Hawaiian Treats/Candy, Maui
My wife and I enjoy rum and rum drinks so whenever we are in an area that produces rum; we simply must try some. Maui produces rum in many different varieties from several local Rum producers on the island. The Maui Rum is produced from the local sugar cane and is available in just about any store that carries liquor.
Our preferred local rum is the Old Lahaina brand. We have purchased several bottles over the years: the Dark Rum and the Golden Rum are our favorites.
**There are also Rum tours on the island if you are interested.**
Shave ice an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice. Shave Ice is mostly credited as being "Hawaiian" but is actually Japanese in origin. It does look like a snow cone but the ice is shaved into a soft texture that resembles snow while a snow cone is crushed ice. This snowy texture is perfect for absorbing the flavored syrup, instead of it pooling at the botton of the cup.
Personally I think this is a must have for anyone visiting Hawaii, It really is a treat and comes in so many different flavors.
The Mai Tai first came a popular cockatial in the 1950's and 1960's. The popular Elvis film Blue Hawaii featured this Tiki inspired drink. I am a big fan of Mai Tai's and love having them when visiting Hawaii. I've had them at almost every bar or restaurant I have visited and served in a variety of glasses from highball to interesting Tiki heads and coconuts. My favorite Mai Tai's so far have been at the Tiki Grill(Oahu), Hula Grill(Oahu & Maui) and the Pikake Terrace(Oahu).
A Ma Tai is composed of: white rum, orange curacao, Ogeat syrup, rock candy syrup, lime juice and dark rum.
When in Hawaii, definitely try a Lava Flow. The Lava Flow is a delicious drink made from Rum, pureed strawberries, coconut cream and coconut milk. It basically tastes like a Strawberry Pina Coladad but better. My wife loves these Lava Flows and has to have them whenever we are in Hawaii. Her favorite place for a Lava Flow is the Plantation Bar at the Hula Grill Waikiki and the Beach Bar at the Hula Grill in Maui; according to my wife they make the best ones since they use fresh coconut milk.
You just can't go to Hawaii and not try a lava flow. It is an amazing frozen cocktail that is sort of half pina colada, half strawberry margarita. It is made with rum, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and coconut-- and it is delicious! They serve this just about everywhere on Maui. Enjoy!