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To continue in the spirit of Aloha, I am bringing you my Mind & Body Nourishment in Maui guide! This was my first experience visiting Maui and I fell in love! Maui shares many similarities with the other Hawaiian islands, especially when it comes to nourishing the mind, body, and soul. Local and fresh ingredients remain high priorities when it comes to food. Community, reverence for Mother Earth, and of course, “Aloha” is similarly valued as on the other islands.
Ingredients that are harvested fresh and locally play such a huge role in the level of nutrition of the food we consume. The necessity to source from the islands not only helps boost your own nourishment, but it also provides so much for the local community. It really is a win-win!
From tropical fruits to giant avocados, to fresh and wild-caught seafood, your taste buds will certainly be entertained while dining in Maui. The beaches here are beautiful for both wading and surfing, and the striking landscape is sure to take your breath away. Soak up the sun (and the Vitamin D!) and let your cares wash away in Maui!
For more Hawaiian Islands nourishment, check out my Mind & Body Nourishment in Kailua-Kona posts.
Whether it is your first time or you are a Maui local, here are my 7 recommendations for Mind & Body Nourishment in Maui!
Choice Health Bar
1087 Limahana Place 1A, Lahaina, HI 96761
If I lived in Lahaina, I could totally see myself as a regular at the Choice Health Bar! Whether you follow a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or another high-vibe diet, this place is sure to have something nourishing for you. They source only the freshest, organic ingredients from local Maui farms to create a vibrant menu. Choose from a variety of salads, acai bowls, epic entrées, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and more! Refuel, recharge, and level up your nutrition here. I’m a big fan of “the chronic” smoothie 😉
Second location at the Whaler’s Village at Ka’anapali Beach.
Mala Ocean Tavern
1307 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761
Mala Ocean Tavern is the perfect combination of world-class cuisine and beautiful, ocean-front views. This is a family owned and operated restaurant that focuses on sourcing fresh and local ingredients from the island of Maui. The family is even developing their own farm in Lahaina to provide organic ingredients for their restaurants! Additionally, the owners are very involved in the local community and they helped to create the Hawaii Regional Cuisine Movement. Right next door to Mala Ocean Tavern are Honu Seafood & Pizza and Frida’s Mexican Beach House, with the same owners and same inspired vision.
The food at Mala was truly incredible. It is a unique combination of Mediterranean and Pacific Rim with a splash of Latino flavor! The imagination and creativity that goes into crafting these flavorful dishes with local ingredients are inspiring. Do yourself a favor and order the flourless chocolate beet cake for dessert… it’s divine! The staff here was very friendly and helped with accommodating dietary preferences. Reservations are recommended!
Makawao Steak House
3612 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, HI 96768
This is a cozy, cowboy-inspired restaurant, bar, and lounge that is steeped in history and Hawaiian tradition. The walls are adorned with art from local artists and It features a farm-to-table concept. The menu features locally grown and raised ingredients in an effort to support the local community and local farms. Hōkū Nui Maui, the new management, is focusing on creating a “Regenerative Farming Community” where soil regeneration, water management, and renewable energy are priorities.
The food here is typical of a steakhouse and since you are on Maui that also means grass-fed steak! It’s comfort food at it’s finest. The staff was friendly and very helpful in making dietary preference accommodations. If you are planning a visit to Haleakala National Park, this won’t be too much of a detour.
878 Front Street #6B, Lahaina, HI 96761
8 locations on Maui
For some of the best-priced and freshest selection of poke, all the locals will tell you to head to Foodland! Foodland is a grocery store and in the back, at the seafood counter, you can order from a wide variety of freshly prepared pokes. Poke, which just means “to slice or cut”, is a Hawaiian specialty. At Foodland, you can find all different kinds of preparations made with many types of seafood. They have an option to serve the fish over a bed of greens if you prefer that over rice. Grab a poke bowl and head to the beach for a Hawaiian-style picnic!
839 Front St., Lahaina HI 96761
Koa means Hawaiian tree and 156 is the longitude of this modern restaurant. Situated right on the water with stunning views of Lanai and Molokai, this is a gastronomy heaven. The menu features a more eclectic take on the local Hawaiian ingredients of fresh seafood, fine meats, and creative vegetarian options. This is also one of the few places in Lahaina that serves breakfast later into the day on the weekends if you are a slower morning person. If you enjoy the way food looks just as much as how it tastes, then this is the place for you! Every item has an artful presentation, even the classic Macadamia Nut Pancakes!
Paia Fish Market Lahaina
632 Front St., Lahaina, HI 96761
3 locations on Maui
If you are looking for some fresh fish with a Cajun flair, then Paia Fish Market is where it’s at. I loved the environment of this restaurant with its family style seating. Their menu features many different daily fresh catches served blackened, grilled, sautéed or cajun style. Keep in mind that they use a lot of dairy here so make sure to inquire about your options if you are sensitive (the coleslaw definitely has dairy). Fortunately, the fish more than makes up for it and is simply fantastic!
Haleakalā National Park
Haleakalā National Park, Route 378, Kula, HI 96790
Known for its breathtaking sunrises and expansive views, Haleakalā National Park is well worth the visit. This is a beautiful place to do some nature hikes as the park boasts almost 40 miles of trails, ranging from less than an hour to as long as four days. Located on the other side of the island from Lahaina with a summit above 10,000 feet, a car is required to make the trek but it is fairly easy to get to.
Make sure to make a reservation for the Haleakalā sunrise! This is a new feature and unfortunately, I was unaware of this when I planned my visit and wasn’t able to get a last minute reservation. Without a reservation, you have to wait outside of the park entrance until just after sunrise at 7:00 am. There are still some amazing spots to catch the sun coming up on your way to the park entrance. Even after sunrise, the views above the clouds are spectacular. I’ve heard that the sunsets are also worth sticking around for.
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