Must-Try Foods When Visiting Maui, Hawaii
Each island in the state of Hawaii is known for certain edible creations, and here are a few delicious delights you'll be able to find on Maui.
Home Maid Bakery Manju
Home Maid Bakery offers customers a variety of baked goods to choose from, such as cookies, breads, cakes, mochi, and other pastries, but they are most well known for their "crispy manju."
A light, flaky crust surrounds fillings such as apple, coconut, peach, and sweet potato.
At just a few dollars per pack, you can buy one of each flavor to discover your favorite, or buy some as omiyage (a Japanese term often used by locals that means "souvenir" or gift") to take to friends and family back home.
Home Maid Bakery: 1005 Lower Main Street Wailuku, HI 96793, 808-244-7015
Maui Specialty Chocolates Dark Chocolate Truffle Mochi
Maui Specialty Chocolates is known for an array of chocolate-covered treats that have become popular local favorites.
Chocolate-covered Red Vines, cuttlefish, and Oreos are just a few of the many items you can find at their store, but one of the most popular offerings is the Dark Chocolate Truffle Mochi.
Fresh, soft, chewy mochi envelops an irresistible dark chocolate truffle filling that is truly "broke da mouth" (very, very delicious).
But call ahead to order, as they often run out of these delectable treats.
Maui Specialty Chocolates: 180 East Wakea Avenue Kahului, HI 96732, 808-871-1222
Tasaka Guri Guri
Located in the Maui Mall, Tasaka Guri Guri offers customers a refreshingly sweet strawberry concoction at a very reasonable price ($.50 per scoop or less - the more scoops you buy, the less per scoop it costs).
A small cup is filled with 2 to 5 scoops of an icy treat that is often described as a cross between sherbet and ice cream.
Also available in pineapple flavor, guri guri is the perfect treat to cool your taste buds on a beautiful, sunny day in Hawaii.
Tasaka Guri Guri: 70 E Kaahumanu Ave # C13 Kahului, HI 96732, 808-871-4513
Sam Sato's Dry Noodles
Sam Sato's Inc., an eatery in Wailuku that serves up popular local dishes for breakfast and lunch, is known for their Dry Noodles (think saimin without the broth).
A bowl of seasoned noodles garnished with char siu and green onions is served alongside a smaller bowl of broth.
Order with a BBQ stick or Yakitori on the side to complete the meal.
Sam Sato's: 1750 Wili Pa Loop Wailuku, HI 96793, 808-244-7124
Komoda's Bakery Cream Puffs
Step inside T. Komoda Store & Bakery and it may be a bit difficult to choose just one of their baked creations to indulge in.
From glazed donuts to malasadas, and filled donuts to treats on a stick (e.g. donuts, malasadas, etc.), it's no wonder people have a hard time choosing.
Many locals, however, will tell you that a "sure thing" is the cream puff.
A favorite since childhood for so many, the unassuming Komoda cream puff - a light, flaky pastry filled with custard, is a delight to so many after just one bite.
T. Komoda Store & Bakery: 3674 Baldwin Avenue Makawao, HI 96768, 808-572-7261