This post is part of our Maui November 2009 Adventure.
Waking up on the day of our departure was bittersweet – it’s our last day of vacation (sob), but it was also the day I had planned our last meal at Mama’s Fish House before our flight back home and I was looking forward to that as well as my luxurious facial at the spa. Note to self: definitely plan things you’re looking forward to (time-permitting) on the day you leave! It will help you to have something to look forward to instead being sad vacation is over.
We had yummy breakfast buffet for the last time and then laid out by the pool before my morning spa appointment. My facial was wonderful and the spa there is really top-notch. Yes it is a pretty penny, but hooray for resort credits. We were offered late check-out at 1pm with our package so we stayed at the pool until the last minute before showering, checking-out, and packing up the car again. Ahh we were really going to miss this. Goodbye beautiful Ritz Carlton! Even though it’s a little secluded, I loved everything about this resort and would highly recommend it for vacationing couples who want to get away from it all without sacrificing luxury.
We headed out and stopped by Honokowai Okazuya in Napili for what I thought was one of the best plate lunches on the island. We split the teriyaki steak over vegetables, served of course with mac salad and rice. It was extremely flavorful and some of the best quality you’ll see in a plate lunch. Definitely worth the slightly higher prices for take-out food, but portions are generous. We ate outside on one of the few tables they have, although we could have carried it to somewhere more picturesque, like the beach…but maybe next time. Next door was also Bad Ass Coffee where I got some great iced kona coffee. I really enjoy iced coffee and could have kicked myself for waiting until the last day to try some iced kona, yum yum yum!
We made our way back around the west part around the island slowly – our flight was not till later at 9pm so we took some time on the drive back around from Kapalua. We stopped, took pictures at every outlook and did a bit of shopping – souvenirs for family and friends, and some more manju from homemaid bakery for me. We also stopped at that one mall in Kahului, which wasn’t very interesting but it was nice to experience Maui like a local. I remember going into the Sanrio store and buying some exclusive Hawaii Hello Kitty stuff for my sister who loved it.
Since we had some more time to kill before dinner we went to the Sugar Museum – it is not terribly thrilling and the museum is really old so I would say skip it, unless you REALLY want to see it. But the nice thing is now that I get those “sugar in the raw” packets in delis or coffee shops I always no prescription online pharmacy look for the wording that says, Made in Maui.
Our dinner at Mama’s fish house couldn’t come soon enough! Upon getting to Paia and to Mama’s we immediately jumped out, checked in and took pictures. It was right at around sunset so I wanted to capture all the available light. The beach area in front of the restaurant is really picturesque, tall palm trees and vintage canoes…they were pretty.
The restaurant itself was a lot more romantic and elegant than I thought. Back then, when you went to the Mama’s Fish House website, it was extremely cheesy. (It has since improved). I was expecting a little more kitsch. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of vintage Polynesian decor here, but the ambiance is true old Hawaii and is just wonderful. I really thought this was the best place to end our trip. The surprising thing was when I made a reservation I put down we are celebrating our anniversary and they gifted me with a fresh flower lei! How sweet. Too bad I’d have to give it up in a few hours.
Since we don’t like to drink a lot before long flights, I believed we shared a cocktail (can’t remember what but it wasn’t a mai tai), and dug into the cut your own bread that is served with the meal. For an appetizer, we shared the seafood soup with coconut broth. It was lovely. I love anything coconut! For entrees, I got the whole wok fried moi served in a lychee black bean sauce served with coconut rice. The dish itself was pretty good. I don’t think the moi (which was fantastic) needed such a robust sauce, but I like lychees. The husband’s dish though, was amazing. He got the traditional mac nust crusted mahi mahi tolled with a stuffed lobster claw. This was the most delicious variation of this dish that we’ve ever eaten! It’s quite common to see this dish on menus in Hawaii but the freshness of the fish and the delicate nature in which it was prepared was wonderful. I liked his dish better than mine . Service was excellent and we had a great time.
Since we were really full after, we couldn’t get a full dessert so we settled for mango strawberry sorbet. They also gave us a complimentary chocolate ice cream for our anniversary. Both were outstanding, even something as simple as sorbet and ice cream tasted divinely homemade. 4 thumbs up for Mama’s Fish House! Definitely a splurge meal but not to be missed.
Alas our vacation was over. After dinner we headed to the airport where we returned our convertible and checked into our flight back home to New York.
What an amazing first anniversary trip to Maui. We knew then that this wouldn’t be our last visit to Hawaii. We made it a point to try and return every year. Our next trip came sooner than we thought it would…Kauai January 2010!
I hoped you enjoyed this trip report! There will be more coming!
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