Party with the Locals
3674 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao, (808) 572-7261; Kanemitsu’s Bakery is located at 79 Ala Malama Ave., Kaunakakai, (808) 553-5855.
• FROZEN GOODNESS: Ice cream is the go-to treat for hot, humid days. Find ICE CREAM SHOPS around the island, or go for a richer taste with GELATO. Pull over to try COCONUT GLEN’S (coconutglens.com) coconut ice cream on the Road to Hana! The FRO-YO craze that swept the mainland is in full swing here in Hawai‘i, as evidenced by places like TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT. Try ISLAND-INSPIRED FLAVORS such as Taro, Hawaiian Sunset and Passion Fruit topped with coconut, papaya and (dried li hing sweet plum) powder.
84. TAKE A CULINARY TOUR
Maui is the perfect place for foodies to indulge in some FARM
TO-TABLE ADVENTURES. (Perhaps that’s why Bravo’s culinary competition show, TOP CHEF, picked the VALLEY ISLE as the locale for its Season 11 finale?)
Getting the inside scoop on how chefs and restaurants around the island get their dishes to shine is a perfect way not only to explore Maui, but also to learn more about how your food makes it to your plate. Who knows—maybe you’ll get some ideas on how to spruce up your own kitchen repertoire when you get home.
Tours are available through LOCAL TASTES OF MAUI (localtastesofmaui.com), which hosts tours of Lahaina, Kihei and more. HAWAII TASTING TOURS (hawaiistastingtours.com) also offers tours around the island. Many farms also have their own mini culinary excursion available; check with individual establishments for details. TIP: Consult with your concierge and the locals to discover which FINEDINING ESTABLISHMENTS celebrate the bounty of the island on their menus. And for those wanting even more insight, CUSTOMIZED TOURS also are available. PARADISE ECO-ADVENTURES also offers ADVENTURE TOURS that integrate an ORGANIC FARMING
TOUR into every adventure. One of which takes tour takers through a USDA-certified organic farm tour of MAUI DRAGON FRUIT FARM with a knowledgeable guide. Learn about ancient agricultural practices and taste seasonally available fruits, such as pineapple, banana, sugarcane, papaya and, of course, dragon fruit.
PARADISE ECO-ADVENTURES (808) 264-6127
85. MAKE A CHEESE RUN
Make a cheese run to the SURFING
GOAT DAIRY in Kula and get a look at Upcountry scenery along the way. This national AWARD
WINNING DAIRY produces more than 30 varieties of GOURMET
GOAT CHEESE on its 42-acre farm, located on Oma‘opio Road. A growing herd of some 200 goats fuels the operation. FUN FACT: The dairy is owned by German expatriates, Thomas and Eva Kafsack, who moved to Maui after Thomas sold his German software company to one of Europe’s largest mortgage banks.
TOURS are conducted daily. Special tours include a 60-minute, hands-on workout that provides an opportunity to herd, feed and milk goats. TASTINGS of the entire line of 30-plus cheeses also are available, which can be enjoyed on the picnic tables on the farm. Surfing Goat also offers a delicious BREAKFAST for the trek down from Haleakala, and other unique products (gourmet goat cheese truffles, anyone?) also are available at the dairy’s specialty shop. Bonus: Keep an eye out for their products on restaurant menus and at local markets. Visit surfinggoatdairy.com to learn more.
SURFING GOAT DAIRY (808) 878-2870
86. GET FESTIVE
Just because you’re on an island vacation doesn’t mean you have to give up CONCERTS, EVENTS OR FESTIVALS. Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to on the Valley Isle:
• KIHEI FRIDAY TOWN PARTIES: Kihei’s Fourth Friday, a pau hana (after-work)-style community street party with food trucks, entertainment, crafts and kids’ games, brings visitors and locals together for monthly celebrations the fourth Friday of every month. Details: 6–9 p.m., Azeka Shopping Center, kiheifridays.com.
• LA ‘ULU!: The first-annual Breadfruit Day at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens celebrates the nutritious and versatile fruit tree, Aug. 26, 150 Kanaloa Ave., Kahului. Go to mnbg. org for more information.
• ST. JOHN’S KULA FESTIVAL: Celebrate this upcountry community at this favorite festival—this year a 35year tradition! Revelers will enjoy great food (Portuguese Bean Soup, Maui Cattle Company Burgers and homemade baked goods), fresh Kula produce, a quilt show and live entertainment. It’s 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 23 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8992 Kula Highway, Kula. Go to stjohnsmaui. org/kulafest for more info.
• CHINESE MOON FESTIVAL: Lanterns and cultural displays will be on view at the Chinese Moon Festival held at Lahaina’s Wo Hing Museum & Cookhouse on Front Street, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept.