Humuhumunukunukuapua`a is truly one of Maui’s most romantic restaurants and most difficult to spell or pronounce. The open-air dining venue sits on a manmade lagoon accessible by wooden bridges. We ate there the first time more than decade ago only to find and returned last night only to discover it has changed for the better (food wise, the setting has always been amazing) thanks to Chef Michael Lofaro whose bio says, “thrives on satiating taste buds through simple and balanced flavors”.
Chef was off property last night but his team managed to please our palates big time with a tongue-teasing Yellowfin tuna sashimi that came with a shaved ice on top making it so refreshing, and onager (Red Snapper) about as creatively prepared as it gets while retaining the moistness and delicate flavor of the local fish. We also enjoyed sides of perfectly done wild mushrooms and bok choy.
For dessert we went for cooling sorbets and ice cream which were also special. The restaurant is very popular with couples, for whom there are romantic tables set off from the crowd, and families. It tends to be busiest around 6:30 p.m. as locals and tourists dine early in the Islands.
Go even earlier because from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. there’s 50% off “On the Rocks” well drinks, house wine by-the-glass and domestic beers; from 5:30 p.m. for an hour the Ono Ono Happy Hour also features 50% off any hand-caught fresh lobster entrée.
Entrees and prices in a nutshell:
Hand Caught Lobster Hawaiian Spiny 58 per lb or Kona Maine 54 per lb
(Minimum of 2/lb based on availability)
Hand Pick Your Fresh Lobster from our Saltwater Lagoon Prepared Steamed or Grilled with Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Fried Rice.
Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi – 39
Purple Sweet Potato Mashed, Sautéed Baby Bok Choy with a Red Wine Reduction
Korean Style Fried Chicken – 31
Kochujang Sauce, Pickled Vegetables, Jasmine Rice and Sesame
Patti Pietschmann's been plugged into the LA scene for years as author of Harper Collins' best selling ACCESS travel, former contributing editor to LA Magazine and various radio gigs. She has traveled the world with her husband Richard, on assignments and for personal pleasure, has enjoyed hundreds of cruises (she and Richard started young), eaten in restaurants around the globe, spa hopped, trekked, hiked and hit the ground running. The former Teen Editor of Newsday in New York, Patti was also a co-west coast editor of Departures Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such diverse media as Cruisecritic.com, LA Times, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Virtuoso's Voyage, Luxurydomain.com, Bel-air Magazine, Priority Magazine, dozens of in-flight magazines, and more.