Thursday, June 7, 2012

Maui, HI.

So it's been quite a while since I've last posted. Thats because the past few weeks have been so hectic, but what's new. Memorial Day Weekend feels like it was so long ago. It was one whirlwind of a weekend, that's for sure. After having finished most of my school work on Friday- before we left Saturday morning- I was soo ready to just get away.... and leave behind all the tension that's been my home life.. Although school has been a great positive outlet for me, I just needed a real break. 

{Departure: Seattle International Airport}
{Arrival: Kahului Airport}
{First meal. South Maui Local Eats}

Da Kitchen - 2439 S. Kihei Rd. | 875-7782
Good slelection of local items, such as loco moco, teriyaki chicken, chicken katsu. If you're looking for generous portions of local food at a good price then this is your place, $4-$9 for lunch and dinner. In Rainbow Mall under Cafe O'Lei

{View from the balcony}
He scurried away just after I took this. 

{Jet skiing in the a.m}
{A nice afternoon stroll along the coast}
Waiting out the rain spell
Just one of the amazing houses along the Kapalua Coast Trail. 
There wasn't a bad view throughout the whole place!

 {Last sunset of the trip}
{Last meal of the trip, Honu Beach Cafe}

Other Good Eats (featured in Maui Revealed): 

Gazebo- 5315 Lwr. Honoapiilani | 669-5621
Gazebo benefits greatly from its location. Eating near the shore with wicked ocean, Napili Bay and Moloka'i views for.... relatively little money (for this area, at least) makes the food and service seem better. They've got a good selection of omelettes, and their signature mac nut pancakes are pretty good. Lunch is burgers, sandwiches and salads. Both are served simulateously form 0730-1400, which is handy. They only have 15 tables and fill up quick (they don't take reservations, so either arrive well before they open or you'll have to wait, perhaps a long time. $7-12 for breakfast, $9-13 for lunch. South of Kapalua. Park at Napili Shores toward the back and walk through the resort

Pineapple Grill - 200 Kapalua Dr. | 669-9600
An unexpectadly good find at a golf course restaurant. The atmosphere is sort of upscale Hawaiian and the large selection of steak and seafood is coupled wiht a pretty vast and well-chosen wine selection. (Though their sommelier might not be as helpful as you'd like.) Torches outside make up for the lack of view at night. Items have an Asian twist, such as the excellent Asian braised short rib or the sake-soy grilled mahi mahi. Presentation is flawless though the service might be a tad lacking. $12-$20 for lunch, $30-$55 for dinner. Reservations recommended. At the Bay Golf Course.

Hula Cookies & Ice Cream- 300 Ma'alaea Rd. | 243-2271
Fresh baked cookies are the specialty, and they do them pretty well. Occasionally, they're not fresh, despite the claims. But most of the time, they're wonderful. They also have so-so ice cream, which is magically transformed when it's in their killer home-made ice cream sandwich. $2-$5. In Ma'alaea town at the only shopping center.

Honu Beach Cafe - 1925 Front St Lahaina, HI 96761 | 808-667-9390
Honu is an outdoor and indoor bar / cafe with an excellent view of Waiohai Beach and the majestic Pacific. The Oyster Poh boy is what I had (pictured up above). We shared several starters such as the kale salad, pizza, steamed mussels with white wine/olives/tomatoes/and garlic, lamb short ribs, grilled octopus (very well cooked, not the least bit chewy).... but among them my favorite was the stuffed Zucchini Blossom! $11-$40 per appetizer/entree. 

Star Noodle - 286 Kupuohi St Lahaina, HI 96761 | 808-667-5400
"Serving Fresh House Made Noodles & Asian Specialties". We ordered family style- sharing the following dishes: Vietnamese Crepe (w/ Shrimp, Pork, Bean Sprouts), Singapore Noodles (w/Vermicelle, Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetables), I believe also the Fried Siamen (Kamaboko, Spam, Egg, Bean Sprouts, Scallions),and I can't recall the rest! $7-25 per entree.

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