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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,