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Luau at Grand Wailea Maui

As I mentioned in my last post, I just got back from Maui.  My husband’s wonderful company sends us on a trip every year and this year we went to Maui.  We had so much fun that I wanted to share some of our favorite things to do there.Amazing Pink Maui Sunsets

Maui is known for beautiful beaches, vibrant pink sunsets, beautiful waterfalls, and cozy beach towns.

I love that it is small and you can drive around most of the island in just hours.  You don’t have to be there long before you gain a sense of familiarity and comfort.

We stayed at the Grand Wailea.  We have stayed there each time we have visited Maui.  It’s beautiful and they have wonderful service.

They have a beautiful beach, cascading waterfalls, amazing restaurants, and a water park for the kids.  You don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want too.  It can be pretty spendy but it’s worth it and you can book a stay for your family at a great price on Hotel Power®.

Now let’s talk food. One of the best things on vacation is trying the local food and visiting the local diners.

The food on Maui is incredible.  The tropical fruit and fish are the freshest that I have ever tasted.  The pineapple and mango practically melt in your mouth with flavor and you’ll obsess over the things they do with fish.  Crab Benedict, Macadamia encrusted white fish, and seared Ahi.  I miss them already.  I think I’m going to have to try to recreate a few recipes…

The treats on Maui are light and refreshing.  The best ones reflect the flavors of the island and frequently, fruit is enough of a treat.  One of the local treats you should check out are the snow cones.   Be sure to get the ice cream in the middle and cream on top, to see what all the hype is about.  Our favorite shaved ice shop on Maui is Local Boys in Kihei.  

It’s fun to enjoy your shaved ice while exploring the little outdoor shops next door.  We always find great gifts for our kids there and it’s always fun to shop for toe rings…yeah, it’s a Maui thing. ;)

Marimoto at Andaz

Maui is home to some of the most amazing restaurants.  One night we spent at Morimoto’s.    It’s located in the breathtaking Adraz Resort in Wailea.  Chef Morimoto is one of the original iron chefs.  His Maui restaurant is host to one of the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen in my life and it is a true culinary experience.  It is a little on the pricey side but, if you want a one in a lifetime experience, plan ahead and enjoy the chef’s choice dinner.  Be sure to reserve a seat on the patio just before sunset, you won’t regret it.

Kimo's Maui Lahaina Town Aloha Happy Hour

Our first night we drove up the west coast of the island and ended up, purely by chance, at Kimo’s in Lahaina during Aloha hour.

Photo Via: Kimo Maui

They had live music in their open bar area and we were able to enjoy it while we waited for a table.  There was something about this amazing, casual atmosphere on the water that sucked us right in and helped us to instantly relax.  This quickly became our favorite place in Maui.  We loved the people, the food, and the feel of it all.  I would definitely recommend visiting Kimo’s for a nice evening.  Be sure to try to make it for Aloha hour.

I would suggest trying the lava flow, it’s a pina colada with a splash of strawberry

Kimo's Maui Lahaina Town Aloha Happy Hour

and a Hula Pie, it’s macadamia nut ice cream on an oreo cookie crust with hot fudge on top.  It’s even better than it sounds…

I would also recommend the Panko Crusted Ahi, it was incredible.

Photo Via: The Grand Wailea

My favorite breakfast was at The Grand Wailea.

I loved eating outside our room while taking in the morning.

 

The buffet is great too.  Try the granola parfait,

pineapple upside down pancakes, coconut syrup,

banana bread, and crab eggs Benedict.

You should also try the cornflake crusted french toast at Nalu’s South Shore Grill.  It’s Hawaiian sweet bread, grilled Maui Gold pineapple, lilikoi marmalade, and it’s served with fresh bananas and coconut.  It was really yummy and it was a great price.

Another popular breakfast spot is Kihei Cafe.  Everyone seemed to really like the banana and macadamia nut pancakes, french toast, and eggs Benedict.  You can check out their creative menu here.  Be sure to bring cash because they don’t take card.

If you want to enjoy the full experience of the Islands, definitely attend a luau one night.

Photo Via: Grand Wailea Maui

Maui Luau at the Grand Wailea

We attended one at the Grand Wailea.  It got rained out but we were able to enjoy the food and the entertainment indoors.

Luau at Grand Wailea Maui

You don’t have to stay at the Grand Wailea to attend a Luau there.  You can make reservations here.

Maui Luau at the Grand Wailea

Photo Via: Maui Surfer Girls

During the day, when you aren’t hanging out at the beach,

Photo Via Grand Wailea

 the pool,

or at a great outdoor restaurant, 

One of the best things to do is snorkel.

We paid to go snorkeling with a large group this trip but last trip we chartered a private trip to Molokini.  The quality of trips was incomparable.

I would suggest splurging on a chartered trip to Molokini for sure.

Molokini is an ancient extinct volcanic crater.   It has the best snorkeling in Maui.

Photo Via: Trip Advisor

If you do charter a boat, be sure to request whale watching and swimming with the turtles as well. they were some of the most memorable parts of our trips.
Road to HanaOne of my favorite things to do in Hawaii is drive.  We rented our car from Hotel Power® and we were able to get our car for half as much as other rental companies on Maui.  They even upgraded us to a BMW for free.  It was really nice.

One of the most popular things to do on Maui is to drive the road to Hana. 

There are beautiful waterfalls, beaches, and churches right off the road and many little stands selling fruit, drinks, and coconut candy.

Here is a tips & checklist and a list of the top 10 stops on the road to Hana if you would like to make the drive.

Near the northern end of the road to Hana is Paia town, a very busy but cute classic surfer town. 

It’s fun to roam here for an afternoon or enjoy a lovely dinner at Mama’s Fish House.

Near Paia. there is a beach called Ho’okipa.

You should definitely stop at this beach.  Not only is it great for surfing, it is also nicknamed turtle beach because the turtles come here to lay in the sand and you can get pretty close to them.

You can also purchase some great food from local food trucks here.  Be sure to try the mango sherbet and the hot dogs with special mustard.

 

I hope this gives you some great inspiration for your next trip to Maui.  Remember to relax and take in the full pleasure of the islands.

Aloha friends,

February 27, 2018

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