If you are waking up in Wailea, chances are you’ll have a great caloric start to your day. In addition to the coffee cart on the path or Starbucks at the Wailea Beach Resort, you have many choices for breakfast with a view. And here in Hawaii, there is an abundance of choices not commonly featured on mainland menus. Loco moco — white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy — is a popular dish, as is Spam musubi and Hawaiian French toast made with Portuguese sweet bread. Here are some of the top spots in Wailea for the most important meal of the day.
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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Wailea Breakfast Map
If you’re ready to hit the beach and just want a quick bite, Cafe Kula is your spot. This grab-and-go cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks of both the alcoholic and the nonalcoholic type. Open for breakfast 7am to 11am, lunch and dinner 11am to 8pm. grandwailea.com
Four Seaons Breakfast Buffet
Duo Steak and Seafood at the Four Seasons offers a casual poolside setting with live musicians as you enjoy your meal. Their chefs select and support over 70 local farmers and fishermen to bring you fresh and locally sourced ingredients. If you aren’t in the mood for one of their many buffet options, there are a la carte options, including a wellness breakfast option. Open for breakfast 6am to 11am and for dinner 5:30pm to 9pm. FourSeasons/maui
Humble Market Kitchin
For breakfast at Humble Market Kitchin, Chef Roy Yamaguchi prepares an elegant buffet for diners to enjoy. Be sure to try the gluten-free macadamia nut coconut pancakes with coconut syrup. Open for dine-in and takeout for breakfast 6:30am to 10:30am, daily happy hour 5pm to 6:30pm, dinner 5pm to 9:30pm. royyamaguchi.com
Fairmont Kea Lani
If you’re looking to customize your egg order, The Kea Lani egg bar has you covered. The restaurant also offers a breakfast buffet with a variety of options, including tasty eggs Benedict. Open 6:30am – 10:30am daily. fairmont.com