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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 | 4 comments

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Eat Like a Local on Maui

One of our favorite things to do when we travel is to be able to eat like a local. We love going where the locals go to eat for a taste of real authentic cuisine. It may mean finding that little hole in the wall or the the place they would go for a special occasion. Either way, we feel it gives us an insider’s view of what an area has to offer in culinary selections. This week we bring you, Eat Like a Local on Maui.

808 Deli

808 Deli is one of those places you will randomly come across while walking along South Kihei Road and you will be so glad that you did. They have a great selection of sandwiches, including paninis, gourmet hot dogs, and salads. Recommendations will lean you towards the Southern Squealer of pulled pork, Hawaiian BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese topped with coleslaw on a roll with a side of Maui onion potato chips and potato mac salad. Listen to those recommendations. The southern Squealer is delicious and your mouth will thank you for it.

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Southern Squealer at 808 Deli

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Drew digs into some gourmet dogs at 808 Deli.

Sansei Sushi

Sansei Sushi is home to some of Maui’s favorite sushi. Take your pick from sushi topped with mangoes, shrimp cakes, or miso-marinated butterfish. There is always a crowd at Sansei’s, day and night, people patiently waiting out the door to sample some of the restaurant’s amazing sushi. Make a reservation, if you can. Not only do they have great sushi, but their menu is also filled with so many other dishes, it’s hard to choice. You can’t go wrong with the Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi maki, Sansei Shrimp Dynamite, and the Seared Ahi Salad. With locations on both the South and West Shores and happy hour on both Sunday and Monday for 50% off all sushi and appetizers, there’s no reason to miss Sansei Sushi.

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Shrimp Dynamite at Sansei Sushi.

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Sansei Sushi’s Panko Crusted Ahi Sashimi maki.

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Seared Ahi Salad at Sansei Sushi.

Haliimaile General Store

Haliimaile General Store is not a store, but a full restaurant. You will find HGA in Upcountry Maui in the tiny town of Haliimaile, (pronounced ha-lee-ee-MY-lay). The food is both beautiful and satisfying. The service is another story, however if you go knowing you are going for the food and not the bad service it should be worth the drive out there. No matter what, get the Sashimi Napoleon. With layers of Ahi tartare, smoked salmon, sashimi ahi, crispy wonton stack and wasabi vinaigrette it is out of this world. each person will probably want their own.

Eat Like a Local on Maui.

If you only order one thing at HGS, order the Sashimi Napoleon.


Who knew Mexican-Hawaiian fusion could be so good? Jawz serves nachos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. But, it’s their fish tacos that you are going to want to try. You can grab some of their tacos at two locations on Maui. The best being their taco truck parked daily near Big Beach. You can also catch them in Kihei with a deluxe salsa bar.

Ahi Fish Tacos at Jawz.

Ahi Fish Tacos at Jawz.

5 Palms

5. 5 Palms- There’s no where more perfect to spend your last morning on Maui then at Five Palms in Kihei. With their beachfront location it’s perfect for your final breakfast in paradise. Sit out on the lanai and start off your meal with one of their lovely tropical mimosas. Order their Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast topped with strawberries, white chocolate chips, and crystallized ginger for the best Hawaiian French Toast you will ever taste. If they happen to be serving it with different toppings, just ask for it to be changed to the strawberries, white chocolate chips and crystallized ginger. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Eat Like a Local on Maui

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast is one of the best breakfasts on Maui.

These are only a few of our top suggestions for Eat Like a Local on Maui. Please, also see a few more like Mama’s Fish House, Aloha Mixed Plate, Geste Shrimp Truck, and Ululani’s that we covered in previous articles. There are even more great places that locals line up to eat that we highly encourage you to get out there and find your own.

Where’s your favorite place to eat like a local on Maui?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. After reading your post, I feel very hungry:(. I want to try all.


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