Pioneer Inn is west Maui’s first and oldest hotel, pre-dating Hawaii’s statehood by about 58 years. Located harbor side across from the great Banyan Tree, the refurbished Pioneer Inn retains the charm of its turn of the century heyday when Mark Twain lingered here whilst penning news reports of this exotic port to the world at large.
A haven for sailors, day trippers, harbor hands and tourists, Pioneer Inn’s breezy lanai invites lingering and dreaming about days of yore – or for the newly just married in Pioneer Inn’s gazebo and courtyard – of glorious days to come.
You’ll find the standard seafaring-town lunch and dinner fare on the menu here. To create your own pupu platter chose three favorites from: calamari, sautéed scallops, spring rolls, Buffalo wings, grilled chicken breast or onion rings for $15.95. There’s also spring rolls, seared ahi, nachos and fish tacos, all well prepared and well-priced. Although seared ahi and spinach salads are commonplace on Lahaina menus, those served at Pioneer Inn have won awards at former Taste of Lahaina competitions. Having recently enjoyed the seared ahi salad, I can attest that it stands the test of time with perfectly pink ahi over crisp, delicate greens highlighted with a delightfully sweet/tangy dressing.
You’ll also find fish, chicken, steak, kalua pork sandwiches and other local favorites, most everything priced $10-$20, a veritable steal for a restaurant with great food, ambiance, good location and so much history.
Pioneer Inn is currently offering super economic stimulus specials including Aloha Friday’s extended Happy Hour. From 2-7 p.m., pupus are just $2-$5, Beer $3, Margaritas $4.50, Tai Tais $4. But the big news is the dinner deal, every day from 5 p.m. until closing, buy one entrée, get the second for 50% off. Plus, sign up for the frequent diner card and for every 10th sandwich or entrée you purchase get one Maui Cattle Company Premium Cheeseburger free!
Pioneer Inn $-$$ VIEWS/PRICES/FOOD
Location: 658 Wharf Street, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
Cuisine: American, Island Favorites
Telephone: (808) 661-3636 fax : (808) 667-5708