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!
Nearby is Makena’s Big Beach, which is a broad span of golden sand and blue waters. It’s a quintessential Hawaiian Beach!
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!
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.
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!
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.
We couldn’t leave South Maui without breakfast at our favorite spot, Kihei Caffe.
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!
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.
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!