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  • Bighorn Dave
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    • Aug 2018
    • 238
    • Nampa, Idaho

    Hawaiian BBQ

    We will be heading to the airport this morning for a flight to Maui. Will have a couple of weeks there and would like to spend some of that time sampling Hawaiian BBQ. Just thought I'd toss it our here for discussion to see if anyone has a recommendation on where to consider. I checked the BBQ Joints forum but nothing listed for Hawaii.
  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 2728

    There is Momma’s in Lahaina. It is not Franklins but it can be decent. For a more varied experience try Tin Roof in Kahului. Walk in place but really decent food. Sheldon Simeon has opened Lineage in Kihei which is winning all the awards right now. For breakfast or lunch try Leoda’s Kitchen near Launiupoko. (Area near Lahaina.) We eat there often since it is close to our house. Star Noodle isn’t what it use to be IMHO but we still like it. Enjoy your trip.


    • Donw
      Donw commented
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      My daughter says Smoke and Spice Maui
      in Kihei as a good place for BBQ.

    • Bighorn Dave
      Bighorn Dave commented
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      Thanks for the tips. Not sure we can get them all but will try a few at the very least. Will be staying in Kehei so will certainly get to those mentioned in that area. I think a trip to Lahaina is on tap also so if timed right maybe even get a taste of Momma's offerings.

    • Jim White
      Jim White commented
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      Oooh. Gonna have to bookmark this. We will be in Maui for Christmas.
  • Old Glory
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    • Feb 2018
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    Not BBQ but be sure to get a Loco Moco for breakfast.
    Last edited by Old Glory; January 9th, 2020, 09:24 AM.


    • ScottyC13
      ScottyC13 commented
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      Or Loco Moco. Moco Loco would have the rice on top!

    • Old Glory
      Old Glory commented
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      ScottyC13 ha ha yes I need to remember not to post before coffee
  • HawkerXP
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    • Jul 2016
    • 4965
    • Northern Virginia
    • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
      Dot w two probes
      Slo n Sear
      Cold beer

    As if you'd expect anything else from me? https://chickeninabarrel.com/


    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      I was trying to think of that place after reading about it, and you beat me to it.
  • RonB
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    • Apr 2016
    • 12157
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Just smoke some Spam and you are all set.


    • Spinaker
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      Chicken in a Barrel is awesome! Great stuff.
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      • Donw
        Donw commented
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        Unfortunately it is a long swim from Maui to any of their locations. ☹️ (Unless they opened one in the last month or so.)

      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        I am always in for a good ocean swim. Donw

      • Bighorn Dave
        Bighorn Dave commented
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        I'd be game to give it a try but as far as I can tell from google searches Maui does not have one. I like chicken but I'm not a strong swimmer and to dang cheap to pay the fee to fly to another island just for a day trip and food sampling. After yesterdays flight into Maui I don't know if I can get the wife on a plane to head home in couple weeks. It was rough as can be. Even the pilot commented on the turbulence.
    • Troutman
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      • Aug 2017
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      In his tongue and cheek way, RonB hit the nail on the head. They've elevated Spam to a new level and think of it as their bbq....

      Been to the islands twice, Honolulu and Maui and don't remember anything that resembled bbq although I wasn't really looking. I do remember Bob's in Honolulu but it wasn't very good to be honest. Best to find a good pig roast, that's something worth the effort. They do roast pig well.


      • Spinaker
        Spinaker commented
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        I have also elevated SPAM to think of it as its own food group and national treasure. "You don't speak Japanese, do you? You can thank SPAM for that."

      • Bkhuna
        Bkhuna commented
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        I get SPAM Musubi cravings every now and again.
    • barelfly
      Club Member
      • Dec 2017
      • 904
      • New Mexico

      Just look for the roadside spots serving up Huli Huli chicken! I’ve had a few friends find these and said it was great!

      My my buddy was driving along last year and remembered I told him to try Huli Huli chicken. He saw a cardboard sign for someone selling it, pulled over and said it was one of his favorite meals of his trip!


      • Ground Chuck
        Club Member
        • Apr 2019
        • 134
        • Northern Kentucky

        We just Honeymooned in Maui in September. It was our second time, absolutely love it there! I highly, highly recommend the Feast at Lele if looking for a Luau. Best Kalua Pork we had by a long shot. A lot of people recommend the Old Lahaina Luau as well. We tried the Kalua Pork at the restaurant attached to OLL, called Aloha Mixed Plate, and the pork wasn't nearly as good as the Feast. Outside of that, you may find some korean bbq joints. If you travel to Hana, there is a legitimate barbeque pit master on the left just before you hit Hana. Hope you have a great time, friend!

        Off-topic, but just have to mention, if you get a chance to eat at The Mill House in Wailuku, please do! By far our favorite restaurant we ate at on the island, and sadly we didn't discover it until our trip to the airport this most recent time there. Nestled in the mountains, beautiful change of scenery from the beach dining. Can't recommend it enough!
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        • HawkerXP
          HawkerXP commented
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          "Second" honeymoon!?! What are trying to do to us?

        • Ground Chuck
          Ground Chuck commented
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          Hahahahaha! Poor wording on my part. Second trip to Maui, only one Honeymoon! Hopefully my last
      • Donw
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2728

        I texted some Kihei residents I know this morning my time and since it is now morning there I got two replies so far. I know they aren’t BBQ places but I will pass them on for some other options.

        ”Hi! Yes, absolutely. Kihei Cafe is a great place to eat breakfast - very very casual and don’t let the line scare them as it moves very quickly. Paia Fish market (locations on Paia, Kihei, and Lahaina) or Coconuts Cafe are both great options for a fresh fish lunch, and for a nice dinner I recommend Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz resort in Wailea - a culinary experience.”

        ”A must do to have some fresh island Ahi Poke - they can pick some up at Safeway or Foodland deli’s, however Tamura’s is the best. 1/2 lb is a good portion.”


        • Bighorn Dave
          Bighorn Dave commented
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          We are not getting around to as many places as we thought possible. Kihei Caffe and coconuts cafe we did manage to get to. Pretty good on both counts. We did find a little hole in the wall deli that is pretty dang good albeit not BBQ (808 Deli). Sister and BIL are here as is normal for them this time of year every year so have been sharing their ideas. Frankly our tastes vary and haven't been wowed by any of those places yet.
      • MBMorgan
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        Another great place (albeit not BBQ) is the Hali'imaile General Store in Makawao: https://hgsmaui.com/


        • Donw
          Donw commented
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          Good suggestion!
      • rickgregory
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 521
        • Seattle, WA

        I wouldn't bother with finding traditional bbq places, I'd dive into the little places doing Huli Huli chicken, places doing shoyu pulled pork etc. And poke, if you're alright with raw fish.


        • MBMorgan
          MBMorgan commented
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          Agreed! Steer clear of so-called “traditional” BBQ (whatever that is) and focus on enjoying the local cuisine.
          Last edited by MBMorgan; January 10th, 2020, 12:22 AM.

        • rickgregory
          rickgregory commented
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          Oh I think of traditional BBQ as the stuff we mostly talk about here. Brisket, ribs, etc done in a southern style.



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