So, its about 7 pm here and we have exhausted ourselves and I figure now is a great time to provide a little trip report for the first half of our stay in South Maui as tomorrow we will be off to Kaanapali.
After an 8 hour 50 min flight from Chicago, nonstop on United, we arrived quite tired. The flight was packed so we upgraded our seats to Economy Plus - thank god, Economy (which we may have to ride on the way home), looked pretty cramped. Especially for my boyfriend who is 6'2". I still can't believe that on a flight that long they don't serve ANY food for free. Just soda, juice, coffee, etc. Kind of a rip off these days.
We got to Maui, I quick ran over to Alamo (beating the crowd by leaving boyfriend at OGG) and picked up a midsized car (even though I rented a compact) for the same price.
We drove to Kihei and first things first, ate dinner (or lunch, whatever it was since we were all messed up). Coconuts Fish Cafe in Kihei has some SERIOUSLY good fish tacos!!!! Yum. Onion rings and fish tacos were a great start. We checked into the hotel after getting a few things from the grocery store and were seriously asleep by 8:00.
We woke up early on Thursday and I mean early (like 4:30). We went to Kihei Cafe which we had been super excited about. Well, I guess we were the first people there because the waitress/chef/know-it-all was super rude to us (was great our last visit in September). Customers don't want to hear about how you have been there since 2 a.m. just to feel guilty about wanting to eat when you are open. Then, I pulled out a fifty dollar bill. When I asked her if that would be OK, she snidely replied "well, you'll just be getting fives and ones back." I said I could go to the ATM across the street but she kept on counting her money. This was the start to a bad day. Later we found that she ripped us off by a good ten dollars in singles. I don't want to sound cheap but ten dollars is ten dollars. Add that to her attitude, no thanks. Although we love the food, we won't go back.
Then we drove up to Makawao (I only had an egg and one piece of toast as I had been waiting for pastries at T. Komoda's store). The drive to Makawao was gorgeous. The mac-nut doughnut stick was amazing. The "cream puff" was good but it was filled with custard, not cream.
We got back to Kihei around 7:30 and went to snorkel bob's to rent our snorkel gear. We came back to the hotel for a bit and then drove down to Ulua Beach. Unfortunately but 9:00 or so the parking lot was packed so we just drove to Polo Beach. The wind was INSANE that day and I did not feel comfortable snorkeling. Boyfriend went in for a bit but then we just laid on the beach for awhile.
For reasons I cannot all recall right now (only 2-3 days ago), nothing seemed to go right that day and we were getting super cranky. After killing some time at The Shops at Wailea (and gross pupus at Cheesburger in Paradise watching the Lakers/Celtics game) we took a walk until it was dinner time. Thankfully the night ended well at Sansei's. Amazing food and although it was a rip off, I got a nice tuberrose lei which smelled amazing.
On (full) day 2, we got up and headed down EARLY to Ulua Beach. We beat the crowd and we also saw a Monk Seal swimming right at the shore! After that, I really didn't want to go snorkeling so I just sat on the beach and watched my boyfriend. We got back to the hotel to watch some of the World Cup, I took a nap. We went to the ABC store and then headed to Big Beach only to find the sun hide out for a bit. Of course when we left the sun emerged again gloriously! We had sandwiches at 808 Cafe in Kihei (pretty good) and then came back to the hotel for our game plan. We later headed up to Iao Needle. It was pretty nice at that time and we got some great pictures and took in great scenery. After that we headed to the Acquarium which we also found great! For dinner we drove to Paia for Paia Flatbread Company (I'm Italian and live in Chicago and this does not pass my test for pizza!). The gelato at Ono Gelato WAS however, great!!! On our way home we did some shopping at a nice outdoor mall in Kahului (or Wailuku I can't remember) and I finally found where people actually SHOP (you know, not the touristy stuff). Yes, they have a Macy's and all the stores we have back home. Well, almost.
We were beat after a FULL day on the go.
Today we got up and did a kayak tour with Keliis Kayak. OK, I decided I am a LAND person only. I even got motion sick on a kayak! After our first snorkel spot I decided that was enough and just stayed in the kayak. My eyes burned and it hurt to open them. Thankfully boyfriend did all the paddling back! The best is yet to come! On our second and last snorkel spot, the guys in our group (it was only six of us and a guide) saw a 4-5 foot white tipped reef shark RIGHT below their feet! We were alerted when they all simultaneously yelled SHARK. I really appreciated it when my boyfriend, trying to get back in the kayak, capsized our kayak wherein I dove into the shark infested water, ball caps, fins, masks, flying out of my hands. I hightailed it back in the kayak (just what I needed when I already was white as a ghost and trying hard to not throw up). I decided, thats enough for me ;)
Almost done here :)
I saved the best part of the day for last - Mama's Fish House. YES it is expensive. It was just what I figured for lunch for two = $150. We had one app., two entrees, one drink and a dessert. With tip and all, it was $150.00. Good food. I know you can't really justify 50.00 entrees ANYWHERE but I'd still do it again! I was nervous my boyfriend would moan and groan about being ripped off but he liked it too. Aside from breakfast, that was the only thing we ate today and I'm still stuffed.
Now tomorrow we head up to Kaanapali for phase II and I'm super excited. I think the rudeness of people we observed stemmed from a full-moon - thats my only explanation! I'm hopefully we'll keep encountering pleasant people and hopefully a bit more sunshine and less clouds.
Part two to follow!