We’re back in Maui! Thanks to a fortuitous flight deal, we made it there for the long weekend and boy was it worth it. After checking into our favorite hotel, just by the town of Paia, we got a good night’s sleep before our few days in our happy place.
I cannot say first of all, how much I love Foodland. It’s a grocery store but it’s more than that. I love browsing their spam musubi (and other musubi) section, the store made mochi and finally, the best life hack of all, the incredible poke.
We ate breakfast at the hotel and made our way into Haleakala National Park. This would be one of two trips in this stay in Maui. The roads are breathtaking in a good and bad way. Be sure you get a car with a high lift if this is the path you want to take in. We ventured into the park to the the Pipiwai trail to Waimoku Falls, I’ve tagged the blog that inspired us to head onto this path. I’ve been dealing with some new medication which means I can’t do a strenuous hike so this one was perfect, a massive banyan tree, bamboo forest and of course the waterfall but without all the exhaustion. If you have a bathing suit, bring it! If it is warm enough to swim in January, it definitely is most of the rest of the year.
We also stopped by this fruit stand on the way out, it is adorable and the guys working there are super friendly. They do a lot of off-menu additions like my fresh squeezed juice with lilikoi added in. Be forewarned, things are more expensive than they seem but again, there is kind of a monopoly here and the goods are delicious so I say, go for it!
Back from our 2-hour drive into the forest, we decided to grab lunch at a local and Food Network’s Bizarre Foods favorite – Da Kitchen. As with most of the island, spam is the star so I highly recommend the deep fried spam musubi. We of course also ordered some other things and everything is massive. One entree, especially of the mocos is a lot.