Things To Do in Maui

Here were some of our favorite activities when we were in Maui, besides laying on the beach or pool side!

Haleakala

It was a little cloudy when we got up there and was sprinkling. We still went hiking and got to enjoy a little bit of the sunshine, and when the clouds moved… the view was beautiful. We maybe hiked a mile or so. It was a easy hike down (obviously) but the climb back up took a while. If you’re not a big hiker you will probably struggle a little bit too. The elevation make you run out of breath very quickly, but it was worth it. Just make sure you bring water and your camera!

After that we drove around little and stopped at Maui Wine to do some wine tasting! It was a fun little stop before heading back to the hotel.

 

Four Winds II

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We did a part snorkel and part snuba excursion! Snuba was the best part. It was a way for beginners to try out scuba diving without having to have the heavy gear! If you’ve ever wanted to try scuba I would definitely suggest this. We got so close to the fish and the reef. It was too windy to go out to their usual spot so we ended up at coral gardens, which was still a great view of some fish. They provided us with fresh bagels and fruit for breakfast. Lunch was chicken sandwiches, pulled pork or hot dogs. The staff was a lot of fun and it was one of the highlights of our Maui excursions.

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Road to Hana was fun, but a long day in a car. Plan out ahead of time the stops you really want to see, because even if you start early, theres just never enough time to do everything. Our first stop was to take a picture with a bunch of Macaws, it was fun, not a stop that I think we should’ve taken but it made for a fun picture!

We stopped at Coconut Glen’s ice cream which was a fun treat after lunch! We stopped at the Three Bears Falls. One thing I wanted to do was the lava tube, it’s a little off the beaten path and $12.50 per person, but it was a unique experience that I was glad we did.

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We stopped a Wailua falls and Black Sands Beach. There we saw kids jumping from rocks! It was very cool but also looked kind of dangerous, we didn’t bring any swim suits on our trip. There was also a little cave that people like to take pictures in.

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Mama’s Fish House

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I’ve read reviews about the food being just ok for the price, but our food was amazing! I started with the lobster bisque, I seriously can’t describe how good it was. My mom had calamari. Matt and my mom both got the Mama’s Fish House special which was stuffed Mahi Mahi! I had the Mahi Mahi with mushrooms, garlic butter, white wine and capers. For dessert we got the Black Pearl Mousse! Our server Jeff was top notch and was great for recommendations.

Old Lahaina Luau

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This was the perfect end for our last night in Hawaii. The food was unique and a great taste of the culture, also very filling. The staff was wonderful and the show was so fun! I love watching the dancers. We had mat seats so we were right up front! My parents didn’t enjoy sitting on the ground as much, they would’ve preferred a regular table, but Matt and I liked being close to the performance.

Paia Fish Market

We had some time on our last day since our flight wasn’t until 6pm, so we went and hung around the airport area. We had lunch at Paia Fish Market, they had the best fish tacos of the whole trip. It’s a fun, small establishment. Great for lunch!

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Swap Meet

There’s a swap meet on Saturdays, it’s a great place to get souvenirs and they’re cheaper than most of the stores!  They take place at the University of Maui.

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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I tried my hand at some Sweet and Sour Chicken and it was delicious!

What you need:

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Directions:

  • Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces
  • Place 1 cup cornstarch into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, add chicken and toss to coat
  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large pan
  • In a shallow dish, whisk together 3 eggs. Dip the cornstarch chicken pieces into the beaten egg, coating both sides then transfer the chicken into the hot oil
  • Cook chicken in hot oil about 30 seconds per side or until golden. (if you want you could deep fry it until its crispy.
  • Transfer chicken to a baking dish
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the sauce ingredients: 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 4 Tbsp ketchup, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Pour sauce over your sautéed chicken pieces and toss to coat.
  • Bake uncovered at 325’F for 1 hour, turning the chicken twice while baking to coat with sauce.

I also cooked up some rice and broccoli to go with it!

