It was fun to be back in Hawaii after years, and especially Maui!
We have always done Kauai, Oahu and mainly the Big Island
with my family, but I’d been to Maui only one time. Chase had
never been! So we had a few day stop-through here with
my family before we island hopped over to Kona. I like
the different feels of each island. We had a house rental
with my family in the local town of Kihei and mainly
just relaxed and adjusted with the kiddos after our flights.
One of the days I went with my dad, brother and Chase to
ride bikes UP the Haleakalā Crater so that was definitely
a highlight…and one of the hardest things I’ve ever done :)
Here are some photos from gorgeous Maui, and also a
few island favorites we discovered (+ some tips we got!)
Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop: This was the best place we ate on the island! It is a favorite for so many people, and we could see why. It has a yummy menu aside from the delicious pies…what’s not to love? Favorite menu items included the seared ahi sandwich, veggie sandwich, savory pies (carnitas and corn) and more. The sweet pies we tried were banana cream and chocolate macnut – both were out of this world. I wish I could have tried every flavor!
The Cinnamon Roll Place: Someone sent me this on Instagram while we were there, and it was right near where we were staying in Kihei so of course we hit it up before our flight out! Like the name suggests, this place boasts huge, sticky cinnamon rolls that are fun to split. We got ours topped with macadamia nuts and cream cheese frosting and it was delish! Maybe not the best for the beach bod though ;) And you may have to wait for a fresh batch when you get there!
Paia Bowls: Favorite acai bowls we had, in the cute town we left for the big bike ride from!
Da Kitchen: Chase found this place right after we landed in Maui by the airport in Kahului, and we were all so hungry! We wanted some good local Hawaiian food and this was it. It is really local Hawaiian but we loved it. The Kalua pork sandwich and teriyaki chicken plate were favorites! They also have a smaller location we saw in Kihei.
Mama’s Fish House: This North Shore favorite has some of the best fresh seafood! We didn’t eat here this time with kiddos, but we did last time and still remember it.
South Maui Fish Co: This is a little food truck in Kihei that is perfect for a quick fish taco meal after the beach!
I know there are so many more great places, and some in Lahaina we tried last trip – but these were food favorites this time!
For sights, obviously we also loved seeing:
–Haleakalā Crater (you can drive up instead of bike like a crazy person — or there are tours where they drive you up and you can bike all the way down!).
–The road to Hana is gorgeous but a little harder with kids to do the entire thing.
— Kaanapali beaches and shopping
— Driving up toward Nakalele Blowhole is a pretty way to see some of the coast similar to Road to Hana but shorter. Don’t miss the banana bread stops along Kahekili Highway!
— Baldwin Beach Park is a pretty one with views of other islands…near airport!
— Cute towns of Paia, Lahaina, Kihei, etc. etc!
— Wailea has nice resorts and beaches to enjoy too
Little Hawaiian babe running to the beach! ^^
This was the best sign to see after all that flying! ^^
Acai bowls our first morning ^^
Could there be a prettier beach? Softest sand and most beautiful colors ^^
Straight from the plane to splash toes in the ocean with Papa ^^
Rea ran straight after her cousin Lydi anywhere she went ^^
More acai bowls ^^
And heavenly Leoda’s Pies!
The infamous Haleakalā Crater bike ride. 10,000 feet of amazingness and torture!
I’ll put more pictures from it in a separate post because it deserves one. ^^
Fish tacos one night at the condo — these girls loved eating together on the stairs :) ^^
The famous Banyan Tree in Lahaina, one of the biggest in the world (this is all one tree!)
Reagan and Benny and Brady and I!
Napping cousins at the beach ^^
The fun Hawaiian menu at Da Kitchen ^^
And our very local order ^^ Kalua pork won for sure!
Obsessed with these two… cutest niece and nephew ^^ !!!
You always have to stop for the homemade banana bread on the way up the coast!
^^ Waving hi to my mom and the little girlies from the condo lanai!
Cute shuffleboard players :)
Maui was a fun first stop to get adjusted to island life for a few days
before settling into the Big Island for 10 more days…lucky us! More to come.