The Ultimate Maui Food Truck Guide 2020 (find the best cheap eats)

by | Jan 20, 2020 | Affordable Hawaii, Maui, Planning, Where to Eat

A great chef is great in any kitchen. Good food doesn’t need to cost resort prices. These are some of the reasons why Maui food trucks are worth hunting for. Let this be your hunting guide.

The Ultimate Maui Food Truck Guide is for the food truck connoisseur to the guy who wants a well-priced garlic shrimp plate. Our goal is to lead you to the truck your stomach desires. In this new age of the coronavirus, a food truck is the ideal take-out spot. They stayed open during Maui’s shelter-in-place to keep the island fed.

Explore the Maui Food Truck Guide for the prices you should expect to pay, the best food trucks by town (including Costco food trucks), finding the food truck parks, types of cuisine in Maui food trucks, and the best of the best. During the pandemic Maui food trucks stayed open (for the most part). Business slowed but we were thankful many stayed open. An open air food truck and food truck park is a safe and convenient place to eat in 2020 and 2021.

Use the table of contents to find the food truck you are craving. This is a big guide, the table of contents is your friend. Perhaps you are looking for a cheap lunch in Lahaina or craving an acai bowl in Kihei, this guide will help you find the truck.

 

 

Why are Maui Food Trucks So Good?

Maui food trucks are the best in the Pacific because they have access to the best farms and they have the guts to experiment. You won’t find the selection of cuisine and fresh, local talented chefs anywhere else. The sous chef of Mama’s Fish House broke off to start food trucks, he has continued to win awards.

Don’t get me wrong, food trucks are the quintessential island vibe. They are not fancy. A Maui food truck must offer at least one lunch plate with a side of two scoops rice and mac salad or it won’t be in business for long.

Take a break from $20 pupus and freezing cold air conditioning. Get a little sweat in your Aloha Shirt and red dirt on your sandals. Maui food trucks will blow you away with their food selection, local island cuisine, fresh ingredients, and the ability to experiment. 

maui food truck plate example Mahi Mahi

Blackened Mahi with Pineapple & Mango Salsa $15 – Maui food truck fine cuisine at its best from The Edge in Lahaina.

 

 

Food Trucks are the Definition of Island Life

Food truck owners have it figured out. They can make their own hours, work till the farm-fresh food runs out, or the surf is up. This can make it hard to pin down a truck. 

While most Maui food trucks work regular hours in regular locations, it is a flexible industry and family-run. Family emergencies happen as does the weather.

If you are about to drive across the island to satisfy a craving for oxtail katsu, I recommend you check their social media or give them a call to confirm they will be there for you. Their contact details are provided below.

Be warned, Maui food truck hours and locations change frequently. We work hard to keep this guide updated. Maui Fresh Streatery, by renowned local Chef Kyle can only be tracked through his Instagram account. Worth doing, by the way.

We provide contact information, website, hours, menus, and location(s) as they are available. Check out Yelp if you need more pictures of the food or the menu to make a decision. 

Feel free to email or message us with updates or comments.

 

Maui food truck friendly service

 

 

Guide to the Maui Food Truck Guide

This Maui food truck guide is not just the 10 best food trucks on the island. It is a guide to Maui food trucks. You are hungry and want a place to eat now. You only have a few meals on Maui so you don’t want to get burned. 

This guide is organized by the following sections to help you find your Maui food truck if you are near Costco or Kihei. If you are craving Hawaiian or Filipino. Jump to the section that is important to you to find a list of the best trucks on Maui.

🍍 Best Maui Food Trucks by Town

🍍 Maui Food Truck Parks

🍍 Maui Food Truck by Cuisine

🍍 7 Best Maui Food Trucks. Period.

You will find food trucks repeated in some sections. A food truck could be both Thai (cuisine) and in a food truck park.

 

Maui Food Truck Prices

Prices at Maui food trucks range between $12 to $20 a plate. They are typically a large portion of food as they come with sides. Splitting a plate is totally do-able. Erica and I usually split a plate plus an additional side or small plates, like poke or a taco. 

I rate each truck on a price scale using dollar signs. This is tricky for food trucks as the price range is already tight. My rating system is if a single portion or plate will leave you full for the average price. 

I’m a big eater so I expect a good-sized portion.

🍍 $ – $5 to $12

🍍 $$ – $13 to $20

🍍 $$$ – $21 to $30

For example, TaquerEATa serves $5 tacos. Two tacos will leave you full as they are big tacos. So $10 for two tacos is a single $ score on my scale.

$15 a plate is the average plate cost for Maui food trucks per my observations.

The cuisine type dictates if they will offer sides. The usual suspects are two-scoops white rice and a scoop of macaroni (mac) salad for Hawaiian, shrimp, teppanyaki, Filipino, and BBQ trucks. 

Trucks like Thai, poke, acai bowl, and Mexican will offer different sides or no sides. As sides are part of the portion or plate, this goes into my dollar rating system.

Some trucks will serve a green salad in lieu of the mac salad. Trucks are friendly and will substitute upon request.

I find food trucks on the island to be well worth their value and a great value for Maui where food is expensive.

Going to a Maui food truck park is a low-cost way for a family to eat while offering something for everyone’s taste.

Thai food truck menu Maui

 

Maui Food Truck Cleanliness

As for dining establishments, Maui County requires food trucks to post their Hawaii Public Health Department food safety inspection report.

Look for a green placard posted inside or outside of their food truck. You can also search for a truck inspection record at Hawaii Restaurant Inspection Portal.

