  A gift shop is also open from 9:30am and closes at 5:00pm.  The tour is approximately 500+ yards so you must be mobile to be able to do the tour.  Sampling area is restricted for those age 21 and over.  Tours take place every half hour.  Cost is $12/person for those 21 years and older ($27 including a lunch meal – reservation required 24 hours in advance).  Includes a sampling with take-home souvenir Ocean Vodka shot glass.  Get all of the information for this tour: Ocean Vodka Tours
  • Maui Wine (formerly Tedeschi Vineyards) – 14815 Piilani Highway, Kula.  Tours are offered at:  10:30am and 1:30pm and are 30 minutes long.  No reservations are required for groups of less than 8.  Tastings are $12 – $17 per person for a flight of 5 wines.  Tours are complimentary.  There are several other tastings available, including the “Old Jail Tasting” which is my favorite.  It is a 40 minute experience and costs $35.00 per person.  For more info: Maui Wine Tasting Tours

#10 – Take a Drive to…

Whether the road takes you on a journey to the west side of the island, the east side of the island or up a mountain, I definitely suggest spending a day exploring the island by car.  Whether it be driving the winding road to Hana and experiencing the lush landscapes along the way or traveling up to the Haleakala crater to experience the views (sunrise or sunset – both are awesome), you can easily experience Maui in all of its beauty without paying a dime, well – with exception to gas and the cost of your rental, of course.
A few of our favorite places to drive to and through and experience the beauty of Maui include:
  • The infamous windy road drive to Hana – be sure to stop along the way and take lots of photos.  Remember that the road is definitely narrow and winding, so be sure that if you stop, pull off the road and be cautious.  The road is dangerous so be mindful of the surroundings and where you are.
  • The road to Haleakala Crater – while the crater is definitely a must-see, the road leading up to the crater is definitely just as breathtaking.  A winding road the whole way up – there are definitely great places to stop along the way to experience the views from way up high.  I would use this opportunity to capture photos of the entire island from the skies, dance in the clouds and feel the cool air on your face.  Don’t forget to stop off at Kula Lodge or Ali’i Kula Lavender farm on your way down
  • Drive through Up Country Maui.  Whether your drive takes you through Kula to visit the beautiful Jacaranda trees in the Spring or through Pukalani and Makawao to visit the old Paniolo (Cowboy) town, you’ll surely find something beautiful in the cool crisp upcountry air.
  • Take a drive to the west side.  Watch the surfers hang ten or see the whales breach in the blue waters.  A drive around the west side of the island will open your eyes to a variety of water sports available on Maui.
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On the road to Hana

They say the best things in life are free.  I believe that it’s not the “free” aspect that makes it the best part, I believe it’s the memories you make while doing these things that make it the best.  I wanted to provide all of you a full list of things that you could do on Maui, most of these are free or definitely cheap, with a few options to upgrade your experience.  As a local girl, born and raised on Maui, I still love taking part in the island experience that Maui offers and I wanted to share these with all of you.

Don’t worry – this is just a small handful of things we love and enjoy here.  You can expect to see more posts like these that include favorites of a variety of Maui island things to do and experience.  Just remember to enjoy your time with whatever it is that you decide to do and don’t forget to have lots and lots of fun.


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My family and I found yourself dining in at Poi By The Pound restaurant the other day.  It had been almost a year since we last ate there, having eaten at this restaurant for the first time the night of my father’s funeral services.  It turns out we were back there again because we had scattered my dad’s ashes a day before and my cousin who was visiting for that event was craving some ‘ono (means delicious in Hawaiian) grinds.  I’ve eaten a few select things from Poi By The Pound before, but there was little on the menu I have tried, so I was eager to taste some of their popular menu items.  Most of the reviews on Yelp and Google were very positive so I decided I would order a few things I saw mentioned in those reviews and test them out for myself.

Poi By The Pound is just 5 short minutes away from the Kahului Airport so it’s perfect for stopping off when you land on Maui or on while on your way to your next destination.  They are open 7 days a week and they take walk-ins which is great.  If you have a party of 6 or more, I definitely suggest calling ahead to make a reservation.  Whether it is dine-in, take-out or catering, they have a variety of selections for you to choose from so that’s a great option for that party you’re planning or to grab a speedy bite to eat.

Poi By The Pound started as a small little restaurant in the industrial area of Kahului and now reside in the old Denny’s Restaurant location.  I haven’t eaten or dined in at their Kahului Industrial location, but I think the old Denny’s location is perfect for them.  During our two visits (last year and the other day), the restaurant was packed, so you know it’s a local favorite here on Maui.  Through their love of Hawaiian food, Poi By The Pound is now a popular eatery here on the island.

So, I know you’re waiting to find out about the dishes we tried out, right?  Let’s dive into those, shall we?

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I wanted to start off with the Deep Fried Lau Lau.  Yes, I said deep fried.  I didn’t see this on the menu, but since reading the reviews on Yelp, I knew about it.  I was so interested in trying it out so I had to order it (even if I didn’t eat it all).

