Maui Adventure Cruises: Lana’i Dolphin Snorkel Adventure

Why do spinner dolphins spin? A – It’s a learned behavior to remove a parasitic fish B – It’s fun and they enjoy doing it. C – To dry off D – All of the above According to Rob (and Rob is his real name) our guide on Maui Adventure Cruises: Lanai Dolphin Adventure, the […]

Bully, Formerly of Goofy Foot Surf School, Founds Bully’s Ohana Surf School

Robert “Bully” Kotter Establishes New Surf School in Lahaina If you’re looking for your favorite surf instructor named Robert “Bully” Kotter, who used to teach surf lessons at Goofy Foot Surf School in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Relax. You’ve finally found him. That’s right! Bully, formerly a surf instructor with Goofy Foot Surf School in Lahaina, […]

Skyline Eco-Adventures: 4 Line Zip-n-Dip Tour

We had the honor of attending Skyline Eco Adventures’ inaugural Zip-n-Dip Tour and it was AMAZING. We were among the very first group to experience Maui’s newest activity up at Kahoma Ranch. It was nothing like I expected and better than I imagined. Now, you have to understand, I go on a lot of activities […]

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Slappy Cakes, Lahaina: Make Your Own Pancakes

As you walk into Slappy Cakes in Ka’anapali, you first notice that it’s pretty spartan as far as furnishings, and with very high ceilings. You hope the wait is worth it, but as it is a high-tourist time, and on a Monday brunch, a crowd should be expected. There does seem to be pretty spacious […]

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Great Breakfast and an Incredible Ocean View

When you walk into Koa’s Seaside Grill, the first thing you notice is the view. It’s an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian Island of Lanai. On the morning we went for breakfast, the waves were huge and we had a fantastic experience. Our hostess escorted us to our table along the […]

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls at No Ka ‘Oi Cinnamon Rolls Whaler’s Village

When I told my son that our next review was going to be cinnamon rolls at No Ka Oi Cinnamon Rolls at the food court of Whaler’s Village, my announcement was met with a huge smile and a vey excited, “Cool!” When I told him that they were the same cinnamon rolls that are featured […]

Family Breakfast at Captain Jack’s in Lahaina Maui Hawaii

Captain Jack’s Eggs Benedict, French Toast, and More Usually, the kids want to go to town to have a “walking breakfast”. We stop for a cup of coffee or juice and pick up Spam musubi at Nagasako’s over by Foodland. We take a walk down Front St. and sometimes on the beach. This morning, they […]

Spanky’s Riptide: Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast

With eleven big screen televisions from which to choose, Spanky’s Riptide is one of the best places on the west side of Maui to watch NFL football on a Sunday morning. For that matter, Spanky’s Riptide is the one of best places to watch any televised sports event on the west side of Maui. But […]

Father’s Day Brunch at Moose McGillycuddy’s

The kids picked their favorite place for Father’s Day Brunch: Moose McGillycuddy’s on Front St. in Lahaina. The menu is simple. The food is consistently good. The service is always great. And by now, we feel like family when we go there.  And the best part is my kids know where the two for one […]

Fantastic French Toast at Mala Ocean Tavern

The kids and I went to Mala for breakfast over the weekend. The food, as always, was delicious. While I opted for the traditional bacon and eggs, the kids both decided to have french toast. I have to say that the french toast at Mala is the best I’ve had on Maui.

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Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Sushi, Seafood, and Steak

Ask just about any local where the best sushi on Maui is and you’ll get the same answer: The best sushi on Maui is at Sansei’s. On the west side of Maui, Sansei’s is located in Kapalua, about 20 minutes north of Lahaina Towne, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar serves a variety of entrees, […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month December 2012

Every month, the Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina offers a unique burger creation that they call “The Burger of the Month”. It’s a creative outlet that yields some wonderful variations on their already extensive burger selections. For the month of December 2012, the Cool Cat Cafe offers a Greek inspired burger made with feta-based tzatziki […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month August 2014

August’s Burgers of the Month at The Cool Cat Cafe are a pair of tasty meals that are sure to pleasure your palate. Nearly identical, save for the type of patty they feature, both burgers include fresh mozzarella, locally grown Olowalu Nui tomatoes, Kula greens, and fresh basil leaves. Served on herbed focaccia and dressed […]

Hola Aloha to Cool Cat Cafe’s February Burger of the Month: The Quesadilla Burger!

