MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JULY 22–28, 2019! FINAL PART
This is part 3 of the week in Maui. We say goodbye to my family and spend the weekend with Alex and Jill in their neck of the island. We eat a lot, hike, swim, and eat a lot of sweets.
Part 1 is here, we explore Lahaina, Haleakala, and Iao Valley
Part 2 is here, we swim with sea turtles, visiting Surfing Goat Dairy, and hike on lava rocks
FRIDAY: Kihei Caffe, Meeting up with Alex and Jill, Makawao Town, and Haunted Old Maui High School
Started our last morning together as a family before we part ways at Kihei Caffe.
I really wanted some Portuguese sausage so here I am. My mom got spam.
Zach went hard on the loco moco.
We got back to the house and the awards ceremony for the scrabble tournament went down.
Zach and I drove my parents to the airport and said our goodbyes before heading to meet up with Alex and Jill.
YAAAY we are staying with them through the weekend at their place. (Thank you again, Alex and Jilly)
Goat neighbors in the upcountry
Here to eat at Sam Sato’s
Jill said that Diamond Head was like a soda you’d love as a kid. I’m thinking it is like the Cactus Cooler equivalent for a Southern California kid? Does any of this make sense. It definitely tastes like a melted shave ice, like the syrup at the bottom of the cup.
Love a local meal so much I bought a tank top.
Miyako sushi and Mike’s antiques are actually one store front
Ended up getting these eggplant chopstick rests
We stopped at Hoi Hoi Bakery for treats. I still regret not trying the spam crusubi aka spam croissant.
Our final tray, including a mugwort castella cake, a churro croissant, a guava tart, and cookies for me to take back to the office.
Tasaka Guri Guri shop! Mixed strawberry and pineapple please.
Final sweets stop was to pick up some cookies to take home from the Maui Pack n Ship.
The Old Maui High School…*spoooooOOOooky*
The plaque says: “Maui’s first coeducational high school opened at this site on September 15, 1913. It provided academic, vocational, and athletic opportunities to thousands of students, whose accomplishments have enriched our community, state and nation. Maui High was moved to its present Kahului campus in 1972.”
I read that it was haunted later and now I’m scared.
The vibes kind of reminded me of Southern California school design with outdoor courtyards and classrooms that face outdoors.
Learning about the local plants, this is a hala tree
Take me back to high school (kinda but not really)
Ooh look some future plans for the site.
Tried to visit a local art center to see what was for sale, but alas, we just missed their open hours.
Makawao Town, a paniolo aka Hawaiian cowboy town. More on the history and specific things to do.
Went into the local tiny history museum, liiiiving.
The stories inside outlined the cowboy paniolo heritage, stories of local families and businesses in the area, and some immigrant stories from real families nearby.
Went down to the market to pick up some snacks
Had some snacks, Jill cooked some curry, we had dinner, and then wandered out to enjoy the sunset in the neighborhood.
Ending the evening playing Menu Mash-up, like Apples to Apples but you build a menu for other players.
SATURDAY: Hiking Wailou Springs Trail, Magic Hour Beach Time, and Obon
Good morning stretch with Luna
Waihou Spring Trail! Kicked off our last full day in Maui with a hike through the trees.
Hiked down to see the lava tubes.
Lava tubes are naturally occurring, they drain lava from volcanos during eruptions, when they aren’t active they are just long caves. So coool.
Lava tubes up the side of this cliff front
Had too good of a time playing with all the tree sap
Drove up the winding road in Kula to get some burgers
Truly yummy burger. Would eat again.
There was a winery across the road but we didn’t have time to visit.
Passed by a gallery and popped instead near Grandma’s Coffee
Stopped by the art center and did manage to catch them open, however it was mostly sold out with barely anything left on the wall.
Went down to the beach near Mama’s Fish House.
The sun was starting the go down, the light was warm, and the water was shallow enough for us to just squat and wade around. Twas very nice.
Packed up and changed back into our normal clothes.
Stopped by the Makawao Buddhist Temple for obon.
Got some chili, ordered chow mein, and a musubi.
Got a big bag of popcorn and enjoyed the taiko and the dancing. Happy to have made it since I missed Pasadena’s Obon.
SUNDAY: Paia Bowls and Heading Home
Paia Bowls for breakfast
It’s BLUE!!!! What. A type of spirulina apparently. So beautiful!
Bye bye Alex and Jilly, love you both!
At the airport waiting to board our flight.
The print that we bought in Paia Town made it back in one piece.
The doggos are neutral to see us.
All the goodies we brought back, most were gifts but some for me (the fish oven mit hello)
And the biggest news of all is that the plant we’ve been desperately trying to resuscitate after its near death HAS FINALLY GROWN A LEAF AGAIN I AM SO PROUD.
Thanks for reading!
A question that you may or may not feel inclined to answer? So! Let’s do it. I invite you to answer in the comments:
Is there a popular snack or soda that everybody loved growing up that you realized was local or regional when you were older? (I mentioned cactus cooler earlier…when I found out people didn’t really know about it in other parts of the US I was so surprised!)
Much love friends!
5 replies on “WEEKEND IN MAUI’S UPCOUNTRY”
So I have so much to comment on! The food! The lava tubes! Hawai’i is so beautiful! Luna is such a loving cat, it looks like. Your friends look like such a blast.
Boiled peanuts is such a southern, regional delicacy that has a long history: I found it in Senegal when I visited there with the International Surfing Association when Senegal was added as an official member. It’s obviously something that was brought over by slaves, and is now a popular snack amongst every Southerner.
To be clear: it’s not quite boiled PEANUTS, but a nut that is similar, in Senegal.
For me, it will be milo. It is this kinda chocolatey drink, with it’s authentic taste. You can find it in SEA, and maybe austrailia. I have never heard of cactus cooler until this post of yours btw.