We were so lucky to be able to spend a month this summer in Maui. From hiking in a crater to swimming with turtles and boogie boarding at sunset; Maui captured our hearts in more ways than one. I’ve shared some of my favorites restaurants, things to do and places to shop on the island. I hope you enjoy your summer and am sure you’ll fall in love with this magical place like we did.
1. Ka’ana Kitchen
Located in the Andaz Hotel with breathtaking views of the ocean, Ka’ana kitchen serves modern Hawaiian cuisine. Our favorites include the grilled octopus and ahi tataki. Try to get a table on the balcony to watch the sunset.
2. Hali’imaile General Store
4. My Thai
We stumbled upon this gem after a blissful day of snorkeling. Don’t be put off by it’s humble appearance in a converted garage, My Thai serves authentic and delicious fare. We especially like their selection of Northern Thai dishes which can be difficult to find.
5. Cafe O’Lei at the Mill House
For the best poke on the island head to Tamura’s in Kihei. This poke bar is located in a liquor store but it’s the freshest and where all the locals go. Take it to go (the only option) and head to the beach. (We also like the poke from local chain grocery store Foodland).
7. Geste Shrimp Truck
This food truck serves shrimp and only shrimp. We like it Hawaiian style which is served with rice and crab mac salad. Delicious!
La Perouse Bay and Honolua-Mokuleia Bay have a plethora of fish (and turtles). Entry is from the shore via beautiful lava rock.
10. Ho’okipa Beach
Arrive at sunset and watch the turtles sunbathing on the far east side of Ho’okipa beach. These magical creatures are protected so don’t forget to stay at least fifteen feet away.
11. Makena State Park
For the quintessential Hawaiian beach look no further than Makena. Boasting miles of white sand and clear water, it’s the perfect beach to while way the day. Don’t forget to watch out for the waves, there’s a reason it’s been nick named Break Neck Beach.
12. Haleakala National Park
All the tour buses go at sunrise but we hiked into the crater mid-morning and found it less crowded and equally as impressive.
13. Baldwin Baby Beach and Kamaole beaches
For those with kids, Baldwin Baby Beach and the three Kamaole beaches (Kamaole I, II and III) offer plenty of sand and gentle waves. Kamole III also has a grassy area with a playground that the little ones will love.
We love the trails at Iao Valley and Makawao Forest Reserve.
15. Road to Hana
16. Baldwin Avenue
This adorable street in Makawao town is chock a block with cute boutiques. Pop into Designing Wahine Emporium for unique home and tabletop goods, The Mercantile for luxurious basics you’ll reach for again and again and Holiday & Co. for tasteful souvenirs. Don’t miss Sip Me, a charming cafe with great coffee and the most delicious gluten free bread I’ve ever eaten.
The quintessential laid back, surfer, hippie town, Paia has something for everyone. From one of the best natural food stores on the island – Mana Foods, to Biasa Rose for great gifts.
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