Cool Cat Cafe’s February burger of the month was tantalizing for many reasons. Not the least of which is everyone’s universal love of Mexican food. A quesadilla burger has intriguing possibilities dripping from just the name alone. There is, of course, the challenge of having both Cool Cat’s savory, always fresh, ground beef patty and […]

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Lunch with Incredible Views

I’d never been to Koa’s before, so I was looking forward to the experience. A friend recommended this place to me, and it’s on Front Street, with an ocean view, so how can you go wrong? The first impression I get upon entering is that if the food is anything as good as the view, […]

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Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2015

Last July, Cool Cat’s burgers of the month featured both “The Bottle Rocket” and “The Roman Candle” and this July, the burgers of the month are the same as before. I didn’t have the opportunity to try them last year, but I’m glad I finally got the chance. As usual, we ordered both burgers with […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2015

The Cool Cat Cafe has done it again. They took a standard American staple and turned it into a delicious burger. Like my son said, “Only Cool Cat’s can come up with hamburgers that feature tacos, pizza, and hot dogs. They can take anything and make it into a burger.” This month’s burger of the […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month May 2015

“Relleno de el Gato Suave!” and “This is for La Raza!” The overall experience of Cool Cat Cafe’s burgers of the month May 2015 is one of complete satisfaction. The crispiness of the fried flour tortilla, the crunch of the shredded lettuce, the creamy texture of the oaxaca cheese and the garlic roasted poblano peppers […]

Outrageous Surf School: Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

My new favorite sport is stand up paddle boarding also known as stand up paddle surfing. I’ve only gone out a few times, but I have a blast each time. Sometimes I stand up and paddle by myself; sometimes I stand up and paddle with my children riding on the front of the stand up […]

Tiny Bubbles Scuba School: Introductory Dive

Visibility: 60 feet. Maximum Depth: 32 feet. Duration: 48 minutes. Wild Life: Over a dozen sea turtles and countless fish. Not bad for my first ocean scuba dive. About a year ago, at the grand opening of Umalu at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Maui, I had the good fortune of meeting Tim […]

West Maui Parasail

With the West Maui Mountains behind us, we began our walk down the street into Lahaina Town. One of the many things I love about living on Maui is that, from the right location, everything is within walking distance. We are lucky enough to live in the right location for all the activities in Lahaina […]

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Father’s Day Brunch at Moose McGillycuddy’s

The kids picked their favorite place for Father's Day Brunch: Moose McGillycuddy's on Front St. in Lahaina. The menu is simple. The food is consistently good. The service is always great. And by now, we feel like family when we go there.  And the best part is my kids know where the two for one coupons are! I had corn beef hash and eggs over easy. An buttered English muffin rounded out the meal. My youngest ordered the Big Pancake breakfast: pancakes, eggs, bacon. It was more than he could … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Slappy Cakes, Lahaina: Make Your Own Pancakes

As you walk into Slappy Cakes in Ka'anapali, you first notice that it's pretty spartan as far as furnishings, and with very high ceilings. You hope the wait is worth it, but as it is a high-tourist time, and on a Monday brunch, a crowd should be expected. There does seem to be pretty spacious parking, as any overflow can be handled by The Time supermarket next-door. You are greeted immediately by the person at the front kiosk, who takes your name, and invited to sit down. With such a crowd, … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Mala an Ocean Tavern: Eggs Benedict

“Kai will be right with you,” our hostess informed us as she guided us to the outside lanai. My son chose a nice table and selected the seat with an unobscured view of the water. Our seats were shady and cool. The gentle sea breeze and the sound of the waves were a great way to start our breakfast. Everything had that fresh clean ocean smell. This was my second visit to Mala; my first was for dinner a few weeks earlier. This time we were there for breakfast. Mala only serves breakfast on … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

