Best Sunset Spot Kamaole Park III beach You can’t have a Best Sunrise without a Sunset, and this year’s readers gave the award to Kamaole Park III in Kihei for its blazing, unobstructed sunsets and perfect stretch of beach. Kam III just beat out Ka`anapali for top honors and runner ups include Poli Poli, Makena, […]
Best Sunrise Spot Haleakala Haleakala in a big way! The crater carved up the competition in the Best Sunrise Spot category, and anyone who’s made the sleepless trek to the House of the Sun can attest that it defies description. Other votes include Red Sand Beach, Hana, Waimoku Falls, surfing at Olowalu and of course […]
Best Restaurant when Someone Else is Paying Mama’s Fish House A bottle of your finest! What do you care? It’s someone else’s dime! Nominees for Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying are some of the finest (and priciest) dining establishments on Maui. No surprise that voters in this year’s ‘Best of’ awarded this prestigious […]
Best Surf Casting Spot Ho`okipa Without going into too much detail, voters wanted us to know that they prefer to do their on-shore hunting somewhere near Ho`okipa Beach Park. When the Ulua are biting, the ‘pole-bendas’ prefer Kipahulu, Red Hill, Olowalu and Makena if ‘Ho`okipa no good’.
Best Restaurant for a Family of 4 Under $30 Maui Tacos Oye amigo, trying to make your money stretch? Aren’t we all, and MT readers are budget-savvy when it comes to their restaurants as well. Maui Tacos has been bringing the healthy Maui Mex to the table for years, and now offer their inexpensive grinds […]
Best Snorkel Spot La Perouse The bay that attracted that swashbuckling Frenchman in 1786 also attracts hordes of those looking for underwater excitement; but not too far underwater. La Perouse’s clear waters, protected bay and natural features make it a shoe-in for this year’s Best Snorkel Spot award. Running a close second was Molokini, with […]
Best Business Lunch Mañana Garage Going for the one-two knockout, Mañana Garage steps back into the ring in the Business Lunch category. Their central Maui location, indoor/outdoor seating and generous lunch menu were the deciding factors in this gold medal. Next in line were Marco’s, Koho’s, Kimo’s, Maui Brews and Lahaina Coolers.
Best Scuba Dive Backside of Molokini No contest with this one, Maui divers like the backside of Molokini drift dive over Cathedrals, 5 Graves, Honolua Bay (summer) or backside Lana`i. The careful attention and thoughtfulness of Maui’s dive operators will ensure the success of this spot remaining on future Best of Maui ballots to come. […]
Best New Restaurant Mañana Garage Combine Cuban cuisine and a garage theme and they will come! Readers applaud Mañana Garage as the Best New Restaurant (opened in 2000) on Maui. Mañana’s unique menu, pleasant setting and accommodating hours helped propel this new restaurant to the top. Competition came from Merriman’s Bamboo Bistro, Moondoggies, Maui Pizza […]
Best Place for an Intimate Conversation Beach Why not get it out in the open? Just you two and the opihi to listen in. Marriage counselors might want to begin holding sessions at the water’s edge. It seems the beauty and healing properties of the Big Blue help loosen the tongue as well. Other entries […]
Best Romantic Restaurant Mama’s Fish House Sunsets over the Pacific? Sandy stretches of white sand to peruse? Low light and soft music? Add them together and you’ve got the makings of the Best Romantic Restaurant category, going this year to Mama’s Fish House, who’s idyllic setting on Kuau Cove has made many a heart melt […]
Best Free Activity Beach C’mon, you live in Maui for goodness sake, how could it be anything but? Readers voted the beach their #1 destination for free activities and you don’t need me to tell you why, folks. Lots of votes on this one, with “surfing” and “swimming” a close second but strangely related. “Hiking” […]
Best Vegetarian Restaurant The Vegan Bring the Basmati and pass the Braggs, its time to eat healthy. A meatless institution on the north shore, The Vegan is known far and wide for it’s healthy grinds. The competition was stiff, and runners up include Down to Earth, Joy’s Place, Thai Chef and Westside Natural Foods. Best […]
Best Reason Maui Is No Ka Oi The people! Hard to pick a winner on this one, as most entries were all completely different, but a big chunk of them agreed that our greatest natural resource on Maui is us, the people. There were quite a few votes for this particular magazine, but me thinks […]
Best Sushi Restaurant Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar Surprised? Me neither. D.K. Kodama’s haven for those with a fondness for raw fish was a strong winner, though Kihei’s Isana Restaurant did gather a respectable number of votes. One visit to Sansei (especially during their frequent 50% off specials) should win over sushi purists and those […]
Best Local Quote Da kine Definately one of the most useful words out there, “da kine” received the most votes, next to “aloha”, “wat, boddah you?”, “dis ain’t da mainland”, “malama pono”, “what, like beef?”, “shaka” and Uncle Boy’s “if things aren’t going right, take it to the left.” Just to give them all fair […]