Noodles and othr Maui
  A Tropical Island Retreat  
Our Tips for a Great Trip!

Tip #1:

First timers in Maui! Or veteran visitors we recommend buying this map in
advance or pick one up at most Long’s Drug Stores in Maui. Get the laminated version and you re set to maximize your visit to Maui! Everything is on this map!

Franko's Map of Maui, The Valley Isle

Printed on waterproof, rip-proof plastic. Available folded or flat laminated (like a placemat)

Call 808-678-8688 to order mail order Map size: 14" x 21"

FM-MF (Folded $6.00) ISBN 1-931494-12-6

FM-ML (Laminated $10.00) ISBN 1-931494-37-1

The best book on Maui in our opinion is "Maui Revealed" or if you want to get into the Hawaiian O'hana Spirit read "Chicken Soup for the Soul, Hawaii".


Tip #2:

There is nothing like swimming with the Sea Turtles in Maui. We are blessed to have several families of Sea Turtles living in the waters off Kaanapali Beach. They are prized and protected so you cannot touch them but you can swim with them and watch them as they glare into your eyes when they surface. Black Rock, a few yards from The Whalers has several Sea Turtles feeding in the early morning. You have to be out there about 7:00 AM to find them as they move back to the Hyatt area where their home is located. Another good place is on the South side of the Gazebo restaurant in Napili. Also next to MaLa Restaurant behind Safeway on way to Lahaina is loaded with Turtles! This is really cool but don’t go alone- you should always have a buddy with you whether you are snorkeling or scuba diving.


Tip #3:
Get ready to Barbeque!

Stop by Costco or Foodland (our preferred stores) on your way out of the airport and stock up on drinks, beef tenderloin, fish (ahi), chicken and other cooking items you will need as barbequeing is the way to go at The Whaler.

Tip #4:
Our Favorite Restaurants!

Only listed ones we have eaten at and in order of preference. Eating in Maui is at best a 50/50 proposition. Sometimes it's good and sometimes bad! It's certainly better than in the late-70's and 1980's. We are very picky eaters and don't like getting over-charged for food. Splitting meals is a good way to go as most serve huge portions. We are "Noodle Freaks" and experts: too bad not much is offered in West Maui (still looking), but we have included the best such as Sam Sato's (tasty) in Wailuku or House of Samin in Lahaina (not great but hits the spot). The airport also has a great Samin dish in the cafeteria as you head for your departure. Last stop for food and surprisingly good!


1. Haili'imaile General Store

900 Haliimaile Rd. (5 miles above Airport)

Makawao, Maui, Hawaii 96768

Stop by here for a great lunch on your way to Paia or Hookipa to see windsurfing. Make a day-trip out of your visit! This is absolutely our most favorite restaurant. Bev Gannon is one of the Island's best chefs! Closed for lunch on weekends. Open for dinner. Great Food! Great Service and Super Ambience!

Also go to the Hui No'eau art center and museum on this day trip. You may still have time for a delightful drive through Olinda and a visit to Makawao to visit the glass blowing studio or do some shopping. On the way home hit Hookipa Beach and watch the surfers, kite and windsurfers- Great FUN!


2. Gazebo

5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road

Napili 808-669-5621 (at Napili Shores Resort)

Great place to eat breakfast right on the ocean? 7:30 am to 2:00 pm daily and the view cannot be beat. No reservations so be prepared to wait as this is quite the popular place, especially with the locals! They have great macadamia nut pancakes, omelet’s, burgers, specialty salads and more at very reasonable prices. We go every trip! While you wait go down and look for turtles!

3. Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Note: Soon to open in Kaanapali Beach      

600 Office Road

Kapalua, HI 96761 808-669-6286

Now in new location. Features Sushi and Japanese cuisine and a nice bar. Very uniques dishes, consistently good food with huge portions. Early bird specials available most evenings 5:30 25% off but still required a reservation!

4. Ma'La Restaurant

1307 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-9394

One of our favorites, on the water, just behind Safeway. Get a table right next to the ocean in time to enjoy the sunset. Can't miss with their great menu! Chef Mark Ellman also owns Penne Pasta and Maui Tacos. You may remember his great place in Lahaina called "Avalon". Some of the dishes are the same at MaLa such as the wok-fried Opakapak. Big fish but we ordered it spicey (like the old Avalon days) and it was not spicey at all, The waiter brought us a side of Sambal suace but not the same as prepared with proper spices. WE were disappointed as whole fish goes for $65. Still like the place! You might just go and split a Kobe Beef Burger! It's HUGE!


