Family Vacation: Maui, Hawaii

Aug
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Tuesday 7.4.17

Arrive at OGG @ 9:55am

Pickup rental car @ 10:30am

Drive to Ritz Carlton 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Lahaina, HI 96761 (55 min drive)

Stop by Costco buy sushi roll for lunch? 6 min from airport

Early check-in requested

 

Wednesday 7.5.17

Maybe Acai bowl for breakfast at Farmers Market Maui (3636 Lower Hanoapi’ilani Rd)

Zipline - Maui Tropical Plantation

1670 Honoapiilani Hwy, Wailuku, HI 96793

Check-in @ 8:30am

Start @ 9:00am

 

Luau 5:30pm - 8:30pm

 

Thursday 7.6.17

Canoe & Snorkel Tour @ 7am

27 Halekuai St, Kihei, HI 96753

Dinner at Star Noodle @ 6pm (286 Kupuohi St Lahaina, HI 96761)

 

Friday 7.7.17

Check out of Ritz Carlton

Brunch at 808 Grindz Cafe (843 Wainee St Lahaina, HI 96761) open @ 7am

Drive and check-in to Wailea Beach Resort Marriott

3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI 96753

Early check-in requested (normal check-in 4pm)

 

Saturday 7.8.17

Mini roadtrip to Hana

Pickup picnic lunch at Kuau Store (701 Hana Why, Paia, HI 96779)

Bamboo Forest

Nakalele Blowhole

Nahiku Marketplace (near marker 29) - buy coconut candy

Maybe dinner at Flatbread Company (89 Hana Why Paia, HI 96779)

 

Sunday 7.9.17

Shaved ice at Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice (61 S Kihei Rd Kihei, HI 96753)

Dinner at Mama’s Fish House (799 Poho Pl Paia, HI 96779) @ 5:45pm

 

Monday 7.10.17 check out of Wailea Beach Resort. Return car. Depart OGG 11:35am

This is the schedule I researched and wrote up before our trip to Maui. I wanted to be very prepared and I wanted to make sure we devoured all the best food around the island without going out of our way to find anything. All in all, we did a great job keeping to the schedule while being flexible. And every restaurant we had listed and tried was very very good. There were a few stand-outs ofcourse. One of which isn't listed above. Our favorite meal the whole time we were there was at a little local Hawaiian restaurant. Literally a little run down hut on the side of the road. We would have never stopped if the locals didn't tell us about this place (Waikapu on 30), but boy are we glad we did. We had the best Lau Lau (pork cooked in taro leaves) EVER!!! And ofcourse spam musubi - you can't go to Hawaii and not have 10 of those. The owners are incredibly kind and welcoming, you order your food and sit on one of the picnic tables outside overlooking some hills. Yep, that was our #1. But you can't have a full meal without dessert, which is why second on our recommended list is Ululani's Hawaiian shave ice. I am not big on shaved ice mind you, but this place got me begging my husband to go back two days in a row because of their finely shaved ice (melts in your mouth I'm not a fan of the chunky ice stuff) and their wide variety of flavors including some tropical and local specialties (oh how I love my Li Hing Mui!). First day I shared one with the hubby, second day I had to get my own. Finally, if you're willing to splurge a little for a fancy meal (we were celebrating our 11th wedding anniversary), please make sure you make a reservation at Mama's Fish House (way in advance) because it is SO worth it. The view, the atmosphere, the staff and ofcourse the food. ALL worth it. What is up with oysters in Hawaii by the way, they're prettier to look at (white shells) and they are so much sweeter! Even their kid's meal was yummy. For dessert: chocolate pearl! You'll see what I mean in the photos. 

