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Must-Try Foods When Visiting Maui, Hawaii

Updated on April 7, 2012

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


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    • peoplepower73 profile image

      Mike Russo 

      6 years ago from Placentia California

      We were in Maui in March and went to Komoda's Bakery in Makawao. I thought we were in the 1940s. It is such a neat place. We had malasadas fresh out of the oven. They were to die for. I loved Makawao and the Up Country. I would love to live there. Thanks for sharing, voting up and interesting.

    • Pamela Kinnaird W profile image

      Pamela Kinnaird W 

      6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This is a great list of foods and places you've put together. My favorite noodle place is on South Kihei Road, but I can't remember the name of it. It's not too far from Alexanders Fish and Chips.

      Voting up and awesome.

    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      One day... I will go to hawaii. I guess I never really pictured how different the food is over there until reading this! Great hub and I look forward to the adventure I WILL go on someday!

    • Austinstar profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      And all of them are excellent.

    • HawaiiHeart profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hawaii

      Austinstar - isn't it amazing the varieties of mochi there are now?

    • Austinstar profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

      Komoda's cream puffs! OMG I want one right now.

      I did learn to make mochi and when I make a batch, I have to really put down the hammer before I eat the whole thing! Never thought of stuffing it with a chocolate truffle. Will have to do that. Thanks!

    • rjsadowski profile image


      6 years ago

      I always enjoy reading about food from different areas of America.


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