Strangers with Candy
My aunt told me we had to go to Kihei and try a place that the locals loved called Eskimo Candy - apparently it was my uncle’s favorite. So when I insisted we go for the 40 minute ride, it was unfortunate that we didn’t end up like kids in a candy store. Instead, we were more like kids in a non-descript fishery with two cement tables facing a Napa Auto Parts store.
The great white shark busting through the wall was an amusing touch as we ordered two catch of the day tacos, mahi and ono (one of each.) They were ok, a lot of lettuce and minimal fish. Granted, we just had some of the best food matched with some of the best views over the last few days, but this didn’t come close in either category. Even their fish market prices seemed steep.
Besides that, there wasn’t much to do around Kihei (lots of strip malls), so we ended up making the 40 minute trek for sub-par, fish tacos. When I asked my aunt about it, she told me:
1. There wasn’t much in Kihei, but there was fabulous snorkeling in the upscale area of Wailea just a few miles away. Damn!
2. The only reason my uncle liked it so much was because it was the first time he had tasted ahi poke (chopped tuna with soy sauce, sesame oil - several variations.) This was the actual "eskimo candy" the place was named after. Double damn!
They did have a large selection of poke and I wish I had known that was their specialty, since our lack of enthusiasm about the tacos and setting made us cut out early. Next time, we'd make sure to get our sweet tooth satisfied with some island "candy".