For a true taste of the Valley Isle, Sheldon Simeon recommends exploring spots that are off the beaten path.
● Maui Coffee Roasters It’s all about location, and this java spot just happens to be next door to Tin Roof. “I always go for their Maui Red Rooster,” Simeon says. The flavorful roast is sometimes described as “the cabernet of coffees.”
● Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop This casual shop serves up “the best pies on Maui,” from the apple crumb to the Olowalu lime. Sandwiches, salads, and freshly baked bread round out the expansive menu.
● Ilocandia Filipino Store Go early, Sheldon says, and treat yourself to lechon kawali: crispy, deep-fried pork belly. Along with other takeaway options like dinuguan—a savory stew—and squid adobo, this tiny grocery in Lahaina sells veggies, canned goods, and spices.
● a’a Roots No meat? No problem. There’s “no lack of flavor” at this vegan eatery at the western edge of Maui. Creative dishes range from tempeh tacos to Thai coconut mushroom soup. Swing by on the weekend and dig into the Sunday waffle.
● Donut Dynamite This laid-back joint is, as Simeon puts it, “doughnut perfection.” Chefs Desiree Parada (known as Madame Donut) and Frank Parada create delicious brioche-based bites, with ever-changing flavors that range from vadouvan curry vanilla to mango poi.
● Umi Sushi At this sushi and ramen restaurant in Wailuku, “Chef Jayse Sato and his ohana always make you feel like family.” No matter what you order, pair your entrée with a serving of the soft-shell crab bao buns.
● Jack’s Inn Wake up early, grab some cash, and enjoy a blend of Hawaiian- and American-inspired breakfast and lunch dishes at what Simeon calls “Maui’s diner.” The banana pancakes and kimchi saimin are equally delicious.
● Haleakalā Sunset After a full day, pack in one last adventure. “Everyone comes to Maui for the Haleakalā sunrise, but in my opinion, the sunsets are spectacular—especially if you’re not one to get up before the break of dawn.”