TVW Wander Guide
After You Arrive...
I highly recommend going the local health food stores to get a quick snack. Depending on whether you are staying at a vacation rental or hotel, I would go and stock up for your stay at Down to Earth Maui Kahului or Mana Foods in Paia.
Both are local natural food stores, they offer a variety of organic foods and groceries including dairy products, local organic produce, bulk foods, vitamins, natural supplements, body care products, and household items. The Kahului store features a deli with hot food and cold salad bars, fresh juices, smoothies, a great made-to-order sandwich menu, grab-and-go options, and a wide variety of eggless desserts.
Head to Lahaina
Eat at Leodas Kitchen and Pie Shop, I LOVE this place. It is a great stop to make on way to or from Lahaina. Leodas is casual, family-style dining in a comfortable plantation era atmosphere. The menu features an assortment of hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, baked goodies, daily specials and of course, sweet and savory pies. Their focus is on farm fresh and sustainable ingredients. They use the best ingredients and local providers whenever possible. My favorite things on menu are: Leodas burger, the seared ahi sandwich, chicken pot pie, banana or coconut cream pies, and the macadamia nut pie!!
Once You're Settled In
Hop in the water at Napili Bay and then head to Sea House for a sunset drink. I highly recommend dinner at Sansei in Kapalua. Sansei is known as one of the best restaurants for sushi on the island. They have an amazing happy hour deal where they offer 50% off their entire menu (except drinks). It is at 5pm Sunday & Monday and their late night special is after 10pm on Thursday & Friday.
Breakfast in Kapalua
Try Gazebo’s or Plantation House.
Swimsuits and Hiking Shoes
Drive the “head of Maui” to Kahukuloa. Hike Waihee ridge to see a different perspective and view of Maui. After the hike, scoot over to Iao Valley to jump in stream and cool off.
Aria in Wailuku
Back to Lahaina
Close the active day with sunset cocktails at Mala, Honu or Kimos, and then head to dinner at Sale Pepe’s. After dinner, you can cruise around Front Street and check out my favorite boutiques in Lahaina… Highly recommend going to Hale Zen.
Day 3 & 4
Change Things Up
How about a place to camp off the beaten path, a VRBO or Airbnb? Rather go 180 and drop some coin with accommodations? I highly recommend staying at the Travasa hotel in Hana.
The earlier you get on the road the better. You can stop at Farmers Market Maui, Napili Coffee Store, or Choice in Lahaina to pick up some breakfast or snacks.
Choice Health Bar is all locally sourced vegan raw food & smoothies. Everything is amazing, but some of my favorite are: Buddha bowl, Healthy Plate lunch, Desert Sunrise bowl, Macawow smoothie, Kombucha on tap, Sparking coconut water, Catalyst shot, and Insane macachino coffee.
Stop in Paia, at Kuau Mart for last minute snacks before doing the road to Hana. It has everything you need, coffee, fresh juice, smoothies, sushi, raw food in cold case, salads, coconut water, beer, wine, etc.
On the Way to Hana
You can hike bamboo forest, but there are going to be so many places to hike, I would recommend just waiting until you get to Hana.
If you surf, you should check waves at Honomanu Bay, which is half way to Hana.
Check out 7 Sacred pools, Waikoa pools, Black and Red Sand Beach. Take the back way out of Hana towards Kaupo.
Stop at Kaupo General Store (historical site and Maui gem).
End your trip with wine tasting at Ulupalakua Vineyards.
Pick a Place to Stay
Either in Kula, Paia, Makawao or Haiku (all are central to upcountry). Do dinner at Kula Bistro, Nuka or Mama’s Fish House to end your Hana trip!
The local grocery store, Tamuras, one in Kahului and one in Lahaina, is a liquor store that has great poke bowls, the real deal Hawaiian spot where everyone goes. I also love the shredded pork bowl and am a sucker for the snack section. Take your bowls to go, maybe a cold brew, and enjoy it picnic style!
Star Noodle - This place is ALWAYS busy. Make sure to make a reservation (it's also great for lunch). Asian-fusion shared plates, noodle dishes & sake cocktails in an airy, light, wood-trimmed space. Everything on the menu rocks. Favorites are: the steamed pork buns, Vietnamese crepe, brussels sprouts, Hapa Ramen, garlic noodles, pad thai, and Pohole salad.
Nothing left but a huge mahalo Maui!