845 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761(West Maui)

Tel. (808) 661-4811

Waterfront setting - popular spot. Local hangout. Nice place for dancing at night. Good fish- big portions. Ask for a seat next to water outside. Must arrive early to get these seats. Ask for Monty (Manager) and tell him Dave and Morgan Freeman sent you and you may get a free pupu or dessert?

6. Leilani's On The Beach

2435 Kaanapali Parkway

Kaanapali, HI 96761 808-661-4495

Mainstay- only a few yards from The Whaler. Good food, good view. Locals like to hang at the bar. Hula Grill and Leilani's are part of same company and teh food is very similar. Don't miss MUD-PIE!



127 Lahainaluna Road (old town)

Lahaina, HI 96761


Winner of numerous prestigious awards. I like the firecracker shrimp, a bit pricey and loud but a good place to celebrate special occasions). Suggest splitting entre as menu prices are really up!



180 Dickenson Street

Lahaina, HI 96761 (old town)


In the mood for a quick and good breakfast, lunch or dinner that won’t wreck your budget, this is the place. Plus it is open late so good stop after Warren & Annabelle or the Movies.


3600 Lower Honoapillani Road

Lahaina, HI 96761 (lower road Honokawi)


Tired of eating out. Don't want to BarBQ- then drive down to this nice spot and get Mahi Mahi and other great dishes TO-GO at reasonable prices. Forget using phone as they get so busy and have no time to answer the phone. Good Food too....


2000 Plantation Club Drive

Lahaina, HI 96761 (Kapalua)


Nice ambience with fireplace and lots of teak. We like crusted Mahi Mahi- enough to split! Nice view of Molokai and sunset if you get there early. GREAT for Breakfast with nice Menu at $10- plus the view in morning is even more spectacular!

11. Gerards Restaurant

174 Lahainaluna Road

Lahaina, HI 96761 (old town)


For that special occasion. Great French food from Chef Gerard Reversede. Only the freshest ingredients used and now serving since 1982!

12. Aloha Mixed Plate

1285 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761 (behind Safeway)


Voted "Best Plate Lunch" by Maui News. Nice portions, good food and great prices! If you like Hawaiian style pulled pork or Katsu Chicken they do a good job- also go late like 7:00 and sit and enjoy the sounds of the Old Lahaina Luau next store. They have two kitchens- oneserves the Luau!

13. Tiki Terrace Kaanapali Beach Hotel Restaurant

Kaanapali Beach Hotel

Lahaina, HI 96761 (Kaanapali)


Winner 4 times in a row of "Maui Taste of Lahaina" event held every September. Locals like it as it is not over-crowded and it has VERY GOOD FOOD! Great fish and suckling PIG!



835 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761 (old town)


Requires membership with reciprocal Yacht Club to eat here. Thursday usually features Live Lobster. Prices are very reasonable and quality is pretty good. Nice spot right on water. Nice to sit next to ocean and watch and feed the fish! Also good spot to check on some the the real regulars of Maui- some reaching their 90's and still going in for their daily grog! Call for reservation for weekly Fresh Lobster Night!



Hyatt Regency Maui

200 Nokea Kai Drive

Kaanapali, HI 96761 (Kaanapali Beach)


Best for breakfast buffet, great view and setting, plus Swans and other exotic birds and animals. The Sheraton also has good buffet!



Whalers Village

2435 Kaanapali Parkway

Kaanapali, HI 96761 (Kaanapali Beach)


On the beach next to The Whaler. Chef Peter Merriman's Pacific Rim and Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Also fun to sit in bar area and eat and watch Local musicians, best to not sit to close to music and it can get LOUD!

17. Longhi's

800 Front Street

Lahaina, HI 96761 808-667-2288

One of our favorites, now with menu but you can ask them to prepare anything you like. The portions are huge! Prices are way up! Suggest splitting entrées and enjoying the wine! Not as good food as it has been in the past when Bob Longhi was on site and doing his thing.