The best way to see if a food truck is sanitary is to look in their window. I always take a peek inside before ordering to see if they have refrigerators, an organized kitchen, and if the stainless steel looks polished and clean. 

 

Our Review Method

I like to eat. I’m not a trained chef or even a self-proclaimed foodie. I enjoy good, authentic food at a fair price. That is why I love food trucks on Maui. 

Our review process takes Erica and my personal opinions and then we do a reality check with crowd-sourced reviews. We study Yelp and TripAdvisor comments and rankings to then write our review. Our goal is to report what a truck is all about so it is worth your while. 

We don’t want you to waste your precious time, money, and Hawaii experience on a bad food truck.

We live on Maui so we have had the chance to eat at a lot of food trucks. When we see a truck, we usually stop to grab a bite. 

We have eaten at about 80% of the trucks shared in this guide. If we haven’t eaten at it, we have inspected the truck and seen the food coming out of it. 

 

Best Maui Food Trucks by Town

For us, we get hungry or hangry fast when out and about. Search this section to find the best food trucks near you. 

Food truck parks in the major towns are listed for your convenience. 

 

Maui Food Trucks Near Costco

Mo ‘Ono Hawai’i Food Truck

This little trailer stands out at the Costco Food Truck Park. The bright purple, yellow, and green exterior catch your eyes as you walk from the parking lot. Serving up fresh fruit in acai bowls is their game. 

Besides the Like Poke? truck in this food truck park, most of the other trucks are on the greasy or heavy end. Mo ‘Ono provides a healthy retreat.

They pride themselves on affordable acai bowls. Where most acai bowls in Maui start at $12, they have bowls ranging from $5 to $13 with plenty of toppings. A $13 bowl is 24 oz. Check out their premium toppings if you need a jolt of peanut butter protein or lilikoi butter. The bowls are as beautiful as they are delicious. 

$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Mon-Fri: 10:00 – 5:00Acai Bowls

(808) 633-0470

http://www.moonohawaii.com/

 

Thai Mee Up

After 20 years working at Mama’s Fish House, Chef Tom Sribura opened Thai Mee Up. The critics like his work. Thai Mee Up won Maui Magazine’s Aipono Gold award for the best food truck in 2018, Silver award in 2019 and MauiTime 2017 best food truck, a reader’s vote. Sitting in the food truck park near Costco, look for the long trailer with a line. People flock here, like we did, to try the famous Thai food. They have all the noodles and curry classics on the menu. 

Erica tried the pad thai noodles. Not to be too critical, but as the Yelp reviews also say, it was good but not mind-blowing. We will be back to try more on their menu. The wait was 25 minutes during the dinner rush. The service is friendly and high-energy. I recommend that you call ahead to place an order if you are in a hurry to hit up Costco or hungry. 

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 8:00

Sun: Closed

Thai(808) 214-3369

food trucks near costco maui

 

Kalei’s Lunch Box

Grab a plate lunch across from the Costco Gas Station from Kalei’s truck. Kalei dishes out generous portions on top of mac salad and scoops of rice. The aloha service and fresh ingredients mean you won’t be disappointed. Order the Big Kahuna plate and never look back. I didn’t. The Big Kahuna was a heap of hamburger steak, fried chicken tenders, and breaded fish on rice and mac salad. It wasn’t greasy and tasted very fresh. There was enough to take home.

While the Big Kahuna is $16, most of their plates are $12 or less making this a great deal for quality Hawaiian plate lunches.

$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 2:00

Mon – Fri: closed

Hawaiian

(808) 663-6345

foodtruckmaui.com

Kalei food truck near Maui Costco

Henry enjoying bites of the Big Kahuna plate from Kalei’s Lunchbox near Costco.

hawaiiahawaiian food truck near Maui costcon food truck near Maui costco

We have a winner with Kalei’s Lunchbox.

 

 

Ono Teppanyaki & Seafood

The sister truck, right next to Thai Mee Up is Ono Teppanyaki, another truck from Chef Tom Sribura of Mama’s Fish House. Ono serves up their featured steak teppanyaki for $16. It is hard to resist the shrimp add-on for $6 (6 pieces) to finish off the plate. The plates come with one scoop rice and crispy veggies. 

Teppanyaki trucks are always a good way to get teppanyaki without the big price. 

As it can take some time to cook the steak, I recommend you call ahead or relax under the tent for your order to be ready.

Erica ordered garlic shrimp plate with asparagus and two-scoop rice for $13. The garlic shrimp was well flavored and not heaped on. It was refreshing to have grilled asparagus from a food truck.

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

591 Haleakala Hwy, Kahului

Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 8:00

Sun: closed

Teppanyaki(808) 359-8775

tappenyaki food truck near Costco

 

Maui Food Trucks Kihei

Kinaole Grill Food Truck

This is not a food truck you can miss when in Kihei. Plus, it is hard to miss the vibrant blue mural on the truck. Kinaole Grill is on many best of Maui Food Truck lists and for good reason. 

Favorites are seared ahi, crispy calamari, and garlic shrimp with capers. But really, you can’t go wrong. The food is presented like it is coming out of a Wailea resort kitchen. Plates are served with fresh salad and herb rice. This truck emphasizes quality over quantity, but you won’t leave hungry. 

Kinaole Grill gets bonus points for serving on paper plates and bowls. Respect.

$$

Note: Cash Only

77 Alanui Ke’ali’i Dr

Kihei, HI 96753

Mon-Sun: 11:00-8:00Hawaiian(808) 280-9048

 

South Maui Fish Company Food Truck

If you are visiting Maui for fresh, locally caught fish then this is your place. Personally, I have a hard time trusting resorts when they say it is local. How do I know South Maui is locally caught? Because they run out every day, well before their posted hours. That is either poor management or a fish company dedicated to fresh fish. They have a nice setup with shaded tables to enjoy. 

