"Where do you vacation when you already live on Maui Island?" I'm asked this all the time. It could be a problem, but it's not. We just go to the other side of the island! And why is it a vacation? Because we usually don't go and just linger, we have errands to run and paintings to paint. But sometimes, we stay. Yep. We get to enjoy all the things you do when you are here on vacation.
To help us "justify" it, we buy silent auction items for local charitable groups and that way we support the community and we get a treat! This time we supported a kids athletic group cause and took ourselves to Lahaina / Ka'anapali / Kapalua. Let me share our tour!
If you recognize this spot, you know my favorite burger spot. Burger Shack at the Ritz. First stop for lunch is here, in Kapalua at Dt Fleming Beach with 14 ft. crashing seas just beyond the table; and at the table? Me sharing a Jack Daniels Milkshake. If you have never had one, really don't knock it! My first taste was bacon, whipped cream, bourbon and some honey....Amazing. The buffalo burger was perfection as well. The scenery can't be beat here at the beach. This was my view and past inspiration for a few paintings.
Then a stroll around Whalers Village all decked out for Christmas.
We stayed at Black Rock Sheraton in Ka'anapali. I was not sure about the place, it is the first and oldest resort on Maui. Was it going to be ok? Well, we could always go home if we did not like it....but it was marvelous! Great staff, free guest parking, comfy bed and pillows, super clean and well maintained, and all the amenities including a superb pool and a buffet breakfast (planning ahead...). A plus! A game room with an old school shuffleboard table....
Panoramic beach view and lovely grounds with ponds-water lilies and Koi. Took a stroll and enjoyed the scenery-
Then to dinner at the other favorite place we have in Lahaina, Honu Oceanside. We sit right at the edge of the water and enjoy some of the best dishes ever.
This is my sea scallops entrée - mashed potatoes and shitake mushrooms. And the view!
One year, before we lived in Maui, my husband said, "Where do you want to go for dinner on Valentine's Day, anywhere you like." Oh yes, perfect question. I said, "Honu". So we did. Favorite island and favorite restaurant. LOL. We love the food and pleased that though it changed hands over the years the tradition of fine dining continues with something for everyone. Pizza, burgers and fresh fish. I think we have been coming here since 2004. And did I tell you it's a romantic spot, too?
Our final night Lahaina view. Sunset over Lanai near Mala Ramp. Our view from the table at Honu Oceanside. There are honu popping up their heads out in the water swimming by. Not captured here on the photos but you won't be disappointed.