One of Maui’s most popular food trucks is about to get even more popular.
“We can confirm that we did tape for an episode of the Food Network’s Diners Drive Ins and Dives television series; and we are excited to be featured on the show. Because it helps to promote Maui as a culinary destination and also to showcase and promote small businesses on the island,” said Kyle Kawakami of Maui Fresh Streatery.
Because of a signed agreement with the television network, Kawakami was pretty tight-lipped about the experience and couldn’t say anything more about the taping. However, he did announce on social media that the episode’s premier date is Friday, July 14th at 6pm. And you will likely see his 11 year-old son, Tai, in the kitchen with Guy Fieri too!
With a theme like “Flavor Adventure” Kawakami’s food is a perfect fit. The gourmet mobile kitchen serves 16 different rotating menus with each running for about a month then moving on to the next inspiration. Coming up you will see dishes inspired by Vietnam, India, California and Japan. “All of our menus are based on a cuisine and cultural based dishes, and they run for an average of 2-3 weeks, then it’s taken down and a whole new menu is created,” he adds.
I asked if Kawakami was preparing to prep more food after his debut on the The Food Network, he says it will be a day like any other and since they’re in a truck they are limited in the amount of food they can cook and serve. “We don’t carry a lot of food and I don’t think we want to sacrifice the integrity, or the quality, of the food that we want to produce. We’re not changing our initial business plan just because of the taping, we will continue to support locally grown locally harvested concepts and local farms,” he says.
Kawakami will also continue to support local charities and families in need with his monthly “Aloha Tip Jar’ which he uses to collect cash tips then donates to those in need.
With no plans to ditch the truck for a brick and mortar location you will find the Maui Fresh Streatery on the move and popping-up island-wide. Here’s a look at where you can find them currently:
Monday – Maui Lani (Maui Lani Parkway below Wailuku Federal Credit Union) 11am-1pm.
Wednesday – Wailuku Wednesday, corner of Vineyard & Church Streets 11am-1pm.
Friday – Ilima Shell Station, on Kaahumanu Avenue 11am-1pm or 6pm-9pm (time varies).