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Best Food Trucks on Maui - HOP to it

Where to find the best food trucks on Maui
October 11, 2017


Food trucks keep sprouting up on Maui and we couldn't be happier. The quality of food at the trucks listed below rival anything you'll eat at high end restaurants. While you'll find classic Hawai'ian dishes like poke, you can also find ethnic foods that are generally underserved here, like gyros and authentic Mexican food. This list could easily run 20 deep, so expect to see another list in the near future.

  1. Maui Fresh Streatery (check the Facebook page)
    The menu changes every two weeks at Maui Fresh Streatery, but we've never been disappointed, so we can give this truck a hearty recommendation even if we can't recommend any single dish. Serving only fresh, Maui-sourced food, this truck embraces a farm-to-table ethic. (Maui Fresh Streatery)

  2. Thai Mee Up (Kahului)
    Open for lunch M - F and dinner on Wednesday's until 8:00, Thai Mee Up is located in the food truck round-up across from Costco. They feature some amazing curries, we especially love the panang curry, and great pad thai. It can sometimes take 15 - 20 minutes to get your food (they will warn you,) so we always use that time to cross the street and get gas at Costco. Thai Mee Up was featured on the hit Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives". (Thai Mee Up)

  3. Like Poke? (Kahului)
    Like Poke? uses only fresh caught fish, meaning if the fishermen come up dry, no poke for you! While that can be frustrating, we give mad props to this truck for sticking to their ideals. The other maddening thing about Like Poke? They're only open until they run out of food. Usually, that's pretty early. Generally open from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, we recommend getting there by 11:00. OK, so what should you order? For starters, try the poke. It's some of the best on the island. Then, venture out and try something like the ahi katsu (if it's available on the day you visit) and the fried poke. (Like Poke?)

  4. Ono Tacos (Lahaina)
    This tiny trailer dishes up some big Mexican flavors. Well known for their tacos, Ono Tacos also serves tortas, burritos, quesadillas and even hot dogs. There's a self-serve condiment area with everything you could want to put on a taco, plus a few different salsas. Call us old fashioned, but we always order a plate of tacos carnitas (steak) with rice and beans. The steak is grilled to perfection. Nope, nothing fancy there, but it hits the spot. (Ono Tacos)

  5. Mediterranean Grill (Haiku)
    Serving Lebanese-style Mediterranean food, the Mediterranean Grill food truck absolutely kills it with its lamb gyro. Easily the best gyro we've eaten on Maui, the lamb is always perfectly grilled and the yogurt sauce has just enough bite to taste it, but it doesn't overwhelm the dish. Located in a food truck round-up in Haiku, if you're upcountry, we recommend you swing by. (Mediterranean Grill)

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Blogs for October 2017

Best Malasadas on Maui - HOP To It

Posted on October 17, 2017

There are so many good malasadas on Maui, it's hard to narrow the list down to just five, but after weeks of agonizing research, we think we've come up with the definitive list. But first, the ground rules. We're sticking with bakeries and shops that serve malasadas "to… Continue Reading

Best Farmers Markets on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 16, 2017


The state of Hawai'i imports roughly 85% - 90% (by most estimates) of its food. This leaves Maui in a somewhat precarious situation. First, if for some reason we were cut off from the mainland, it wouldn't take long for there to be massive food shortages. Second,… Continue Reading

Safe Snorkeling in Maui

Posted on October 14, 2017


Known for the warm, clear waters and colorful marine life, it would be a shame if you missed the unique opportunity of snorkeling in Maui. Enjoyable for all ages, snorkeling offers the chance to glimpse at a whole other world built just under the water’s surface! Whether… Continue Reading

Classic Hawaiian Cookbooks - HOP to it

Posted on October 12, 2017


Sam Choy, Beverly Gannon, Peter Merriman, Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi, five of the original 12 members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, all have signature cookbooks. Like their restaurants, the books still hold up today. For many people, it isn't a trip to Hawai'i without visiting… Continue Reading

Best Food Trucks on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 11, 2017


Food trucks keep sprouting up on Maui and we couldn't be happier. The quality of food at the trucks listed below rival anything you'll eat at high end restaurants. While you'll find classic Hawai'ian dishes like poke, you can also find ethnic foods that are generally underserved… Continue Reading

Fun Facts About the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa

Posted on October 08, 2017

We are sure that you have heard of Hawaii’s state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, and have been challenged to sound out this seemingly complicated set of letters. Lucky for you, we won’t make you do that and will often refer to this fish as “humuhumu” like the locals do.… Continue Reading

The Harmful Effects of Sunscreen on our Oceans

Posted on October 07, 2017


Sunscreens have been making headlines lately due to their contribution to coral bleaching and ocean acidification. Coral bleaching is the phenomenon whereby coral loses its color and rejects symbiotic organisms, essentially killing the coral. While rising sea temperatures are the main culprit behind coral bleaching, researchers believe… Continue Reading

Best Asian Noodle Joints on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 06, 2017

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Best Tide Pools on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 05, 2017


Maui is blessed with miles and miles of sandy beaches. Not all beaches, though, have tide pools. In fact, most don't have them. But when you come across a great tide pool, you can use it as an ecological teaching moment for children or just enjoy the… Continue Reading

Best Golf Courses on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 04, 2017

Maui is home to many fine golf courses, far more than the five listed here. With the exception of one, all of the courses here are public. The one club that is private offers one-day guest memberships for visitors. From courses that double as PGA stops to municipal courses with… Continue Reading

Best Tropical Gardens on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 03, 2017


While it seems odd to spend money to see plants and flowers on Maui when they are so prevalent for free, sometimes it's helpful to see all the different types of flora in one location. For you Instagrammers, tropical gardens present excellent flower photo and selfie opportunities.… Continue Reading

Best Coffee Shop on Maui - HOP to it

Posted on October 02, 2017


A good coffee shop is somewhere you want to nest, a place where you can do anything from check your email to chat with friends. For this list, we aren't talking about the best coffee. Instead, we are talking about are the best places to enjoy coffee.… Continue Reading

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