18. i'o Restaurant 

505 Front Street, LaHaina


Sister restaurant to Pacific O, good food, pricey, lately reports have been mixed?


110 Hana Highway

Paia, HI 96779 (North Shore Maui)


Casual atmosphere and big portions, good lunch spot. Great fish sandwiches! Try the Red Snapper Plate! Great!


658 Wharf Street  (wharf in old town)

Lahaina, HI 96761


Great Wharf side view and atmosphere, pretty good Macadamia Nut Pancakes and breakfast menu, fun place to visit as it's an historical sight!


505 Front Street Shopping Village

Lahaina, HI 96761


Chef James McDonald's award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine. Located on the waterfront and considered one of Maui's best seafood restaurants, pricey


799 Poho Place

Paia, HI 96779 (North Shore Maui)


Good, but sometimes greasy seafood (get sautes')- an award winning Island Institution! Located onthe beach in romantic Kuau Cove, and famous for its exotic seafood sauces and delicious fresh island fish. Enjoy spectacular ocean views while dining and maybe kite surfers!

23. Roy's Kahana

Kahana Gateway Center

4405 Honoapiilani Highway

Kahana, HI 96761 808-669-6999

On the road towards Kapalua, reasonable food but not always on target as quality varies and prices are high.

24. Saeng's (A REAL SLEEPER)

Wailuku- on the way to Maui Cultural center

Order Crusted Mahi-Mahi!

Nice Tai sauce- good stuff!

Noodles and other Maui Stops outside Lahaina

Takamiya Market in Wailuku  (sashimi, lau lau, roasted port etc)

Home Maid Bakery in Wailuku

Tokyo Tei in Wailuku (teriyaki)

Sam Sato's in Wailuku  (order dry noodles, very good!!! My favorite)

T. Komoda Store and Bakery in Makawao (Cream Puffs-sells out early)

Pukalani Superette in Pukalani (Korean short ribs, chicken adobo)


Tip #5:


Tour the Stars “A truly Cosmic Experience"

Rooftop 16-inch telescopes and your own astronomer to show you the stars and the moon.

Nightly at 8, 9 and 10 PM at the Hyatt. Limited to 10 viewers to optimize your viewing.

Call 808-667-4727 to make reservation.


You can also arrange through Star Gazers Maui (808-281-9158) a tour of the night sky at 10,000 feet from the top of Haleakala.


Tip #6:


Perfect Overnight Trip to Lanai

Consider a day trip or overnight stay in Lanai. Recently we took the Inter-Island Ferry and stayed one night at the incredible Manele Bay Hotel (808-656-2000). I actually was surrounded by a school of Spinner Dolphins while snorkeling in Manele Bay. We also made our reservations and told them we were Kama'aina (Hawaii Residents) and got a nice discount. We were hassled a bit by the Ferry but they let us on anyway. We were not asked by the hotel and simply checked in. All of the rooms have  a special decor and garden area. We stayed in a nice room and paid only $199.00 (now $269.00). Not sure if you can get away with it as Four Season's has since bought the hotel but but is worth a try! The Lodge at Koele (800-321-4666) is special as well.


Tip #7:


Don't Overlook Road to Hana! (SPEND THE NIGHT)

Start Early- plan to take your time. Most of the interesting places are on the way to Hana. Hana itself can be a bit disappointing unless you are spending the night at the 4 star Hotel Hana Maui formerly Hana Ranch. There are many A-Frame type beach homes for rent at about $100 per night- find them on line. Don't miss atop on way for Auntie Sandy's Banana Bread in Keanae Peninsula.

Tip #8:


Day Trip UpCountry

unHead back to Airport and on road to Hana to PAIA. Continue about 2 miles to Hookipa on your left to watch windsurfing and kite surfing. Back to PAIA and turn left up Bishop Road to Hui Museum. Back track to Hailiimaile and have delightful lunch at Hailiimaile General Store. Another lunch option is La Provence in Kula. Now back to Makawo for some shopping. Also check out the glass blowing factory. Continue up same road for nice drive up into Olinda and the marvelous views and huge Eucalytus trees. Stop by SURFERS Goat Dairy at 3PM for daily milking.