Maui Local Favorites

When you visit Maui, there are plenty of touristy spots to explore, but to have a real sense of what it’s like to be a local, check out the neighborhood favorites for a true taste of Maui.

The extensive range of Maui’s culinary flavors stems from the diversity of cultures that comprise these stunning islands and from the people who helped settle them — Polynesian, Filipino, Korean, Portuguese, and many more.

Try a plate lunch at a local favorite, Sam Sato’s Noodles & Plate Lunches, owned and operated by the Sato family since 1933. A true Hawaiian tradition, the plate lunch features chicken, beef, or pork with steamed rice and mac salad.

Go where the locals go — 808 Grindz Cafe — to fill their bellies with “onolicious” (an Hawaiian take on delicious) dishes like their house specialty, sweet cream homemade sauce over waffles, French toast, or pancakes. Or try savory dishes like spare ribs, sausage, and spam, where regional culinary flavors collide to create insta-classics cherished by both locals and visitors alike.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at T. Komoda Store & Bakery. In business since 1916, locals know T. Komoda as the best donut shop on Maui. Here you’ll find Hawaiian-style baked goods, and you can’t go home without trying one (or two or three) of their signature cream puffs.

Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop serves up hand-crafted soups, salads, and sandwiches using farm fresh, sustainable ingredients. But what really sets this local favorite apart are their sweet and savory pies, like banana cream, apple crumb, and coconut cream, as well as savory pies like mushroom, corn, and carnitas.

Take a respite and refresh yourself with another Hawaiian staple, shave ice. Many of the popular shave ice shops use fresh, local fruit to craft mouthwatering concoctions like guava, mango, passion orange, and strawberry. The “world famous” Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice prides itself on serving the best shave ice in Maui, with mouthwatering concoctions like the Sunset Beach — a combination of Guava, Mango, and Passion Orange.

Explore Wailuku and discover authentic Vietnamese dishes at a local favorite hot spot. Here you’ll find pho, Vietnamese steak and dishes cooked in clay pots. Or venture to Kihei where you’ll discover plenty of local hangouts where the vibe is chill and the Kalua pork sandwiches are popular.

Feeling extra adventurous and really want to experience the local flavor? Sink your teeth into a fried Spam musubi — grilled Spam on a block of rice and wrapped tightly with nori.

When you book a stay with us at our Hyatt Residence Club Maui, Ka‘anapali Beach, you can enjoy the best of both worlds — sightseeing like a visitor and feasting like a local.