We often take people to Kalama Beach Park in Kihei for their Maui surf lessons. It has a gorgeous beach and excellent waves for everyone from beginners and children to more advanced surfers. There’s also a nice park area by the beach with plenty of space for a picnic.
So after their surfing lesson, many ask us where the best place to grab a bite to eat is…because of course, surfing can make you work up quite a healthy appetite. And many surfers search for a cheap, fast, and delicious spot where they can refuel and be ready to take on the next big swell.
If you’re looking for a great place to eat after your surfing lesson, here’s some of the best eateries we’ve found in Kihei:
Horhito’s Taqueria taco truck. This tasty mobile restaurant is right across the street from Kalama Beach Park in the Kihei Market Place parking lot. They sell the best fish tacos in Maui! Prepared fresh, Horhito’s is an excellent value. They also have great salsa, carne asada, and pork tacos. Many locals frequent this delicious mobile eatery after they’ve surfed at Kalama Beach.
Kihei Caffe. This little restaurant is also right across the street from the beach and has an amazing breakfast. A great local experience, the Kihei Caffe has a walk-up order style, after which, you grab a table and wait as your food is brought out. Try the macadamia nut French toast or their delicious cinnamon rolls. At times, there may be a line, but it’s worth the wait. And if you love breakfast or just get a late start, they serve breakfast all day.
Eskimo Candy. Don’t let the name fool you. This has nothing to do with candy. It’s actually a delicious little seafood market and cafe! This little restaurant and fresh fish market offers eat in, take out, or cook at home food. About a 5 minute drive from Kalama Beach Park, Eskimo Candy offers awesome fish and chips as well as delicious poke bowls. Open Monday through Friday, you can either eat in or buy some fresh Maui fish and seasonings to cook at home.
Stewz Maui Burgers. If you want a good burger after your Maui surfing lesson, try Stewz Maui Burgers (formerly Stewart’s Burgers) right across from the beach in Kihei. Enjoy their gourmet hamburgers and fries in a casual open air patio atmosphere. Try their special burger of the day and one of their delicious shakes.
Maui Brick Oven. If you want to have dinner after your day at the beach, this little restaurant features pizza, fish and chips, pasta and more. One of the unique and often most appreciated features of this Kilhei favorite is that everything is gluten-free! So for those who follow a strict gluten-free diet or those who just want to enjoy a delicious pizza and fabulous dessert, this is the restaurant. There’s a tasty dish for everyone. About a mile and half down the road from Kalama Beach Park, it’s open for dinner six days a week.
By the beach, there are also many great ice cream, shaved ice, and coffee houses to stop in at if you just want a quick snack.
It may be good to bring a little cash with you when you visit Kihei because some of these little eateries are cash only.