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The deep friend lau lau is basically a lau lau (pork wrapped in taro leaves and lightly flavored with Hawaiian salt.  It is slowly steamed to absolute perfection) that is breaded/battered with panko breadcrumbs and deep fried.  Considering it was deep fried, it was not as heavy as you would have thought it would be.  Honestly, lau lau is really heavy on its own and I felt that the breading didn’t make it too overwhelming.  If you like lau lau, you definitely have to check it out and see for yourself.

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A definite favorite for any local here is a Hawaii staple known as the Loco Moco.  Poi By The Pound’s Loco Moco includes three homemade patties grilled with onions and served with rice and macaroni salad (you can choose green salad if you prefer that instead).  The patties are topped with 2 eggs cooked in the style of your choosing (we always get over easy – because a runny egg mixed with all of it, is well… the best) and a generous pour of brown gravy.  If you’ve never had a Loco Moco before, you must try it, it’s definitely a go-to here.  The patties were filled with flavor, the gravy was great and the egg, well – as soon as you brook the yolk, it spread all over the dish which is what we liked.  Served hot and delicious.

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A mix on the Loco Moco is their Chicken Katsu Moco.  I LOVE a great Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco (one of my favorite food choices anywhere) and I was so excited to try this one from Poi By The Pound.  I requested Pork Gravy instead of their standard brown gravy and of course got my eggs over-easy.  The chicken was cooked well and I loved the flavor of everything.  Of course, since I don’t eat rice anymore, I opted for green salad as my side.  I definitely was happy with this meal, even if I didn’t eat all of it.  Did I mention their portion sizes were huge?  The Chicken Katsu Cutlet Moco is not on the menu, so be sure to ask for it personally if you want to give it a try.

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I did mention that Poi By The Pound is known as the “Authentic Hawaiian Food Restaurant” and while some may think the other foods I mentioned were “authentic”, they are really just local favorites that you can get here in Hawaii.  So, I just had to share the beautiful display of Hawaiian food you can get with the Hawaiian Plate combo.  My gosh, it includes so much food, you will surely be full before you leave.  And, if you have never tried any Hawaiian food before, this would be a great way to check it out.  Included in this combo is:  Kalua pork, pork lau lau, chicken long rice (which is like a soup with chicken and rice noodles), lomi salmon (which is salmon, tomatoes and onion mixed together.  Lomi in Hawaiian basically means to massage.  Therefore, it is the salmon and other ingredients massaged together so the flavors mesh), poi, rice and mac salad.  On the bottom, you see a green baby food like consistency which is the squid luau.  That is one of my favorite dishes here.  It’s basically squid and taro leaf simmered in coconut milk and brown sugar.

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The Poke Bowl is a popular choice here in Hawaii and many locals will grab it and go.  Poi By The Pound has their own version of a Poke Bowl which includes your choice of shoyu or spicy poke (or combination of both) and served over steaming white rice with a sprinkle of furikake (seaweed and sesame seasoning).  Fresh ahi poke is definitely something that you must try and this one was delish.

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You didn’t think we left out dessert, did you?  Well, considering the portion sizes you get from this eatery, you could easily skip dessert and be extremely full.  But we packed up our leftovers and ordered some popular yummies.  The boys shared the Mud Pie (it was so big all three of them ate it together).  The mud pie consists of a Kona Mud pie ice cream bedded on an oreo cookie crust and topped with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel drizzle.  It was so good that the boys said they were gonna order it the next time we came to eat here.

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I went with the Taro Sundae.  Come on, taro, poi, and coconut in one dish… anyone that knows me knows that I would jump to that opportunity in a heartbeat.  The Taro Sundae originally comes with haupia (coconut) ice cream, taro chunks, poi, drizzled with chocolate, caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream and almonds.  I opted to be a purist and go the haupia ice cream with taro chunks and poi only (which is what is pictured above).

I seriously fell in love with this dish after the first bite.  This dessert seriously satisfied exactly what I would expect from a Taro Sundae and I definitely suggest checking it out… seriously!

The cost of the plates and desserts at Poi By The Pound are reasonably priced and you surely get your monies worth in every possible way.  You will not leave this restaurant hungry, that’s for sure.  Our server was a delight and very sweet and the last time we dined here (last year) we experienced the same kind and sweet service from that server as well.  Food comes to the table hot and you will definitely enjoy a great meal here.    If you are looking to satisfy your hunger with some local grinds or want a Hawaiian food mix, I definitely suggest checking them out.  You’ll enjoy their food and be sure to share because you’ll have enough to share with a friend.

Poi By The Pound is located at:

430 Kele Street, Kahului, HI. 96732

808-283-9381.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone.  I hope you’re all enjoying your day and gearing up for a great weekend.  I’m super excited because my three boys have officially started their Spring Break, so that means I get to sleep in an extra hour and have a full day to have lots of fun with them.  Today, I wanted to share with you another Maui Eats food establishment that I’ve been loving lately.  When it comes to Food Trucks, Maui seems to be seeing a huge increase of them around the island.  I think Food trucks are not only fun and unique, but give a chef a chance to create delicious food while still offering it at a reasonable cost to consumers like myself.  A month or so ago I found myself journeying over to the Food Truck site off of Old Haleakala Highway (across from Costco’s Gas Station) and I have found these places to be some of my favorites to eat at.  Today, I’ll be sharing with you Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat Food Truck and my thoughts on the grinds I had a chance to try there.

