Food Lover's Guide to Maui
Maui’s culinary heritage is rich and diverse; it draws its influence from Polynesia, Portugal, the Philippines, China, Japan, and Korea. A fusion of flavors and traditions, tropical fruit and fresh seafood are staples of Hawaiian cuisine. Here are a few culinary experiences that you can’t miss in Maui.
Kalua porkis one of Maui’s best-known dishes; it’s slow-roasted in animu (underground oven), and served with side dishes such as***poi***(taro root paste). Try it at during a***luau***(traditional Hawaiian feast) or as part of a**loco moco***, which comprises your choice of protein, two scoops of rice, and one scoop of macaroni salad. For something lighter, opt forpoke***, made from fresh fish chopped and marinated with soy sauce and served with add-ons such as seaweed, onions, and avocados. For the ultimate local comfort food, try some Japanese-inspiredspam musubi(fried spam is wrapped in rice and Japanese seaweed), or a bowl of***saimin***, a noodle dish with south Asian roots and a unique Hawaiian twist.
For dessert, popular options includemalasadas***, deep fried Portuguese doughnuts rolled in sugar and served with dipping sauces such as lilikoi (passion fruit) butter;shave ice, served with syrup, and sometimes ice cream and condensed milk;haupia, a coconut milk pudding served in squares; or even just somefresh fruit*, such as pineapple, lilikoi, or mango.
- To truly experience the culture of the islands, be sure to attend a luau and sample staples such as kalua pork.
- Join a food tour to experience the diversity of local favorites, including locally-brewed beer.
- Tour a farm or plantation to try fresh produce, fruit, coffee, or wine.
- Board a sunset dinner cruise and enjoy a multi-course feast as you watch a magical sunset.