Posted by: Waheeda Harris | April 18, 2014

Learning my Hawaiian – ono

Did you know Maui’s food scene has skyrocketed in the past few years? The laid-back isle may have been a bit slow to take on the local and sustainable food movement, but now its firmly entrenched – and representing the unique influences of Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese, Portuguese and other groups that make this island unique.

Ono, the world for delicious in Hawaiian (and ono ono for absolutely delicious) was easily said at every meal, as I enjoyed many local tastes like:

Maui - Leoda's

the coconut crusted french toast with fresh strawberries at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop…or the amazing fish tacos from food truck Big Beach BBQ at Makena Beach:

Maui - Makena taco afternoon

 

Or perhaps it was Chef Tylun Pang’s creation at Ko Restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani that was so tasty, like the grilled shrimp or the ahi tuna on the rock, or the local greens served with sweet avocado. But my newfound fave? Malasada – a Portuguese doughnut:

Maui - Ko Restaurant collage

 

And it just kept getting better – like visiting Tante’s Island Cuisine – with its focus on Filipino tastes and discovering my love for pancit (stir fried noodles w/veg, chicken and shrimp) banana lumpia (sweet spring rolls), and of course the best shared pu pu platter (deep fried tasty snacks):

Maui - Tante's cuisine trio

 

Ono ono indeed. Mahalo Maui!

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