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Wayne’s Sushi used to be in Haiku and off of Honoapi’ilani Highway previously, but has since moved to the Food Truck Lot across from Costco’s Gas Station.  What is so cool about this food truck is it utilizes a boat, a real boat – named Fresh Off The Boat.  The boat is sitting on a boat trailer and has been repurposed into a food truck.  Owned and operated by Wayne Miyahira, this food truck is becoming one of my favorite spots to grab a bite to eat.

It’s pretty obvious that when it comes to seafood, my family and I love to eat it and we want it as fresh as we can possibly get it.  I’ll be honest, when I heard some of the raves for this little food truck, I thought to myself – hmmm… how could a food truck offer fresh fish?  This certainly couldn’t be, in my humble opinion.  Then, I found myself at the food truck location and decided I would give it a try.

With selections like Shrimp Tempura, Steak and Shrimp plate, King Salmon, Grilled Shrimp Salad and fresh Ahi, Mahimahi and Hamachi, I was definitely excited to try the various selections of seafood.  I tried the Nigiri Sushi (pictured above) which my sons loved and the fish was fresh, tasty and definitely worth the try.  One of my favorites is the Hawaii Goes Fishing roll (pictured with the nigiri above) which is a soft shelled crab and spicy tuna roll that is topped with spicy crab, cajun escolar and avocado.  It’s served with a creamy eel sauce ($16.00).

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Out of all the sushi rolls, I think the Itsy Bitsy Spider Roll is my favorite.  If you are a fan of soft shell crab, you’ll absolutely love this roll.  The soft shell crab fills the entire roll and it’s beautifully created.  Lots of flavor, a ton of seafood and stuffed to perfection. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve eaten out of the sushi rolls I’ve tried.

We also tried the tempura spicy tuna roll (which my sons loved and devoured).  This sushi is a spicy tuna and cucumber roll that is prepared tempura style, sliced and served. ($10.00)

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Sushi is not the only thing that Fresh Off the Boat offers.  They have a wide range of fish plates that I had the opportunity to try as well.  If you are a fan of fresh Ahi – you’ll surely enjoy the Ahi Belly Plate ($12.00).  The plate comes with several pieces of Ahi belly, rice, spring greens with their sesame dressing and seasoned cucumbers.

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But, one of my favorite plates is the Go Fish Combo ($16.00) which offers you ahi belly, miso walu and tempura mahimahi served with rice, their spring salad mix and sesame dressing as well as the seasoned cucumbers.  It’s delicious and you get a lot of food for the price.

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Whether you are looking for fresh seafood, delicious fish and sushi or steak – Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat has you covered.  Since they are located in the Food Truck Lot across from the Costco Gas Station, there really is a lot of parking.  You are looking at about a 10 – 20 minute wait depending on the number of people ahead of you, but keep in mind that everything is made to order – including your sushi.  You get it fresh, so the wait is well worth it.

The Food Truck Lot offers seating as well as other trucks that you can choose from (I’ll be featuring more here in the next few weeks) and you can always call ahead to place your order from Wayne’s Sushi if you can’t wait.  What’s so great about this location and the fact that you’re eating at a food truck, is that it’s casual dining.  You could be dressed up or wearing a bikini and can still enjoy a great meal.

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I have had nothing but great service at Wayne’s Sushi Fresh Off The Boat.  I’m always greeted by name and the food I get is consistently delicious, fresh and presented well. Wayne aims to avoid the same old sushi that other bars make and recreate them, taking the flavors and the look to another level.  I’m definitely impressed and always look forward to ordering my next meal at this truck.

Did I mention that this cool truck is shaped like a boat?  A very cool fishing boat turned food truck with a fun design and I just love the overall appeal of it all.  The ingredients and quality of seafood is always on par and if you are looking for casual dining – this is definitely someplace you should check out.

Note that this is not fine dining – it is a food truck after all.  Call ahead at: 808-281-8810

Check out Wayne’s Sushi on Facebook to get details on their closures and updates.

I hope you enjoyed this post and my Maui Eats series.  I’ll have more posted soon.

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As a foodie, I do my best to sample different types of cuisines as well as different restaurants, eateries and other food loves that I can taste and share with all of you.  Today on this Foodie Friday, I am excited to share with you a little place I discovered after watching the YouTube Channel Aloha Stoked.  Kalani Prince, a vlogger and Travel Guide website owner visited the location I’m about to talk about today and I knew I had to head on over and take a look.  This little hole-in-the wall location that is just off the beaten path in a sleepy little town in Up Country Maui, called Makawao is worth sharing with you today.  This week’s Maui Eats is featuring Makawao Garden Cafe.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is owned and operated by Kathi and Jody Sparks and is nestled right in the heart of the paniolo and rodeo town of up country that we call Makawao.  A peaceful, laid back and tranquil little bistro that offers a small menu of sandwiches and salads – perfect for a day of venturing and visiting the art galleries and site seeing among the little village.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is located right on Baldwin Avenue.  It’s next to the Sherri Reeve Gallery (down a small alley way) and across the street from Maui’s famed Komoda Bakery.

