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Kris Fordham is a writer at Condé Nast Traveler

Kris Fordham is a travel writer for Condé Nast Traveler, CNN Travel, Departures, and Travel + Leisure, specialising in hotels and luxury travel. Previously, she was a staff editor at Condé Nast Traveler. Kris was born in Manila, Philippines; raised in Sydney, Australia and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, California.

Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante

During sunset, the candlelit tables by the ocean are so impossibly picture-perfect you'll feel like you're starring in a rom-com.

Paia Fish Market

Locals have been flocking here since '89, demonstrating that its perpetually long line is worth the wait.

Sam Sato's

One look at the full house and bonkers line, and it's clear this isn't just your average greasy spoon.

Ka'Ana Kitchen

A super-chill vibe belies this restaurant's seriously good food.

Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop

This place's atmosphere is cute enough, but it's the pies, fresh bread, and pastries that draw the perpetually long lines.

Star Noodle

Come here to feast on flavorful—and shareable—Asian dishes with friends and family.

Mama's Fish House

A Maui institution; even if you're not celebrating a special occasion, Mama's is an experience that's worth the splurge.

The Plantation House

Fancy but not stuffy, with stunning views and decadent food, this is the kind of restaurant you'd take your rich aunt.

Hali'imaile General Store

Led by one of Hawaii's most heralded chefs, this decades-old Maui mainstay was serving up farm-to-table cuisine before it was even a thing.

Tin Roof

The food, from James Beard Award-nominated Top Chef finalist Sheldon Simeon, is glorious—just ask the people waiting in line.


The bar is buzzy—many come just for happy hour—but the rest of the restaurant remains relaxed and low-key.

Merriman's Maui

With its vaulted ceilings, candlelit tables, and panoramic ocean views, Merriman's is one of Maui's most elegant and romantic restaurants.

La Factoría

The speakeasy that transformed Puerto Rico's cocktail scene.

La Estación

The feel is jungle chic, but the food is Texas brisket all the way.

Hawaii's Remote Work Program Comes With Free Flights

The goal is to encourage more thoughtful travel to the islands. 

Planning a Hawaii Trip? Here's What to Know Before You Go

It's become easier to visit the islands—but there are still county-specific restrictions, testing requirements, and local reactions to consider before making the trip.

Sheraton Grand Seattle

Big rooms, beautiful views, and an unbeatable location, at the right price.