You made all the plans, figured out what to pack for Hawaii, and now you are finally here! The airplane wheels have touched Hawaiian soil and you are about to find out what Maui has in store, but amongst the excitement you feel that dreaded stomach grumble. We get it, airplane food isn’t the most satisfying and you might have slept through the food service. If you aren’t pressed for time we recommend eating like a true local, but thankfully there are a number of places to grab a bite from the Kahului airport all the way to your West Maui vacation rental!
Beginning your Maui adventure early and in search of a great breakfast or brunch spot? Well just off Honoapiilani Highway in Olowalu, Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop offers casual family style dining starting at 7 in the morning! With their emphasis on farm fresh and sustainable ingredients, Leoda’s works to ensure that customers indulge with the best product available! Did we mention that their menu is pretty tasty too? Ranging from everything pie to wholesome comfort food, this is definitely the spot if you are looking for a hearty bite.
We were told growing up not to play with our food but Slappy Cakes is all about breakfast as entertainment! Walking through the doors of the large, tucked in grey building of the Honokawai Marketplace, take notice of the griddles in the center of each table. You guessed it, that’s for pancakes! Let the inner artist take the reins and create your very own pancake masterpiece with a squeeze bottle of batter and an endless array of toppings.
Lunch and Dinner
Just off Airport Road in Kahului is a diverse spread of food tucked away in the Maui Marketplace. Get your first taste of local food at L&L or try your chopsticks at the popular Asian influenced to-go restaurants like Pearls Korean BBQ or Ba-Le Sandwich & French Bakery. If you are just leaving the airport and are looking to satisfy your hunger with some yummy grinds, these might just be what you are looking for!
Start your Maui vacation with a little culture at the island’s own, Maui Brewing Company restaurant in Kahana. As another restaurant just off Honoapiilani Highway and situated right next to your villa rental, the brewery is inspired by Hawaii and the easy-going island lifestyle that it has cultivated. Sourcing as many local products as possible, Maui Brewing Co. enjoys putting beer in as many food items to create a unique pub dining experience. This is the perfect pau hana after a long day of traveling!
These are just a few of our current favorites along the road to your home away from home at Kahana Village, but really there is a long list of amazing restaurants that are worth discovering. Simply enter our directions into your rental car’s GPS and scroll through the number of ono (delicious) restaurants that await. Rather cook your own “first meal”? Well each of our two to three bedroom villas come outfitted with fully equipped kitchens and a long list of other amenities to get you settled here on Maui!