Aloha Pineapple

I don't know why the title of this blog post makes me laugh, but it did. Maybe because thats the name of the type of smoothies I preferably like to order and this definitely isn't a smoothie. Anyway, I'm starting out with this post first because this past trip was so sentimental to me. Its been my third time visiting Maui within the last year but this time was a little different; I had ten days worth of solitude. One of my best friends lives on this island and she asked me to watch her condo and take care of her little pup while she want on vacation. How could I say no? Luckily for me, being on the Kihei side of the island meant that I'm in the middle of everything and driving around is so easy. I was flying high hours during the summers months so this vacation came at perfect timing.

If you find yourself on this island I'd recommend:

  • Save yourself the money and don't rent a Jeep, there's no part on this island where you'll need to use all that power and you'd be filling up all the time. You'll be perfectly fine in any 4cyl vehicle.  
  • Drive the "Road to Hana" (64.4 miles) which connects Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui. Not going to lie, it's a long ass drive with 620 curves and 59 bridges --so if you get motion sickness or get that itch of "are we there yet?" don't go
  • Get yourself some fish tacos from Coconut's Fish Cafe. I really liked the clam chowder because it had huge chunks of fish in it but my dad said it was aight. Everything else on the menu didn't disappoint! 
  • Paia is my favorite spot on the island; a small and cute town filled with tourists and locals, lots of good food choices, and a great place to walk around. If you end up in this area visit Paia Bay Coffee for a cute secluded coffee break, poke from Tobi's Shave Ice, and find yourself a fresh coconut to drink out of. I got my first tattoo in this city from Hula Girl Tattoo and Curtis was amazing! Take a drive to Ho'okipa Beach Park and you'll see a gorgeous ocean view and some turtles laying in the sand. Twenty minutes from this area is Twin Falls, so take a small drive to see some waterfalls.
  • Wailea/Makena this area is filled with high end resorts, luxury shopping, and beautiful white sand beaches. Visit Big Beach (not much shaded areas if that's what you're looking for, so bring an umbrella), and if you're feeling adventurous, hike to the other side to Little Beach where you'll be welcomed to a small nude beach. 
  • Ka'anapali Beach was seriously so beautiful! No wonder why it's rated one of the best beaches on the island. Located near resorts and shopping centers, you'll find this beach tucked away in Lahaina.

I hope you have the best time!