April 19, 2017

Maui Recap #1: Lahaina


I think I’ve been putting off this post for so long because I don’t want to accept the fact that I am actually back home in my office vs. on a beach in Hawaii. **sigh**

But all good things must come to an end, and I am here today to recap one of the best trips I’ve ever taken to one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

So, how our trip went down: Scott earned a work incentive trip for five nights in Maui with several other employees from his company. Since both of our flights, meal, hospitality, etc. was paid for, we decided to extend our trip by flying out a few days early and staying a few days on the back end.

Our 13 day adventure started bright and early on a Sunday, flying from Madison ->Dallas -> Maui. 10 hours later and we were in tropical paradise! We had the night to ourselves before the next two nights would be spent with Scott’s cousin (who also works for the same company as Scott) and wife. Since the work incentive portion of the trip was on the south side of the island, we opted to stay on the west side, Lahaina. We were pretty tired with the five hour time difference, but managed to grab a bite to eat and watch our first sunset of the trip at Fleetwood’s on Front St. before lights out at 7:30pm.

We kicked off Monday morning with a run along the beach and a swim workout in a local (free!) lap pool. We loved swimming outdoors and taking in the beautiful views!

Jay and Kirsten arrived around noon, perfect timing for lunch and drinks at Koa’s Seaside Grill! We took the short walk from our VRBO to Front Street (the main drag in Lahaina) to Koa’s which offers the best views of neighboring islands, Molokai and Lanai.

We spent the rest of the day in and out of shops on Front Street and hanging out by our pool before heading to dinner at Lahaina Fish Co. LFC has been serving Maui’s visitors and locals for over 25 years with a goal of obtaining and serving fresh, natural and organic products whenever possible. SO GOOD.

Tuesday morning Scott and I decided to check out a CrossFit box about a mile away- Lahaina CrossFit. The owners (originally from Illinois) were both super friendly and the box itself was in great shape. We loved it there!

After the gym, we grabbed some coffee at Cafe Cafe Maui (our absolute favorite!) and showered up before hopping in a car with Jay and Kirsten to explore some of the west and north side of the island.

Originally we had plans to spend the day driving the Road to Hana, but changed our minds once we heard it was literally an 8-10 hour day of driving. Although I would have loved to experience it, I was also okay with driving a quick 30 minutes north for these views and calling it a day.

Jay and Kirsten love craft beer just as much as we do, and when we found out there was a brewery within a half mile of our VRBO, we just HAD to check it out.

Kohola Brewery was a little hidden gem with a great variety of beers. The large, clean and open air warehouse is set up with a bar, lots of seating and board games. At the time, they had ten beers on tap including their award winning pilsner, a couple of IPAs, a brown ale, red ale, pale ale, saison, Belgian Tripel and a guest cider.

We stayed for a few hours, playing Scattegories and listening to live music until we worked up an appetite. We decided on Lahaina Pizza Company for our last meal in Lahaina and it did not disappoint. The upstairs restaurant, located directly across the seawall offers stunning ocean views and some fab pizza!

We always enjoy our time with Jay and Kirsten and feel so fortunate to be able to travel with them to so many beautiful places. If you are thinking about planning a trip to Maui, I definitely recommend staying in Lahaina. I particularly loved all of the walkable cafes, shops and restaurants and the local feel.

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