Best Bar Kahului Ale House Jerome Metcalf’s Kahului Ale House has garnished a loyal following since it’s inception and it paid off in this competitive category. Readers wrote in with their favorites, and many were close to where they hang their hat. Lots of entries in this one, and runner ups include (in order): Maui […]
Best Bakery Komoda Store and Bakery Makawao’s Komoda Store and Bakery has been satisfying sweet tooths for over fifty years, and Mauians are quick to root for the home team, especially one that is a legend in the minds of several generations. So its no surprise that our readers gave the nod to Komoda’s, though […]
Best Happy Hour Maui Brews People have really taken a liking to happy hour bartender Dino and his obnoxiously loud bucket gong. Maui Brews offers a popular happy hour with drink specials and cheap food from 3-6pm everyday. Sure it might cut into your work day, so quit! Friday happy hours are especially jovial thanks […]
Best Activity Old Lahaina Luau The Best Activity category focused on a favorite outing or activity for visitors and kama`aina alike. And while answers ranged from “indoor golf” to “drinking”, most people responded with their chosen trip. Old Lahaina Luau scored high with twice as many votes as it’s closest competitors: Trilogy (to Lana`i), Blue […]
Best Free Entertainment Keiki Hula at the Lahaina Cannery Mall These kids are precious, and talented, too! The keiki hula show at the Cannery gives visitors, kama`aina and those grabbing a bite at the food court a free performance every afternoon. There aren’t too many places to see Hawai`i’s youth singing their lungs out for […]
Best Dance Floor Maui Brews When it comes time to shake your groove thang, voters in this year’s Best of Maui chose Maui Brews to cut a rug. Though many prefer to imitate Elaine from Seinfeld, most voters have a good sense of the dance floor etiquette around Maui and chose a handful of locations. […]
Best Charity Event Maui AIDS Foundation’s Annual James Manness Memorial Dance Odyssey An annual charitable tradition held at the Grand Waikapu Country Club, the AIDS Dance Odyssey received the most votes for this year’s Best Charity Event, they’re all winners in this category. Other nominees include Bowl For Kid’s Sake, Just Desserts, Gail Swanson’s Dream […]
Club DJ TIE – DJ Alek and Forrest And heading into the musical arenas, we needed a category for the boys (and girls) that bring the noise. A man of a thousand faces (and a few stage names), DJ Alek can usually be found spinning vinyl and CDs at Maui Brews on Tuesday and Saturday […]
Best Art Gallery Village Gallery How can one judge art? Luckily we didn’t even try, but instead wanted to know our reader’s opinions about their favorite gallery. Votes came in pretty even across the board, but it in the end, Village Gallery took the trophy from young upstarts Wild Banana in Wailuku. Other competitors include […]
Best of Maui Well, the votes are in and the people have spoken. The Best of Maui 2001 Readers Poll asked your opinions and you came through in record numbers (as you can see by the picture on the following page). On an island where word of mouth can establish a business as a […]
Best Teen Hangout Queen Ka`ahamanu Center Mallrats unite! ‘Best of’ voters gave Maui’s entertaining shopping mecca the trophy for Best Teen Hangout in this year’s competition. Ample people watching, family activities and all your friends are there! Runner ups include Maui Cue, “the beach”, Front Street and Hapa*s. Random entries include “my boyfriend’s house” and […]
Best Romantic Spot my house Due to popular demand, my house is the most romantic spot on Maui. Well, not necessarily my house, but that’s what the voters of Maui had to say. The remaining votes went to Haleakala, early morning Wainapanapa, I’O restaurant at sunset, Rice Park in Kula and of course, Hana.
Best Community Event Halloween in Lahaina What’s not to love? The Mardi Gras of the Pacific draws thousands to Lahaina for the annual parade and party. Costume contests, keiki parade and a freak show second to none are hard to pass up! Mahalo to LahainaTown Action Committee for organizing the disorganization and providing Hawai`i’s biggest […]
Best Jazz Club Pizazz Kihei’s Pizazz Cafe found it’s niche with the Jazz afficionados on the island and Yorman and company continue to provide soothing sounds to accompany the soul food they serve up in sunny south Maui. Limited runner ups include Pacific’O, KKO, the deceased Blackie’s and once again, “Uncle Gaba’s garage”. Uncle must […]
Best Restaurants and Bars, Food and Drink on Maui Best Happy Hour Maui Brews People have really taken a liking to happy hour bartender Dino and his obnoxiously loud bucket gong. Maui Brews offers a popular happy hour with drink specials and cheap food from 3-6pm everyday. Sure it might cut into your work […]
Best Radio Station 101.1—The Point Like a little rock on the airwaves? The majority of the MT voters do, with The Point just nudging out the island sounds of KPOA. Q103, KAOI, Wild 105 and even NPR received a fair share of votes and were not far behind. Kudos to those who support public radio!