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I arrived at the location just as they had opened, about 5 minutes after 11 o’clock.  They were still prepping some of their food, which I would have expected for a small bistro, but I was able to place my order and my food took about 10 minutes to complete.  As I waited for my to-go order, I walked around the immediate area to kind of get an idea of what the place is like for those who decide to dine in.  Majority of the seating for this bistro is located outdoors.  I was told recently that they had acquired a small area with indoor seating just off to the site of the cafe area.  It’s a great location for spring and summer months when it’s warm out, but it was quite chilly the day I went, which is why I opted to get my food to go – I was not dressed to sit out in the open with that cold breeze lingering in the air.

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If you are looking for fast food service or quick food, this is certainly not the place you will want to find yourself.  Everyone is made for you to order and there is a staff of 2-3 on hand on any given day.  If you are in a rush, I suggest trying to call your order in or check to see if they’ll accommodate a take-out that day.  The service I received was sweet, the owner greeted me with kindness and everyone that I talked to that day was very pleasant.

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So, let’s talk about the food.  Whenever I eat somewhere and have thoughts of reviewing the establishment here on the site, I try to order more than one meal to test and see how I like each.  I ordered the Crab & Avocado Sandwich ($9.97 whole).  Served on focaccia and mixed greens with tomato and sprouts.  I also got the Curry Chicken Salad (Whole $9.00) which came highly recommended by a customer that was behind me in line, as well as the gal who took my order.  She mentioned that it is the most popular on their menu.  The Curry Chicken Salad came with diced chicken, carrots, zucchini and served with sweet curry dressing, on mixed greens and topped with papaya.

Let’s talk details on each dish – shall we?

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I was happy to find that the Crab and Avocado came with a side of salad.  I opted for ceasar and while it was tasty – it definitely was not the showstopper of this particular sandwich.  If I can be absolutely blunt here… the focaccia is fricken awesome.  It was fresh baked (baked by the owners) and one of the best focaccia breads I have ever tasted and trust when I say – I have had my fair share of focaccia.  It was delicious.  The avocado was fresh as was the rest of the vegetables in my sandwich.  The crab was light and definitely tasted good.  I was impressed that my sandwich included real crab for the price point and the sandwich was very filling.  If you are doing hiking or anything that will require walking, etc. I think this would be a great selection – light, but hearty.

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Should I get a sandwich again, I’ll be trying the Sliced Turkey Breast, but since it’s not on this delicious focaccia bread, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it as much – we shall see.

Next up I tried the Curry Chicken Salad.  This salad is quite big and filled most of the take out container they put it in.  I ate half of it and saved the rest for my eldest son Kevin Kaeo.  When I opened this salad to eat it, I didn’t quite expect to see what I was looking at.

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This portion size (I ordered the whole) was large enough to feet at least 2 people, especially if you purchased it in combination with other food.  I was quite impressed with the size considering the price point.  The diced chicken was chicken breast, but it was very tender considering the cut it was.  I was quite impressed with how the entire salad in a whole had tasted.  The dressing that they used was very tasty and I liked that the salad didn’t taste like it had taken a bath in mayonnaise (we all know how I’m not a fan of that creamy white stuff).  The dressing was sweet (not hot or spicy at all) but definitely had a curry flavor.  I would describe it as a curry without the heat.  The salad was placed on a bed of greens – a mixture of different lettuce that was fresh and crispy and I also got two toasted pieces of crostini on top.  This salad tasted really good and not soggy considering I had to drive 10 minutes to get home to eat it, but I would definitely suggest putting the bread separately because the dressing did cause it to become a tad bit soggy.

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Overall – I think I really enjoyed the salad.  The vegetables definitely tasted fresh and the nice crunch of the carrots definitely gave it a lot of texture.  The little papaya on the top was delicious and really gave the salad an extra something.  If I had to make any suggestions, I would love to see cashews in the mix for this salad – I think it would make it absolutely perfect.  I make a pretty darn good chicken curry salad myself and that papaya though, it definitely made for a great addition to this dish.

The second time I went to grab some food to go, I ordered the Taro Salad ($9.75 Whole – I really wanted to eat that from the first time I had gone) and the Catch of the Day Sandwich ($8.50 Whole).  Service was quick and I was on my way with my sandwiches and a Nirvana smoothie that I ordered.  The smoothies are $5.50 and are not made with milk which is a plus on my tummy.

