SAM­PLE “LO­CAL KINE GRINDS”

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“So ” or “broke da mouth” ‘ono is what lo­cals say when they eat de­li­cious, or “ONO­LI­CIOUS,” grinds (“GOOD FOOD,” in Hawai‘i's Pid­gin English). While on Maui, try some of these sim­ple, af­ford­able grinds, such as plate lunches and poke (pro­nounced “poh-keh”) for a meal that trav­els well, and is an au­then­tic taste of the islands.

A quintessential part of Hawai­ian cui­sine, a PLATE LUNCH gen­er­ally is made up of two scoops of rice, one scoop of mac­a­roni salad (af­fec­tion­ately re­ferred to as “mac salad” in Hawai‘i) and a choice of meat. These large meals cover the ba­sics and some­times even all three daily meals. Even bet­ter, their prices ri­val those of any typ­i­cal fast-food joint found in Hawai‘i. Just grab a plate lunch, plop down on a beach, and en­joy what life has dished you up.

Pick up a plate lunch of kalua pork and cab­bage or loco moco (a ham­burger patty served over rice, topped with an egg and gravy—a lo­cal fa­vorite) from lo­ca­tions all over Maui, in­clud­ing

TAKAMIYA MAR­KET in Wailuku (359 N. Mar­ket St.) and DA KITCHEN

CAFE in Kahu­lui (425 Koloa St.). For a plate lunch that many lo­cals and visi­tors alike would say is a must-have, get a SHRIMP

PLATE from GESTE SHRIMP TRUCK. Pre­pared with shrimp fresh from is­land wa­ters, these meals come with rice, mac salad and a side of sat­is­fac­tion; just re­mem­ber that the truck is closed Sun­days and Mon­days and is cash-only. Find it ev­ery other day of the week just off the beach in KAHU­LUI near Maui Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

Out­side of plate lunch, POKE is an­other lo­cal fa­vorite for a quick, tasty meal. A sim­ply pre­pared dish of FRESHLY CAUGHT LO­CAL FISH AND SEAFOOD such as (tuna) or (oc­to­pus), poke ‘ahi tako fea­tures these catches ei­ther raw or smoked, and tossed in one of a va­ri­ety of sauces, from sim­ple (soy sauce) to shoyu orig­i­nal fla­vors fea­tur­ing wasabi or sesame. If you want, you can also get a side of white or brown rice to round out your meal. You can pick up some poke at lo­cal gro­cery stores such as FOODLAND, or at fish mar­kets like ESKIMO CANDY SEAFOOD MAR­KET & CAFÉ, lo­cated in Ki­hei at 2665 Wai Wai Place. (But keep your eyes peeled—there are great fish mar­kets all over the is­land.) And if you're headed to Lana‘i, LANA‘I ‘OHANA POKE MAR­KET on Gay Street in Lana‘i City, is renowned for its poke. Go out on a limb and ex­per­i­ment with an amped-up ver­sion of these is­land stand­bys at STAR NOO­DLE (lo­cated in the La­haina Busi­ness Park, oth­er­wise known as La­haina Light In­dus­trial). Here, CHEF SHELDON SIMEON of TOP CHEF SEAT­TLE has cre­ated unique plates like Karaage Chicken, Filipino “Ba­con & Eggs” and more us­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and in­no­va­tive tech­niques.

“So ‘ono” or “broke da mouth” is what lo­cals say when they eat de­li­cious, or “ono­li­cious,” grinds (“good food,” in Hawai‘i's Pid­gin English).

Also putting its spin on lo­cal din­ing is ROCK & BREWS IN PA‘IA (rockand­brews.com). De­signed to re­flect the aloha spirit and steeped in ROCK ‘N’ ROOTS (part­ners in­clude veteran rock pro­moter Dave Furano and KISS leg­ends Gene Sim­mons and Paul Stan­ley), this restau­rant serves up rockin' se­lec­tions that in­clude ev­ery­thing from HAND­CRAFTED BURG­ERS to “FRONT-ROW” PIZ­ZAS to lo­cally in­spired dishes.

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