Monday, June 11, 2012

Snapshots of Hawaii

Well, the last hurrah of our 25th anniversary in May was a week-long trip to Maui. We returned to our beloved honeymoon spot - the Hyatt on Ka'anapali beach. It's our little slice of heaven on earth. 


The view of paradise from our room.  We loved the ocean sound and warm breeze while sleeping.


Favorite poolside lunch:  jerk-seared ahi salad with candied ginger dressing - so amazing!


Fun instagram-enhanced beach shot on Ka'anapali.  One of our many long and leisurely beach walks.


Unique afternoon snack:  whole coconut and coconut water to drink- yum!


Our special anniversary dinner at Mama's Fish House in Paia.


Celebrating 25 years with my best friend. :-)
Kuau Cove, Mama's Fish House


Best appetizer EVER: lobster guacamole with sweet potato and taro chips. Simply over the top!


The gorgeous, serene view from our breakfast table each morning.  You just sit there and sigh...


Always our first plate at the breakfast buffet each morning.  Could not get enough papaya!


Organic garden fresh salad from the amazing I'O restaurant in Lahaina.


Rich enjoying shave ice with green tea, almond, and coconut syrups. 


We stopped at the cutest bakery on the way to the airport to fly home. Don't these look amazing?  No worries... we picked up a mini pie to share on the plane home.  :-)


We love Maui, and are particularly fond of west Maui.  It's just a very special place.  We have gone the last couple times on great Costco travel package deals - they come with or without airfare.  Do check them out if you every plan to go.  In addition, here are some of our favorite Maui things to help you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

Favorite resort:

Hyatt Regency Maui on Ka’anapali Beach:  Very luxurious and Hawaiian, situated at the south end of Ka’anapali beach.  When we arrived there the first day of our honeymoon, we were like two kids in a candy shop.  :-)   It's simply eye candy everywhere you look and the Hyatt doesn't disappoint.  We make sure we book a deal to include the beautiful buffet breakfast every day at Swan Court restaurant. :-)  

We have walked through all the resorts on Ka'anapali beach and think the Hyatt tops them all.  If you are going with kids and want to do a condo, we like the Ali'i, a few doors down from the Hyatt.  We stayed there with our kids a few years ago, and it was great for us.  Ka'anapali is perhaps the most picturesque, pristine beach on Maui -clean as a whistle, fine sand, crystal clear blue water with a temp around 75-80 degrees, and nice gentle waves to body surf in.  You couldn't ask for anything more in a beach.

We highly recommend going off-season to Maui.  We like May since it's our anniversary, but October is nice, too.  If you go in the summer you will be dealing with a LOT of crowds.  The weather is usually perfect in those months, too, about 80 degrees and not too much rain.

Favorite restaurants:

*Tip:  Make reservations BEFORE you leave.  These restaurants all fill up quickly. 
We favor the below restaurants for their fresh, local fish, but they have non-seafood items as well.  

Mama’s Fish House in Paia:   Hands down, our favorite restaurant -worth the 45 min. drive from Ka'anapali.   Amazing ambiance (set on private Kuau cove), super Hawaiian, top notch service and food - a don’t miss place.  Yes, it’s expensive, but we think it’s worth it.   Menu favorites: lobster-stuffed mahi with a mac-nut crust and pineapple glaze; lobster guacamole; coconut soup with shrimp; and the chocolate Kuau pie is a must!  They also serve 100% Kona coffee in a press pot.  Tip:  get there right in time to watch the sunset before you go in.  Be sure to let them know if it’s a special occasion, they’ll treat you right!

Mala in Lahaina:  Unique and quaint, right on the water on Front St.  Innovative menu items.   Their fish is always prepared in a delicious way with fresh local ingredients and wonderful sauces.   Tip:  get there in time to watch the sunset from any table in the restaurant or on their outside patio (do request a patio table).

I’O in Lahaina:   Elegant waterfront restaurant, at the end of Front Street. Again, get there at sunset and sit outside. They have their own organic farm and 95% of the produce on their menu comes from it.  The most beautiful vegetable dishes and salads ever seen on a menu. 

Sansei Sushi & Seafood in Kapalua:   The best sushi, and they also have a great menu.  Let your server be your guide, but be sure to get their Panko Crusted Ahi Tuna Roll!!

Hali’imaile General Store in Hali'imaile (near Kahului airport):   Our traditional stop for our first meal after landing in Maui.  Great location in the upcountry – and a great menu.  Their specialty is the Sashimi Napleon appetizer– so amazing.   The blackened ahi wrap is also excellent.   Reservations not usually needed for weekday lunch.

Other misc. favorites:

Ulilani’s Shave Ice in Lahaina or Kihei:  Simply the best Shave Ice.  Be sure to get a scoop of Mac Nut ice cream on the bottom.   We love their coconut syrup – it’s great in combination with guava and lilikoi.  Also their green tea and almond syrups are delicious.  They make many of their own natural flavors.

Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Lahaina:  Darling shop and a great place to pick up a sandwich.  Their mini pies are really good, too and are perfect for two  :-)

Warren and Annabelle's Magic Show in Lahaina:  It sounds crazy but we HIGHLY recommend this show!   Advance reservations are a MUST (before you leave).   They sell out two shows nightly (we prefer the earlier show).  Try to pick a night when Warren himself is doing the show.

Snorkeling:  We like Honalua Bay and Black Rock.  It's also fun to take a snorkel/lunch cruise.

Secret spot to visitThe Olivine pools.  Spectacular views.


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Anonymous said...

Thank you! Just tagged this info into my travel folder...if Ron and I get the chance to go! ;D xo