Last week, my brother and I headed to Maui for “Spring Break”. We came during unpleasant weather but that’s okay. Even when the weather is less than ideal, Maui was beautiful in it’s own little way. Just lower your expectations when it comes to food. I have to add that the culinary options are not as impressive as Oahu’s food scene but do hold high expectations for the scenery in Maui; it’s gorgeous. But anyway, here are a few shots from Maui:
The Gazebo (Yelp) is one of the popular restaurants on the island. The wait is VERY long so prepare yourself for the wait. Fortunately for my brother and myself, we got ahead of the line since they were looking for a party of two (majority of those waiting are families) so we waited for about 30 minutes before we got to sit down. I ordered the white chocolate macadamia nut pancakes but I believe the banana pancakes would be more up my alley. Over the years, my sweet tooth has gotten less sweet so it wasn’t as delicious as I remembered it be. Anyway, I like to order my breakfast with a side of pog juice (passion, orange, and guava juice). Pog is definitely something that must be ordered whenever one visits the island! As soon as we finished, a family that was two parties ahead of us in line was about to be seated so we may have waited for an hour PLUS if there wasn’t an open table for two!
Not much of a hike but we took a trail to find this beautiful blue beauty at the end. I won’t divulge on how to get there but it sure was a sight to see!
Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
The one place I definitely recommend whenever someone visits Maui is Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. Hands down, the best shave ice I have ever had. The ice is fine and the syrup tastes so much like the fruit itself (or at least the mango did). I added haupia (coconut pudding) ice cream inside and topped it with toasted coconut, mochi, and a sweet cream mixture.
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
This was our first time heading to this part of the island. It was unusual but in a good way. I don’t know much about this particular area other than the lava fields that seem to go on forever, the rocks that line along the shoreline, and albeit the poor clarity of the water, fishes can be seen and they seem to be huge and colorful! Certain parts are closed to the public to give it time to “recover” from tourism activities. It sure was a sight to see though.
From the time we were at the Natural Reserve till sunset, there were flash flood warnings on the island. During this time, my brother and I took cover at Target and a restaurant to wait for the rain to subside. We then headed back to West Maui to check out the outlet. Charles and I will be in LA next week for a wedding so I wanted to check out Banana Republic Factory for any guy stuff for him to wear at the wedding. I ended up finding a cute sweater and a pair of pants for him for a total of $27! I love when they have 50% off clearance! Throughout the time I was in the outlet, it was POURING RAIN. I lost hope on a beautiful sunset (and the reason why we headed out west in the first place) but, Maui put on a beautiful show and the sunset was beautiful!
Hopefully you enjoyed my Maui photo diary! Have a great week friends!