We can’t help but like Tiki Lounge, the open-air, thatchroofed bar in Kalama Village. The food (sandwiches, hot dogs, nachos) is average, but the drinks are generally good, and it’s got a fun, relaxed vibe that just works, and has for a while.
Live music, surfing videos projected on a giant screen … it’s a nice little joint for a drink and an appetizer. For some reason it’s been hyped as a good place for vegetarians, and while we do appreciate that they offer veggie burgers and faux hot dogs, we can’t get behind the crumbled veggie patties used in the chili and curry plate. We’d also be considerably happier if the coleslaw wasn’t served in styrofoam cups — just like it is at KFC. We do like that they use “smart fry” oil for their French fries. Snacking on bar food is so much better without the guilt factor.
Address: 1913 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei, South Maui
Location: Kalama Village across from the whale
Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late-Night
Hours: Daily 11am-2am