Hanging Loose In Maui

After a week on the Big Island in Hawaii, my husband and I decided to spend a few days in Maui, an island we’d never visited. We also chose to stay at our first Airbnb, which made us a little nervous. After a lot of research, we chose a condo just off the beach in Kapalua on the northwest shore of the island. It turned out to be a fantastic property with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The Kapalua community has a couple of resorts, a lot of great restaurants, and beautiful beaches. Each morning we walked for miles down the beach, and around the neighborhoods where pine trees towered above us. The views of the mountains and the famous Plantation Golf Course were stunning.

Our first night in Maui we saw the most incredible sunset we had ever seen, and the following nights were not much different. We had booked a helicopter ride with Sunshine Helicopters, and had a great 1 1/2 hour ride all over the island, viewing the volcanic ruins, plush green rain forests, and numerous waterfalls running between the steep peaks high in the clouds. Our pilot, Tim, was a former Marine and was a terrific guide telling us about the eco systems, industries, and history of the island.

We spent much of the week relaxing at the beach, shopping in Paia and eating at some great restaurants. I spent a lot of time making jewelry with my great ocean views and Phil played golf at Plantation. Although we didn’t explore the south shore or east shore, we had a marvelous time relaxing in our little corner of the island. One of our favorite restaurants was Joey’s Kitchen, a small restaurant in a shopping center with delicious island/Asian fusion food made by Joey, a chef with experience at many of the large resort restaurants.

One night we ordered carry-out and took it to our condo, and it was so good we ate at Joey’s for our last meal before going to the airport. We also loved Merriman, a beachfront restaurant in Kapalua, where we also ate two times because it was so good! The pineapple bread pudding and the beef sliders were amazing.

Lahaina Grill is a great restaurant located in the little village of Lahaina. It doesn’t have an ocean view, but the food was delicious. Our favorite breakfast spot was the Honolua Store on the Ritz Carlton property. It is a fabulous souvenir shop, market, and made-to-order food counter with amazing breakfast including pulled pork wrapped-in-pancakes, hashbrown and egg skillets, omelets, and pastries. It was really difficult to leave this island of paradise, but we will definitely return when we can work off the six pounds we gained.

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