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Lost Trip Pics – Maui 2010 Part 1

This series showcases pictures from previous trips to Hawaii which I had not documented. After a week on the Big Island back in 2010 we headed over to Maui for another week. This time on Maui was pretty relaxing because we had already been to Maui for our first anniversary the year before (read about that amazing trip here) and we had done all the must – dos like Road to Hana, Haleakala for sunrise, and dine at Mama’s Fish House. This trip had it’s own share of exploring and lots of eating as well!

Traveling to Maui during the day is great as you can see all the beautiful scenery from the plane.

Green fields and farmland on the Valley Isle of Maui as seen from a Hawaiian airlines inter-island plane!

Part of the West Maui Mountains

We did a split stay on Maui. The first four nights were spent in Lahaina in West Maui, at the Outrigger Aina Nalu, a boutique hotel located within walking distance to the famous Front Street with lots of shops and restaurants. The resort was small but cute, and each unit had a kitchen making this ideal for longer term stays. The pool area was quite pretty as well.

Lounge area at the Aina Nalu

Entering the pool area. There is a lot of grass and shade at the Aina Nalu.

Lovely pool area. The pool had a dark tile making the pool seem more like a pond and blended with the natural surroundings.

We ate breakfast in nearby Lahaina Front street a few days, but our favorite was actually a short drive away, at Napili’s famous Gazebo restaurant. Go here early or be prepared to wait on line! They are famous for their fried rice and their pancakes!

The Gazebo’s Famous fried rice at breakfast/brunch

The mac nut pancakes! Sorry we had eaten half of them by this point.

And for a great tasting plate lunch, we head over to Honokowai Izakaya which is our favorite take-out spot in Maui. Their meals are cheap and prepared by a former 4-star chef so you’ll be ensure a satisfying yet quality meal!

Hamburger steak from Honokowai Okazuya

Lahaina close to Front Street does not have many beaches but a short drive away is one of Maui’s best beaches, Kaanapali Beach. Our favorite is the area of beach that fronts the Sheraton Blackrock.

Kaanapali beach is a broad stretch of beach with easy entry and good snorkeling (especially near the Blackrock).

Snorkeling right off the beach

At dusk, there is a torch lighting ceremony at Blackrock and then the torch lighter dives off the cliff. It’s pretty cool to catch it if you’re in the area.

A nice place to grab a bite to eat around Kaanapali is the Hula Grill, located in Whaler’s Village.

A nice spot for pupus, drinks, and dinner!

Drinks are fruity yet strong!

Seafood abounds here. Sorry about the bad picture I only had my Blackberry back then.

Another very popular spot for both lunch, dinner, and happy hour is Star Noodle. This was Top Chef contestant Sheldon Simeon’s restaurant when we were there in 2010. It has since moved on to different chefs but I’m happy to report it is still delicious!

Pohole ferm salad is popular as the ferms are sourced locally.

Nori-wrapped fried chicken

Delicious Vietnamese crepe – pork and shrimp sauteed in coconut milk and vegetables and folded into an egg omelet. Wrap slices of it in lettuce and dip it in the nuoc cam sauce. Yum!

Simple but tasty garlic noodles

A really yummy dessert: fresh malasadas (portugese donuts) with different dipping sauces. Yum!

This restaurant Cane and Taro is no longer in Whaler’s Village, but the owner is the same owner as Sansei Sushi, with two locations on Maui. I’m happy to report you can get one of my favorite dishes there, the fresh ahi tuna wrapped in arugula panko-crusted and deep fried, served in a sou butter sauce. It tastes just as good as it looks!

The most delicious ahi arugula roll can be found at all Sansei Sushi locations in Hawaii.

We spent the last three nights of the trip in Wailea which is south Maui. On the way down we stopped in Central Maui for some sightseeing and history at Iao Valley State Park.

The lush I’ao Valley State Park is home to I’ao Needle

The valley is very pretty but the history of the site is actually quite dark with tales of long and bloody battles being fought when Kamehameha the Great sought to unify the islands. Despite the bloody history, the I’ao Valley is very peaceful and the area is abundant and green.

A walk through nature

Worth a visit if you’re in the area!

Coming up – moving to the Marriott Wailea and our adventures in South Maui, plus Haleakala for sunset!

Read my other Maui Trip Reports: Maui 2009, Maui 2013

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