Craig and I spent 9 days in Maui and had an absolutely AMAZING time. Beautiful beaches, tons of sunshine, great food, a plethora of activities, and lasting memories.
This was our second trip to Maui—as we went two years ago, and we were definitely not disappointed we went back for a second time. We would happily go back again and again.
We flew in on Saturday and while we were greeted with clouds and a tropical rain, I did not care; I was in Hawaii with an open airport concourse.
Our first stop after picking up our luggage and rental car was a bite to eat at Whole Foods since we don’t have one in Anchorage. We then drove to Lahaina, where we stayed all week, to check into our condo. The first time we traveled to Maui, we stayed at Aina Nalu. When I was looking for a place to stay, I found places that were cheaper and closer to the ocean, but we loved this place too much not to stay here again.
I booked our condo through a private owner (Coconut Condos), which I found on VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner). I’ve used VRBO in the past for several other vacation stays and have always been pleased with the service I receive from the owners.
Outside on the private grounds, there are two pools. This is the salt water pool, which gets a great deal of natural sunlight during the day. Off to the right is a covered area with seating, bathrooms, a TV, kitchen, and areas for entertaining.
The other pool is a regular chlorine pool with tons of seating and a grill for preparing food.
The rest of Saturday evening we laid low, went to the grocery store to get groceries for the week, and watched cable TV since we don’t have it at home.
The first time we went to Maui, we didn’t feel like we spent enough time at the beach, so we made sure to remedy that this time.
After a good hour at the beach, it was time to grab some food.We headed to Aloha Mixed Plate, which is a favorite spot of ours to grab lunch. It might even be one of our overall favorite places to eat.
Craig had the Aloha Mixed plate with shoyu chicken, fresh fish, and teriyaki beef. I liked Craig’s plate, but for once I actually liked my pick better. (This doesn’t often happen, so I’m pretty proud of myself with this does happen because Craig says I lack the skills to pick out good things off the menu.)
He’s not mad or annoyed; I promise.
Sunday evening we had a BBQ with a family we know from church in Anchorage who was also in Maui at the same time. It was fun to see familiar faces on the island.
Tuesday morning—after sleeping in, of course—I headed out for a run. I absolutely loved running in the heat of Hawaii! I didn’t care if I was sweaty afterwards. Actually, I am not a heavy sweater, so I don’t sweat that much when running in warm temperatures. I was on cloud nine running in shorts and a tank top every day as well as dry pavement.
It was a short hike (10-15 minutes) back to the waterfall. There were several different types of vegetation unique to the area to look at and admire on our way back to the waterfall.
After exploring the waterfall, we didn’t care to drive any more of the Road to Hana (Craig didn’t feel so hot last time.), so we headed back to Paia to grab lunch at Flatbread Company. We received many recommendations to eat here, so it was on our must-go-to list.
We also received a recommendation for Fleetwood’s, so we walked down to Front Street (a big perk of staying in Lahania) to enjoy a nice dinner at this new-to-us restaurant. I tried to get seating on the rooftop, but they were booked out until 8 p.m.; however, if we do go back, I would definitely call sooner to request seating on the rooftop overlooking the ocean because it was absolutely breath-taking. Plus the ambiance was fun and entertaining. We did venture up to the rooftop and order drinks while we waited for our table downstairs.
Our dining experience at Fleetwood’s did not disappoint. We both had great meals with prompt service and high quality dining experience. While it was pricy, it was one of my favorite dining experiences.
I’m pretty sure this day encompassed everything for a perfect day in my book: sleeping in, going for a run, a hike, great food, the beach, and a special dinner with Craig.
Part two of our trip to come shortly! There is a lot more to recap including a hiking trip, more great food, and a blogger meet-up.
Craig and I often feel like we travel for the food. Do you seek out the best restaurants when you travel?
What would be your ideal day?