Sunsets in Hawaii are spectacular and we had fun planning where to watch it each night. We stayed in Wailea, and one of our favorite moments was relaxing on our balcony at sunset with a bottle of champagne (as seen here).
Monkeypod Kitchen, with live music, great cocktails, and ahi poke tacos, was a perfect low key "welcome to Maui" meal upon arrival. We had truly excellent seafood (including an introduction to various types of fish we'd never encountered) at the famed Mama's Fish House, which also served our favorite Mai Tai on the island. When we were ready for a break from seafood, we sampled local Upcountry Maui produce at Ka'ana Kitchen.
One of the highlights of our time in Maui was touring the road to Hana, with its plunging waterfalls, sea caves, and quaint roadside stands with fresh coconuts, homemade banana bread, and coconut milk ice cream. We spent the day with Maui's Private Guide, which meant we didn't need to focus on driving and could really take in the stunning views. We really enjoyed seeing the less-traveled southeastern coast of Maui and traversing the Kula Highway through Upcountry farmland.
What do you do on a rainy day in paradise? Head to Home Maid Bakery for malasadas, where the delicious doughnuts are made fresh while you wait.
Fish tacos at Coconuts Fish Cafe. These are famous with good reason - they are seriously delicious. Not pictured: equally tasty coconut shrimp that disappeared too quickly to be captured.
Kaho'olawe, also called the Target Island, seen from upcountry Maui. Upcountry, which is on the western side of Haleakala, has numerous farms which provide bountiful produce to local restaurants.
Black sand beach and sea cave at Wai'anapanapa State Park