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Lahaina Spring Break Crawl: Hawaii Vacation Ideas on Maui

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Lehua Lounge Maui
The mai tais at the Maui Andaz's Lehua Lounge may be the best you've ever had. Photo: Dave Seminara
Where can you enjoy a tropical drink at an oceanfront tiki bar, feast on a freshly slaughtered pig at a luau, and watch sunset on a volcano? Maui is a seductive spring break destination where it's easy to lose your inhibitions. Lahaina, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is a lively town where you can get your bearings – and good food as you can explore the entire island.
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Where to Eat on Maui if You're Not a Top Chef

by Jess Moss. Posted Jan 29th 2014 11:20 AM
Top Chef Judges on Maui season 11
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In tonight's penultimate episode of Top Chef Season 11, the final three Cheftestants say goodbye to the Big Easy and arrive on the Hawaiian island of Maui. There they'll slice, sauté and serve their way to the final, which airs February 5 at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.

While on the Valley Isle, the chefs will be living the luxe life in the villas at the new Andaz Maui at Wailea. The hotel, on Maui's South Shore, overlooks Mokapu Beach, which you can see in the background of this "Last Chance Kitchen" episode. The competitors also will be rubbing shoulders with Hawaiian culinary royalty: Sam Choy and Peter Merriman, two of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, and chef/owners at some of Hawaii's most recognized restaurants. (Merriman runs Merriman's Kapalua, and while Choy currently doesn't have an outpost on Maui, rumor has it he's considering a Kaanapali location.)

Following the chefs' footsteps on Maui is easy and delicious -- if you have the bank account to support it. But if you're traveling here without a Top Chef-caliber budget or palate, and just want some ono grinds (aka yummy food), here are some must-try Maui foods, and where to eat them:
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Paia and Dinner on the North Shore: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:19 PM
Paia and Dinner on the North Shore: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
I left the dairy and continued heading toward the coast. While this technically ended my Upcountry tour, Maui's North Shore has its fair share of local flavor, albeit of the surfing variety. As you might expect from those who live wave to wave, the North Shore's main town, Paia, is geared toward those on a budget-well, as budget as Maui gets. Its few blocks of storefronts are full of bikini boutiques, crowded indie cafes and more than one head shop. To be honest, it seemed a little grungy to me, particularly when compared with the upscale galleries and shops in Makawao.
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Hanging 10 with the Goats: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:16 PM
Hanging 10 with the Goats: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
From here Route 37 continues south before turning east into the Piilani Highway, an alternate route to Hana that skirts Haleakala National Park. It's a two-hour drive along rugged and rocky roads along the ocean that can be a little rough -- not all rental car companies allow you to bring your car there. Instead, I turned around and backtracked north on 37. Here, it's easy to suss out Upcountry's priorities: Every other business along Route 37 seemed to be a homeopathic shop and/or massage studio.
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Starting Healthy at Lumeria Sanctuary: Maui Upcountry Road Trip

by Chris Gray Faust. Posted May 15th 2013 12:04 PM
 Lumeria Sanctuary: Maui Upcountry Road Trip
I'm not what you'd call a yoga person. Contorting my body into odd poses, often at ungodly hours? So not my thing.
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