For our honeymoon, Shawn and I had the privilege of going to Maui, Hawaii for a whole week! It was probably one of our favorite vacations ever because the views were beautiful and the food was absolutely delicious. It was definitely a much needed break we both needed from planning the wedding as well as from work.
Since we were already in Northern California and we couldn’t take much time away from work since it is at the end of the school year, we ended up leaving early Sunday morning the day after the wedding to catch our flight from San Jose to Kahului Airport. We ended up waking up at 4 AM to drive from Monterey to San Jose and then Uber to the airport. But it was totally worth it! We ended up sleeping most of the time on the fight and then watched a few episodes of The Office.
We mainly took the time to relax out by the pool and eat lots of food. We ended up only doing one excursion – zip lining, because we wanted to take it easy. We ended up going Zip Lining on The Road to Hana at Jungle Zipline. It was a lot of fun and our guides were great! We did end up with a lot of mosquito bites though.
Here are some of the things we did and places we ate that we recommend if you’re planning a trip to Maui – with pictures of course!
Flight: We actually got the Hawaiian Airlines credit card specifically for this trip! We were able to get a lot of miles just for signing up and also received a 50% off companion ticket! Hawaiian Airlines was great to travel with. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. We even got upgraded to preferred seating for our flight from Honolulu to Maui and had no problems upgrading on our own to preferred seating for our flight home. Since Shawn is 6’6″, the extra leg room is always nice to have when we can get it.
Car Rental: I used the Kayak app on my phone to look up the best price in car rental. I ended up going through Payless (long lines but the price is worth it!) and they had a Mother’s Day special going and upgraded us half off to a 2-door Jeep Wrangler! Shawn said he felt like a local driving around the car, especially with the top off.
Lodging: We ended up staying at The Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club in the Kaanapali Resort. It was about an hour drive from the Kahului Airport. Although it’s a ‘long’ drive after flying all day, the views as you’re driving around the island are breathtaking.
- The Gazebo: This is a MUST if you go to Maui! It may mean waking up bright and early and getting in line 30 minutes before it opens just so you can find decent parking and not be waiting forever, but it’s totally worth it. Shawn claims that this was one of the best meals he’s ever had. But even if you don’t get there before it opens (like us), we only waited in line for about an hour. We ordered fried rice and macadamia nut pancakes! And you can’t beat the beautiful views of the ocean as you’re sitting in the gazebo sipping on your POG (passion fruit juice, orange juice, and guava juice).
- Paia Fish Market: I ordered their Cajun Shrimp Quesadilla and Shawn ordered a Cajun Shrimp Taco and a Fish Taco. This was one of our cheapest meals we had and one of the best! They were pretty crowded and we ended up snagging a seat at a 4-topper. An older couple asked if they could sit at our table with us and we ended up chatting! Turns out, they’re also from Southern California and were celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary!
- Aloha Mixed Plate: Shawn ordered a fried egg and spam sandwich while I ordered fried rice (with a side of kimchee) for breakfast again! Again, the views were breathtaking and the service was great! Shawn claims that his sandwich was the best, but I think my choice of kimchee and fried rice was better.
- Cool Cat Cafe: We asked someone where the best burgers on the island were, and they recommended this place. And it did not disappoint! They were probably the best burgers we ever had. I wish I had more room in my stomach at that time, because their milk shakes looked so delicious!
- Hula Grill Kaanapali: We ended up going here on a Friday night so we had to wait about 45 minutes to be seated, but since it was in Whalers Village shopping center, we didn’t mind wandering around and watching the sun set on the beach. Shawn got the Bulgogi Tacos while I got a small salad with Kalua Pork Potstickers. They had live music with a hula dancer too! Our table was even on the sand overlooking the ocean!
We decided to not stress with bringing our ‘big’ camera, so here’s some shots we took on our iPhones!