Time always goes slowly in Hawaii, so sticking around for 4 days was more than enough (although we could’ve easily stayed much longer). We were pretty much able to see the whole island of Maui which was a grand adventure since it’s so different from Oahu. It was breathtakingly natural and gorgeous.
We arrived late night on Tuesday, slept for a few hours, then began our first day’s adventure. Highlights: the Haleakala Sunrise (more here!), falling in love with Kihei Caffe, and, of course, one of my best friend’s wedding (see here!).
Kihei Caffe | 1945 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
On the second day, we decided to take it slow and basically spent the day in West Maui in the Lahaina area. We ate A LOT on this day. Kihei Caffe for breakfast, Star Noodle for early lunch, Fish Market Maui for lunch, and Aloha Mixed Plate for dinner. Phew! All recommended! We even stopped at Take Home Maui for a delicious and icy cold coconut. Mixed into all that was beach time, beach time, and beach time. We also got to meet up with our friend Alex who had moved to Maui 2 years ago for work. Lucky for us, he got to show a few local stops to cliff dive and catch the sunset.
Star Noodle | 286 Kupuohi St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Fish Market Maui | 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761
Aloha Mixed Plate | 1285 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Take Home Maui | 121 Dickenson St, Lahaina, HI 96761
Day three we had reserved for the famous Road to Hana — a winding road around half of the island that was oh-so-beautiful. Tristan made a great video capturing the whole trip. You can find it here. Thanks so much to Alex for driving the whole trip! After the adventure, Tristan and I washed up, relaxed, and enjoyed a nice dinner at Three’s Bar & Grill.
Three’s Bar & Grill | 1945 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Our final day, we went snorkeling at a spot in Kihei that was recommended to us by the cashier at Kihei Caffe. I wish we had gone here sooner because the fish were plentiful. I would’ve loved it if we went to this spot every day! Afterward, we checked out of our hotel and took it easy as we tried to catch some other restaurants that people had recommended for us to go.
Before leaving we stopped at Ululani’s Shaved Ice once more (I think we went at least 3 times) then headed to Komoda Store and Bakery to see if we could get a fresh guava malasada. Sadly, they were sold out, but we did manage to get a famous stick donut! My favorite spot to eat was at the Geste Shrimp Trunk. Ooooh that spicy pineapple shrimp is something I still daydream about. Beyond delicious and definitely a step above Giovanni’s on Oahu. Seating area wasn’t too shabby either.
Last but not least, we took a few moments at Kahului Beach to watch the windsurfers before heading to the airport for our flight home. It was really awesome watching some people learn and some people do tricks. I could’ve sat here for hours if it weren’t so windy, but I guess if it weren’t very windy, there wouldn’t be many windsurfers. Ha.
Clearly, we didn’t miss a beat on this trip. Hope you enjoyed the quick little recap on got a few tips for your next trip out to Maui 🙂 I’ll be expanding some of the days and events as time goes on because it’s just too hard to let the memories fade too far!