The question is always asked when hosting guests or traveling: What do Maui folks like to eat? And here is the answer. Over one hundred and forty of them! Each exciting, scrumptious, appetizing, and all Maui! Tylun Pang, assisted by friends and colleagues, has assembled over 140 recipes that reflect contemporary Maui?s unique culinary heritage, showcasing fresh local ingredients. Impress your household and guests with dishes like Coconut Curry Haleakala Ranch Chops with Mango Salsa, Poha Berry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies, and the Hamburger Steak with Kula Onion Gravy is sure to satisfy even the hungriest people in your family. As a special treat, Maui foodie Gail Ainsworth has gathered favorite community recipes, including some old time Maui favorites still enjoyed today. The recipes represent the breadth of the tastes and histories of Maui residents. Some very familiar, some are avant garde, but each one is a part of Maui’s rich culinary tradition. Spend time thumbing through the recipes as well as preparing and serving them. Enjoy the accompanying selection of nostalgic photos, vignettes, and visits to gone by restaurants and farms. In What Maui Likes to Eat, you will discover what and why Mauians love to eat and you will always be able to answer the question.


Plantation-Inspired Cuisine

  • Zarzuela
  • Pancit Noodles
  • Miso Soup with Anuhea Farms Asparagus
  • Lobster Tempura
  • Portuguese Sweet Bread
  • Korean-Style Spicy Chicken
  • Chicken and Shiitake Mushroom Lumpia
  • Chop Chop Chicken Salad
  • Kobe Beef Poke
  • Taste of Tofu
  • Oishii Sushi
  • Shrimp and Lup Cheong Fried Rice
  • Grilled Miso Shrimp with Soba Noodles
  • House Cake Noodles

Grown on Maui

  • Maui Cattle Company Paniolo Rib-Eye Steak
  • Coconut-Curry Haleakala¯ Ranch Lamb Chops with Mango Salsa
  • Surfing Goat Dairy Cheese Flat Bread with Caramelized Kula Onions
  • Anuhea Farms Stir-Fried Asparagus and Scallops
  • Kula Baby Greens and Pohole Fern Shoots with Passion Fruit-Vanilla Vinaigrette
  • Sweet Kula Corn Pudding
  • Sweet Kula Onion Soup
  • Maui Cattle Company Chinese Five-Spice Boneless Short Ribs
  • Hana Fresh Farm Mixed Cherry and Grape Tomato Crostini
  • Ginger Hoisin Hibachi Rack of Haleakala Lamb
  • Long Eggplant Stuffed with Shrimp and Black Bean Sauce
  • Maui Brewing Company Bikini Blonde Beer-Battered Maui Onion Rings
  • Hana Baby Cucumber Namasu with Crab and Ogo
  • Neighborhood Farm Organic Egg Frittatas

Makai Catch

  • ‘Ahi on the Rock
  • Lobster Cakes with Red Thai Curry Sauce
  • Wok-Seared Monchong with Black Bean Sauce
  • Macadamia Nut-Crusted Mahimahi with Olowalu Nui Tomato and Ginger
  • Tangled Tiger Prawns with Pineapple-Chili-Garlic Sauce
  • Grilled Opah with Miso Butter
  • Ginger-Steamed Kumu with Chinese Sausage
  • Spicy ‘Ahi Won Ton Cones
  • Sake-Glazed Ehu
  • Kaku Katsu with Pickled Ginger and Shiso Aioli
  • Crispy Moi with Sweet-and-Sour Sauce
  • Maui Lavender Honey Macadamia Nut Shrimp

Ocean Treasures

  • Crispy Calamari
  • ‘Ono Squid Lu‘au
  • Roasted Leho Kinilau
  • Spicy Tako Poke
  • Spicy Ogo Salad
  • Oven-Dried Akule
  • Hibachi ‘Opihi with Tomato Salsa
  • Kula Onion Chili Pepper Water
  • Spicy White Crab Poke
  • Shoyu Hagi
  • Sautéed Kupe‘e Steamed Manila Clams
  • Black and Blue Aku

