Hula Grill is a nearly irresistible restaurant if you’re walking by Whaler’s Village. It’s so friendly looking, with its sandy Barefoot Bar and upscale dining room menu. The late afternoon music (don’t sit too close or you won’t be able to hear anyone but the vocalist) and the sunset views draw us and many others like a magnet.
The appetizers and sandwiches in the Barefoot Bar are average to good, if somewhat overpriced (Ka’anapali again). The real pull here is the sand, the pretty good drinks, and the view of the beach walk (bikinis, muscular chests, salty hair) and the sunset.
Dinner inside is not nearly as compelling; the food becomes less interesting and more expensive. However, as one of just a handful of dinner restaurants in the resort, you may end up here at least once, and some good choices include the steaks and the fish specials. Kids like their menu, too. We appreciate that the ingredients are locally sourced, and those searching for gluten-, nut-, or dairy-free options will discover plenty of choices.
Like its sister restaurant Leilani’s next door, Hula Grill belongs to the T S Restaurant empire, with the added benefit of having celebrated Chef Peter Merriman as a partner. While we prefer Hula Grill to Leilani’s (better food, atmosphere, and service), neither establishment elicits our excitement.
Address: 2435 Ka’anapali Parkway, Ka’anapali, West Maui
Location: Whaler’s Village
Meals: Dinner, Pupus,
Happy Hour Hours: Daily 5pm-9:30pm, Barefoot Bar 11am-11pm
Parking: Lot (validated)