This year was one of our favorite trips yet… the past couple of years we have gone out of our comfortable “tan/swim/read 500 books” rut and spent a few days devoted to exploring the island (thus only remaining in a “tan/swim/read 300 book” rut). I wanted to share some of our favorite pictures from our trip and include a few of our fun day trip agendas 🙂 aloha!
- Go to Big Beach for a fun day in the sun
- Grab JAWZ tacos for lunch
- Freshen up and grab drinks/dinner and the sunset at Ka’ana Kitchen (be sure to get the fried chicken, abalone risotto, and the tuna tataki with burrata) at the Andaz hotel
- Grab fish tacos (or the Mahi Mahi sandwich) at the Paia Fish Market (get there at 11am to avoid long lines)
- Head over to Rock and Brews for Pina Coladas
- Drive down the road to Ho’okipa beach for awesome turtle and windsurfer sightings (bring your own towel/they have warm water showers too!)
- Grab Tobi’s for snow cones and poke on your way back into town
- Get back in the car and head to Makawao. It is an old rodeo town with super cute shops and a infamous bakery – Komoda bakery (be sure to get their butter rolls and glazed donut holes – and be sure to get there before 4pm!)
- Continue the drive to Hali’imaile to enjoy dinner at the General Store (we loved the Sashimi Napoleon, Ombre Tomato Burrata salad, Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, and the Horseradish Crusted Opakapaka). If you get there early (as we did, be sure to check out the glassblowing facility across the street for a real live demonstration, or the distillery for some spirit tasting).
- Grab pies from Leoda’s on your way home
Pacific Ocean/Lahaina Day:
- Go on the Hula Girl (always.)
- The boat leaves at 9:15 and gets back around 2:30ish… we usually are “sunned out” by then and head back to the hotel to get ready.
- We grabbed happy hour at Fleetwood’s (half of cocktails from 2-5pm) and then enjoyed their $1 oysters (from 5-6pm).
- Dinner was at Leoda’s (our favorite “hole in the wall” spot) – be sure to get the fried salad, pastrami sandwich and Lahaina dog.
Until next time… Mahalo!