What a fantastic time we had up in Maui last week. Now that I’m home (on Oahu) and settled back in, in the following week or so I’ll share with you some of the “grindventures” that took place while on the Valley Isle, also including a few other related photos of our travel there.
Since it was SCORCHING HOT during our visit on Maui (as come to find out was the case across the entire island chain), we’ll start this by cooling off with the one and only original Tasaka Guri Guri “Maui Sherbert” in Maui Mall in Kahului…
Just like you remember it, they still serve only two flavors: strawberry and pineapple. This two-scoop cup was a just $1.10, with more scoops of Guri Guri than that asking for not much more. What an amazing value considering how rare this treat is, added to that, the otherwise mostly high cost of just about everything else on Maui, save for a few more budget-friendly places I’ll get to later.
Here under the scoop of strawberry is a scoop of pineapple…
Ice cold ‘n creamy-fruity good, with that unique powdery, crystallized texture that plays tricks on you, as if a shave ice cart and ice cream truck had a simultaneous head-on collision into your tongue.
Here’s Henry Tasaka, grandson of the founder, giving a big shaka…
In that photo, notice the (amazing) price list, as well as the bags of Kitch’n Cook’d Maui Potato Chips on the front counter.
While those CURRENT prices may remind us of the good old days, one thing that many do miss that Tasaka doesn’t offer anymore is Azuki beans to go with your Guri Guri. According to the girl working there, Tasaka’s hasn’t offered Azuki beans with their Guri Guri for more than 20 years now.
Oh well, at least the original secret recipe of the Guri Guri itself is still intact and taste just as ono today as I remember eating it as a kid when we used to visit Maui way-way-way back when.
Tasaka’s one and only shop in the Maui Mall used to be open air, but they’ve since enclosed it…
Tasaka Guri Guri prices are currently as followed (choose Strawberry and/or Pineapple flavor):
• 2 scoops – $1.10
• 3 scoops – $1.65
• 4 scoops – $2.10
• 5 scoops – $2.55
Take-out containers are available in 2-quart sizes at $11 each, frozen (solid), and will keep for up to 2-1/2 hours out of freezer (best if kept in a thermal bag or cooler with blue ice packs). If you plan to take this on an aircraft, it must be packed properly for check-in, as carry-on is not allowed for this item.
Tasaka Guri Guri T-Shirts are also available.
So next time you visit Maui, if you haven’t already done so, put Tasaka Guri Guri on your MUST-GRIND list. Not only is it a delicious and refreshing treat to beat the summer heat, it’s an old school gem unique to the island of Maui that can’t be found anywhere else, making it that much more worth savoring every moment of each spoonful.
Tasaka Guri Guri
Kahului, HI 96732
Hours of operation:
Monday thru Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 6pm
Sunday: 10am to 4pm
The Tasty Island rating:
(5) Superb. Worthy of repeat visits or purchases. (Broke Da’ Mout’!)
Tidbits from Maui…
Our rental car while on Maui was this gold Chevy Malibu from Budget…
Pretty tight handling and plenty of power, while good on gas. Sporty, yet luxurious leather interior as well, plus ample back seat and trunk space. Seemed just about every other tourist on Maui were driving a Malibu, as these made up a majority of the cars in the hotel parking lot and those seen driving in the area.
Next up, Tasty Crust in Wailuku town.