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Happy Birthday to Me!

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

In my last blog post I talked about the staycations we like to do in Maui. My birthday weekend was another staycation event! ! We were invited to a Pacific Cancer Foundation fundraiser ...

and decided to bid on another opportunity to benefit the cancer charity and enjoy new Maui experiences! It goes to a great cause, cancer has touched many of our families over the years.

We selected the Hotel Lahaina and Lahaina Grill as my birthday weekend present and won the bids.

Hotel Lahaina is a historic building. I loved the figurehead entry. The hotel is clean, tiny (comfortable but minimalistic), rooms are pretty miniature as well. Most rooms do not have TV… so check ahead on your room if it’s a requirement. For us, it’s not. I sketch and take photos, and dream. Note: Not for folks with lots of luggage for sure (closet is hooks on the wall) but the balcony was great for watching the boats coming and going, and it was all we needed since we just came as an overnight stay plus dinner.

Ah yes, foodie that I am, we are dining at the best restaurant in Lahaina town- Lahaina Grill. Award winning, priced about the same as Mama's fish house… but very different with the old town vibe and more meat choices vs the fish and beach at Mama's. Great ambiance and art on the walls!! What a treat.

My husband John and I loved the great service and flavorful items to choose from.

Not many places open early for breakfast surprisingly enough. Locals eat at home I guess- we get up early. Vacationers, not so much. But we found one open at 7:30 AM and I used another gift card.

Breakfast took us to Down the Hatch for their version of Huevo Rancheros and live morning music. Very good food… and a carafe of Bloody Marys.

Lahaina mornings are filled with wonderful light, and ocean breezes - with or without the beverages. I love the wharf with the fishing boats and ferries, Banyan Tree Park and the boats bobbing in the harbor. All of these scenic pieces of Lahaina beauty have made an appearance in one of my paintings! We saw a whale spouting and I think I have my next painting idea!

You will enjoy the old whaling town of Lahaina. Be sure to visit it.

"Lahaina Banyan Tree" 8 x 10 oil, original available.


#Maui #staycations are the best #vacations for us. We can give back to #pacificcancerfoundation. #Lahaina is a great spot, we loved #Hotellahaina, #DowntheHatch, #LahainaGrill and the #Banyantree at the #wharf. #Whales are back!

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