Chorizo and Butternut Soup w/ Cheese Quesadillas

 

I’ve been trying to cook more and eat out less, which is quite the challenge for me. This is one of the greatest recipes I have tried so far. I got if out of Rachel Rays 365: No Repeats cook book. I’ve adjusted it a little for my personal taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (twice around the pan)
  • 1/2 pound chorizo, casing removed, chopped (I liked mine a little chunky)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (a palmful)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 10-ounce box frozen cooked butternut squash puree, defrosted
  • 1 quart chicken stock or broth
  • 4 12-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Pepper Jack
  • 4 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

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  • Preheat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the EOO, then
    add the chopped chorizo and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.
  • Add the onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Continue to cook for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the butternut squash puree. Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While the soup is cooking, preheat a nonstick skillet or griddle pan to high heat. Blister a flour tortilla for 20 seconds, then flip.
  • Cover half the tortilla surface with some of the shredded cheese, chopped scallions and cilantro.
  • Fold the tortillas in half and cook for a minute longer.
  • Cut the quesadillas into 4 wedges and serve alongside soup.

Oahu Restaurants

Hawaii has some amazing food, especially if you like fish! Here are some of the best restaurants we ate at when we were in Oahu.

RumFire

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RumFire was the first place we ate at on our trip. It had a great atmosphere and was a good place to relax by the beach after a long day of travel. Their Mahi tacos were to die for, the best ones we had on the whole trip! The also had a wonderful guitar player. Service was fair but not the best. I would still recommend eating here.

Hula Grill

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Matt and I ate here for lunch one day. This was probably one of my favorite restaurants of the whole trip. We had portable fries with strata aioli, macadamia nut shrimp, and ahi poke tacos. All of it was heavenly. It’s right on the beach upstairs from Dukes. While we were their they had traditional Hawaiian music playing, not to mention some of the best Mai Tais.

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Dukes

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Dukes definitely was the place to be for dinner. It was pretty packed. Make sure to know where to sit, if you want to be down on the beach you’ll need a reservation, but if you’re ok with just being up a level by the bar its a free for all. No hostess or seating order, if you see an open table or see a group that looks almost done with their meal, take it. The food was good and the crowd was definitely lively and fun.

Kahuku Shrimp

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Kahuku Shrimp is a small shrimp stand on the way to turtle bay. It’s only open on the weekends. We tried hot & spicy and butter garlic shrimp. It’s $13 a plate, the shrimp has great flavor. It was a fun experience but very messy hands.

Apollon Restaurant

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For date night Matt and I decided to try a restaurant we’ve never eaten at, Apollon. They describe themselves as “an escape from the typical fine dining fare with its innovative Mediterranean cuisine, extensive wine list, knowlegable service, and warm creative ambiance.”

We started our evening off ordering a delicious bottle of Zacharias Sauvignon Blanc. The crisp and citrusy wine went perfectly with my meal. The bread was warm and served Baba Ghanouj. If you haven’t tried Baba Ghanouj, its similar to a hummus dip. It’s not exceptionally flavorful but I enjoyed it. Matt wasn’t a fan of the texture.11953146_10204471118690206_6787493100368492954_n
For an appetizer we shared their homemade meatballs made with lamb, pork and fresh spices. We thought the meatballs were a little dry and could use some more sauce, but still pretty tasty. Before our meals we enjoyed a greek salad and Avgolemono soup. The soup was one of the best soups I have ever tried! Second best to the pumpkin soup I tried in Austria and that’s saying a lot.

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As a main course I tried the Lamb Tenderloin Saffron. The sauce was a shiitake mushroom cream sauce. It was some of the best lamb I’ve ever had! Matt had the Filet Mignon Au Chocolat. Sautéed and finished with a chocolate, port wine demi-glace. He loved it so much he finished every bite! I tried a piece, I thought it was really good but it would’ve been too sweet for me to eat for a whole meal. Per usual we ate too much and didn’t save any room for dessert. So if you’re ever in the area and looking for a nice place to eat, you have to try Apollon.