One of the best (there are many!) things about going home to Oahu is the easy access to neighboring islands. We’ve been on the Big Island a few times. And don’t forget about Lanai. And Kauai! Hopefully we’ll make it to Molokai on the next trip. Everything is close enough so that these could all be day trips…but I like taking my time with travels ^-^
I was in Maui for a few days last week (first time in a decade)…
…we checked into the Montage Kapalua (formerly the Ritz-Carlton residences) late afternoon…
…and drove to dinner at The Plantation House. Napili blue egg chawanmushi…
…and ahi and ali’i mushrooms.
Sunset swims at the Montage…
…and morning malasadas for breakfast. Comes with a side of lilikoi butter ^-^
A stop at Noho’ana for pa’i’ai (gotta try kalolo next time)….
..and visited Kumu Farms.
Lunch stop at Poi by the Pound.
It’s been ages since I’ve had squid luau (top right). Ahi poke (half spicy, half shoyu). Pork lau lau all around. Mac salad and kabli.
Don’t forget the opihi!!
Taro ice cream sundae to finish. Extra whipped cream. Perfection.
Another round of dessert at Uluani’s. Shave ice!
Wet Lemon Peel on the left and Pickled Mango on the right. I like how they poke many holes in the ice before pouring the syrup. Even distribution.
And then an afternoon nap.
Dinner at Cane & Canoe. Favorite course? This kona kampachi, uni, and lychee dish. Served in an uni bowl ^-^
Foie and berries.
A solo breakfast of sweet bread french toast (Montage also has sweet potato pancakes on the menu!)
A drive into town for a lunch at Sam Sato’s…
…dry mein at last!! Think saimin but minus the soup.
They also do a stellar cheeseburger (tastes like Punahou Carnival!) and bbq sticks. Fries are a bonus.
And don’t forget the manju. They come in white/lima and black/azuki.
…and eat them for pre-breakfast snack in bed the next morning.
The next day we met Alex and Andrea who recently started growing tea in Maui…
…and then checked out more local brews with Maui Nui Botanical Gardens. Pictured above is Moa (also good when combined with ko’oko’olau to drink).
Checking into the Grand Wailea on the other side of the island (I always forget how big Maui is!)
Dinner was at Maui Culinary Academy…a one-night collab with chefs from Maui, LA, and SF.
Friday morning in Upcountry Maui at the lavender farms. Can you imagine how intense the lavender scent must be when everything is in full bloom?
We went to Alex and Andrea’s home to see all the other tea plants. They’re growing a variety of cultivars including Assam, Darjeeling, and Jin Xuan.
Can’t wait till they harvest and process.
Afternoon stop at Komoda Bakery…
…stick doughnuts at last! Been craving this. Think five baby doughnuts twisted together and glazed.
Dinner at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a…
…midnight on the beach.
And then out the next morning, a 30-minute flight back to Honolulu ^-^