Woohoo, two travel posts within a few months of each other! I’m on a roll. You can read and explore more of our travels by clicking here.
A few weeks ago we embarked on my first journey to Hawaii! Because our last few trips involved races and a fast-pace lifestyle, we thought it’d be enjoyable to make our next trip a slow-paced, tropical one. Insert Maui! I had so much fun exploring a new part of the United States and soaking up the sun. Below, I’ll break down where we stayed, what we ate, and what we did for 6 days while in Maui, HI. Let’s dive in!
P.S. If something I’m wearing in linkable, the outfit details will be linked under the photo!
Where We Stayed
Fairmont Kea Lani – Wailea, Maui | Justin is the travel agent in the McAfee household so I never really look into flights or hotels; I let him take control. We ended up at the Fairmont and really enjoyed our stay! A lot of the resort was under construction, though, so when we would hang around the property we would often hear construction noises. It wasn’t totally disrupting, though! The staff was extremely kind and caring and the views were breathtaking.
The resort had a variety of restaurants and a fun show that I’ll share more about below.
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What We Ate
Nick’s Fishmarket | This restaurant was conveniently located in our resort, although a lot of people who weren’t staying at the hotel dined there as well. Pretty pricey, but a good menu variety and great views if you sit outside.
Lahaina Grill | We were recommended this place by some friends and chose this restaurant as our “fancy” dinner of the trip. Really pretty and bright environment with great food.
Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop | We found this little bakery on the side of the road and pulled in immediately. Some of the best coconut cream pie I’ve ever had!
Ko Restaurant | Also located in our resort, we dined here our first night. The crispy shrimp on the appetizers menu are A++.
Kihei Caffe | Justin wanted to go here more than I did, and it was OK. Pretty standard breakfast menu, but it must be a crowd favorite considering the line to order. The only thing were noting about my meal was the local coconut syrup I used on my pancakes. Yum!
Paia Fish Market | A nice lunch spot, but another place you’ll be standing in line for.
Star Noodle | We ate here on our last day before the airport and it was pretty good! We got the garlic noodles and sat at the bar (we didn’t have reservations). Great views of the water, too!
Coconut’s Fish Cafe | This place was pretty mediocre, and another order-than-sit-down joint.
Akami Coffee | Likely some of the best cold brew I’ve ever had! All of their drinks are made less sweet which is nice. They also have a full kitchen that stays open until 2P.
Makana Market & Cafe | Another eatery located at our resort, we came here most mornings for cold brew and a sweet treat. Pretty $$, but really convenient and tasty.
Old Lahaina Luau | We magically got a table at the Old Lahaina Luau last minute and it was such a fun experience! The food was so-so, but the entire evening was a production and very entertaining.
Nalu’s South Shore Grill | This was an on-the-whim dinner spot we found with very healthy meal options. They had a live musician and an enjoyable, yet casual environment.
What We Did
Magical Mystery Show | I secretly booked this show for Justin’s birthday and it was insane! Located at the Fairmont, it was really easy to attend the show and head to dinner right next door. Again, nearly everything located at the Fairmont is open to the public so you don’t have to be staying there in order to see the Magic Show. They keep the audience small so the magician can include all of the audience into his tricks. We loved it!
Wailea Golf Club | I don’t golf, but I couldn’t pass up a few ride along rounds with Justin just to enjoy the views. He played both the Emerald and Gold courses.
Makena Lava Rock Walk | We stumbled across this walking trail on our last day, and while we only did half of it before we turned around, it’s on a very quiet part of the island with amazing views.
Old Lahaina Luau | Mentioned above, we were only able to attend this Luau because of a last minute cancellation. Very fun and entertaining, and the staff was incredibly nice.
Alii Nui Snorkeling Excursion | I don’t love snorkeling, but took one for the team during this 5 hour excursion. We found this company via Google and our hotel and the boat staff was on their A-game the entire time. We were served a variety of snacks and meals and the boat was very clean.
Whalers Village Shopping Center | We meandered around this shopping center on our last day and it was just OK. Some high fashion, but more-so random eclectic shops.
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Thanks for reading!