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The Taro Salad was simple, but I rather enjoyed it.  I got it regular (not Cajun spice which they also offer) and it was served with mixed greens, cheese (I was able to select between goat cheese and Parmesan, I went with goat cheese), carrots and zucchini.  The salad also came with tomato and was dressed with a light basil vinaigrette topped with crispy taro chips.  Here’s the low down on this salad…  the taro chips, well, they were the ones I buy in the bag at Costco but I enjoy them and never would have thought to put them on a salad – they were great and because of the taro, they held up to the dressing and were not soggy when I got home to eat.  The Taro itself is actually veggie patties diced up and the veggie patties of chunks of taro in them.  When I was first told what it was, I’ll be honest, I had regret ordering it.  I thought to myself, hmmm… why couldn’t I just get chunks of taro in my salad?  But, I was pleasantly surprised.  The veggie patty (which was diced/cubed up and tossed in the salad mix) was really good.  There was a lot of taro in that patty and I enjoyed the flavor.  Because of the veggie patty with taro, I think it lent for a lighter meal and with the actual taro cubed up as I suggested, it may have been too heavy for lunch.  While I didn’t have high hopes for this particular salad after being told what it was, I was pleasantly surprised.  If I had to make one suggestion, it would be to add some avocado in the mix… it would really bring out the sweetness of the taro and give the salad a depth of flavor.

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The Catch of the Day sandwich was simplistic as was the Crab and Avocado.  It was a few pieces of their Catch of the Day which was Mahimahi for me today, served on focaccia and a wasabi mayo with tomato and mixed greens and sprouts.  The taste was really nice, but I would have loved to have more to the sandwich.  The wasabi mayonnaise had a light wasabi flavor, with no heat and it looked like regular mayonnaise, so tasting it was the only way to really know what you were eating.

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The cut of fish was nice, but I definitely would have wanted to have more to the sandwich.  Of course, it was on that delicious focaccia that I’ve been swooning over which made it great.  Overall, I think the sandwich is nice, but I would love to get more from it.  Maybe a smear of pesto aioli or something along those lines to really bring out the flavor of the fish.  Even some avocado would make a different here.

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Makawao Garden Cafe is perfect to grab a meal while out exploring the area but keep in mind that due to limited seating, if they get busy – you may want to get that meal to go.  My overall experience with them has been great, and I know I’ll be back again to try more food – I have my eyes set on many of the items on the menu.  If you are looking for fine dining, then this place is definitely not it.

Makawao Garden Cafe is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays).  They do not take reservations and parking is free.  You can park directly on Baldwin Avenue if you can find a stall (it can get really congested and busy at times) or you can use the Garden parking behind Baldwin Avenue in the open parking lot (it’s a walk up stairs and there is no wheelchair access)  Keep in mind that the back parking lot is gravel and the walk up the stairs is several flights.  

Positives – there are quite a bit in my opinion.  All of the menu items are under $10 so you and a friend could easily get a bite to eat for under $25.  Considering I’m born & raised here on Maui and have seen how expensive things can get, that’s quite a steal considering the amount of food you get with your orders.  The focaccia is bomb.  Like seriously I can’t stress this enough, order a sandwich with it to taste how great it is.  The owner and staff were very delightful and friendly.  Parking is free -which is great.  And, most of your options are healthy and fresh.

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Now – there are a few cons to this location that I figured was worth sharing.  While I didn’t experience dine-in service here, I was told by someone there that service can be slow when they are busy.  I think that’s understandable considering that there are only 3 people working (sometimes one or two) at any given time and I honestly can’t attest to that myself seeing as the two times I went, they had just opened, so there really was only one or two people there.  Remember, as I stated previously, if you’re in a rush – get it to go and call ahead.  If it is raining or cold, even if they have a covered seated area that is indoors, you may not like the experience, so keep that in mind.  The first time I picked up my food, it was chilly and very cold.  I wouldn’t have been able to sit and enjoy my food comfortably.  Roosters are everywhere in that area (it’s a part of Makawao town) so it can be frustrating at times, just don’t feed them because they’ll come around more while you’re eating.

If you’re on the hunt for something interesting to try – I definitely suggest checking this place out.  I’m all for supporting local eats and Maui eateries that are owned by locals so I definitely enjoyed it.  They offer smoothies as well and there is quite a selection which is great.  This place offers a true laid back environment so it’s perfect for those that are looking for something casual.  Also – take note that if you’re walking too fast, you may miss it… so this little place gives you the opportunity to “take the long way home” so to say and stop and smell the roses.

My goal is to offer more “Maui Eats” for my readers near and far so be sure to come back for more.

Have a wonderful Aloha Friday and a great weekend,

Signature Honey

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When it comes to food, I consider myself to have an eclectic soul.  Food not only satisfies my taste buds but absolutely feeds my soul.  Whether it is the naughty type or something home cooked and comforting or some great healthy selections, I love them all and enjoy each and every bite.  About 8 months ago, my sister Katt introduced me to a new food establishment that I had not been to before.  “They have the best Acai bowl, ever!”  As a foodie, I thought it was worth checking out and I found myself at their location in Wailuku just a few days after having this conversation with her.  Their Wailuku location is a small hole in the wall, large enough to fit a few bar stools with seating against the wall.  At any given time, you can have about 6 customers sitting in there comfortably and the lines can be out the door.  For my first experience at the Wailuku location of the Farmacy Health Bar, I tried the Waiside Bowl.  It literally was an experience I not only enjoyed, but became instantly addicted to.  

