Maui is the second largest Hawaiian Island, and is well known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and picturesque waterfalls. But it’s also known for its delicious food. From fresh seafood and local fruits to Hawaiian-style BBQ and authentic Polynesian cuisine, Maui has something for everyone’s palate.
Seafood – Maui is home to some of the freshest seafood in the world. From ahi tuna, mahi-mahi, and ono (wahoo) to opakapaka (pink snapper), uhu (parrotfish), and a variety of shellfish including shrimp, lobster, crab and clams. Many restaurants serve up freshly caught seafood either grilled or fried with unique local sauces and seasonings that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Local Fruits – Maui is blessed with an abundance of local fruits like papaya, mangoes, pineapple, guava, starfruit, lychee nuts and passion fruit. These flavorful treats can be found at most farmers markets or roadside stands throughout the island. Many restaurants also offer dishes featuring these tropical flavors such as smoothies, salads or desserts.
Hawaiian-Style BBQ – A popular cuisine in Maui is Hawaiian-style BBQ which usually consists of grilled meats such as beef or pork marinated in a special sauce made of soy sauce, sugar cane juice or even pineapple juice and then served with traditional sides like poi (a mashed taro root dish) or laulau (a slow cooked pork wrapped in taro leaves).
Authentic Polynesian Cuisine – For those who crave a more traditional experience while visiting Maui should look no further than authentic Polynesian cuisine. Dishes include poisson cru (raw fish marinated in coconut milk), kalua pig (slow cooked pork cooked in an underground oven) and lomi-lomi salmon (salmon mixed with diced tomatoes). All of these dishes are sure to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
Maui is famous for its diverse range of delicious foods from fresh seafood to Hawaiian-style BBQ to authentic Polynesian cuisine. No matter what type of food you’re looking for you’ll be sure to find something tantalizing on this beautiful island paradise.