South Maui Fish Company specializes in poke bowls and fish tacos. The rice comes well seasoned and the pineapple coleslaw with the poke bowls is refreshing. With same-day caught local fish comes high prices so be ready to spend $18 on your 1/2 lb. poke bowl and $13 on fish tacos with sides. Hey wait, that is a good deal for local fish!

$$$

Credit Cards Accepted

22 Alahele Pl

Kihei, HI 96753

Mon-Sat:

11:00- till they sell-out (around 3:00 usually)

Hawaiian(808) 419-8980

 

Sol Brothers Southern BBQ

Located in the Kihei Food Truck Park, Sol Brothers brings Alabama BBQ to the Valley Isle. Their featured items are the BBQ ribs for $14.50 and drunken chicken for $13.00. The 5 cheese mac and cheese is what blew me away. I’m a sucker for comfort food. 

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

1 Piikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732

Tues-Sat: 11:30 – 8:30

Mon: closed

Southern BBQ(808) 214-4482

 

Kraken Coffee Maui – Drive-Thru Coffee Truck

Located in the Kihei Food Truck Park, Josh and Matt, the owners, and their barista team take great pride in making your drink. They have a diverse menu of iced coffee, hot coffee, lattes, smoothies, local flavors like iced coconut mocha, nitro-brew, and a tea menu.

As their place is a drive-thru, I recommend grabbing your coffee here before the Road to Hana. With a 6:00 am open time, this is the ideal coffee food truck (trailer) to start your day in Kihei. You won’t be able to miss the amazing graphic design of the white Kraken on their black trailer

You can also park, enjoy free WiFi, and use their walk-up window to get your drink. We did that as our toddler was sleeping in the back so I needed to stay driving. 

$

Credit Cards Accepted

1 Piikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732Mon-Sun: 6:00am- 7:30pmCoffee & Tea

(808) 495-1885

https://www.krakencoffeemaui.com

Kihei food trucks Kraken Coffee

Kraken Coffee in Kihei serves up Aloha service at 6:00am.

Da Nani Pirates

From seafood offerings like fish & chips, fish tacos, coconut shrimp to turf offerings of pork sliders and wings, Da Nani Pirates packs a lot into a food truck.

Located in the Kihei food truck park, Da Nani Pirates is a nice place to go for lunch or dinner. They offer fresh seafood and freshly prepared salads. The prices are reasonable and the portions are large with sides. This truck is a favorite with Kihei locals. 

Da Nani Pirates opened truck #2 in Kahului at the Diary Road Food truck park.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

1 Piikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732Mon-Sun: 11:00am- 8:00pmSeafood

(808) 250-6671

https://www.dananipirates.com

Dan Nani Pirate Food Truck Kihei Maui

 

Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz

Vidad’s is an island staple for their Hawaiian fused Filipino food. They used to have a restaurant in the Queen Ka’ahumanu Shopping Center but have since decided to simplify to only a food truck. Locals still flock to this place for classic Filipino dishes like pancit, lumpia, and adobo fried rice. 

Located in the Kihei food truck park, the parking lot behind the Azeka Shopping Center.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

1 Piikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732Mon-Sun: 11:00am- 7:00pmFilipino

(808) 214-6995

http://www.vidadsmaui.com

Vidad's Kihei Maui Food Truck

 

Maui Food Trucks Lahaina and Kaanapali

Hoopiilani Food Truck Park in Kaanapali

A brilliant entrepreneur staked some land and the food trucks came. 8 or so food trucks are located across the street from the Times Market, between Kaanapali and Napili. Food trucks line the perimeter with a few dozen picnic tables and lights strung up overhead, making for a casual and family-friendly vibe. Restrooms are port-a-johns and there is ample free parking. Look for the lights on the left-hand side of the road.

This park is more of a dinner scene. We find the trucks are closed for breakfast and lunch. Head to the Lahaina Food Truck Park if you arel looking for breakfast or lunch on West Maui.

The closing of the Ka’anapali resorts and hotels was not good for this food truck park. Many trucks left, changed, or sit closed. Thai Food by Suri was reliably open through 2020 but others are mostly open on the weekends or not at all. Below is a list of the trucks there during the fall of 2020. I’ll update as more trucks open when the hotels open again.

Address: 130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina, 96761

Food trucks that are the regulars include:

  • Da Anchor 
  • Paniolo 
  • Liquid
  • El Taco Borracho
  • Thai Food by Suri 

 

Ono Tacos Lahaina

Ono Tacos has become a staple of Lahaina sitting at the end of The West Maui Center parking lot. One has to work hard on Maui to have a competitive fish taco and Ono has risen to the challenge. Enjoy their classic Mexican menu with 10 fresh salsas to choose from. There is plenty of shaded seating to enjoy your tacos. A bonus is Kohola Brewery is next door. The brewer welcomes patrons to grab some tacos and come over for a beer (BYOF).

Ono Tacos won honorable mention for the best food truck in 2018 and again in 2019 from Maui Magazine Aipono Awards.

