Yee’s Orchard stand, selling our favorite mangoes, Golden Glow.
Eleven mangoes, three avocadoes, a handful of dragon eyes (longan), five limes, three pineapples, one pomelo, two passion fruit, two grapefruit-sized lemons, one orange-sized grapefruit, two whole coconuts, pickled green mango, and a dozen and a half apple bananas. We now know: this is all the fruit that our family of three can consume during a Hawaiian vacation.
All of this deliciousness is found at Yee’s Orchard stand, but the mangoes are what kept us coming back time and time again to restock supplies. They grow several varieties of mango in the orchard right behind the fruit stand. Our favorite is the Golden Glow, a variety developed by Mr. Yee himself. Juicy, floral, and perfectly sweet, they melt in your mouth like no mango we’ve ever eaten. These mangoes alone are worth the trip to Maui. Sadly, they can’t be transported to the mainland.
Dawn’s favorite dish of the trip: poke bowl from Eskimo Candy; doughnut on a stick from T. Komoda Store and Bakery; the crescent moon hangs while the sun sets.
This was the first winter in over a decade where we decided to try a tropical vacation, and we are sold. We found a delightful place to rent, directly on the beach, and spent part of February trading the gray skies of Seattle for sandals, swimsuits, blue skies, and the Maui ocean breeze.
We like to keep travelogues whenever we travel, mostly as personal mementos and a way to narrate our photos. But we’ve also found our travelogues useful to refer back to whenever someone asks us for recommendations. Since our travelogue writing style can get a bit lengthy and detailed, we thought we’d post a condensed list here of our favorites from the island.
Fresh cut coconut; hot out of the fryer malasadas from Home Maid Café; exotic fruits at Yee’s Orchard stand.
In no particular order, here are our top recommendations for Maui. Click on the links to read more detail in our Maui travelogue.
- Poke bowl and the fish and chips at Eskimo Candy. Hands down, the best cheap eats of our trip.
- Fish tacos at Coconuts Fish Café, piled high with 17 ingredients and served on grilled corn tortillas.
- Yee’s Orchard stand. Buy all the fruit you can manage, especially the Golden Glow mangoes.
- Mama’s Fish House for your splurge meal. Very expensive, and absolutely fantastic.
- Pastries from T. Komoda Store and Bakery, including the guava malasadas and red bean paste doughnuts. This is a required stop if you’re headed Upcountry.
The view of Kamaole I beach, from the patio of our rental; the cove outside Mama’s Fish House; the black pearl chocolate and passion fruit dessert at Mama’s Fish House.
- Saturday morning Maui Swap Meet. Find the guy hacking up coconuts from the back of his pickup truck, and the woman across the aisle from him selling passion fruit bread. Sample some of Jeff’s Jams and Jellies and pick up some souvenirs.
- Tom’s Mini Mart beat out Ululani’s for shave ice during our visits. Order your ice the way the locals do it, with ice cream on the bottom. It’s reminiscent of a creamsicle!
- Mana Foods for groceries, exotic fruit, and all sorts of gourmet foods.
- If you’re in Kihei, stop by Home Maid Café (NOT the bakery/deli in Kahului) for malasadas. We also heard that breakfasts here are simple but good.
- Lahaina Fudge Company. Try the chocolate peanut butter fudge and the lava flow (coffee and chocolate) fudge!
Lunch from the Gogi Korean BBQ Taco Truck at the Maui Swap Meet; palm leaf; four varieties of mango, plus fresh baked mango bread, dried mango, and more at Yee’s Orchard stand.
- For coffee beans, head to MauiGrown Coffee in Lahaina (and read our recommendation for a great travel coffee setup), and then walk the shops along Front Street in downtown Lahaina. Don’t miss the biggest banyan tree in Hawaii.
- Visit Surfing Goat Farm, pet the baby goats, feed the mamas, and try a sampling of fresh goat cheeses.
- Cooking in your rental? We made some easy dishes that feature the local produce and fish. Try tuna rice bowls, and coconut rice with black beans, apple bananas, and mango salsa.
- Here are some places we missed, on our short list for a future visit.
Have you been to Maui? What did we miss? We’d love to visit your favorites on a future trip, so leave us a note in the comments below!