Aloha from Hawaii!
My family and I landed on Maui on Monday and so far we have been exploring the island and talking about what activities we want to do. I’ve gotten a lot of emails from people telling me to visit Hana, so perhaps we will do just that!
(of course I had to wear my tourist shirt for the occasion. ya know)
The last time we visited Maui (a year and a half ago), we all liked an area called Upcountry, so we took a drive there. Yesterday we visited Paia. It’s on the beach, so it’s got the whole beach-scene vibe going on, but it’s not the trashy beach-scene vibe if you know what I mean. It’s like the Hawaiian version of Berkeley, California. Paia is also kind of off the beaten path, so it’s not as commercialized as other cities. I can definitely live here. We also ate at Cafe des Amis, a Mediterranean and Indian Restaurant, which had TONS of gluten free and vegetarian/vegan options. I was in heaven.
Drinking fresh coconut water straight out of a coconut was on my Hawaiian bucket list. My mom saw a fruit stand selling coconut on the side of the road. Bucket list item checked.
I know it’s really weird to take pictures inside of a grocery store, but this was a really awesome grocery store: Mana Foods.
As for today, the day started off like this. Not a bad way to start the day. Then we went to Surfing Goat Dairy and we just got back. I took SO MANY pictures (and a video) at the goat farm, but I’ll save those for another day.
We also booked the Haleakala Sunrise Tour. Our pickup time is 3:00 am in the morning, which means we have to wake up at 2:00 am to be ready! The tour bus drives to the top of Mount Haleakala in time to view the sunrise. We hemmed and hawed at booking this tour, but looked at some reviews, and most people said the sunrise is worth it. So folks, it better be worth it. (I’m a morning person, but seriously 2:00 am?). I guess it’s just one of those things you gotta do once to take pictures of and check off your bucket list, ya know?
Have you ever been to Maui? Let me know if you have any suggestions of what we should do/where we should go!
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