$

Note: Cash Only

910 Honoapiilani Hwy

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon-Sat: 11:00-9:00

Sun: Closed

Mexican(808) 357-3779

Taco Truck Lahaina Maui

Ono Taco Lahaina Food Truck

 

Kusina Ni Jayboy

Look for the no-nonsense light blue food truck in the Wainee Street parking lot with a line parked in front of their window around dinner time. The garlic fried rice, stir fry, and skewers bring back the crowds. Breakfast is served all day. If you crave Filipino street food than head over to Jayboy and try to get a seat at one of the two picnic tables under the awning. Pro tip: call ahead to place your order.

My favorite is the crispy fried pork loco moco with fried rice. It isn’t the healthiest option but it was delicious. One of my favorite loco moco on the island.

$$

Note: Cash Only

741 Wainee St.

Lahaina, HI 96761

Thur – Mon: 10:30-9:00

Tues & Wed: Closed

Filipino(808) 276-3060

Filipino Food Truck Lahaina Maui

best loco moco from a food truck in Maui

Crispy Pork Belly Loco with Fried Rice $16

Aloha Braised Food Truck

To get a Hawaiian plate lunch at a great price, head up the hill from the Cannery Mall to the Island Grocery Depot. Aloha Braised Food truck is waiting to serve you up some classic and delicious Hawaiian favorites with their own spicy twist. The Volcano Shrimp, Hurricane Furikake Mahi Mahi, and the Volcano Tots are some of the fan favorites. They offer $10 daily specials and you can combo your plate for $5 extra so you don’t get a case of FOMO.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

58 Kupuohi St

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon – Fri:

 9:00 – 1:30

Sat & Sun: Closed

Hawaiian BBQ(808) 276-4272

 

Edge Maui Food Truck

Located in front of Island Grocery Depot, next to Aloha Braised, is a perfect lunch spot for quality Hawaiian dishes. Not too greasy, not overcooked, and served with smiling service is Edge. 

Sit under the umbrella at the picnic table before you go into the grocery store. Order the chicken teriyaki or Mahi Mahi salad. The servings are not too large and served with stir-fried fresh vegetables. I consider this a healthy food truck do to the portions, vegetables in their dishes, and one-scoop rice or green salad sides. Erica and I are fans.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

58 Kupuohi St

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon-Sun:

 10:00 – 2:00

Asian Hawaiian Fusion(808) 491-8750

Hawaiian food truck in Lahaina Maui

The Edge has gotten a wicked paint job on their truck since this picture was taken.

Edge Food Truck Maui Lahaina

Edge’s new paint job is hard to miss.

 

Thai Food by Suri

Look for the red truck at the Hoopiilani Food Truck Park. They dish out all the classic Thai dishes like tom yum and pad thai plus their signature dishes like their stir fry Mahi Mahi and cashew. My favorite is their $7 papaya salad. It is crunchy, fresh, and spicy. If you don’t want spicy, make sure to stress that to them. 

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

Hoopiilani Food Truck Park

130 Kai Malina Pkwy

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon – Suni:

 5:00 – 8:30

Thai(808) 298-8873

 

Baya Bowl

Baya Bowls food trailer, located in a parking lot food truck park, provides fresh, locally sourced when possible acai bowls and smoothies. Recommended for a breakfast wake-me-up. They are a bit pricey at $10 and $12 for a small and large, respectively. The extras are hard to pass up …  They are large bowls so the small is enough for me. The fruit presentation is inspiring. Enjoy the fresh and not-too-sweet acai. They really hit the spot.

$

Credit Cards Accepted

741 Wainee St, Lahaina, HI 96732Mon-Sun: 8:00 – 3:00Acai Bowls(808) 757-8659

Lahaina Food Truck Acai bowls

Koko’s Grindz

Japanese with Maui local flavor infused. This truck is a must for Friday lunch sushi. Koko’s is located with other food trucks in the 741 Waine’e Street Parking Lot. The favorites are tempura teri chicken with a spicy tuna roll, the shrimp dynamite, and large sushi roll selection. Check out their daily bento box special too. Good prices for a Japanese plate lunch at $12 to $14. The servings sizes are fair, you won’t take any home. 

$$

741 Waine’e Street

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon – Fri:

 11:00 – 2:00

Sat & Sun: Closed

Japanese(808) 276-0444

 

Sparky’s Food Company

Duke Sparks and his local crew dish out top-notch Hawaiian cuisine on $12 lunch plates. Their featured and fan-favorite items are Ani’s Chicken Katsu, Sparky’s Smoked Meat (4 flavors to choose from), and Loco Moco. Oh, I can’t forget their Hammah Burger that has locals driving across the island to get. The plate lunches come with two scoop rice and mac salad, as one expects. The burger comes with a side of fries. 

Duke keeps his truck moving for special events and catering so call ahead of you are searching them out. The Kahului truck has a more permanent location at the Diary Road Food Truck Park now.

Sparky’s was recognized as an honorable mention in the 2019 Maui Magazine ‘Aipono Awards for best food trucks.

$

Accepts Credit Cards

2 trucks, 2 locations

130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina

& 370 Dairy Road, Kahului

Lahaina:

Mon-Sat:

9:00 – 5:00

Kahului:

Tues – Fri:

10:00 – 3:00

Hawaiian

(808) 264-2911

https://www.sparkysfoodco.com/

 

TaquerEATa

Dishing out a fiesta for breakfast and lunch from two Texas transplants. 

$5 tacos. $5 for a good size taco made fresh to order. 

When in Lahaina, this is a great place to stop by for breakfast tacos. Come back for fish tacos at lunch while you are at it. It is a one-man or woman (Jeannie) show inside so be prepared to wait for 15 to 20-minutes. They will tell you and recommend a taco at the Mexican food truck across from them if they are busy with call-in orders. The salsa is a great way to get your taco just right. 

