On the way home from my recent adventure at the Grand Wailea, PR maven Yvonne Biegel mentioned that there is a new pie shop in Kihei, and some people are even surmising that it could be better than Leoda’s in Lahaina. What? How can this be?
We needed to investigate the pie rumor and see for ourselves. (Obviously, we wanted an excuse to eat pie.) So we called our PR friends Charlene Kauhane of Maui and Rebecca Pang of Oahu, who were both in the area for the Grand Wailea’s Ka Malama dinner, to join us. They had also never been to Maui Pie, so this was a good little adventure for us.
Kellee and Ryan Houghtailing are from Michigan but had gotten engaged on Maui and always wanted to come back. They (Kellee said mostly Ryan) had a family history and background in food service and pie making back home, and it seemed like a natural business to start in their dream destination.
Maui Pie is located at Azeka Shopping Center in Kihei, and they got a nice spot facing the street so they’re easier to find in the strip mall.
Maui Pie has a variety of sweet and savory (mostly sweet), and fruit or cream pies. You can buy a personal-sized six-inch pie, a whole nine-inch pie, or a slice of a nine-inch pie. They also have a selection of other baked goods.
If we could eat more, we would have bought more, but this was all we had room to eat on this day.
We started with the savories, and tried the chicken pot pie ($10.95) and a Portuguese sausage quiche ($8.95). Now remember, I’m not a fan of crust, but these crusts were amazing! They are very buttery and flaky but not dry. The chicken pot pie filling was chock full of chicken and veggies in a thick sauce, not a runny soup. The quiche was perfectly set so that it was solid but moist. I would eat either of them again. And sorry, Leoda’s, but these savory pies were better.
I liked the cream pies a lot — they weren’t too sweet and they were nicely set. If I had to compare them, though, I think we all agreed that Leoda’s is better. Our friend Julie Yoneyama pointed out that, at least for the chocolate, it’s probably sweeter at Leoda’s due to a layer of caramel on the bottom.
We were surprised that we liked the strawberry rhubarb pie better than the raspberry mango, since we aren’t familiar with rhubarb. It was not as tart as we expected, and probably would have been extra awesome with a scoop of gelato from next door. Well, next time, I guess.
Overall assessment: the pies here are all good, it just depends on your taste. Do you want sweet or savory? Cream or fruit? If I had to choose, it’s definitely savory at Maui Pie. Those were so good that I still think about them.
Even if you aren’t comparing them to another pie shop, as we couldn’t help doing, this is a nice place to stop on your way in or out of Wailea, and it’s actually not far from Kahului, so there’s no question about it being worth the drive.
1280 South Kihei Rd.
Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday