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Kaanapali Maui

Here’s a list of our favourite restaurants and things to do on Maui


For casual or quick dining that is within a 2 minute drive or a short walk we love Pizza Paradiso. They have a really good selection of pizza and it’s quick. It’s located a few doors down from Times Market in the shopping center behind Papakea. Another great spot is The Fish Market located at 3600 Lower Honapiilani Rd., about a 10 minute walk north of Papakea. https://fishmarketmaui.co. The Farmers Market also has awesome, freshly made Acai Bowls. We love them for breakfast. Honokawai Beach Park is directly across the street.

For finer dining we recommend Merriman’s or Sea House Maui. They’re both top notch fine dining destinations. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch at Mala is a must. It’s sister restaurant Honu is also very good. MonkeyPod is good and there’s a new one at the Whaler Shops. Roy’s in Kaanapali is supposed to be very good too. If you’re used to fabulous sushi you can give Sensei a pass. If you’re not, get there early. Same with Star Noodle. If you have great Thai food in your home town, you can miss it. If not, get there early.

Other great spots on the island are Haliimaile General Store and of course Mama’s Fish House. All of the fine dining spots require reservations so book early.

Road Trips

We do a lot of road trips. The Hana Highway is worthwhile, but be careful if you’re prone to car sickness. Drive Upcountry for a fabulous day trip. Visit Kula, Makawao or Paia. Paia is very busy, but worth the stop if you’ve never been. Once there you can google directions to Oprah’s ranch. It’s a fun diversion and kids think its fun.

We always make time to visit Kapalua. This is on the northern weather side of the island and it is stunning. The hotels are amazing and the golfing (I’m told) is fabulous. We enjoy “the coastal walk” close to Kapalua Beach for its stunning scenery plus Parking is easy to find.

A beach day at either Napili Bay or Kapalua Bay is a must too. Both beaches are fantastic.


If you’re looking for snorkeling and you want it easy, spare yourself the pain of getting to Honolua Bay and simply drive to Airport Beach Park also known as Kahekili Beach. This is a five minute drive south of Papakea to Kaanapali Beach. The plentiful public parking is right on the beach. The snorkeling is great. Last year, Michelle and I swam with spinner dolphins while snorkeling, It was very special.

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