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I love making things from scratch and have ventured into the health food scene many times with my own personal cooking so I absolutely loved the fact that so much care was put into a little bowl of sweet and tart goodness.  The bowls come in three different sizes and a selection of different varieties that will not only fill you up with energy and greatness, but they taste absolutely delicious.  Each ingredient used in any of their creations is organic and many if not most of what they offer are grown right here in Hawaii.  The first time I went to their Wailuku location, the owner talked about looking into expanding and I was so excited to find out that they would be expanding to the Up Country Maui area.  I awaited their opening and arrival eagerly.

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After the new year 2016, Farmacy Health Bar Pukalani opened in the Pukalani Terrace Center.  This location is literally a mile away from my house and I have been dropping in several times in the last week to pick up some of my favorite goodies.

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My favorite treat from Farmacy Health Bar is the Wai side Poi Bowl.  It’s made with Farmacy made organic poi at the bottom, vanilla macaroon granola (which is yum) or gluten free rustic granola, Farmacy acai mix with a bit more granola, any three fresh fruits available, toasted coconut, hemp seeds and local honey.  It’s delicious and my children absolutely love it.  A Papa bowl ($15) includes two pounds of the bowls products and is a treat for myself and all three of my sons to share.  A few of the fruits they have on selection are banana, strawberries, blueberries, papaya and pineapple.  Sometimes you can find awesome delights like dragon fruit or mango when it is in season or they have it in stock.

Besides the Waiside bowl, I also tried the Honolua Bowl which includes: Vanilla macaroon granola or gluten free rustic granola topped with Farmacy acai mix, more granola and any three fresh fruits, toasted mac nuts, goji berries and local Hawaiian honey.

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The Country Cacao Acai Bowl is a new one I recently got to try.  It includes the Vanilla macaroon granola or gluten free rustic granola topped with Farmacy Acai mix and any three fresh fruits you can select (if you are at the Pukalani location).  It is topped with hemp seeds, cacao powder, cacao nibs and toasted coconut with a drizzle of local honey.  I like chocolate, but for a while I have passed on this bowl and finally decided I would try it.  the cacao nibs have a light crunch which not only add to the flavor of the bowl but work perfectly with the fruits.  It’s absolutely delicious and while it has as sweetness we would expect from chocolate, it is not too chocolate in flavor and works well with the fruits.  I chose mine with Liliko’i (passion fruit), banana and papaya and it was yummy.  If you like chocolate, I think you’ll enjoy this bowl.

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If you are looking for something hearty for a great lunch, but not too heavy for those days you need to accomplish a lot – the Pono Bowl is wonderful.  The Pono bowl comes layered with quinoa, your choice of soup and kale salad with a garlic cashew dressing (which is oh so delicious) and topped with a spiced popcorn tofu.  It retails for $10 and is a hearty meal perfect for lunch.  So far I have had the Pono bowl with the Split Pea Soup and Vegetable Curry and each soup had a little spice so it made a perfect compliment to the rest of the bowl.  It is absolutely delicious and filling and one of my favorites.

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The Young Prince Salad has been one of my favorites since first being introduced to Farmacy.  I love Garbanzo beans and this salad really puts some of my favorite salad mix-ins into one spot.  It’s delicious and hearty and really helps to keep me energized to complete the rest of my busy day.  It’s usually served after 10am so this would make a great brunch or lunch for anyone.  The Young Prince Salad includes kale, baby romain, mixed greens, quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, avocado, chickpeas, croutons and french feta with the garlic cashew dressing.

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I also tried the Tahitian Lime aid – which includes fresh lime-lemon juice blended with mint, organic cane juice and ice.  It’s $7 for a 20 oz. cup and $12 for a 32 oz. cup with refill.  This limeade has a great tart and sweet flavor with a refreshing mint taste.  It’s delicious and I love that it’s perfect for those warm days but can be a staple any time of the year.

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The Lahaina Gold Smoothie ($8 20 oz. cup) comes with papaya, banana, strawberries and fresh aloe vera and organic alkaline sugarcane juice with fresh local citrus and coconut milk is another favorite drink of mine and absolutely delicious.  It’s perfect for breakfast and refreshing.

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Supporting local business is not only great for our economy and community but it’s always awesome to see that Farmacy Health Bar uses ingredients that are locally grown.  I love that Farmacy is now open in Pukalani, just 2 minutes from my home and they are now open at 7am which allows me to get a smoothie or something delicious to eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  While they are still working on staffing their Pukalani location you can find them currently there from 7am to about 5:30pm and in February they are looking to expand to dinner which means they’ll be open to at least 8pm.  The location has a lot of room for dining in – which is an improvement in comparison to their Wailuku location which is a little hole in the wall.  There is also seating available outside the establishment and it makes for a great little area to sit down and chow down on some healthy food while enjoying the cool Up Country air.

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While at the locations, be sure to check out their “Pay It Forward” or “Pono Board”.  You can purchase a meal for $3.00 to be given to someone less fortunate.  The meal is an organic mini pono bowl that includes:  guinoa, kale salad, soup and feta.  This program that Farmacy offers is a great addition to any locally owned business (or any business for that matter) and I love it.  I have purchased several bowls and have donated and I love that it goes to those that are less fortunate.  Living in Hawaii, while a paradise to many, still has it’s share of people down on their luck and they have the opportunity to get a warm meal in their opu (tummy in hawaiian).

