Best Local Sandwich, Winner 808 Deli Address: 2511 S. Kihei Rd. #102, Kihei, HI 96753 Contact: Josh Richardson Phone: 808-879-1111 Website: http://www.808deli.com Cuisine: Deli, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Lunch Region: South Maui Price: Affordable Amenities: Take-out, Kid Friendly Hours: Daily 7 a.m.- 5 p.m. A great selection of huge, fresh, gourmet sandwiches and paninis. The pesto chicken and kalua pork varieties are particularly scrumptious.
Best Local Sandwich, Winner 808 Deli Address: 2511 S. Kihei Rd., Suite 102, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808-879-1111 Website: http://www.808deli.net If you’re a fan of panini, dial up 808. They do non-grilled sandwiches too, and they’re plenty good, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t try the “porkie”: pork, mango salsa and pepper jack on rye with sweet chili dipping sauce. Or the “roast beast,” a wallop of meat, cheese, jalepenos and horseradish. Or, for non-meat eaters, the “rippie,” a combo of two cheeses plus avocado, tomato and pesto. I could keep listing options, but how ’bout you just go look, and eat, for yourself? 2511 S. Kihei Rd., Suite 102, Kihei, 808-879-1111. JS
Best Sandwich, Winner 808 Deli Address: 2511 S. Kihei Rd., Suite 102, Kihei, HI 96753 Phone: 808-879-1111 Website: http://www.808deli.net I’m going to give myself a major pat on the back right now and remind you all that I introduced you to the fantabulous 808 Deli a few weeks after it opened. I am so So SO happy that ya’ll agree that they really do have five star sandwiches. What’s your favorite one? Personally, I can’t choose. I think I may have to retry all of them to make an educated decision.
LOCAL BLOG, Winner A Maui Blog Website: http://www.amauiblog.com/ Visit Liza Pierce’s blog (tagline: “talking story since 2006”) and you’ll find meandering, easygoing musings on the people, places and things that make Maui, Maui. To quote from Pierce’s own mission statement, the goal is “to promote Maui’s beautiful island, unique culture and aloha spirit.” In a place where blogging, social networking and other new forms of content delivery have yet to be widely adopted, we salute A Maui Blog for taking the plunge and contributing something meaningful to the conversation.
Address: 1792 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: 808-243-9560 Cuisine: Deli, Vietnamese, Lunch, Dinner Region: Central Maui Price: moderate Amenities: Outdoor Seating, Take-out, Bar Seating Hours: M-Sa 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Su 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saigon Cafe offers fresh and flavorful Vietnamese food: hearty platters of spring rolls, green papaya salad, pho and vegetarian Nuhng Dam cooked right at your table. Although the restaurant lacks a sign and therefore is easy to miss, the food and atmosphere is not one to be forgotten. The restaurant is neatly decorated and even has a few cute bar seats. Seating is also available outside in a separate room for small gatherings. Find them tucked away below the bridge in Wailuku.
Address: 1792 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: 808-243-9560 It’s easy to miss A Saigon Cafe. It doesn’t really advertise its location and is tucked under a busy bridge. But—with its yummy Vietnamese “burritos,” authentic, veggie-infused dishes and friendly staff—it’s worth seeking out. At Saigon, there’s something for everyone, be it the spring rolls, sweet and sour mahi mahi, crispy egg noodles, lemongrass chicken or hot clay pot dishes. If you’re tired of Vietnamese places that only serve pho, Saigon Cafe (and its extensive menu) is the place to go. 1792 Main St., Wailuku, 808-243-9560. YT
Address: 1792 Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: (808) 243-9560 Word of mouth counts for a lot in the Maui restaurant community. Just ask regular customers of A Saigon Café. Located in sleepy Wailuku—under a bridge—it has still managed to be on the Best of Maui list multiple times. It probably has a lot to do with dishes like their ever-popular burritos. No beans or cheese here—these are Vietnamese-style, rice papers wrapped around sprouts, mint, basil, veggies and tofu, beef or chicken. There’s pho, the Vietnamese version of beef noodle soup and clay pots with either chicken or shrimp and so much more. One of my personal favorites? Sweet Thai iced tea, heavy on the sweetened condensed milk. Great with anything you order. Don’t let their out-the-way location fool you. This place is worth finding.