80% of their business is from locals. People come back for more, that says a lot. 

$

Accepts Credit Cards

741 Wainee St, LahainaMon-Sun: 8:00-4:00Mexican(808) 866-7078

Erica at taco truck in Maui

Erica and Hattie enjoying the early morning sun while they wait for their made-to-order taco.

breakfast tacos from Maui food truck

TaquerEATa breakfast veggie taco $5

Tacos Y Mariscos Las Islitas

For a more traditional Mexican dining experience than Tex-Mex, try Mariscos. Located in the Lahaina food truck park at 741 Wainee Street, they serve classic tacos with a hefty portion of meat and seafood Mexican dishes. 

Erica and Henry enjoyed their vegetarian burrito while our friend had the pork and chicken tacos. The salsa was fresh and delicious. The fact that local Mexicans were lined up for lunch says a lot to the quality and taste. 

They are family-owned and operated. They have only been open since 2019 so they don’t have a big presence on the forums yet. Give them a try when in Lahaina for lunch.

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

741 Wainee St, Lahaina

Wed-Sat: 11:00-8:00pm

Sun: 11:000-6:30pm

Mexican(808) 369-5610

mexican food truck Maui Lahaina

 

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Maui Food Truck Parks

There are 4 main food truck parks in Maui. If you have a group with you or don’t know what you want to eat, these food truck parks are the ideal place to go.

Plus, someone is always open. As food trucks can be somewhat unreliable on hours, the parks are always open for business.

Kaanapali Food Truck Park

A brilliant entrepreneur staked some land and the food trucks came. 8 or so food trucks are located across the street from the Times Market, between Kaanapali and Napili. Food trucks line the perimeter with a few dozen picnic tables and lights strung up overhead, making for a casual and family-friendly vibe. Restrooms are port-a-johns and there is ample free parking. Look for the lights on the left-hand side of the road.

This park is more of a dinner scene. We find the trucks are closed for breakfast and lunch. Head to the Lahaina Food Truck Park if you arel looking for breakfast or lunch on West Maui.

The closing of the Ka’anapali resorts and hotels was not good for this food truck park. Many trucks left, changed, or sit closed. Thai Food by Suri was reliably open through 2020 but others are mostly open on the weekends or not at all. Below is a list of the trucks there during the fall of 2020. I’ll update as more trucks open when the hotels open again.

Address: 130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina, 96761

Food trucks that are the regulars include:

  • Da Anchor 
  • Paniolo 
  • Liquid
  • El Taco Borracho
  • Thai Food by Suri 

 

Lahaina Food Truck Park at 741 Waine’e Street

Waine’e Street is one street back from Front Street in Lahaina. It is my favorite street in town as there are a lot of local restaurants. Here you will find the 741 Waine’e Street Food Truck Park in a parking lot.

It is easy to miss. I look for the white with red lettering “$5 Per Day” parking sign to make the turn. The parking lot slash food truck park is across from the Maria Lanakila Catholic Church (across from their cemetery).

I rarely find all the trucks to be open. I recommend going at lunch as most of the trucks will be open and it is an ideal lunch spot when shopping in Lahaina. Just go a block off Front Street and enjoy being off the busy street for a relaxing lunch under umbrellas.

Address: 741 Waine’e Street, Lahaina, HI 96761

  • Koko’s Grindz
  • Baya Bowl
  • Kusina Ni Jayboy
  • TaquerEATa
  • Tacos Y Mariscos Las Islitas

Lahaina Food Truck Park

View from the Lahaina Food Truck Park.

Costco Maui Food Truck Park

Location: Kahului

I’d say this is the most famous and visited food truck park on Maui. It’s famous for the high-quality food trucks and convenience next to Costco and the airport. The food trucks near Costco are a perfect place to kill time and get lunch or dinner before your flight. 

Thai Mee Up was voted the best food truck in Maui by Maui Magazine in 2018 and Silver award winner in 2019. My wife, Erica, and I frequent often during our monthly trips to Costco or when heading to the airport to island-hop.

The food trucks surround a dozen or more picnic tables under a tent. Gravel lines the parking lot and the food truck and tent area making it only somewhat dusty. No toilets or washing facilities but lots of seating, parking, and rubbish bins. They keep it clean and casual. A perfect place to bring the family after landing in Kahului Airport or on a Costco run as there is food for every taste.  

The food truck park is on the same side as the Marriott, look for Kiawe Wood Fire Grill’s black truck as it is the easiest to see coming from Costco. The food truck parking lot is across the street from the Costco gas station.

Address: 591 Haleakala Hwy, Kahului, HI 96732

Food trucks that are the regulars include:

  • Thai Mee Up
  • Teppanyaki
  • Like Poke?
  • Mo’Ono Truck (acai bowls)
  • Kalei’s Lunch Box (Hawaiian plate lunch)
  • Taco Food Truck
  • Dino’s Gourmet On-The-Go

food trucks near Costco Maui Tent

At the center of it all is a tent with clean picnic tables. Delicious food trucks surround the tent at the Costco Food Truck Park.

Dairy Road Food Truck Park

Location: Kahului

This is the new kid on the block. Opening in February 2020, this park doesn’t even have a name yet. I’m calling it the Dairy Road Food Truck Park until I hear something better.

Located under an old gas station cover, you can spot it with its colorful flags welcoming patrons. A lot of the island’s favorite food trucks have opened their second trucks here, like Kraken Coffee, Tsunami Burger, and Da Nani Pirate. We don’t have to drive to Kihei for these trucks anymore.

