Oh but let's not forget Maui's favorite manju and Guri Guri ice cream! In addition there are some really 'ono* places to eat. Da Kitchen Express in Kihei was absolutely delicious, where I've tried the Loco Moco, Fish Tempura, and Banana Cream Pie. The servings were so big! Luckily I had my mom, dad, and brother to share the food with.
|Famous Guri Guri Ice Cream Store|
|Guri Guri Icecream with the two flavors Pineapple on top and Strawberry on the bottom|
|Da Kitchen Express Kihei|
|Fish Tempura (Left) Banana Cream Pie (Middle) Loco Moco (Right) from Da Kitchen|
Most of the trip was spent in either Wailuku, where the baseball tournament was held, or in Kihei where our hotel, the Maui Banyan was located. In addition to that though I made two trips, one from Kihei to Honolua Bay, and another from Wailuku to Haiku, that were the most memorable.
The baseball tournament was held in Maehara Stadium located in Wailuku next to the War Memorial Stadium. Maehara Stadium was built in 1973 and showed some signs of its age. Winds were always strong there, blowing in directly from the coast, which always made it cold to sit in the shade.
|My brother Kory makes a run for third base|
Most of the time spent after the games was at the hotel having a barbecue outside and having a good time. One of the nights we decided to buy local, so we went to Takamiya Market in Kihei to get our meat. The meat was so 'ono* and it felt really good to support the local economy. People from Maui always seem open to strike up a conversation with, and the Mauians in Takamiya Market were definitely of the hospitable kind.
Kihei to Honolua
The road from Kihei to Honolua offers some spectacular views. Since there was a game that day at 1:30 p.m. the goal was to make it all the way to Honolua Bay and back by 1:00 p.m. We started at 8:30 a.m. and we were able to do it in time. On the way we passed Kalama Park, with the beach full of stand-up paddle boarders. Near the park entrance there is a huge model of a humpback whale. Humpback whales come to the area every year. Next we passed Kealia Pond then Māʻalaea* which offered some spectacular views. From Māʻalaea to Oluwalu you have to drive through windy roads with dry scenery. What is nice around here is that you get to see Molokai island up close. Next we drove through Lahaina* and finally down to Honolua Bay. Lahaina used to be the capital of the Hawaii from 1820 till 1845 and was a whaling town. As a result there are many historical sites in Lahaina making it a really interesting town. Honolua* Bay apparently consists of two parts. One for snorkeling and the other for surfers. We only stayed at the snorkeling part, as we didn't have much time to explore.
|Between Māʻalaea and Oluwalu|
|The Old Fort in Lahaina|
|Banyan Tree Park in Lahaina (one of the largest in the world)|
|Old Lahaina Prison|
Wailuku to Haiku
This trip was taken with my mother and her friend, Maui resident Laurie. From Wailuku we made our way to Pāʻia* passed Ho'okipa Beach Park and finally paid a visit to Haiku. This trip was also very scenic as we got to see better views of Haleakalā. Pāʻia is a very hippie town with many small shops selling things ranging from antiques to all-hemp products. It is a sight to see, and a must if you are seeking for a cultural tour of Maui. Next we stopped by at Ho'okipa* Beach Park. Ho'okipa is the windsurfing capital of the world, and yes, there were a lot of windsurfers when we got there. Finally Laurie took us to her town of Haiku, a little ways up the road headed to the higher parts of Haleakalā*.
|The sign at Ho'okipa Park has experienced its share of poetic license|
|Apparently you can drink alcohol in county parks in Maui|
|Windsurfing capital of the world Ho'okipa|
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The final day me, my brother, and dad took a quick trip up to ʻĪao* Valley where the famous ʻĪao Needle is located. ʻĪao Valley was the site of the battle of Kepaniwai* between Kamehameha the Great and Kalanikūpule. The valley is actually rainforest and one can still see the locals going for a swim in ʻĪao Stream below. The needle itself served as a lookout point for invaders in ancient Hawaiian times, but hiking the needle looks near impossible. Kalo (Taro) is still grown here and it offers a glimpse into the lifestyles of the Hawaiians of old.
Too Short of a Trip
On this trip to Maui I didn't even get to see the sunrise on Haleakalā or experience the road to Hana and all of its beauty within my 5 days there. Those things will definitely get priority on my list of things to do next time I get to Maui. Everytime I leave Maui I am a little sad. The people and the beauty of the island makes you want to stay... and oh yes, the food! I hope I have the opportunity to go again soon. As my mom told me several times on the trip, "Here today, gone to Maui!"
Map of Places Visited
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Hawaiian Language Glossary
Māʻalaea: Ocherous earth beginnings
Lahaina: Cruel sun (Lahaina can get very hot)
Honolua: Two bays
Haleakalā: House of the Sun
ʻĪao: Cloud supreme
Kepaniwai: Damming of the waters (the Battle of Kepaniwai was so bloody that the rivers were dammed with dead bodies)