Days 1 thru 4 are on another thread. Day 5 started with the 1st digit on the clock as a 5 which means we got much better sleep. Our daily POG mimosa and coffee (POG mimosas are the bomb!) along with fresh fruit and poke got us going. We drove to the Kealia Wildlife Refuge boardwalk and admired the stilts and other birds. We continued our walk down Sugar Beach to the shops by the Ocean Center and returned to our car.
A quick stop at Sugar Beach Bake Shop for a macadamia nut roll and a lilikoi key lime pie which we enjoyed on the lanai at our condo. The tartness of the pie was excellent and is probably good for my waistline and other parts of my body that most of a continent and half an ocean separate me from Sugar Beach Bakeshop.
We lounged for a bit and it was getting hot on our lanai so we decided elevation would help. Silly me forgot the map and the phone decided it didn't want a signal from anything so I didn't have addresses or details. A nice lady at Kula Country Farms had directions, a map and some delicious looking honey that we purchased.
Next stop was Ulupalakua Ranch Store where an intoxicating aroma of grilled burger hit us. Ding went out stomachs so we split a burger with grilled pineapple and sauteed Maui onion. The setting and the view were peaceful and the cows grazing several thousand feet above the ocean in the background made a good photo op.
We went to Maui Wine across the street and split 2 flights of wine. The driver wins was all right but nothing that wowed us. The sweeter wines weren't our style. We're in Hawaii so yes were going to try pineapple wine which was on the sweet flight. Great aroma but vile to drink. We tried it and politely smiled to the host. The large trees in the garden at Maui Wine were spectacular. Walk the grounds of you're nearby.
We drove down the coast towards Hana admiring the stunning view and looking for the trail we hiked Wednesday. We discovered another honey stand and purchased another bottle. We turned around before the line of windmills marching from the ocean up towards the road.
We weren't sure where to go for dinner. Not to Bev Gannon - we would love a locally sourced hangar steak. Makawao Steakhouse sounded apple to my wife and I told her about the 3rd Friday event and she was intrigued. We got there and walked around the shops where my wife got some more gifts for other people. The steakhouse had an interior wood and leather that would fit in Arizona or a multitude of other non Maui places. Service was good and the beef sliders, truffle fries and Farm to Rita mixed drink were good. I'm not a big mixed drink person but this had a spicy but refreshing flavor along with a huge stalk of Rosemary
The street was now closed except for the idiot's who ignored the no parking signs and it seemed as if a mass of humanity descended on Makawao but this was different from the throngs of people we saw in Lahaina. I swear everyone knew each other and we were the only nonresidents. We didn't feel out of place but it was interesting people watching. We split a salad at Savage Kitchen food truck where the enthusiastic owner explained the source of the greens, taro, and venison. It was delicous and the cool relatively dry tradewind felt great.
"Hey, look how clear the sky and Haleakala are. Let's find a good place to watch the sunset". Wheels in my brain started calculating distance and time and the road towards Maui Wine seemed like the place to go. Off we went and the traffic was surprisingly light. We got to the point where the view of the sun was between west Maui and Lanai and found a place off the road to safely park. The view of the sun was spectacular although there was a layer of clouds close to the ocean. (Captain, stop gloating). The sunset was the best we've seen on this trip.
We stopped at Tamuras to get beer for our lanai and enjoyed the lazy moon, stars and constellations. The great diamond was clear and easy to see. I grabbed the flashlight so we could walk down to the beach and what do we see? 7 Honu parked along the beach. The moonlight was perfect to see them and I swear they have heads the size of a baby's head. A perfect end to a relaxing day.