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Maui’s Best Restaurant? Hali’imaile General Store


When you hear the name Hali’imaile General Store you probably aren’t thinking of fine dining. You’re probably thinking of a place to pop in and grab a carton of milk or loaf of bread on the way home. But that’s part of the charm of the Hali’imaile General Store – it’s a three-star restaurant in Maui, routinely listed as one of the best restaurants on Maui.

Executive chef and mastermind behind the Hali’imaile General Store is Bev Gannon, who is a Hawaii transplant who has become an award-winning chef. She’s known for her excellent Hawaiian recipes and has even published a cookbook full of them. To sample some of her famous food yourself – without the work of actually cooking it – having a meal at Hali’imaile General Store is a great idea. A meal at Hali’imaile isn’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a special place to have a great and romantic meal with your sweetheart, this is the place.

The building housing the Hali’imaile General Store was once the actual general store for the town and the pineapple plantation that was in it back in the 1920s. Gannon has turned the space into a cozy and memorable restaurant, serving creative dishes utilizing the best of the fresh and local ingredients. There are Asian touches to many of the dishes, but this isn’t an Asian restaurant. You can get a peek at a sample menu here.

Location: 900 Hali’imaile Rd., Hali’imaile, HI (halfway up the Haleakala Hwy., take left exit for Hwy. 371) – there’s a map to the restaurant here.

Hours: Lunch – Monday-Friday, 11:00-14:30; Dinner – Nightly, 17:30-21:30

More Information: Hali’imaile General Store official website; telephone – 800.572.2666; credit cards accepted – MasterCard, Visa