Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman
10 Wailea Gateway Pl, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
Monkeypod KitchenBelly up to this Wailea bar — which dazzles with a display of blue-glass Japanese fishing floats — for the state’s best mai tai. Chef Peter Merriman, a pioneer of Hawaii regional cuisine, has brought his genius to this tropical classic, adding a thick head of honey-lilikoi (passionfruit) foam. Fancy a less savory sipper? Try the Makawao Ave, blending Rittenhouse rye, angostura bitters, and housemade cayenne-ginger beer. Score a table for later, because Monkeypod does double-duty as one of Maui’s top eateries. Seasonal menu standouts include dishes like kiawe-roasted squash ravioli, coconut-milk corn chowder, Hāmākua wild mushroom pizza drizzled with truffle oil, and the bulgogi pork tacos with Asian pear and handcrafted kimchi.