Where to Find the Best Sushi near Central Maui

Ahi (yellowfin tuna), aku (skipjack tuna), and mahimahi are just a few of the fresh fish caught daily in these beautiful blue waters. So, while in Hawaii, why not enjoy some locally caught fish? Here’s a hand-picked list of restaurants that are rolling up the finest sushi in north and central Maui — perfect stops if you’re driving the road to Hana or about to catch a plane in Kahului.  

But wait, there’s more. We’re here to help demystify some of the unusual words you might see on menus like furikake, laulau and lilikoi — and explain which meat is being served and why. And possibly most importantly of all, provide the fun facts on the origins of local dishes.  

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Feature Image: Vana Paia

M Sushi
Photo: M Sushi​

M Sushi

This little sushi spot has been earn rave reviews. They have the basics covered, but you’ll want to try the wonderfully named specialty rolls like the “Superman Burrito Hand Roll” and the “Marilyn Mon Roll.”  Chopsticks up, there’s sushi to eat! Open Tuesday through Sunday 5pm to 11pm. Closed Monday. facebook.com/M-Sushi-Maui

Photo: @nukamaui


This 50-seat contemporary Japanese izakaya and sushi bar is tucked away on Maui’s north shore. Their menu offers a wide array of small plates, hand rolls, specialty rolls, noodles, and salads. No reservations required. Open Monday through Friday for lunch 10:30am to 2:30pm and for dinner daily 4:30pm to 10pm. nukamaui.com

Umi Maui

It’s BYOB here at Umi, a relaxed sushi joint on Maui’s north shore. Some of our favorite rolls includes the Special Opaka with fried calamari steak topped with opakaka and a lemon caper aioli, the Shiso Dragon, a spicy tuna roll topped with tuna, avo, truffle oil and potato chips, and the Garlic Tiger, a shrimp tempura roll topped with spicy tuna and tempura flakes. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 9pm. Closed  Sunday. umisushimaui.com

Best Sushi in North & Central Maui
Photo: Courtesy of Vana Paia

Vana Paia

The bartenders at this hipster restaurant in downtown Paia are stirring up delicious cocktails to go with the artistically rolled sushi. The lights are dim here, so you may just want to go for the cocktails and ambiance — but a few fresh sushi bites are always a good idea. Open Tuesday through Saturday 5pm to 10pm. vanapaia.com

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