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Kahului Eats: Tasaka Guri Guri

This is one of the first greeting signs to welcome you into the town of Kahului from the airport road. Yes, that’s Krispy Kreme behind that wall – the only location in the state.

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…

Tasaka Guri Guri “Maui Sherbert” 2 scoops (1 strawberry, 1 pineapple)

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
Maui Mall
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 871-4513

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’!)

Related links:
Tasaka Guri Guri Shop – Yelp user reviews
Guri Guri – ‘Ono Kine Grindz
Maui: Tasaka Guri-Guri – mmm-yoso!!!

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.

6 thoughts on “Kahului Eats: Tasaka Guri Guri

  • June 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm
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    I remember getting Guri Guri whenever my family would visit my grandma and aunties. I also remember how hot Kahului is. We would also bring back home a few containers, which would last about a week.

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  • June 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm
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    Ho, your blog rocks. I also remember looking forward to getting some Guri Guri whenever we’d visit family on Maui. Look forward to your review of Tasty Crust!

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  • June 3, 2009 at 6:55 am
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    Pomai, nice entry. Is the sherbert like the one Goody Goody in Waipahu? It been a while back to the islands. Since you seen enough of Maui what kind of food business would be good that Asian there? My cousin own Far East Restaurant in Waipahu is just doing research and I have other cousins also in Maui grocery store business.

    Plan to set it up with Taiwan food products which cost is less. Too bad superferry is gone. They helped bring down cost in delivery to Maui. Been planing it for some time. Restaurants in Taiwan popular is low cost family style food.

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  • June 3, 2009 at 8:15 am
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    Ho cuz…you in my hometown now! Good the Guri-Guri ah? Almost every week we used to go down and buy a few quarts to take home. In fact last time my we were home my Mom had a stock of 5-6 quarts Guri-Guri in the freezer…the step kids loved it so much they ate it all up! So many memories…glad I can count on it being there whenever I get to go back home…

    Tasty Crust next eh? That’s where my parents used to take me to eat every week…always get side order of hot cakes!

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  • June 3, 2009 at 8:21 am
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    Pomai, thanks for sharing your trip to all. Last time I been there it need a dim sum take out like a deli style place with roast ducks, char siu, roast pork. Well anywhere Chinese goes they always bring along their food.

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  • June 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm
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    Michale, unlike the prevalence of them on Oahu, Maui seems to be fairly absent of Chinese restaurants.

    C, you know dat. lol Your hometown is da’ bess!

    Betty, I’ve never heard of a “Goody Goody” shop in Waipahu. Any specifics? As far as opening a restaurant on Maui, my first impression is that there’s too much competition and not enough people (tourists) to keep all of them afloat (like anywhere else, but especially looks evident on Maui). Also keep in mind, most of the tourists on Maui are from the mainland and Europe (in my observation). You don’t see much Japanese or asian tourists there like you do on Oahu. Therefore, not sure if Taiwanese cuisine would be in such high demand there.

    Hawaiiangirl, mahalo. The Tasty Crust post is now up.

    Marvo, have you ever tried the Samurai brand “Maui Sherbert” in the stores? If so, how would you compare it to Tasaka’s? I think it’s too hard, more like ice cake.

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