Taryn’s guidebook

Sean & Taryn
Sean & Taryn
Joined in 2019
Sean & Taryn

Taryn’s guidebook

Breakfast
Our top pick for this category is 62 Marcket :)
Small hole in the wall with great food at a reasonable price and good coffee. Entire restaurant is run by husband & wife team, and it can get quite busy at times, so we don't recommend if you are in a time crunch.
Vanta Coffee Hub
291 Hookahi St
Small hole in the wall with great food at a reasonable price and good coffee. Entire restaurant is run by husband & wife team, and it can get quite busy at times, so we don't recommend if you are in a time crunch.
Greasy spoon famous for their pancakes. This place hasn't changed in decades! Cheap eats and lots of locals. No booze. Cash only.
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locals recommend
Tasty Crust Restaurant
1770 Mill St
18
locals recommend
Greasy spoon famous for their pancakes. This place hasn't changed in decades! Cheap eats and lots of locals. No booze. Cash only.
We only recommend this place for breakfast (because it's hard to screw up breakfast ;)). Cheap bloody marys & mimosas & large breakfast portions.
Koho's Grill & Bar
275 West Kaahumanu Avenue
We only recommend this place for breakfast (because it's hard to screw up breakfast ;)). Cheap bloody marys & mimosas & large breakfast portions.
Great/ convenient stop on the way to Hana or Haleakala! Serves breakfast & has full bar.
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locals recommend
Marco's Grill & Deli
444 Hana Hwy
7
locals recommend
Great/ convenient stop on the way to Hana or Haleakala! Serves breakfast & has full bar.
Charming coffee shop in the heart of Wailuku. Serves great specialty coffees, pastries, bagels, sandwiches, & quiche. Often a line in the morning.
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locals recommend
Wailuku Coffee Company
26 N Market St
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locals recommend
Charming coffee shop in the heart of Wailuku. Serves great specialty coffees, pastries, bagels, sandwiches, & quiche. Often a line in the morning.
Amazing place in the heart of Wailuku to jump start your day with a health boost. Acai bowls, juice, smoothies, etc. I never leave without ordering a health shot!
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locals recommend
Farmacy Health Bar Wailuku
12 N Market St
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locals recommend
Amazing place in the heart of Wailuku to jump start your day with a health boost. Acai bowls, juice, smoothies, etc. I never leave without ordering a health shot!
Amazing coffee, eh food, and a cool coffee house/musician vibe. At night they do open mics/ comedy shows, so check their entertainment schedule!
Maui Coffee Attic
59 Kanoa St
Amazing coffee, eh food, and a cool coffee house/musician vibe. At night they do open mics/ comedy shows, so check their entertainment schedule!
Our ULTIMATE FAVORITE for breakfast! Sunday brunch is incredible. Very close by, in the heart of historic Wailuku.
62 N Market St
62 N Market St
Our ULTIMATE FAVORITE for breakfast! Sunday brunch is incredible. Very close by, in the heart of historic Wailuku.
Favorite Restaurants
There are a lot of great places to eat on island. These ones top the list for us foodies.
O.M.G. Everything is good! Sweeping views of the West Maui Mountains, located on the Maui Tropical Plantation. The decor and cuisine are artful in ever way. Farm to table cuisine with unique preparations, and craft cocktails. A bit spendy, but try it out for happy hour (3-5) if you want to get a taste but not commit to the full experience. Highly recommend reservations, but not necessary. Chickpea cake appetizer, and Despina de la Rosa cocktail are a must try.
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locals recommend
The Mill House
9347 1670 Honoapiilani Hwy
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locals recommend
O.M.G. Everything is good! Sweeping views of the West Maui Mountains, located on the Maui Tropical Plantation. The decor and cuisine are artful in ever way. Farm to table cuisine with unique preparations, and craft cocktails. A bit spendy, but try it out for happy hour (3-5) if you want to get a taste but not commit to the full experience. Highly recommend reservations, but not necessary. Chickpea cake appetizer, and Despina de la Rosa cocktail are a must try.
This place is special for us. We are obsessed :). Great Indian food, and the ocean view is even better. We recommend asking for a beach front table at sunset (one of the best locations to see sunset- Kihei). Our favorite order: Saag Paneer, Lamb Kabobs, Garlic & Cheese Naan.
