The aloha vibe at Duke's establishments are practically the same across the board no matter if you happen to be at the Duke's Huntington Beach location, the Dukes Restaurant and Barefoot Bar in Waikiki Beach, or the Beach House here on Maui. This North Beach Ka'anapali location however is certainly the most scenic, whether looking out or looking in. The crowd is always bustling so there may be an evening wait to get in but it's well worth it. The menu offers various island twists on North American traditional and contemporary cuisine and the drink menu offers all of the tropical beverage bells & whistles that you came to Maui for in the first place. Our only complaint is that Dukes Beach House Maui isn't open all night. Come early and stay as long as possible to soak up the daily Aloha being served at Duke's. P.S. Don't forget to sample the Hula Pie at least once, twice if you have room in your belly days after the first taste.
This ain't Las Vegas and the Hard Rock Cafe Maui edition knows it. This chain location has been tiki-fied while avoiding being kitsch and still keeping the HRC brand alive. It's Front Street Lahaina location makes it a popular eatery attraction and watering hole for both tourists and salty surf dogs looking for refreshment. We can certainly draw comparisons to Jimmy Buffets in regards to overall vibe but there is certainly more to keep the eyes entertained at Hard Rock Cafe Maui. The collections of island style memorablia, gathered from famed ukulele strummers to surf gods, to good old fashioned moments of Elvis' jaunts in Hawaii will keep your cameras flashing and its gift shop will keep souvenir shoppers salivating. Good food, great tropical drinks, and an absolutely amazing lanai view (especially during whale migration season) make the Hard Rock Cafe Maui one of the must-visit dining/drinking destinations when on the west side of the island.
While any ice cream sounds appetizing after winding along the sun scorched Hana Highway, Coconut Glen's is an essential stop no matter if you or your passengers are screaming for ice cream or not. The big dumb "sign" swelling out from the brush upon arrival is the subject of many Hana Highway photographic adventures alone, which unfairly lures in unsuspecting passserbyers that think they actually have caloric willpower. The menu does the talking from there on in. Coconut Glen's Ice Cream is born from pure 100% locally grown coconut. Forget the fact that its vegan friendly and the rest of that sustainable hoopla, this haupia tinted ice cream is unlike anything you've sampled. Ben n Jerry's be damned and marooned on the Mainland for life because Glen has changed the game. In its pure form the ice cream is fresh, creamy, and coconutty but when the menu gets creative you're in for a real sweet tooth treat. The Coconut Coconut and Coffee Toffee are unbelievably ono and you must be sure to grab some coconut candy for the road because as you travel further along Hana well passed the time Glen's has closed for the day your taste buds will demand another fix and you had better be prepared to accommodate.
Coconut Glen's Big Dumb Ice Cream Stand is yet another part of what makes it so difficult to leave Maui. You simply can't find anything like this anywhere else.
For more stops worth making along Hana Highway (and more) check out our Exploring Maui page
Ululanis Hawaiian Shave Ice in the old whaling town of Lahaina may very well be the best rated shave ice shop of all time and now has four locations in Maui after demand skyrocketed for this fine frozen delicacy. We expect to see a fifth some day soon. Ululani's has now been placed at the top of our up and coming Best Shave Ice in the World list for 2013, bumping it's 2012 list predecessors on Oahu whom had introduced Hawaiian shave ice to the world. After receiving direct feedback from the public, and happily sampling their shave ice a dozen more times, our office agreed that Ululanis Shave Ice is now the undisputed champ, even if they've only been in business since 2008 (compared to Aoki's and Matsumoto's decades of serving Hawaiian Shave Ice to the masses).
What really sets Ululani's apart, without question, is how unbelievably FINE their shave ice is. Whereas most shave ice shops have the odd miniscule chunk of ice in the mix, your straw (if you're a slurper not a scooper) will NEVER get clogged at Ululani's. Fine, smooth, fresh, flavorful and served with a friendly aloha smiling staff - Ululani's Shave Ice is in an entire class of its own. We don't see anyone knocking them off of their top spot anywhere in the forseeable future.
