Hawaii

[Good morning sunshine, the world says Aloha! – Maui, Hawaii]

September 22, 2015

It was a Thursday afternoon and I was literally watching my iPhone flip through numbers that would get my closer to our Hawaiian getaway. Not that I was bored of course, on the heels of one of the most hectic work weeks I would pop open my calendar and remember that this weekend would be spent on an island in the sun…

We jetted the mere five hours away to arrive in a time zone three hours earlier! (hooray), grabbed our rental car and made our way to our first hotel, the Royal Lahaina which is conveniently a mile away from the town of Lahaina. After scouring for good deals which thankfully we found for both the flights and hotels – we decided to spend two days on this side of Maui and the last on the north shore.But first – we ate food because that is the first thing you should probably do when you travel anywhere…is check Foursquare and find the most highly rated food at a reasonable price that is still open and nearby. This is when we discovered Hawaii’s food portioning is for giants or small horses. Nonetheless if you’re going to have deep fried spam musubi – Da Kitchen is the place to do that.

Healthy starts begin with deep fried spam musubi and end with poke bowls

Healthy starts begin with deep fried spam musubi and end with poke bowls

 

This hotel was more resort-y but not in the cruise ship over the top way one might expect. Overall we would definitely come back here, especially since we came in the dark of night and woke up to this majestic 12th floor view. I should mention you can also opt into Lei or Puka shell making classes if you read the schedule early enough, unlike us.

Good morning Maui!

Good morning Maui!

I tried not to throw too many pictures in here... I have about 30 more

I tried not to throw too many pictures in here… I have about 30 more

 

It being 6:30 AM and us waking up at what was our 9:30 AM, we decided to venture into Lahaina for some breakfast. We grabbed breakfast at Sunrise Cafe – Loco Moco for Ben and a giant hulled out pineapple full of fruit for me. We succeeded in being too full to move so we wandered around the town for a little bit and stopped by Banyan Tree Park.

Deconstructed Loco MOco and a fruit...bowl?

Deconstructed Loco Moco and a fruit…bowl?

So beautiful and empty int he morning

So beautiful and empty in the morning

Yes, we stopped someone to take our picture

Yes, we stopped someone to take our picture

Parks are different here

Parks are different here

 

Now it was finally time to go on a hike. It was also like 9 AM and nothing else would really be open. After some careful Instagram inspirations, we chose the Waihee Ridge trail. This hike was beautiful but I should caution hikers to wear hiking shoes and expect mist/mud always as you climb higher. That being said – the view is worth it and the incline is not terribly steep, elevation not too high and truthfully not tough from a physical standpoint after the initial incline up to the trail but it does get awfully muddy.

A good start to a good hike

A good start to a good hike

Things got a bit gnarly

Things got a bit gnarly

But we made it a bit further up and it was worth the view

But we made it a bit further up and it was worth the view

I celebrated by doing this

I celebrated by doing this

Eventually we made it to this sign

Eventually we made it to this sign

Obligatory selfie. I give you at least one per vacation, you're welcome.

Obligatory selfie. I give you at least one per vacation, you’re welcome.

Took in a few more views

Took in a few more views

Continued our hike up

Continued our hike up

This is where I started getting tired of taking pictures

This is where I started getting tired of taking pictures

"Stop right there so I can take a picture!"

“Stop right there so I can take a picture!”

I'm tired of walking

I’m tired of walking now, hike is over

 

Hike being over it only made sense we eat again. Eating is the best. Eating is our favorite travel and non-travel related activity. We found local hotspot Sam Sato’s and were the only non locals there. This place is the best – you must get the dry noodles and meat sticks. Other such locals were thrilled we’d found it and instructed us on how to eat properly. (I doused my noodles in black pepper).

Dry noooodles

Dry noooodles

 

We were pretty full so I talked Ben into driving me to the pie shop. This seemed reasonable as it was vacation. We opted for Leoda’s pie shop. I was thrilled about the parking lot chickens and wasted 15 minutes trying to take pictures of them. Inside I was discouraged by the long line of tourists that had found this place. That being said I would not turn down pie so we ordered some coconut cream pie and had the best coconut cream pie experience I’ve ever had.

This is what it looks like outside of the car. Warning: this is not a filter.

This is what it looks like outside of the car. Warning: this is not a filter.

Pie day?

Pie day?

 

After this we agreed we should probably shower and make a pit stop. We stopped by the hotel and walked to the beach behind it. Photos ensued

Some signs are not good...

Some signs are not good…

Others are more acceptable

Others are more acceptable

More beach please

More beach please

 

A long day of eating meant we couldn’t do another round of food stuffing. We went back to Lahaina’s town center and dined on some fish tacos and Hawaii’s famous Ululani Hawaiian Shaved Ice. Flavors seen her: Pickled Mango, Lychee and Guava.

This is what a shaved ice always wanted to be - this picture does not do it justice

This is what a shaved ice always wanted to be – this picture does not do it justice

Goodnight Maui, see you in the morning!

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