Best Hardware Store, Winner Ace Hardware Address: 334 Alamaha St., Kahului, HI 96732 Phone: 808-877-3931 Website: http://www.acehardware.com I'm assuming this means every Ace Hardware on the island? There are a few of them you know. I don't have to tell you this, because you already know, but since I'm required to inform the general public on Best Of Maui winners, here it is: Ace Hardware, though much smaller than Lowes or Home Depot, is a GIANT when it comes to customer service. They really are the "helpful hardware store" and that's no baloney. Located island-wide.
Address: 1237 L. Main St., Wailuku, HI 96793 Phone: 808-244-8774 Cuisine: Health Food, Local, Pacific Rim Region: Central Maui Price: affordable Amenities: Take-out Hours: Tu-F 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tu-Sa 5-9 p.m. AK's Cafe in Wailuku Maui brings healthy and cheap dining together. Famous for their crabcakes.
Best Band Website/Myspace Page, Winner akettleprime.com or myspace.com/akettleprime Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.akettleprime.com To be brutally honest, I am not sure if people are voting for the Web site itself or the actual band. But I’ll operate under the assumption that the former is the case. I have to agree that A Kettle Prime’s Web site is among the more user-friendly of local band sites. When I research a band ahead of a music review, their MySpace pages are typically loaded to the gills and thus often make my computer freeze. Which sucks. Since it’s not a MySpace profile, AKP’s Web site doesn’t do this, despite being packed with music and photo galleries—though you can’t download their tunes yet. In terms of aesthetics, their site seems to match the band’s sound, look, etc. KB
She’s done it again. MauiTime’s readership bows down to the Morning Goddess. Her voice taps the syrup of every wise auntie who’s ever lived, and with her M-F, 6-10am show scoring the soundtrack to our commutes, she (true to her name’s meaning) “guides” us through our AM rituals. I too know the pith of this DJ deity’s sway, and as a keiki heeded her call to “get up, brush teeth, wash face and comb your hair”—only un-gluing my ears from my boom box long enough to hotfoot it to the school bus as it came barreling down the road (KPOA piped over the bus’s speakers too, of course). Heard the world-over (I’ve even met Kansans who live-stream her), she’s a Mauian’s Mauian, with lazer beam lashes, a flair for the fabulous and a heart for all Hawaii and its music. (P.S. Dear Shaggy: C’mon. You know your audience is too blazed to win you this one. Consider it a compliment.)
She sports an arsenal of jewelry that would make Cleopatra pull her own braids out in jealousy. She’s got a presence that’s at once disarming and commanding. KPOA’s Alaka’i the Morning Goddess is one of those people who is helping keep Maui, Maui. She is all personality and super adept at cracking jokes on the fly, even when the mic is hot. And all the while she demonstrates her benevolence by giving local bands tons of airplay—she once told me that playing and supporting local (as in Hawaiian) music is key to keeping the culture alive. KB
Address: One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Kapalua, HI 96761 Phone: 808-669-6200 Cuisine: Lunch Region: West Maui Amenities: Ocean View, Outdoor Seating, Live Music, Sunset View, Bar Seating Hours: Light fare & appetizers: 4pm-10pm, Cocktails: 11am-close Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the west side of the island, the Alaloa lounge not only offers a casual lunch and bar menu, but also a perfect location to watch the Maui sunset and, when in season, whale-watching. Their light fare menu consists of a few salads, sandwiches, and burgers, while the bar menu features dishes like teriyaki filet skewers, crab and fontina cheese dip, and crisp duck spring rolls. For a casual meal with breathtaking views, stop by the Alaloa Lounge at the Ritz.
In 2005 and 2006, Haiku’s Albee Layer—or Alfred L. Layer IV if you want to get technical—was featured in the surf flicks Kids Who Rip and Kids Who Rip, Volume 3. He’s not a kid anymore (he turned 18 last June) but he still rips. In fact, he just keeps ripping harder, riding his way to the front of a crowded field of Maui up-and-comers. To quote surferhot100.com, which keeps tabs on the world’s best young surfers: “In this day and age, where you have to be rounded to be successful, Albee’s mix of futuristic grabs and airs coupled with his ability to drop into anything will keep his name relevant years to come.”