Kimo’s restaurant in Lahaina, Hawaii on Maui was an iconic spot on Front Street that served tourists and locals alike for years.
Tragically, the restaurant was entirely destroyed by the historic wildfires that swept through Lahaina. Its owners plan to rebuild this Maui institution.
As a professional food and travel photographer, I’ve visited Kimos in Lahaina, Maui for years to photograph it and the historic town. I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the restaurant, but relieved to hear that its staff members were not physically harmed by the fires.
Here are some photos celebrating the amazing Kimos before the fires. Make sure to read to the end to see some mouthwatering, nostalgic shots of their iconic Hula Pie.
A Perfect Setting
Kimos was located on Front Street in Lahaina, Hawaii, in an ideal location right in the heart of the historic whaling village.
Visitors were greeted by a colorful sign announcing Visitors were greeted by a colorful sign announcing “Seafood, Steaks and Grog.”
A Stunning Ambiance
I always loved to eat on Kimo’s back deck, which looked out on the Pacific Ocean. Especially in the evening, it was the most beautiful spot to eat in Lahaina.
Even during the day, the back deck was always popular.
The Food at Kimos
Of course, as beautiful as the views were, the food at Kimos was just as big of a draw. I always enjoyed ordering fish tacos, which came in a pretend “newspaper” wrap.
The vibrant colors of fresh ingredients came alive at Kimos!
The fish and chips were amazing, too.
The tropical drinks were a whole reason to visit in themselves, too. Kimos went classic with their drinks. Many had the tiny umbrellas you associate with a classic tiki drink.
Even if you ordered a water for your kid, Kimos would put a little umbrella in it.
The Hula Pie
Kimo’s biggest claim to fame was the fact that it originated the iconic Hula Pie.
Featuring a cookie crust, macadamia nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts and whipped cream, I was never able to finish a full slice myself!
Kimos even had custom spoons just for eating their iconic pie.
The loss of Kimos is a huge blow for the Lahaina and Maui community, and for the many people who remember visits to this iconic restaurant.
Again, though, Kimos’ owners have vowed to rebuild, and are actively supporting recovery efforts in Maui through their foundation.
We hope that Kimos and the aloha spirit it fostered return to Maui very soon.