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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
A nice place to grab a bite to eat around Kaanapali is the Hula Grill, located in Whaler’s Village.
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!
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!
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 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.
Coming up – moving to the Marriott Wailea and our adventures in South Maui, plus Haleakala for sunset!