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locals recommend
Monsoon India
760 S Kihei Rd
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locals recommend
This place is special for us. We are obsessed :). Great Indian food, and the ocean view is even better. We recommend asking for a beach front table at sunset (one of the best locations to see sunset- Kihei). Our favorite order: Saag Paneer, Lamb Kabobs, Garlic & Cheese Naan.
Ultimate foody experience. Chef Sheldon of Top Chef's newest masterpiece, & just nominated for a James Beard award. Not recommended for vegan/vegetarians.
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locals recommend
Lineage
3750 Wailea Alanui Dr
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locals recommend
Ultimate foody experience. Chef Sheldon of Top Chef's newest masterpiece, & just nominated for a James Beard award. Not recommended for vegan/vegetarians.
Craft cocktails in the heart of Wailuku with nightly entertainment. Check their website for schedule.
Wai Bar
45 N Market St
Craft cocktails in the heart of Wailuku with nightly entertainment. Check their website for schedule.
Willie Nelson's joint in Paia! He, his buddies, & son Lukas are spotted here fairly often. Arguably the best small concert venue on the island. Check their website for a schedule. Bar food & sushi.
34
locals recommend
Charley's Restaurant & Saloon
142 Hana Highway
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locals recommend
Willie Nelson's joint in Paia! He, his buddies, & son Lukas are spotted here fairly often. Arguably the best small concert venue on the island. Check their website for a schedule. Bar food & sushi.
Historic theatre showcasing wonderful performances/plays by Maui On Stage. We highly recommend catching a show here if they have one playing during your stay. Dinner at Umi & cocktails at Wai Bar beforehand :).
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locals recommend
Iao Theater
68 North Market Street
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locals recommend
Historic theatre showcasing wonderful performances/plays by Maui On Stage. We highly recommend catching a show here if they have one playing during your stay. Dinner at Umi & cocktails at Wai Bar beforehand :).
Maui's only large concert/show venue is only about a mile and half away. Check website for schedule.
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locals recommend
Maui Arts & Cultural Center
1 Cameron Way
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locals recommend
Maui's only large concert/show venue is only about a mile and half away. Check website for schedule.
Nearby Beaches
While there are hundreds of beautiful beaches to explore on Maui (mostly in Kihei & Lahaina areas), these are the closest to our property, and not overpopulated with tourists.
This is our FAVORITE area to frequent. Located next to the Waihee Municipal Golf Course, this hidden gem feels like your own private beach. There is a natural stream that runs from the mountains into the ocean & lots of ocean treasures to explore. The picnic benches there were donated by us, as we love this place so much, and some of the palms were planted by Sean. To access, there is a dirt road to the left, off of the road to golf course. If you keep going to golf course, there is another beach park there, which is also beautiful, but slightly less secluded. At the golf course beach park, there are also large grassy areas, bathrooms, picnic tables, etc.
Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge
This is our FAVORITE area to frequent. Located next to the Waihee Municipal Golf Course, this hidden gem feels like your own private beach. There is a natural stream that runs from the mountains into the ocean & lots of ocean treasures to explore. The picnic benches there were donated by us, as we love this place so much, and some of the palms were planted by Sean. To access, there is a dirt road to the left, off of the road to golf course. If you keep going to golf course, there is another beach park there, which is also beautiful, but slightly less secluded. At the golf course beach park, there are also large grassy areas, bathrooms, picnic tables, etc.
See Waiehee Wetlands Reserve, above. This is the second beach, closer to the golf course.
Waiehu Beach Park
See Waiehee Wetlands Reserve, above. This is the second beach, closer to the golf course.
If you are looking to walk to a beach, just continue down the hill, across Waiehu Beach Rd, onto Lower Waiehu Beach Rd. There are several beach access points about 1/4 -1/2 mile away from our home. There is surf here a lot of the time, but I wouldn't recommend this beach for swimming or beginner surfers. This is a nice beach to walk and search for treasures, but the sand can be a bit rocky.
Waiehu Beach Road
If you are looking to walk to a beach, just continue down the hill, across Waiehu Beach Rd, onto Lower Waiehu Beach Rd. There are several beach access points about 1/4 -1/2 mile away from our home. There is surf here a lot of the time, but I wouldn't recommend this beach for swimming or beginner surfers. This is a nice beach to walk and search for treasures, but the sand can be a bit rocky.