Each item you order from Farmacy is made to order,  so please make sure you are aware of this prior to coming in to dine.  While the staff does their best to get your orders out quickly, since everything is made to order and they are popular, there could be some waiting time.  I walked into the restaurant last week and the line was out the door, but the food is definitely worth it and is definitely worth not only the wait, but the cost.  If you are looking to eat a little healthier this year or just add some great local grinds to your day, this place is a must go.  If you are visiting and looking for an establishment with great aloha spirit and delicious food, stop by and check them out.  We all know I love to cook and create dishes that are not only pretty but delicious and hearty and while I can create many of these dishes on my own, it’s so great that I have an option that I can turn to for delicious food that’s healthy and made of great ingredients.

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Check out their Facebook Page here and stop on in the Pukalani Terrace Center location – let Malik and the team know that Honeygirl sent you.  Try some of these delicious selections and I promise, you will love them as much as I do.  Oh – they also started a cool frequent buyer program, so make sure to ask about that when you stop in.  Everything served here is basically vegetarian, so it’s a great choice for anyone and remember… the food is worth the wait, so be patient, grab a seat and enjoy!

Happy Aloha Friday and Good Eating to you!

Signature Honey

 

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I’m a little behind in posting this but it has been a crazy week and I haven’t been feeling well.  However, since it is Friday (Happy Aloha Friday), I figured I could share a little Foodie love and Fashion.  This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and my husband and sons surprised me with an awesome Brunch at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  This location is one of my favorites because the grounds are gorgeous and the Spa and Terme are one of my favorites to go a few times a year for a little “me” time.  This was the first time we attended their brunch and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to experience it.

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The Grand Wailea Resort and Spa is located on the South Side of Maui in Wailea.  It is a gorgeous resort with grounds that are not only breathe-taking, but a playground for all ages.  It is also located on one of the most beautiful beaches Maui has to offer.

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My family and I have been to the resort on many occasions whether as a stay-cation, attend weddings at their chapel, dine or play in the pools or spa but we have never been to their brunch.  This brunch occurs every Sunday, but this year they tried something different and had a Sangria bar especially for Mother’s Day.  Their buffet includes everything from Prime Rib and Crab legs to a plethora of seafoods, local dairy cheeses, waffles and pancakes and so much more.  I apologize for not having any photos of the food as I was too caught up in making my plate I completely forgot.

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I was able to capture the dessert bar which was just as delicious and included everything from macarons to cake pops and everything in between.  Scrumptious treats for a great day.

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Stop on by the site to see what their entire menu includes – I’m sure you’ll be drooling just reading it.  Their menu can be found here.  After Brunch, my family and I took a stroll through the grounds to walk off a full tummy.  It was such a beautiful day.

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The Grand Wailea is known for their many pools and this is one of them.  You can’t swim in this pool of course, but it’s a gorgeous landscape feature that is quite popular for photos.  We just couldn’t resist.

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Love my guys!  My husband, sons and I do everything together – even anniversaries are celebrated together.  We are just a close family overall.  It was such a nice treat to have a Mother’s Day brunch with the ones I love.

The boys are all dressed casually wearing denim shorts from Old Navy and their favorite graphic t-shirts or plain t’s.  My husband is sporting a pair of Khaki Cargo Shorts from Dickies and a shirt from Maui Tropix.

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For my outfit – I went with something I knew would be comfortable and still cool since it was pretty warm that day.

  • Loose Fit Peplum style top – Old Navy
  • Black Pencil Skirt – Forever 21
  • Platform Flip flop sandals – Steve Madden
  • Watch – Invicta
  • Necklace, Earrings – Amethyst and Sterling Silver Jewelry that was my Mother’s Day Gift from my Husband and Sons
  • Pandora Style Bracelet – Muwae Jewelry
  • Purse/Handbag – Miche Prima Bag with Farrah Shell

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My makeup for the day was quite simple.  It included some mascara (Benefit Roller Lash) and a quick wash of shimmer over the lid, I used the Colour Pop eye shadow in XO (from the Shaaanxo Collection).  On my lips I used just lip balm since I knew I would be stuffing my face with food… lol.

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It was an absolutely wonderful day.  And not only was my tummy happy – but I enjoyed every single part of it.  We left the resort and headed  home to relax and enjoy our time together.

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Ha Ha! We were photo-bombed!  My eldest son is such a goofy guy.  Of course we stopped for a quick pic while waiting for Valet to bring our car around.

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Each mother received an orchid flower (or as we call them in Hawai’i – pua) to put in our hair.

For dinner that evening my husband prepared for me his Pork Loin, smothered in mushrooms and homemade mushroom gravy with a side of garlic asparagus.  It is one of my favorites and I had been craving it for a few weeks so he picked up the supplies to make it for me.  MMM MMM YUM!

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It was such a wonderful day and I wish that every Mother out there had a day that they not only enjoyed but also cherished.  I am a proud mom and so thankful for my children.  My pregnancies were all difficult and my children are definitely God’s gifts to us.

