Feeding a family of 4 on vacation in an exotic island can be expensive.
We learned this the first time around. We did the usual tourist attractions during our first visit in 2008, so we knew what to expect and avoid. We knew that we did not want to attend a Luau again. We knew to stay away from the fancy schmancy places.
The first thing we did on our way to our hotel was to stop by the local Safeway in Lahaina. This is my favorite grocery on the planet! What makes this particular store special? I would like to submit the following into evidence:
Exhibit A- Ahi Poke from Safeway
Exhibit B - Ahi Poke from Safeway.
(w/onion and seaweed)
The hunk and I were good for the next couple of days. Cost for 1 lb. of ahi poke $10+
We also liked the concept of a "mixed" plate - 2 scoops of steamed rice, macaroni salad and a combination of grilled chicken or beef, Kalua pork, or fried fish. We found ourselves going back to this place almost every day. Cost for 2 mixed plates to go: $25+ (not bad for a family of 4!)
Exhibit C- Aloha Mixed Plate.
As for the kids, they loved the grilled chicken teriyaki from Aloha Plate. I am partial to the Kalua Pork. Pure bliss.
One of the magazines we looked at when we were planning for out trip listed Honokowai Okazuya as the place to go for local food. It is definitely a "hole-in-the-wall" and best for take out.
Exhibit D - Honokowai Okazuya.
You have to try their Broiled Salmon. The hunk in my life tried it and has been raving about it since. Hokowai has their own version of chicken BBQ (dubbed "Korean style") which the kids loved. Cost for Salmon and Chicken takeout order: $30+
The Road to Hana is paved with many interesting sights
We ventured out to Hana (made it half the way before everyone got cranky and we turned back). One hour into the trup we stopped by a place called Garden of Eden.
If you're visiting Maui anytime soon, make sure to include these places on your list!