If you’re like me, you want to enjoy as much time outdoors as you possibly can—especially in a place as beautiful as Maui. Between the dramatic waterfall hikes, unforgettable sunsets on Haleakala, and stunning beaches to explore, sometimes it feels like there’s not a minute to spare for a meal.
If you want ono eats on Maui without having to sit down and pay a pretty penny, you’ll be happy to hear that Kihei has plenty of grab-and-go spots to choose from. Here are a few places to hit up on days when the ocean is calling your name, but you need a little fuel before answering.
Voted “best local sandwich” every year since 2008, 808 Deli is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their menu goes beyond classic sandwiches, though; gourmet hot dogs, fresh sides, and housemade desserts are just a few of the findings on offer. If you’re feeling in the mood for something lighter, you’ll love their salads topped with fresh ingredients and house-made dressing.
Here’s a local tip: check their Instagram page (@808deli) to snag the daily special at a great price point. Simply like or comment on the post to secure the special, which is often a $7 salad or sandwich. That’s an incredible deal anywhere, but especially on Maui!
808 Deli has an authentic deli feel and flavorful food, but they currently don’t have a seating area. So grab your lunch, take it across the street to a picnic table at Kam II, and enjoy the Maui sunshine.
Fork and Salad
Fork and Salad is the perfect place to pick up a quick, healthy bite that doesn’t break the bank. From salads to soups to sandwiches, local produce is an integral part of the menu here. So while you enjoy a meal that fuels your body for more island adventures, you’re also supporting local farmers, ranchers, fishermen…and the local economy.
Not sure what to get? Try their Maui Goddess salad with nutrient-dense toppings and dressing made fresh every day. Not a salad fan? Their smoky papaya chicken sandwich is unmatched! And if you’re a kombucha fan, you’ve got to try Maui-made Pauwela Beverage Co. kombucha, with multiple flavors sold at Fork and Salad.
Times Supermarket Poke
Another local Kihei favorite for a swift yet delicious meal is just behind the seafood counter at Times Supermarket! Poke bowls are a popular meal across the Hawaiian islands, especially with such an abundance of fresh fish. Build your perfect bowl with freshly-caught Ahi tuna, shrimp, salmon, and more. The end result is a meal similar to what you’d find at a nice sitdown restaurant—but at half the price.
Azeka Kihei Food Truck Park
If your group can’t seem to agree on one place, look no further than the Azeka Kihei Food Truck Park, which has a wide variety of local offerings complete with picnic tables and a view of Haleakala Volcano. Craving fish and chips or fish tacos? Try the exotic savory dishes at Da Nani Pirates. Other options include fresh sushi from Oao Sushi Go, local style food at Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz, and refreshing drinks at Kraken Coffee, to name a few.
The food truck park is the perfect place to try some of the special restaurants that are unique to Maui. To really make the most of this spot, you can even get an item from a few of the different trucks to share with family and friends.
Kihei’s Countless Options
Dining options are endless on the south side of Maui, which is one of the reasons why so many people are searching for homes for sale in Kihei, Wailea, and Makena. You can find just about any type of cuisine you might be craving within walking distance to the beach! Take some time to enjoy South Maui’s food scene, and remember that any restaurant experience is made better by getting to know the locals behind the counter.