The famous Geste Shrimp Truck has moved from its beachside location to this spot too, helping put this food truck park on the map. This place is a perfect stop after the airport or a Costco run. 

Address: 370 Dairy Road, Kahului, HI 96732

Food trucks that are the regulars include:

  • Kraken Coffee
  • Geste Shrimp
  • Da Nani Pirate
  • Tsunami Burger
  • Aloha Thai Fusion
  • Sparky’s Food Company

Dairy Road Food Truck Park maui

 

 

Kihei Food Truck Park

Located in a parking lot behind Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, is a well-designed food truck park. The trucks and trailers are in a semi-circle around covered and lighted picnic tables. The place isn’t too dusty during the summer thanks to the gravel ground.

Port-a-johns with handwashing stations are available. The place is well lit at night and kept clean. 

This is one of my favorite food truck parks on the island as a truck is always open and they have a diverse selection of food options. From healthy, vegan food at Earth Aloha Eats to southern BBQ at Sol Brothers to refreshing iced coffees and smoothies at Kraken Coffee, you can find something for everyone in your car.

Address: 1 Pi Ikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732 

Food trucks that are the regulars include:

  • Kraken Coffee Maui
  • Sol Brothers
  • Da Nani Pirates
  • Earth Aloha Eats
  • Tsunami Burger
  • Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz

Kihei food truck Park Maui

Covered picnic tables at the center of the Kihei Food Truck Park behind the Azeka Shopping Center.

Kihei food truck park

Maui Food Trucks by Cuisine

BBQ Food Trucks

Sol Brothers Southern BBQ

Located in the Kihei Food Truck Park, Sol Brothers brings Alabama BBQ to the Valley Isle. Their featured items are the BBQ ribs for $14.50 and drunken chicken for $13.00. The 5 cheese mac and cheese is what blew me away. I’m a sucker for comfort food. 

$

Credit Cards Accepted

1 Piikea Ave. Kihei, HI 96732

Tues-Sat: 11:30 – 8:30

Mon: closed

Southern BBQ(808) 214-4482

 

Asian Fusion Food Trucks

Koko’s Grindz

Japanese with Maui local flavor infused. This truck is a must for Friday lunch sushi. Koko’s is located with other food trucks in the 741 Waine’e Street parking lot. The favorites are tempura teri chicken with a spicy tuna roll, the shrimp dynamite, and large sushi roll selection. Check out their daily bento box special though. Good prices for a Japanese plate lunch at $12 to $14. The servings sizes are fair, you won’t take any home. 

$

Credit Cards Accepted

741 Waine’e Street

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon – Fri:

 11:00 – 2:00

Sat & Sun: Closed

Japanese(808) 276-0444

 

Edge Maui Food Truck

Located in front of Island Grocery Depot, next to Aloha Braised is a perfect lunch spot for quality Hawaiian dishes. Not too greasy, not overcooked, and served with smiling service is Edge. 

Sit under the umbrella at the picnic table before you go into the grocery store. It does get hot during the summer so grab the covered seating. Order the chicken teriyaki or Mahi Mahi salad. The servings are not too large and served with stir-fried fresh vegetables. I consider this a healthy food truck do to the portions, vegetables in their dishes, and one-scoop rice or green salad sides. Erica and I are fans.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

58 Kupuohi St

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon-Sun:

 10:00 – 2:00

Hawaiian(808) 491-8750

 

Ono Teppanyaki & Seafood

The sister truck, right next to Thai Mee Up is Ono Teppanyaki, another truck from Chef Tom Sribura of Mama’s Fish House. Ono serves up their featured steak teppanyaki for $16. It is salty and juicy. It is hard to resist the shrimp add-on for $6 (6 pieces) to finish off the plate. The plates come with one scoop rice and crispy veggies. Teppanyaki trucks are always a good way to get teppanyaki without the big price. 

As it can take some time to cook the steak, I recommend you call ahead or relax under the tent for your order to be ready.

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

591 Haleakala Hwy, Kahului

Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 8:00

Sun: closed

Teppanyaki(808) 359-8775

 

Traditional Hawaiian Food Trucks

Aloha Braised Food Truck

To get a Hawaiian plate lunch at a great price, head up the hill from the Cannery Mall to the Island Grocery Depot. Aloha Braised Food truck is waiting to serve you up some classic and delicious Hawaiian favorites with their own spicy twist. The Volcano Shrimp, Hurrican Furikake Mahi Mahi, and the Volcano Tots are some of the fan favorites. They offer $10 daily specials and you can combo your plate for $5 extra so you don’t get a case of FOMO.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

58 Kupuohi St

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon – Fri:

 9:00 – 1:30

Sat & Sun: Closed

Hawaiian(808) 276-4272

 

Sparky’s Food Company

Duke Sparks and his local crew dish out top-notch Hawaiian cuisine on $12 lunch plates. Their featured and fan-favorite items are Ani’s Chicken Katsu, Sparky’s Smoked Meat (4 flavors to choose from), and Loco Moco. Oh, I can’t forget their Hammah Burger that has locals driving across the island to get. The plate lunches come with two scoop rice and mac salad, as one expects. The burger comes with a side of fries.

Duke keeps his truck moving for special events and catering so call ahead of you are searching them out.

Sparky’s was recognized as an honorable mention in the 2019 Maui Magazine ‘Aipono Awards for best food trucks.