The Plantation House: Eggs Benedict

Having been to The Plantation House for dinner, I was very much looking forward to going again. The food is fantastic, the servers friendly and knowledgeable, and Chef Alex Stanislaw... well Chef Alex is amazing. When the opportunity presented itself to try all six variations of Eggs Benedict featured at The Plantation House, I jumped at the chance. For years, I have heard people rave about them; everyone has their own personal favorite. This was my chance to pick the best. When we arrived at … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Great Breakfast and an Incredible Ocean View

When you walk into Koa’s Seaside Grill, the first thing you notice is the view. It’s an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian Island of Lanai. On the morning we went for breakfast, the waves were huge and we had a fantastic experience. Our hostess escorted us to our table along the edge of the railing. We were so close to the water that we actually got splashed. It’s not a common occurrence, but the waves were really big. Our servers, Toni and Jeff, introduced themselves and … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Spanky’s Riptide: Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast

With eleven big screen televisions from which to choose, Spanky’s Riptide is one of the best places on the west side of Maui to watch NFL football on a Sunday morning. For that matter, Spanky’s Riptide is the one of best places to watch any televised sports event on the west side of Maui. But I digress. A few days before the inaugural Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast, we ran into Sam, the bartender from Spanky’s Riptide, as we were walking by Longhi’s on Front Street. She invited us to … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

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Burgers on Maui

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2014

Today’s Burger of the Month is the “All Hail, Caesar”, and to tell the truth, it’s one I might not have chosen if I wasn’t writing a review on it. I enter the Cool Cat Cafe on a hot afternoon with a friend, and we both decide that the air-conditioned area is more to our liking, […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month May 2015

“Relleno de el Gato Suave!” and “This is for La Raza!” The overall experience of Cool Cat Cafe’s burgers of the month May 2015 is one of complete satisfaction. The crispiness of the fried flour tortilla, the crunch of the shredded lettuce, the creamy texture of the oaxaca cheese and the garlic roasted poblano peppers […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month March 2013

The Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina offers unique burgers every month for their Burger of the Month promotion. Each month is different and the burgers for March 2013 were some of the best burgers ever. My son and I arrived around 2:00pm, after the lunch crowd thinned a bit. We started with drinks: a vanilla […]

Cool Cat Cafe: For the Best Hamburger or Cheeseburger in Paradise

If you’re looking for the best hamburger or cheeseburger in paradise, come to the Cool Cat Cafe in downtown Lahaina on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. For the past five years, my wife and I have been coming to Maui for three weeks every year to get away from the snow and spend time in […]

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Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2013

Cool Cat Cafe: Beef Burger of the Month June 2013: Don’t Be a Pesto One of my favorite vegetables is broccoli; my other favorite is zucchini. Imagine my surprise to discover that both of them would be served on my burger when I tried the Cool Cat Burger of the Month of June: Don’t Be […]

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Sunset Dinner

Located on the makai side of Front Street with an unparalleled view of the island of Lana’i sits a gem of a restaurant with food as good as the view. I had the pleasure of trying a few items from their dinner menu the other evening and really enjoyed the experience. The menu is expansive […]

David Paul’s Island Grill: Tasting Menu Dinner

Family Night Out is one of the best parts about being a restaurant writer for 808 Reviews. There is something very special about the whole family getting dressed up to go out to dinner, even in a town with a casual dress code like Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. The idea of dressing for dinner is still […]

Hola Aloha to Cool Cat Cafe’s February Burger of the Month: The Quesadilla Burger!

Cool Cat Cafe’s February burger of the month was tantalizing for many reasons. Not the least of which is everyone’s universal love of Mexican food. A quesadilla burger has intriguing possibilities dripping from just the name alone. There is, of course, the challenge of having both Cool Cat’s savory, always fresh, ground beef patty and […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month August 2014

August’s Burgers of the Month at The Cool Cat Cafe are a pair of tasty meals that are sure to pleasure your palate. Nearly identical, save for the type of patty they feature, both burgers include fresh mozzarella, locally grown Olowalu Nui tomatoes, Kula greens, and fresh basil leaves. Served on herbed focaccia and dressed […]

Father’s Day Brunch at Moose McGillycuddy’s

The kids picked their favorite place for Father’s Day Brunch: Moose McGillycuddy’s on Front St. in Lahaina. The menu is simple. The food is consistently good. The service is always great. And by now, we feel like family when we go there.  And the best part is my kids know where the two for one […]

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