Maui Kine Grindz

  • Dry Mein
  • ‘Ono BBQ Chicken
  • Teri-Miso Butterfish
  • Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet)
  • Udon
  • Chopsteak with Maui Onion
  • Sweet-Sour Spare Ribs
  • Poi Waffle Dogs
  • Pronto Pups
  • Maui Cattle Company Teriyaki Beef Rib-Eye
  • County Fair Chow Fun
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Char Siu Pork Ribs
  • Chef Ribucan’s Award-Winning Chili
  • Portuguese Bean Soup
  • Lechon Kawali
  • Shoyu Short Ribs Pipikaula-Style
  • Hamburger Steak with Kula Onion Gravy
  • Kula Onion Gravy

Guest Chefs

  • Beef Shank Laulau
  • Sautéed ‘Opakapaka with Hamakua Ali‘i Mushrooms
  • Herb Goat Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
  • Corn Risotto
  • Onaga Roasted in Ti Leaves
  • Tiger-Eye Sushi
  • Mango Gazpacho
  • Hawaiian BBQ Beef Brisket
  • Pineapple Grill’s Kalbi Short Ribs
  • Maui Gold Pineapple Salsa
  • Seared Opah with Aka Miso Beurre Blanc
  • Moi Poke, Lomilomi-Style
  • Potato-Scaled Mahimahi
  • Banana Caramel Eruption
  • ‘Ahi Poke Hawaiian-Style

Community Recipes

Pupu and Snacks

  • Won Tons
  • Maui Gold Grilled Fresh Pineapple
  • Chicken Skin Sitsaron or Chicharon


  • Lazy Namasu
  • Korean-Style Ogo
  • Japanese Pickled Cabbage
  • Korean Salad Dressing
  • Tofu with Kim Chee


  • Miso Pot Roast Pork
  • Roast Turkey Chinese-Style
  • Kau Yoke (Kau Yuk)
  • Sweet-Sour Pig’s Feet
  • Pa‘ia Plantation Chicken Soup
  • Sunday Dinner Chicken Adobo
  • Granny’s Hawaiian-Style Stew
  • Kalo Beef Stew

Side Dishes

  • Portuguese Pickled Bacalhau
  • Boiled Breadfruit
  • Gandule Rice
  • Homemade Achiote Oil
  • Imitation Crab Patties with Tofu


  • Pineapple Pie
  • No Icing Banana Cake
  • Guava Tapioca
  • Gingered Coconut and Maui Gold Pineapple Tapioca


  • Meat Smoking Sauce
  • Granny Mendonca’s ?Portuguese Sweet Bread
  • Liliko‘i Jelly
  • Cho Jang

Restaurants Gone By

  • Club Rodeo
  • Makawao Portuguese Bean Soup
  • Maui Grand Hotel / Maui Grand Hotel Cheesecake
  • Hotel Hana Maui / Pineapple Nut Bread
  • Aloha Restaurant / Tripe Stew
  • Banyan Inn / Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie
  • The Bay Club / Seared ‘Ahi Tartare ?with Pickled Shiitake Mushrooms
  • The Bay Club / Pickled Mushroom Salsa
  • Ming Yuen / Harold Sambrano’s ?Famous Schezuan Eggplant
  • Toda Drug Store / Toda Drug Hamburgers
  • Carlene’s Café / Three Delectable Loaves ?of Carlene’s Herb Bread
  • Carlene’s Café / Winona Rogers’s Waikapu Short Ribs
  • Kawaharada’s
  • Golden Jade Chop Suey House
  • Kitada’s Kau Kau Korner
  • Pineapple Hill
  • Picnics

Sweet Maui Endings

  • Pineapple Pudding Cake
  • Portuguese Sweet Bread Pudding
  • Poha Berry Ginger Thumbprint Cookies
  • Macadamia Nut Cookies
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  • Tropical Oatmeal Cookies
  • Sake Lychee Kanten
  • Coconut Custard Pie
  • Moloka‘i Sweet Potato Pie
  • Chocolate Fondue with Seasonal Fruit
  • Cascarones
  • Pumpkin Malasadas
  • Fresh Pumpkin Pie, Kula-Style
  • Almond Float
  • Mango and Kula Strawberry Crisp
  • Shave Ice
  • Liliko‘i Crème Brûlée
  • Pineapple-Carrot Cake
  • Banana Lumpia
  • Green Tea Shortbread Cookies

Author: Tylun Pang