DINING You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat well on Maui. Road shacks and come-as-you-are restaurants serving traditional Hawaiian plate lunches offer some of the best local dishes. Aloha Mixed Plate (1285 Front St., Lahaina, 808-661-3322, www.alohamixedplate.com) has a five-star waterfront setting and bargain- basement prices. Try the Hawaiian Plate, with kalua pig and cabbage, lomi lomi salmon, poi, and haupia, for $9.95. Coconut’s Fish Cafe (1270 South Kihei Road, Kihei, 808-875-9979, www.coconutsfishcafe.com) has the freshest and best fish tacos on the island for $11.95. Grab a piping hot, fresh-made bowl of noodles — like the fried saimin with kamaboko, spam, egg, bean sprouts and scallions — for around $9, at Star Noodle (286 Kupuohi St., Lahaina, 808-667-5400, www.starnoodle.com).
Farmer’s markets are good places to mix with islanders, sample foods, and pick up local produce, vegetables, preserves, and more. The south Maui market (61 South Kihei Road, Kihei) is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday until 5. The Honokowai market in west Maui (3636 Lower Honoapiilani Road, Lahaina, 808-669-7004) is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7 to 11 a.m.
GETTING AROUND There’s a public bus system that runs between several popular towns and communities on the island (www.mauicounty.gov/bus; $2 per boarding, $4 daily pass), departing nearly hourly from about 6:30 a.m. until about 9 p.m. There are also several free shuttle services for help in getting around Maui.
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