Spark Ro­mance at His­toric Sites

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Contents -

30. Visit la­hainarestora­tion.org for more info. • HAWAI‘I FOOD & WINE FES­TI­VAL: This statewide cel­e­bra­tion of the bounty of the is­lands’ swings through Maui Oct. 20-22. Visit hawai­ifoodand­wine­fes­ti­val.com for de­tails. • MADE IN MAUI COUNTY FES­TI­VAL: Set for Nov. 3-4, Maui County’s largest prod­ucts show fea­tures more than 140 ven­dors of­fer­ing up foods, arts, crafts, jew­elry, gifts, fash­ion, col­lectibles and more—all made right in Maui County. Maui Arts & Cul­tural Cen­ter, 1 Cameron Way, madein­mauicoun­tyfes­ti­val.com.

• HUI HOL­I­DAYS: Find some­thing truly spe­cial at Hui Hol­i­days, which show­cases Made on Maui art­work by lo­cal artists in a fes­tive his­tor­i­cal set­ting. Hui Noeau Vis­ual Arts Cen­ter, 2841 Bald­win Ave., Makawao, huinoeau.com. • HOL­I­DAY TREE LIGHT­ING AT ULUPALAKUA BY MAUIWINE: Cel­e­brate the hol­i­days at this fes­tive hol­i­day tree light­ing. Ad­mis­sion is free, but do­na­tions to the Maui Food Bank will be ac­cepted. In ad­di­tion to the tree light­ing, there will be a hol­i­day movie screen­ing un­der the stars, Santa’s ar­rival, and hol­i­day beverages and com­fort food for sale at Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill. All the fun is set for 4:308:30 p.m., Dec. 9 at MauiWine, 14815 Pi‘ilani High­way, Kula. For more info, go to mauiwine.com. NOTE: All events listed are sub­ject to change.

87. SAM­PLE “LO­CAL KINE GRINDS”

“So ” or “broke da mouth” is ‘ono 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

(pro­nounced “poh-keh”) for poke 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 (a loco moco 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 Tues­day through Satur­day 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 orig­i­nal shoyu fla­vors fea­tur­ing or wasabi 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.

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 HAND

CRAFTED BURGERS to “FRONT-ROW” PIZ­ZAS to lo­cally in­spired dishes.

88. DIG IN

One of the tasti­est re­sults of Hawai‘i’s melt­ing-pot cul­ture is the great CULI­NARY DI­VER­SITY that has come from peo­ple of ev­ery eth­nic back­ground shar­ing a bit of their ta­ble with ev­ery­one else.

Sam­pling the unique of­fer­ings found only here in Hawai‘i is one of the best ways to get to know this place. The bounty of the land and ocean can be found on many menus here on Maui, and even if you head to an eatery that spe­cial­izes in “Amer­i­can” cui­sine,

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