I just returned from my trip to Maui. This was my second time on this island, but a completely different experience! Everyone asks how your vacation was… and I simply respond “you can’t have a bad time in Hawaii”, right?
I thought I’d post some locations, links, and pictures of the delicious locations we dined at that might help ease any stress around eating gluten-free in Maui. Truly, I felt it was incredibly easy to eat gluten-free here. My step-son has celiac disease as well, therefore finding kid-friendly gluten-free establishments was important to us. I will warn you that just because it’s gluten-free, and I ate there, doesn’t mean it was all healthy! This was not a low-carb or paleo vacation for me… thankfully, we were active all day long and I can handle the carbs (up to a point).
My first recommendation would be to stay at a resort that is aware and helpful with food allergies. We stayed at the Grand Wailea, and I am not sure if I’m able to really explain just how amazing this property was for so many reasons. Not only did they have gluten-free menu’s at their restaurants and an educated staff, but they also prepared us separate gluten-free luau meals (others ate from the buffet).
The property had two dining locations that provided designated areas for gluten-free food that included separate toasters for the gluten-free bread,individually wrapped Udi’s gluten-free muffins, and as part of the breakfast buffet, offered gluten-free pancakes (that were corn-based) not that great tasting, but it was the thought that counts! I could go on an on, but aside from the attentiveness to food allergies, this IS the best resort you will find for families in Maui- hands down. Oh and yes, I did do the ALL of the water slides, but didn’t quite make it to the rope swing:)
At the hotel is a fine dining restaurant named after the State fish: Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, they provided us with gluten-free rolls before dinner, and offered changes for a great gluten-free meal. I opted for a vegan and gluten-free dessert made from Hawaiian Breadfruit- so delicious.
Gluten-Free Maui Restaurant Suggestions:
Maui Brick Oven- a 100% Gluten-free Restaurant. Yes! If you miss fried or battered foods, this is your place. Here are some pics of the onion rings, and my son’s gluten-free pizza (don’t judge- he loves pineapple on his pizza).
“Maui Brick Oven exists because everyone deserves great food” – Located in Kehei (not far from Wailea).
My next recommendation would be in Wailea:
Manoli’s Pizza Co- probably the best pizza GF crust I’ve ever had.
They don’t charge extra for Gluten-free, but they only have a 12-inch size for the Gluten-free (PLENTY for almost 2 people).
They have 4 locations, 2 on Maui. (I am surprised there aren’t more sushi restaurants in Maui).
Sansei has San-J Wheat Free Tamari, just ask for it. Most of us non-gluten eaters can have the simple vegetarian rolls and the Nigiri sushi and Sashimi. However, I did ask and receive a Rainbow Roll- they substituted REAL CRAB (yes the artificial crab in California Rolls contains gluten). They charge more, but I get to eat a real roll and it tastes so much better than the fake stuff anyway!
- Monkeypod in Kehei- award winning chef. A few GF options. Delicious lobster deviled eggs!
- Kihei Cafe (HUGE portions)– not exactly a gluten-free restaurant, but there are options.
Be ready to stand in line for a while- a very popular place. You order up front, find a table, then they deliver it to your table. No gluten-free specific alternatives, but they offer eggs, potatoes, hashbrowns, fruit, etc.
- The Market, by Capische – Right under Monkeypod, a specialty store.
They stocked a whole refrigerator of the famous Maui Sugar Shop’s gluten-free and vegan treats! (Store located in Lahaina). I didn’t buy anything, as I’ve had my fair share of sugar and carbs at this point of the trip, but I wish I had room! (Drool).
and of course, you can’t leave Hawaii without the BEST shaved ice:
Yes say YES to everything they ask you upon ordering. Ice cream on bottom? YES. Cream on top? YES. Just do it. Trust me. Bring your Lactaid pills- so worth it.
Here are some other resources I found super helpful in navigating Gluten-free locations in Maui:
- http://nomnompaleo.com/post/122310604243/gluten-free-on-maui (Love her blog, cookbook, and creativity!).
I hope this helps you plan and guide your next trip to Maui!