The food truck craze so popular on the mainland is slowly picking up speed in the islands. Food trucks tend to thrive in urban populations where there’s a lot of foot traffic and people are looking for quick bites to eat. Think hot dog and pretzel vendors in NYC, or noodle carts in Shanghai.
Maui may get over 2 million visitors each year, but there are only about 140,000 year-round residents. And most of us work in the resort areas — not downtown Wailuku. The result? A spotty food truck scene, mostly found in places where surfers are entering or exiting the beach (Makena is a good place to find a busy food truck). Nothing like the food truck scene elsewhere … even on Oahu, where Street Grindz is documenting a growing scene and hosting “Eat the Street” events well worth checking out.
We write a little about the best and most stable Maui food trucks in the Top Maui Tips section of Top Maui Restaurants, but one of our Maui buddies, Liza Pierce of A Maui Blog, has decided to embrace the scene with everything she’s got with Food Trucks on Maui.
Liza is crazy-prolific online and generates more thoughts about Maui than I can keep up with. I’m not sure how she manages to do everything she does, but it’s well worth following her on Facebook, if you’re so inclined. Here are my favorite Liza feeds: