Updated: June 14, 2015
Best Maui Restaurants and Dining and EntertainmentMaui and Oahu are the only two islands where nightlife really exists, with trendy clubs, bars, and popular restaurants. On Maui, Lahaina and Ka'anapali are the two main hot spots (mainly Lahaina), though fun local spots can be found in other locales as well. At least once during your stay, you should go to a Polynesian Luau. These outdoor feasts and parties are a lot of fun, with good unlimited food, drinks, music, and dancing (usually with grass skirts!). A lot of the big hotels have them certain nights of the week - check with your concierge for the schedule when you are on the island. The Hyatt Regency (Lahaina) has a popular luau, as does the Lahaina Marriott. Also look into the Old Lahaina Luau and the Feast at Lele.
Another popular evening activity is a sunset cruise. Also known as "booze cruises", these are basically floating happy hour bars that cruise you along the coast for an hour or two as you soak in the sunset and some alcohol. The scenery can't be beat, and it makes for a special island experience. Lahaina and Kaanapali both offer a number of such cruises, usually costing from $40-$70.
Maui Nightlife and EntertainmentLahaina is an old fishing village and also the main commercial center of Maui. A fun place to hang out is Kimos, right on Front St. downtown. Good mix of locals and tourists - be sure to try their Tropical Itch cocktail (comes with a backscratcher). The Hard Rock Cafe, though hardly a "local" place, is another favorite spot, with live music during the week sometimes. Paradise Bluz is popular with the younger crowd looking for a late night music scene - cover charge and collared shirt required. Moose McGillycuddy's is another fun spot with good food and cocktails.
Cheeseburger in Paradise does have great burgers but has nothing to do with the famous song of the same name. Evening time also gives you another chance to visit some of the more expensive resorts and enjoy their grounds and restaurants without paying $600 a night for a room. Resorts you should visit: Grand Wailea, Four Seasons, Fairmont Kea Lani, Hyatt Regency Spa, Ritz Carlton Kapalua. The Grand Wailea also has a nightclub called Tsunami Night Club with music and dancing. Don't forget you are on a beautiful tropical island though - nothing really compares to sitting on the beach and watching the sun go down as you sip a cocktail next to the one you love. It doesn't always take a fat wallet to have a good time!
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