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

2 trucks, 2 locations

130 Kai Malina Pkwy, Lahaina

& 370 Dairy Road, Kahului

Lahaina:

Mon-Sat:

9:00 – 5:00

Kahului:

Tues – Fri:

10:00 – 3:00

Hawaiian

(808) 264-2911

https://www.sparkysfoodco.com/

 

808 Plates Maui Food Truck

We did a big remodel job for two-months so we were going to Lowe’s every week. Luckily, 808 Plates is parked at Lowe’s. Skip the gyro and Thai food truck at Home Depot and head over to 808 Plates for shrimp plates. 

The servings are not massive but a healthy portion of two-scoop rice, green salad, and 12 shrimp. We typically ordered garlic shrimp and Korean chicken. The shrimp is fried with a light garlic flavor. Some people may want more flavor but we enjoy it. I like the crunch from being fried. This is a classic lunch food truck but with a lot of Hawaiian personality that we love. 

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

214 Hookele St, Kahului

(Lowe’s Parking Lot)

Mon-Fri: 10:30-9:00

Sat-Sun: 11:00-8:00

Hawaiian(808) 757-5920

Kahului Food Trucks Maui

 

Kalei’s Lunch Box

Grab a plate lunch across from the Costco Gas Station from Kalei’s truck. Kalei dishes out generous portions on top of mac salad and scoops of rice. The aloha service and fresh ingredients mean you won’t be disappointed. Order the Big Kahuna plate and never look back. I didn’t. The Big Kahuna was a heap of hamburger steak, fried chicken tenders, and breaded fish on rice and mac salad. It wasn’t greasy and tasted very fresh. There was enough to take home.

While the Big Kahuna is $16, most of their plates are $12 or less making this a great deal for quality Hawaiian plate lunches.

$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 2:00

Mon – Fri: closed

Hawaiian

(808) 663-6345

foodtruckmaui.com

 

Mexican Food Trucks

Ono Tacos Lahaina

Ono Tacos has become a staple of Lahaina sitting at the end of The West Maui Center parking lot. One has to work hard on Maui to have a competitive fish taco and Ono has risen to the challenge. Enjoy their classic Mexican menu with 10 fresh salsas to choose from. There is plenty of shaded seating to enjoy your tacos. A bonus is Kohola Brewery is next door. The brewer welcomes patrons to grab some tacos and come over for a beer (BYOF).

Ono Tacos won honorable mention for the best food truck in 2018 and again in 2019 from Maui Magazine Aipono Awards.

$

Note: Cash Only

910 Honoapiilani Hwy

Lahaina, HI 96761

Mon-Sat: 11:00-9:00

Sun: Closed

Mexican(808) 357-3779

Lahaina Mexican Food Truck Maui

Ono Tacos in Lahaina has the best salsa bar on Maui.

TaquerEATa

Dishing out a fiesta for breakfast and lunch from two Texas transplants. 

$5 tacos. $5 for a good size taco made fresh to order. 

When in Lahaina, this is a great place to stop by for breakfast tacos. Come back for fish tacos at lunch while you are at it. It is a one-man or woman (Jeannie) show inside so be prepared to wait for 15 to 20-minutes. They will tell you and recommend a taco at the Mexican food truck across from them. The salsa is a great way to get your taco just right. 

80% of their business is from locals. People come back for more, that says a lot. 

$

Accepts Credit Cards

741 Wainee St, LahainaMon-Sun: 8:00-4:00Mexican(808) 866-7078

Maui food truck chef

Jeannie working hard on $5 tacos.

 

Tacos Y Mariscos Las Islitas

For a more traditional Mexican dining experience than Tex-Mex, try Mariscos. Located in the Lahaina food truck park at 741 Wainee Street, they serve classic tacos with a hefty portion of meat and seafood Mexican dishes. 

Erica and Henry enjoyed their vegetarian burrito while our friend had the pork and chicken tacos. The salsa was fresh and delicious. The fact that local Mexicans were lined up for lunch says a lot to the quality and taste. 

They are family-owned and operated. They have only been open since 2019 so they don’t have a big presence on the forums yet. Give them a try when in Lahaina for lunch.

$$

Accepts Credit Cards

741 Wainee St, Lahaina

Wed-Sat: 11:00-8:00pm

Sun: 11:000-6:30pm

Mexican(808) 369-5610

food truck in Maui Lahaina Mexican Tacos

 

 

Best Maui Food Trucks

Here are our best of the best list for Maui food trucks. These seven trucks are our absolute favorite Maui food trucks. Our opinion is also backed up by top reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. 

If you are in the area of one of these trucks, for the sake of your Maui vacation, I recommend you stop to eat.

 

Geste Shrimp Truck

This is the place people fly to Maui to get garlic shrimp. Oahu north shore shrimp food trucks can’t compete with Geste. Either make a drive there, go directly from the plane, or grab lunch before your flight. Don’t make an excuse not to try the Hawaiian Shrimp Scampi or the Spicy Pineapple Shrimp. It is hard to go wrong. Get 12 shrimps, two scoops of rice and imitation crab mac salad or go big with 3 scoops of rice. The garlic butter complements the rice and should be bottled. 

Geste Shrimp Truck is located in the Dairy Road Food Truck Park. This is a family-run establishment.  They get busy so orders can take 20 to 30 minutes to serve. 

$$

Note: Cash Only

370 Dairy Road, Kahului, HI 96732

Tues – Sat: 11:00-5:30

Sun & Mon: Closed

Hawaiian Shrimp

(808) 298-7109

gesteshrimp.com

Geste Shrimp Truck Maui

 

Thai Mee Up

After 20 years working at Mama’s Fish House, Chef Tom Sribura opened Thai Mee Up. The critics like his work. Thai Mee Up won Maui Magazine’s Aipono Gold award for the best food truck and MauiTime 2017 best food truck, a reader’s vote. Sitting in the food truck park near Costco, look for the long trailer with a line. People flock here, like we did, to try the famous Thai food. They have all the noodles and curry classics on the menu. 

