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Lost Trip Pics – Maui 2010 Part 2

Lost Trip Pics are a series of posts from previous trips to Hawaii that I haven’t documented before on my  blog. I still feel a lot of the information is pertinent even years later, and the beautiful scenery never changes! Here’s the second part of our Maui 2010 trip! Read Part 1 here.

After spending 4 nights in West Maui, we headed to the Marriott Wailea in South Maui for another three nights. The Marriott is s beautiful resort – although I can’t help but feel like the service back in 2010 was not up to par with other luxury resorts. Maybe it has improved over the years, but I encountered some snooty service in their Mandara Spa as well as some unhelpful service at their front desk. These were isolated incidents though and everyone else wasfriendly.  Their infinity pool is beautiful and their beach is right next to the Andaz at Wailea, although back in 2010, the Andaz was not even built yet!

Marriott Wailea Infinity Pool

Sunset at the Marriott Wailea

Bliss!

Nearby is Makena’s Big Beach, which is a broad span of golden sand and blue waters. It’s a quintessential Hawaiian Beach!

Big Beach in Makena

Also around Makena are other smaller beaches, some where you can even swim with giant honu (sea turtles).

In Kihei, just a few miles up from Wailea, is the original outpost of Local Boyz Shave Ice. It’s definitely the best treat on a hot day, especially after the beach!

Heading upcountry, we visit Ulupakalua Ranch which boasts some beautiful scenery, a general store, and Maui’s only winery.

A the Ulupakalua Ranch Store you can also get some Maui Cattle beef or elk burgers for a tasty lunch!

Maui Cattle Beef burger

We’ve visited Haleakala Crater for sunrise before, so we thought to hit it for sunset on this trip. Both are spectacular! Note, during sunrise you’re driving up the crater in the dark, and for sunset you’re driving down the crater in the dark. Do whatever feels more comfortable for you, but I think driving down is a little scarier.

The beautiful views as you get higher and higher on the crater.

It’s cold up there so definitely bundle up!

Get there a little before sunset for the best views!

As soon as the sun goes beneath the cloud horizon, it gets dark quickly.

When visiting Haleakala it’s best to be prepared with some layers of long sleeves, sweaters, and/or coats, long pants, closed toe shoes (no sandals!) plus hats and scarves will help to fight the chill especially when it’s windy. If you plan on taking a lot of pictures, some finger-less gloves work well. As you go back down, it gets warmer and warmer so you can ditch the layers. Some other places to go to while Upcountry are O’o Farms, the town of Makawao, breakfast/brunch at Kula Lodge, a meal at Hali’imaile General Store, Ulupakalua Ranch, Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm, Surfing Goat Dairy, Ziplining, a tour of Ocean Vodka Distillery, or T. Komoda General Store in Makawao for fresh baked goods. These are just a handful of things you could do upcountry after sunrise/before sunset and it’s very easy to spend an entire day in the area and not get bored!

If you’re into fine dining without the fine dining price tag, a unique experience would be to attend a meal at Class Act, a student-run, instructor-supervised restaurant at the Maui Culinary Academy. For a very affordable price on Wednesdays and Fridays diners can feast on a multi-course meal which is prepared by student chefs. It’s a fun way to support the local culinary academy! Their menu changes all the time so check their website for more info. Reservations are necessary!

Interior of Class Act at the Maui Culinary Academy

We were lucky that the week we went was a showcase of Hawaiian Regional cuisine, so we got to partake in a few local delicacies prepared in an elegant fashion.

A crispy amuse-bouche

A take on lumpia, a Filipino snack similar to a spring roll

An oxtail ravioli with a deep beef broth, reminisce of pho

Grilled prawns with some locla vegetables. Think the green stuff was some sort of fern?

A steamed monchong with Asian vegetables.

 

A haupia (coconut pudding) inspired dessert with a fresh fried malasada

We couldn’t leave South Maui without breakfast at our favorite spot, Kihei Caffe.

A fried rice loco moco! It’s the best on the island!

A healthy breakfast of bircher muesli, which is basically overnight oats. I’ve had this for years before it became popular on the east coast. Now everyone is making their version of overnight oats!

At the end of our trip we bid farewell to the Marriott Wailea. It’s a nice hotel but after staying at the Andaz Wailea, nothing will really beat that resort!

Goodbye Maui!

A favorite stop before we head back home is a local spot called Da Kitchen, home of the deep fried Spam musubi! It is located near the airport in Kahului and the portions are huge! I definitely recommend taking some 0f their bento to go to eat on the plane.

A giant bowl of saimin, Hawaii’s version of noodle soup.

A big pile of chicken katsu. I’ve never seen such a big serving of katsu!

We had a great time on our two week trip to the Big Island and Maui in 2010. We were adventurous on the Big Island and on Maui we relaxed and ate a lot! It’s definitely a perfect mix of vacation and why we love Hawaii so much! Stay tuned for some Lost Trip Pics from Oahu!

For more information on Maui, read my other Maui trip reports: Maui 2009, Maui 2013. Read my Cheap Eats Maui series!



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