In addition to leaving customers to their own creative devices, Ululani's offers some gourmet chef worthy flavor variations for those that prefer to leave the order to the "pros". The Haleakala - coconut and leche topped with sweetened condensed cream & cream mix - is one of our favorites. Otherwise, even if you enjoy creating your own, we absolutely insist that you opt for the Haupia ice cream "add-on" which when added to the Lahaina (pineapple, coconut, and banana) tastes like Ululani's flew over to Oahu and bumped into Ted's Bakery. Those of you that know what that reference means, know what exactly what we're talking about.
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Hula Grill Kaanapali
Hula Grill Ka'anapali is a part of the same restaurant group that brought you another one of our Maui dining recommendations - Dukes Beach House Maui. TS Restaurants of Hawaii & California can do no wrong when it comes to offering contemporary dining with island flare and their Hula Grill Ka'anapali edition is no different. Located perfectly along Ka'anapali Beach at Whaler's Village, this island eatery is a convenient culinary treat for those staying on the western shores of Maui. Even with the upscale dining atmosphere the staff, background music, live entertainment , and decor all exude a healthy dose of Aloha. The menu? That too.
For PuPus, we recommend the Kalua Pork Pot Stickers (W/Ponzu sauce - 10.95). For Dinner you'll want to dive into Hula Grill's seafood offerings, in particular the Pan Roasted Shrimp (Macadamia nut soft polenta, local greens, peppered bacon - 26.95) which is a must-try in our Maui dining guide book. Those looking for an entree from the Hula Grill Traditional Menu will be delighted (and full) after ordering the Hawaiian Salt & Pepper Pulehu Steak (Prime New York on the bone with truffle roasted potatoes - Market Price) although it would certainly be wise to hear what Chef Peter Merrimann has in store for the night's special - be sure to ask. To close of the diner portion of your meal at Hula Grill we suggest sopping up any sauce left coating your plate with a side of their Jalepeno Cornbread (w/spicy honey butter - $5.95). For Dessert we can barely narrow it down to one recommendation but with a Pololu to our head we would stick with the Kona Coffee Cheesecake (w/toasted coconut and macadamia nuts 6.50).
Finally, no evening at the Hula Grill Ka'anapali would be complete without sticking around to enjoy the scenery and sounds with a glass or two of wine and/or a sampling from their tropical drink menu - in case you need a little inspiration to do a little hula yourself as you leave to enjoy the shores of Ka'anapali Beach.
There's all sorts of scrumptious comfort foods being born daily within Leoda's Kitchen. Buns, burgers, pot pies, salads and sandwiches are all well worth sampling at this cafe in Historical Olowalu Town on the West Side of Maui but Leoda's is so highly regarded as a culinary destination point for the most part for its pies.
From Apple Crumb to Yuzu-Lemon Tart, Leoda's housemade sweet and savory pies suit every discerning taste bud. If you only have room for one (multiple person parties should each order a different pie for shared sampling purposes) then you can't go wrong (CrossFit caloric counting addicts aside) with the Macadamia Nut Chocolate Praline Pie. The only beef? Ready to serve varieties only come in 5" sizes - we suppose that's Leoda's way of preventing too many excessively pot bellied patrons from wandering over to Launiupoko Beach Park and spoiling the scenery.
It's a pretty straight forward at this litle hamburger stand in old Lahaina town. You walk up, order, get your grinds, and enjoy the order under the shade of the Banyan - the perfect Maui fast food experience. This perfection of course comes down to the core of what Sure Thing Burger is all about and that credit goes to the grass fed Maui beef (they also serve turkey, sausage, and veggie varieties) used to make their magnificent burgers. The namesake Sure Thing Burger (grass fed Maui cattle, white cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions with 8 Island Sauce) may not be all that big (for those of you that place size as a priority) but it is juicy and full of flavor without being weighted down by slop and grease. The fresh buns are also a key ingredient into what makes Sure Thing Burger a fast rising fast food commodity on Maui. While many great burger joints serve a great burger, they often falter when it comes to the fries but we can honestly say that Sure Thing Burger is worth a visit even for their crispy fries alone - surprising and severely addictive. If dealing with a crowd at Lahaina's Cheeseburger in Paradise isn't the way you want to spend an hour of your time in Lahaina but you want a great burger then we suggest a quick and satisfying jaunt to Sure Thing Burger Maui - it will fast become the go-to burger spot on the west side of the island.