Our Honeymoon: Maui (Kihei Edition)

Hi all, my high school sweetheart and love of my life are celebrating our one month anniversary of being newlyweds, so I wanted to share our honeymoon! A few weeks have passed and the high from Maui still hasn’t worn off. It will forever be cemented in our minds as the best vacation we have ever been on (Cali as a close second!). First, married life is everything you would imagine. You get to hangout with your best buddy all day long and you feel very “adult” calling your significant other your “husband/wife.” Oh, and now Jared understands how easy it is to leave your ring in the downstairs ring holder… 

Day 1

Maui – the perfect place to forget all your responsibilities and live out your dream of being the free spirited person you always knew you were but your mom forbade you from being. We left North Carolina early (like no-one-should-be-awake kinda early), slept tried to sleep, and landed around 10 am (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time). The first task on our to-do list was pick up our rental car. Well, more than two hours later after chasing a man down who took Jared’s suitcase by mistake and witnessing the slowest customer service by Budget…we finally got our car: a red 2016 Ford Mustang GT! A free upgrade…and we didn’t even have to tell her we were on our honeymoon (which we would find out means NOTHING in Hawaii). Next on our agenda was to eat.

We told Siri to take us to Coconut’s Fish Café and sped off onto the Maui roads full of wild roosters…seriously, there are a ton of them. Apparently Hurricane Iniki in 1992 caused the chickens to escape their coops and cages, releasing them into the jungle. These domesticated birds then mated with the wild red junglefowl (brought to the islands by the Polynesians) resulting in the feral chickens we see today.

So we arrive at Coconut’s Fish Café, order the coconut shrimp, fish tacos, and Taco Mountain (basically a fish taco without the shell). As the proud owners of a foodie instagram (@jashstyle), we took every opportunity we got to snap a picture. Yes, we were those tourists. But when in Maui, as they say.

The coconut shrimp was to. die. for. ($10.99)

The fish tacos ($14.49) and Taco Mountain ($15.99) were pretty great, too. All in all, Coconut’s Fish Café is a must-do in Maui!

After our incredibly early dinner, we went to our first place of stay (we stayed at two Airbnbs and two resorts in total located in different parts of Maui). Our first stop was at the Maui Coast Hotel in Kihei (on the west side of Maui and close to the beaches). It was beautiful. The lobby and bottom floor were completely open concept, so you never really left the outside…a lot of restaurants are set up this way too in Maui. You can also rent bikes out for free (up to 2 hours) and skip the street parking! 

Day 2

Egg Burrito
Banana Mac-Nut Pancakes

The next morning we set our sights on Kihei Caffe and discovered that Maui has amazing breakfast food. We ordered a Breakfast Burrito ($8.95), which has eggs, cheese, home fries, salsa, guacamole and jalapenos, wrapped in a flour tortilla. We also added supreme chorizo and refried beans to it for $1.50. And to satisfy my sweet tooth, we got the Banana Macadamia Nut pancakes ($8.50). But DO NOT eat it without this…two words: coconut syrup. It’s amazing. Sign me up for a lifetime supply. Jared, who isn’t coconuts’ #1 fan, was practically drinking it out of its bottle. What shocks me is that Hawaiians don’t even charge you extra for the coconut syrup. And what double shocks me is that the mainland hasn’t figured this one out yet…

If you’re wondering whether or not Jared and I gained about 25 lbs in Maui, you’d be happy/mad to know that we did not. Why? We walked an average of 7-10 miles per day! Here is a view we snuck from Maui Tropical Plantation. You could pay $20 per adult for their tour, but we opted to push the limits and go within 1 centimeter of the signs that said to keep out. 

If you’re looking for a quick stop or to get the blood flow moving, then ‘Ioa Valley State Monument is the place to be! It has a few small walking trials and you get these views for little to no work. 

You drive 10 minutes west, you’ll swear you are in Africa. You go south, you’ll be climbing a mountain. You explore the east, you’ll be asking the beach boy for another Lava Flow. Maui has it all! Later the same day, we were in the ocean soaking up this view. They say the grass is always greener. Well Maui’s ocean is also bluer. 

Foodland Poké

For lunch, we decided we wanted the goods. We went on a mission to find the best Poké. To Jared’s surprise, everyone on reddit recommended Foodland, Maui’s grocery store, so off we went. The poké was stationed in the back. Similar to a deli, you could try samples and then order it by the pound. We got seaweed salad (always order this if its available), sweet crab and Ahi tuna all for under $20. Now I call that a deal. Plus, it was delicious.

You can’t go to Maui and not go to a luau at least once. We found the Old Lahaina Luau, shut our eyes at the grand total, and booked our reservation (this was months in advance…it’s very popular!). Immediately we were greeted with fresh flower leis and drinks (alcoholic but since Jared and I don’t drink, we got the virgin style…get the Lava Flow!). The entire restaurant was on the beach and all tables were facing toward a stage. There were four courses, all paying tribute to Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa (I was quite full). The show was great and in between courses, Jared and I would get up to dance near the shoreline. Food wise, it was awesome to try the different cuisines. However, we didn’t think any particular dish was spectacular (more about the experience, less about the food). 

Day 3

We drove to a bakery nearby and entered the beach through a resort. Note: never park in a resort’s parking lot. There weren’t any signs posted, so we thought: how bad could it be? IT’S BAD. We spent under $45 on parking the entire trip and $30 of that went to this parking garage. After parking we scouted the resort for beach towels (tip: no one really checks who you are…) and found ourselves a nice little beach to enjoy our breakfast on. 

It was a rather dreary day (despite the previous picture), so we couldn’t do anything outside…which is about 80% of all activities we planned in Maui. So, we went to Maui Arts & Cultural Center to view the new origami exhibit that went up that month.  

I tried to make friends with one of the wild roosters. I chased it around with a bag of almonds for 10 minutes. It didn’t work out, but I did get this picture of the running away in action.

For lunch, we chose Geste Shrimp Truck. Since the food truck was parked in what resembled the Elephant Graveyard from Lion King, we had to eat our Spicy Pineapple Shrimp plate (it was very very spicy) in the car. We both gave it a 6.5/10, happy we tried it but would probably not recommend it.

Hawaiians are famous for their gelato, so of course we had to decide for ourselves. We went Ono Gelato and ordered one scoop of Sandy beach (peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs and sea salt — soooooo good) and Chocolate Hazelnut. It was a bit pricey for what you get, but it’s still worth a try! This was 4 seconds after we stepped outside, so eat fast.

 Later the evening we left our hotel in Kihei and drove to our Airbnb in Kula! This was our favorite place to stay during the trip (not to mention the best Airbnb we’ve ever used). Check out my next blog about our time in Kula! I’ll reveal who you need to book with the next time you’re in Maui. Thanks for reading!

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