Pacific’o on the Beach
The iconic Pacific’o on the Beach at Lāhainā is Maui’s only restaurant with its own farm offering a steady supply for its contemporary menu, O‘o Farm in Upcountry Maui. Recently revamped with cypress timber doors from Haleakalā and a bar countertop made from repurposed eucalyptus from the farm, its executive chef, Isaac Bancaco, was born and raised on Maui.
Beachfront restaurant Huihui at Outrigger Kā‘anapali Beach Resort offers a modern twist on traditional cooking methods, with signature dishes reflecting the practice of Hawaiian navigation by using ingredients the Islands’ original inhabitants used to sustain themselves on their brave voyages.
Lineage, at the Shops at Wailea, combines family recipes with locally sourced produce, including produce from Oprah Winfrey’s farms.
Hali’imaile General Store
Housed in a century-old building, Hali’imaile General Store, which was founded by Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine co-founder Bev Gannon, has been a favourite for both Upcountry Maui residents and visitors to nearby Haleakalā National Park for more than three decades.
Pā‘ia Fish Market
The former plantation town of Pā‘ia, on Maui’s north coast, also has great options. Be sure to stop at Pā‘ia Fish Market to try one of its famous fish burgers.
Mama’s Fish House
For a fine dining experience, Mama’s Fish House restaurant and inn showcases fresh Polynesian cuisine, with an ever-changing menu that lists the name of the fisherman and where their catch was caught.
Ma and pa-style eatery TIN ROOF at nearby Kahului is worth checking out for renowned Hawaiian-Filipino chef Sheldon Simeon’s counter creations.
Kahului food truck park
There’s also a colourful food truck park on the Haleakalā Hwy at Kahului, which is a great place to try local favourites. Kīhei also has a food truck park, known as Kīhei Food Oasis.
Upcountry Maui is heaven for foodies, with plethora of places to discover. Try pineapple wine and other handcrafted drops at an exclusive tasting in a stone cottage that was once a jail cell at Maui’s only winery, MauiWine at ‘Ulupalakua Ranch.
Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm
Stroll among the perfumed purple flowers at Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm and admire the view as you enjoy scones with lavender tea or lemonade on the deck of the cafe before stocking up on lavender soap, candles and honey.
O‘o Farm offers an experience that takes the paddock-to-plate concept to a whole new level. Its “seed to cup” breakfast tour incorporates the history of coffee and a real roasting operation, while guests on the lunchtime tour wander around the farm with a guide and help pick salad before enjoying a feast served by the farmers cooked on an outdoor oven in an open-sided hut with a corrugated iron roof.