We had some delicious food on our trip to Maui – namely some delicious fresh fish which we knew we could find and enjoy. Mahi-mahi, salmon, and others were part of our fish tacos, fish and chips, and ahi-seared preparations. We also enjoyed fresh Maui Gold pineapple several times during the week, as well as a fresh mango salsa we prepared in the condo as an accompaniment for two of our meals.
The other Hawaiian product I knew I had to try after reading about it was sugar cane or Agricole rum. There are several distillers of this type of rum – made from the sugar cane that grows in Hawaii. I found it quite overwhelming at the store – and we wanted to stay affordable as well. I ended up going with a white rum that was produced on Kauai. When we visited that island in 2013, we actually tubed down the irrigation ditches that served the old sugar cane plantations. It was a fun and unusual excursion. The memory came back as I was deciding what rum to try. We made Pina Coladas and Mai ti’s in the condo for several days as an afternoon treat.
There is a lot of food to try when in Hawaii. As I explained in an earlier post, I had less sticker shock than in years past both in the grocery store and at restaurants. But, still, when paying for food out, you want to know you’ll enjoy what you eat and balance that with being adventuresome. So, no, we did not have poi or other more exotic Hawaiian foods.
Two of the restaurants we ate at had been featured on the Food Network’s show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. These were Monkeypod by Merriman and Down the Hatch. Both are in Lahaina and we returned to Down the Hatch Twice. We almost went to Joey’s Kitchen in Napili but we’ll have to save that for another trip.