Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is famous for its outstanding culinary offerings. With a wealth of farms, cattle and of course the famous Maui Gold Pineapple it should come as no surprise that you will have many amazing dining choices to choose from. As this is my fourth visit to Maui and my fourth time visiting the Kaanapali Beach Resort area I am going to share with you four Kaanapali restaurants and dining experiences that you must experience when you visit next. From Maui’s best brunch to the islands longest running luau, the Myths of Maui at the Royal Lahaina Resort. Theses culinary adventures are as legendary as the islands themselves and not to be missed!
Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel is a tradition you need to start. Located in one of the original resorts of Kaanapali Beach the Sunday Champagne Brunch is a feast for your eyes and your stomach. My photos do not do justice to the quality, quantity and variety of food prepared by Executive Chef Tom Muromoto and his team is staggering. An entire section is each dedicated to seafood, meats, desserts and of course all the fresh fruit you can eat. I had two full plates plus the two glasses of Champagne and I needed a wheelbarrow to help me leave the table. I highly advise you eat light the night before so your stomach is ready to handle this brunch feast.
The Myths of Maui Luau at the Royal Lahaina Resort is the longest running luau on the island of Maui and it is easy to see why once you’ve been. With two stages and four buffet lines, there is plenty to see, eat and be entertained by. Attendees are invited to watch the unearthing of the Kalua Pig and then hit the buffet lines. I’ve never seen 300 people served so quickly or happily in my life.
Once dinner is underway the show begins. Covering the legends and myths of the many Polynesian cultures that have influenced Hawaii it is the best “Luau show” I have seen to date. The fire show was particularly spectacular with both female and male dancers participating. I would also like to share that I was witness to some of the best customer service I have seen in over 30 years of dining out. The Royal Lahaina Luau team really take care of their guests.
Roy’s Kaanapali was my first dinner out on this trip and it set the bar so high I wasn’t sure it would be matched. It was of course, but that dies not lessen the amazing culinary treats I was able to eat. From the Sizzling Beef Poke and the Yamaguchi Spicy Ahi Tuna Roll that started off the meal to the Duroc Pork Chop I had for my main each bite was mouthwateringly good. I may have dreamed about each of these dishes for many nights to follow… Dessert was equally spectacular and included a pineapple upside down cake and a molten chocolate lava cake. Can you say yum?
Black Rock Kitchen at the Sheraton Maui is the signature restaurant at the hotel and has a brand new Executive Sous Chef at the helm named Chris Lederer. I very much enjoyed my previous visit to Black Rock but Chef Lederer has taken the menu to new heights. To start I had the Ahi Tuna Poketini followed by a massive 18oz Paniola Ribeye smothered in Candied Herb Garlic. Why have one dessert when you can have two I say? Caramelized Banana and Rum Cheesecake along with a Flourless Chocolate Cake are lip smacking delish. What didn’t get photographed were the Poi Beignets that I devoured before they had a chance to cool down.
If these epic Kaanapali restaurants don’t convince you to but a plane ticket right now then nothing will. You think Hawaii is beautiful tropical breezes and sandy beaches, but it is also some of the best food you will ever enjoy. Mahalo Chefs from my taste buds to you!