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Hold on… let me pose for a quick Powder Room selfie – haha!

xo

Signature Honey

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It’s absolutely no secret that I’m a huge fan of seafood and sushi so when the opportunity arises to get some stellar grinds, know that I’ll be the first one in line.  How else do you think I became a plus sized girl? lol My husband and I have dined in at Makawao Sushi and Deli Maui before and have always enjoyed our food there and since it is just a short drive from where we live, we decided to satisfy our sushi fix there on Saturday night.

Makawao Sushi and Deli is a quaint little hole in the wall off of Baldwin Avenue in Makawao.  This little establishment has been open now for quite a few years, since my husband and I first ate there about 9 years ago and it was open before then.  You can find a variety of Deli type items on the menu from sandwiches and yummy delights like chocolate cream horns, croissants and cheesecake – though that is not the reason we visit the Deli.  Inside the sandwich shop is a little sushi bar filled with a variety of fresh seafood for anyone’s desire.  I have eaten at many sushi bars and establishments, but one so quaint and small normally does not host fresh seafood as Makawao Sushi does.  Here is a line up of the food we ate on Saturday.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Sashimi Platter

The first platter served to us was the Deluxe Sashimi plate which includes fish like Ahi (Tuna), Salmon, Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack / yellow tail), Hamadai (snapper) and another type of fish that I did not get the name of.  This particular plate costs $49.00 (21 pieces) but considering how fresh the fish is and the amount on the plate, definitely worth it.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Spicy Ahi

Next on the menu we ordered the Spicy Ahi (tuna) which is a blend of spicy mix and ahi (tuna) which is quite popular for sushi lovers.  It is hand-rolled and is $9.00 for six pieces and we got four orders.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Rainbow Roll

Yummy yummy, the Rainbow Roll.  As beautiful and colorful as the rainbow, this delicious roll is a hand-rolled sushi with crab on the inside and wrapped with fresh ahi, salmon and hamachi along with avocado and tobiko (flying fish roe).  If I had to suggest any sushi on the menu, this would definitely be it.  If you love seafood, this will satisfy your craving as the fish is fresh and layered beautifully on the roll giving you yummy fish in every single bite.  Each roll is $18 and we ordered two rolls since I could easily eat one by myself… lol.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Spider Roll

This fun presentation is the Spider Roll or otherwise known as the Soft Shell Crab roll.  This is filled with soft shell crab, avocado and rolled up with a little tobiko on the top.  One of my favorites to eat because I’m a huge lover of soft shell crab and the presentation is surely eye appealing.  This roll is $16.50.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Tempura Roll & 69 Roll

This is a combo plate with the Tempura Roll (left) and 007 Roll (right).  The Tempura Roll ($16.50) is a traditional california style roll with tempura fried shrimp.  The 007 Roll ($20.00) is a traditional spicy tuna (ahi) roll topped with Ebi, Avocado and Unagi Sauce.

Makawao Sushi & Deli Uni Sushi

Last but not least is the Uni sushi.  This sushi is probably one of my favorites and when prepared with fresh Uni (sea urchin), it’s delicious and butter in flavor and texture.  Makawao Sushi & Deli ALWAYS have fresh Uni which is wonderful because not very many places will have it as fresh as they do.  This is definitely an acquired taste and expensive… sold at Market Price per piece, this one piece of sushi can cost anywhere from $5.75 – $9.00 but in my opinion – it’ swell worth it.  I grew up eating this stuff (the yellow sea urchin) fresh from the ocean as a kid and it is now difficult to find.  If you are in to trying interesting food, you’ll love this.

Now that we have gotten the food part out of the way – let’s talk about Makawao Sushi & Deli in general.  Again, this is a small deli which will comfortably host about 25-30 people.  It has a small restroom within the establishment which is nice since the nearest restroom on that road is no where to be found.  I consider this place pretty kid friendly as you can purchase a variety of beverages in the bottle or cup for your littles and it is a casual environment so shirt and shorts are fine.  Makawao Sushi does not sell alcohol which is something traditionally expected at a sushi bar, but they allow you to bring your own alcohol and they do not charge a corkage fee.  I think for a girls day out, or a night out with friends, this would be a nice little place to hang out and enjoy some sushi delights.  The sushi pictured is not all they carry and they offer a full menu where you can easily pick and choose what you want to eat.  Keep in mind that there is usually only two to three people working at a time – the sushi chef and the waitress/host so service can be slow as each sushi plate is made to order.

My family and I enjoy eating here.  Again – the environment is casual and the sushi really is fresh and delicious.  While the prices can seem a bit steep, I consider them reasonable since you are getting fresh ingredients and they are made to order.  Keep in mind parking can be a bit difficult sometimes but usually not enough to keep you from eating there.  I hope you enjoyed this, I certainly loved sharing it with you.  All photos were taken with my cell phone and the lighting was not ideal, so I apologize for that.

Bon Appetite!  If you visit Maui and find yourself in the sleepy old town of Makawao – stop by and visit Makawao Sushi and Deli for some yummy delights.

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