5-10 minute drive from us (depending on traffic). Also known as "Kite Beach," and world famous for kite surfing. This is a large beach park with plenty of parking, bathrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, nice sand, & clear water. It also sits adjacent to a wildlife sanctuary pond. When driving there, you might feel like you are going the wrong way, as the beach road feels totally random and deserted. There are several parking lots along the way- the main beach parking area is farther out and you will see a sign.
Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary
5-10 minute drive from us (depending on traffic). Also known as "Kite Beach," and world famous for kite surfing. This is a large beach park with plenty of parking, bathrooms, pavilions, picnic tables, nice sand, & clear water. It also sits adjacent to a wildlife sanctuary pond. When driving there, you might feel like you are going the wrong way, as the beach road feels totally random and deserted. There are several parking lots along the way- the main beach parking area is farther out and you will see a sign.
Gorgeous, large, sandy beach in the heart of Paia town. 10-15 drive away. We recommend going for the morning, and having lunch or happy hour in Paia afterwards.
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locals recommend
Baldwin Beach Park
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locals recommend
Gorgeous, large, sandy beach in the heart of Paia town. 10-15 drive away. We recommend going for the morning, and having lunch or happy hour in Paia afterwards.
Beautiful beach near Paia. 10-15 min drive. We highly recommend this beach if you are looking for calmer water to swim in, or bring your kids to. Hawaiian sea turtles are frequently spotted here. As they are an endangered species, it is important to remember to keep a safe distance from them (you could also get fined for getting too close).
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locals recommend
Baby Beach, Sprecklesville Area
8
locals recommend
Beautiful beach near Paia. 10-15 min drive. We highly recommend this beach if you are looking for calmer water to swim in, or bring your kids to. Hawaiian sea turtles are frequently spotted here. As they are an endangered species, it is important to remember to keep a safe distance from them (you could also get fined for getting too close).
Nearby Hikes & Nature
Our area is well known for it's incredible hiking trails. Here are a couple less treacherous hikes we recommend for all skill levels, that are really close by.
The most sacred place on Maui. Come here to learn about the Hawaiian history of Iao Valley, take a short hike to view the famous Iao "needle," or a longer hike into the valley. You can take a dip in the stream, picnic in the picnic area boasting pavilions and several little structures and gardens created to resemble the styles of various cultures of the early settlers here. This is a very special place! If you do not have a Hawaiian ID, there is a $5/car fee to park. You do not need to dedicate a whole day here, but we highly suggest not missing it. Schedule an hour one morning to check it out before continuing on with your day. :)
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locals recommend
Iao Valley State Park
54 S High St
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locals recommend
The most sacred place on Maui. Come here to learn about the Hawaiian history of Iao Valley, take a short hike to view the famous Iao "needle," or a longer hike into the valley. You can take a dip in the stream, picnic in the picnic area boasting pavilions and several little structures and gardens created to resemble the styles of various cultures of the early settlers here. This is a very special place! If you do not have a Hawaiian ID, there is a $5/car fee to park. You do not need to dedicate a whole day here, but we highly suggest not missing it. Schedule an hour one morning to check it out before continuing on with your day. :)
While not particularly difficult, this hike is a heart pumper, as is it is all uphill. Enjoy beautiful sweeping views of Iao Valley and the West Maui Mountains on one side, and the ocean on the other. Wear sneakers, and pack a snack for the rest area at the top. We recommend getting an early start on this hike, before it gets too hot. Allow 2-3 hours for the hike, and avoid on muddy/ rainy days, as it can get slippery and dangerous. Rental cars have been known to be targeted for break-ins in parking lots like this one, where locals know the tourists will be gone for a little while. We suggest not leaving anything of value in the car.
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locals recommend
Waihee Ridge Trail
Kahekili Hwy
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locals recommend
While not particularly difficult, this hike is a heart pumper, as is it is all uphill. Enjoy beautiful sweeping views of Iao Valley and the West Maui Mountains on one side, and the ocean on the other. Wear sneakers, and pack a snack for the rest area at the top. We recommend getting an early start on this hike, before it gets too hot. Allow 2-3 hours for the hike, and avoid on muddy/ rainy days, as it can get slippery and dangerous. Rental cars have been known to be targeted for break-ins in parking lots like this one, where locals know the tourists will be gone for a little while. We suggest not leaving anything of value in the car.