Erica tried the pad thai noodles. Not to be too critical, but as the Yelp reviews also say, it was good. We will be back to try more on their menu. The wait was 25 minutes during the dinner rush. I recommend that you call ahead to place an order if you are in a hurry to hit up Costco or hungry. 

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Mon-Sat: 10:00 – 8:00

Sun: closed

Thai(808) 214-3369

Best maui food trucks near costco Maui

 

South Maui Fish Company Food Truck

If you are visiting Maui for fresh, locally caught fish then this is your place. Personally, I have a hard time trusting resorts when they say it is local. How do I know South Maui is locally caught? Because they run out every day, well before their posted hours. That is either poor management or fish company dedicated to fresh fish. They have a nice setup with shaded tables to enjoy. 

South Maui Fish Company specializes in poke bowls and fish tacos. The rice comes well seasoned and the pineapple coleslaw with the poke bowls is refreshing. With same-day caught local fish comes high prices so be ready to spend $18 on your 1/2 lb. poke bowl and $13 on fish tacos with sides. Hey wait, that is a good deal for local fish!

$$$

Credit Cards Accepted

22 Alahele Pl

Kihei, HI 96753

Mon-Sat:

11:00- till they sell-out (around 3:00 usually)

Hawaiian(808) 419-8980

 

Kinaole Grill Food Truck

This is not a food truck you can miss when in Kihei. Plus, it is hard to miss the vibrant blue mural on the truck. Kinaole Grill is on many best of Maui Food Truck lists and for good reason. 

Favorites are seared ahi, crispy calamari, and garlic shrimp with capers. But really, you can’t go wrong. The food is presented like it is coming out of a Wailea resort kitchen. Plates are served with fresh salad and herb rice. This truck emphasizes quality over quantity, but you won’t leave hungry. 

Kinaole Grill gets bonus points for serving on paper plates and bowls. Respect.

$$

Note: Cash Only

77 Alanui Ke’ali’i Dr

Kihei, HI 96753

Mon-Sun: 11:00-8:00Hawaiian(808) 280-9048

 

Kalei’s Lunch Box

Grab a plate lunch across from the Costco Gas Station from Kalei’s truck. Kalei dishes out generous portions on top of mac salad and scoops of rice. The aloha service and fresh ingredients mean you won’t be disappointed. Order the Big Kahuna plate and never look back. I didn’t. The Big Kahuna was a heap of hamburger steak, fried chicken tenders, and breaded fish on rice and mac salad. It wasn’t greasy and tasted very fresh. There was enough to take home.

While the Big Kahuna is $16, most of their plates are $12 or less making this a great deal for quality Hawaiian plate lunches.

$

Credit Cards Accepted

591 Haleakala Hwy

Kahului, HI 96732

Sat-Sun: 11:00 – 2:00

Mon – Fri: closed

Hawaiian

(808) 663-6345

foodtruckmaui.com

Maui Fresh Streatery

Chef Kyle is a true local chef with a cult following. Born and raised in Kula and trained in Maui kitchens before formally taught at Maui Community College, he has won awards and acclaim with his fine dining from a food truck.

He took a break from teaching in 2013 to open the Maui Fresh Streatery food truck. His food truck offers a new menu daily based on the farm-fresh ingredients he sources. He also prides himself on providing diverse cuisine from across the world.

The food is presented to be served on white tablecloths. The service is super friendly and fun. There is usually a line but it moves fast.

The menu changes but my favorites are the buns and katsu plates.

His hard work and dedication to Maui paid off with winning the 2019 Maui Magazine ‘Aipono Gold Award for best food truck.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

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Hawaiian Asian Fusion

(808) 344-7929

http://mauifreshstreatery.com

 

Kama Hele Cafe

This blue food truck is a gem. Tucked away in upcountry, near Makawao, most people stumble upon it by mistake. We were visiting the nearby visual arts center when we found Kama Hele Cafe for lunch. Most people love the French Toast and coffee for breakfast but we enjoy their sandwiches and burritos the most.

The couple who run it are super friendly and enjoy making homemade food from local ingredients. It is the tastiest and freshest food truck we have found. Grab a bullet-proof coffee to get the energy for the rest of your visit in upcountry.

Put in Ocean Vodka Distillery to get directions to the food truck. Then kick up your feet at their tables and garden chairs in the shade, and enjoy.

$$

Credit Cards Accepted

903 Haliimaile Road Makawao, HI 96768

Mon-Thur: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Fri: closed

Sat-Sun: 9:00am-3:30pm

Sandwiches(808) 495-1591

Best food trucks in Maui Upcountry

 

Erica and I love exploring Maui. We are always on the hunt for the best food truck, happy hour, or activity for our family. We are also always on the hunt for a good price since living in paradise can get expensive. 

We share our favorite activities from our trusted vendors in our Hawaii Recommendations list

If you enjoyed one of these food truck recommendations, check out our other recommendations while you are visiting the Hawaiian Islands.

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I'm the co-founder, with my wife Erica, of The Hawaii Vacation Guide. We live on Maui with our toddler Henry and our sweet but quirky dog Hattie. I have a thing for photographing pineapples and learning to surf.

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