16 Par­adise Pound

Where Maui - - Contents - BY RIZZA BALLES­TEROS

We share our fa­vorite places to try poi, in­clud­ing Aloha Mixed Plate, The Feast at Lele and Mama’s Fish House.

Even though the di­etary won­ders of poi are enough to con­vince any­one to in­cor­po­rate it into his or her diet, we will ad­mit that it isn’t the eas­i­est of foods to eat. While we don’t ex­pect you to slurp it down by it­self like yo­gurt, but will ap­plaud you if you do, we do hope that you can en­joy it the way most lo­cals do, as a com­ple­men­tary side dish to tra­di­tional Hawai­ian dishes, like kalua pork and lomi lomi salmon. When you are ready to try the pur­ple stuff, there are an ar­ray of out­lets to delve into—from luau and restau­rants to fac­to­ries and farms.

ALOHA MIXED PLATE

A friendly at­mos­phere, a view of the Pa­cific Ocean and ‘ono­li­cious combo plates make this Front St. restau­rant a must-try for lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. We rec­om­mend the Ali’i Plate, which in­cludes pork lau lau, kalua pork, mac salad, rice, hau­pia for dessert and a gen­er­ous help­ing of poi. alo­hamixed­plate.com, 808.661.3322

ALOHA POI FAC­TORY

Fresh poi is pounded daily at this Wailuku Fac­tory. Pur­chase sealed packages of poi to take home and share with friends and fam­ily. 800 Lower Main St., Wailuku, 808.244.3536

THE FEAST AT LELE

Aside from its ref­er­ence to the Hawai­ian food item, poi also de­scribes a tra­di­tional Maori dance prop that’s twirled and swung by dance per­form­ers. We rec­om­mend smoth­er­ing poi—the food and not the prop—onto the imu- (un­der­ground oven) roasted kalua pork. www.feast­atlele.com, 808.667.5353

MAMA’S FISH HOUSE

In the quaint town of Paia is Maui’s first fresh fish restau­rant where poi is served as a com­ple­men­tary side to such daily catches as ono, mon­chong and mahimahi. 799 Poho Pl., 808.756.9147

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