So to summarize:

Best Maui Eats:

- The Fish Market - for a quick sandwich, fish tacos or even some fresh seafood if you're renting an apt/house (we give it a 7/10)

3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 665-9895

- Waikapu on 30 - our favorite meal on the island. Local family owned hole in the wall, must order the Lau Lau (we give it a 9/10)

1486 Honoapiilani Hwy
Wailuku, HI 96793
(808) 242-1130
 
- Ululani's Shave Ice - flavor by personal prefernce (9/10)
several locations
 
- Mama's Fish House Restaurant - Make reservation ahead of time! Fancier restaurant with a beautiful view. Daily catches on the menu specifying who caught what. Chocolate peal for dessert! (9/10)
 
799 Poho Pl
Paia, HI 96779
(808) 579-8488
 
- Lahainaluna Cafe - casual quick meal. Located right next to Ululani's shave ice in Lahaina. Our favorite were the fish cakes. (7.5/10)
 
790 Front St
Ste I-270
Lahaina, HI 96761
 
- Star Noodle - Make a reservation ahead of time. Asian fusion restaurant, really popular! Maybe too hyped up, but we weren't blown away. Hot and sour noodle over the ramen. (7.5/10)
 
286 Kupuohi St
Lahaina, HI 96761
(808) 667-5400
 
- Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade - for refreshments and Acai Bowls (8/10)
 
1279 S Kihei Rd
Ste 309
Kihei, HI 96753
(808) 344-0319
 
Maui Activities:
 
- Ziplining with Maui Zipline: SO much fun. The staff are friendly and have a great sense of humor and just made the experience wonderful. I couldn't believe it when they asked who wants to jump first and my husband and son both had their hands raised. It was our son's first time ziplining and he didn't even hesitate! 
(808) 633-2464
 
- Canoe & Snorkeling with Hawaiian Paddle Sports: knowledgeable staff, and so well-prepared. We chose to canoe instead of take a boat out because all three of us get sea sick way too easily. The amount of paddling we had to do was just perfect. We got to visit a more secluded beach even taste fresh spring water sprouting out from the ground. We were taught how to braid with coconut fiber. We learnt about all kinds of fish. Got to swim with fish and sea turtles and even though I ended up getting a little sea sick and Seiya felt really cold because of the life jacket, it was still an amazing experience. On our way back to the hotel, we saw about 10 sea turtles swimming around us. We also loved the under-the-sea photos the staff took for us! Highly recommend, especially with children. It was the whole package of fun and learning.
https://hawaiianpaddlesports.com
 
- Road to Hana: So we knew this was a thing we had to do visiting Maui, but we also know we have a kid and that this was going to be too long of a trip. So I found this "mini trip to Hana" route and decided we'd tackle that instead. Literally minutes into the drive (on very windy roads), Seiya started to feel car sick and begged for us to turn back. Instead we took a lot of breaks in between and made it to Garden of Eden where we picnic'd, fed some birds, saw the waterfall and lots of tropical plants and got bitten by some mosquitos. I think this is a better activity for adults. Make sure you have a at least a full day alotted for this and a very strong stomach. I'm just sad we didn't make it to buy some coconut candy, but it was too far down the Hana road...
 
The rest of the time was spent swimming either at the swimming pool or beach. Our second hotel even had the highest water slide in all of Maui, so needless to say we slid down that thing a bajillion times!
 
I see why so many people say that Maui is their favorite island in Hawaii. There is so much to do, so much to see and so much to eat. Everything is very accessible! We decided to split our time between the north west shore (Lahaina area) and the south west side (Wailea area) to see if we'd have a strong preference and the verdict is, not really. Both areas were a little windy when we were there in July and both have ample shopping and restaurant options. I'm glad we split our time because we were able to try everything without driving too far. We did like the beaches in Lahaina more though but I don't know if it's just the one's we happened to visit or what.. the sand was a lot finer in Wailea and got trapped in places I don't need to mention lol 
 
So if you're planning a family trip to Maui, I hope this helps you (even a little) to make plans. I planned one big activity on certain days and left the rest of the day for relaxation which I thought worked out very well for us. The jury is still out on whether we as a family prefer Maui or the Big Island. We may just have to pay both places a second visit  to make a decision! Any excuse to go to Hawaii again :) and now.. for the pictures.
 
One of the best moments when on vacation is realizing you're actually on vacation. Driving through these Banyan trees is when we realized "hey we're really in Hawaii!"
 
 
Until next time... Aloha & Mahalo!
 

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