1) Humpback whales make us giddy! They amaze with distinct behavior patterns and sheer size, from a 2,000 pound newborn to 90,000 pound adult. Our Pacific Whale Foundation naturalist pointed out the turquoise coloration visible in the ocean is from the underpart of the white pectoral fin. We delight with each massive splash and tail slap.
2) The Kapalua Coastal Trail is 1.76 miles of accessible sandy, volcanic and wooden walkways among indigenous plants and a Wedge-tailed shearwater
(‘Ua ‘u Kani) habitat along the big blue Pacific.
3 ) Poke bowls are ono, inexpensive and readily available, chockful of tasty ahi marinated in Shoyu, ginger, seaweed, spices or other seasonings and rice.
4) Mai Tais: the contest continues. Decision: the prize for the best varies, based upon ingredients, maker and the mood of the judges! Thankfully, the recipe has evolved and creativity blossoms!
On day 7, Merriman’s Kapalua (with Flor de Cana rum, fresh lime, orange curaçao,orgeat, lilikoi foam) has an edge over The Plantation’s Magestic Maui Mai Tai ( with coconut rum, Hana Bay Rum 151), but tomorrow is another day.
5) Grandma’s Coffee House always satisfies. This institution still thrives through extended family, delivering Grandma’s comfort foods and island coffee.
6) Surfing Goat Cheese is becoming an Upcountry staple. Now with 185 goats and 25 employees, it is an attraction for the kids and the foodies. I recommend the Diabolical Goat Cheese with Thai Dragon Chiles.
7) Ocean Vodka: the story here is a good one: son Shay presented his family with his dream to make vodka on the slopes of Haleakula with organic sugar cane and Hawaiian water from 3000′ depths of the Pacific. They did it! Our guide David, adopted by the family, shared the pride and the good stuff.
9) The pineapple upside down cake at Pineapple Grill! The restaurant has a way to go to rival others in Kapalua but this rocks.
10) Front and center, our Ridge condo rates for whalespotting!
11) The Plantation restaurant continues to provide a memorable dining experience overlooking Kapalua.
12) Snorkeling at Kapalua Bay: when the wind and sea calmed on day 5, early morning snorkeling was dreamy. “There’s a humuhumunukunukuapua’a near my foot,” my husband said as we entered the clear waters. We gaped at the underwater aquarium and especially the periwinkle coral. And we thought we were ruined by Galapagos…
13) Merriman’s on the Point is unmatched for the view, the tastes and the staff.
14) Maui’s official color is pink-what more is there to say?