You can’t expect the man who built his career around chasing “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” to take a typical vacation. So when Guy Fieri brings his family to Hawaii, he doesn’t spend much time by the pool.
“There are so many great places on the islands. The more you dig, the more you find, ”he says. “Spend your two days at the beach and then go see things.”
It highlights new discoveries and old favorites in a new four-part series, “Guy: Hawaiian Style,” which debuts Saturday, on Discovery +, and shares some favorites with USA TODAY.
Hawaii may discourage tourists from visiting right now due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, but you can always put them on your bucket list for your next visit.
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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
When the Fieri family came to Maui, that’s where they settled. “It’s our favorite spot, centrally located and easy to get around,” says Fieri. The modern-style resort has an open-air lobby and four swimming pools. “It’s more scenic, it’s not a big, huge place, and they have a great beach. If it’s spring break time, most likely you’ll see us there.
More information: hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/hawaii/andaz-maui-at-wailea-resort/oggaw
Fieri obtained his diving certification with this Maui company and also brought his wife and youngest son for the lessons. Part of the course involves removing your mask 20 to 30 feet underwater. It’s usually an unsettling time, but his instructors were “super conscientious,” he says. “These people are so practical and so helpful, and so aware.”
More information: lahainadivers.com
This Asian-style noodle joint in Maui is expected to change its name to OMG, says Fieri. “It’s the kind of place that is worth a visit. I would eat there every day. Highlights include homemade ramen made with an 80-year-old Japanese machine and a Vietnamese pancake filled with shrimp and pork drenched in coconut milk that you eat wrapped in lettuce. “It’s a great tasty and unique presentation. “
More information: starnoodle.com
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Maui Sporting Clays
Anyone can go surfing in Hawaii, but what about skeet shooting? Fieri says that when he tires of the beach, he heads to this hidden place, located inside an extinct volcano. ” It’s crazy. The view of the ocean is breathtaking. The instructor, an award-winning shooter, takes customers through dozens of booths. “In two hours, he changed the way I shoot,” says Fieri.
More information: mauisportingclays.com
Piper Sport Fishing
Although Fieri enjoys eating and cooking seafood, he never claimed to be a fisherman himself. Still, he was amazed at what he learned about marlin and other species on an outing with this Maui charter fishing company. “It was such a great experience. It’s like taking a full masters course on what big game fishing is, ”he says. “These guys did such a great job.”
More information: piper-sportfishing.com
Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse
As a member of the Barbecue Hall of Fame, Fieri is happy to have found Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse in Maui, which draws inspiration from both Texas and North Carolina styles. “The guy’s burnt ends are bananas, and the cornbread blows my mind. It’s not basic cornbread. This is the real deal.
More information: fatdaddysmaui.com
Umekes Fishmarket Bar & Grill
You can taste your way around Hawaii at this authentic Big Island location. Fieri loves everything from poke to lau lau – Hawaiian pork and salt wrapped in taro leaves and steamed for 10 hours. The chef, he says, brings passion to every dish. “It’s about the authenticity, creativity and enhancement of the Hawaiian experience,” he says.
More information: umekesrestaurants.com
Jack’s dive locker
Fieri had an unforgettable experience diving with manta rays at night off the Big Island, using a light to attract plankton. The fish, which can be 20 feet wide, are attracted to food and staged. “They’re the size of a barn door and they fly above you,” he says. Guests who don’t dive can still enjoy the adventure by using a snorkel and mask to view from above.
More information: jacksdivinglocker.com
Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl
It might come as no surprise that the host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” swears by a bowling alley-based restaurant in Honolulu. It was here that Fieri celebrated a recent anniversary, welcoming its production team, parents and children. “It’s a totally local place. It’s the bomb. Fieri even had its oxtail soup – made with Chinese spices, ginger, mushrooms and peanuts – returned to the mainland. Another highlight: the sandwich with turkey marinated in Pepsi and cola.
More information: aieabowl.com/restaurant
In a state where even the poke of a convenience store can be amazing, you have to do something spectacular enough to take marinated raw fish salad to new heights. But Fieri swears by this Oahu restaurant, which serves 20 different varieties. His favorites include the ahi poke topped with limu seaweed and tako (spicy smoked octopus). “You can really taste the authenticity,” he says.
More information: Freshcatch808.com
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hawaii: Guy Fieri’s 10 Favorite Places to Dive, Dine, and Explore