A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to go to Maui, and who could turn down such a thing? I wasn’t there for very long, but I have a feeling no amount of time feels long enough in Maui (until you go broke that is, which I can relate to, because it is certainly not cheap). If you’re considering going on vacation to one of Hawaii’s paradisical* islands check out my very helpful review. Yeah that’s right. You can review whole islands these days. Welcome to 2018!
“Hawaii is an egg lover’s dream.”
Okay, priorities right? I don’t see how anyone can review a place without talking about the food first. Maui does not disappoint! Neither do I. I managed to fit an impressive number of restaurants into my two days. I know, I’m talented, but let’s not talk about me right now. I had two favorites restaurants: Da Kitchen, which Guy Fieri visited on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop. Yes, I watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. No, I’m not ashamed. Da Kitchen is what I call “casual fancy,” like a Chili’s but with Hawaiian food. There’s so many amazing dishes I wanted to try there but as usual my eyes are bigger than my stomach. Is that the expression? You’ll correct me if I’m wrong.
Anywho, I sadly don’t have any pictures from there because I devoured the food so quickly…but I can tell you I got something called “Da Kine Moco” which is basically a sample platter for people like me that can’t make decisions. It’s a rice dish that came with chicken, beef, and fish, and two eggs. One of the things I love about Hawaii is that they put fried eggs on pretty much everything. For some people it may seem excessive, but I happen to love eggs. Hawaii is an egg lover’s dream. Back to my order. I also got the Spam Musubi because I figured I needed more food. Here’s the verdict. Da kine: delicious, every part of it. I could go into detail but it’d just make me sad. The spam musubi however, bleh. Probably an acquired taste to be fair. I can’t say I’ve ever craved a spam and seaweed sandwich..
So about Leoda’s. OMG, I’m fangirling!! This place doesn’t really serve “traditional” Hawaiian food but I kept seeing it recommended so off I went. First of all it’s in a really remote part of the island, so it was nice to see an area I wouldn’t have otherwise. This place has all kinds of sweet and savory pies, most of them one person pies (although any size pie can be a one person pie with enough determination, am I right?). I kept it simple and got the meat n’ potatoes pie. This time I did get a picture.
Now I haven’t had all the meat n’ potatoes pies in the world, but I do humbly declare Leoda’s THE BEST ONE THAT HAS EVER EXISTED. Oh, and that lychee mimosa you see in the corner, not too shabby. If someone offered me a trip to Maui but told me I could only stay for two hours, I’d spend it with that meat n’ potatoes pie at Leoda’s. Call me uncultured, but I can go to the beach anytime.
Honorable mention: Malasada’s from Star Noodle. This place also came highly recommended. Malasadas are basically fried dough and sugar. What’s not to love?
I did not rent a car in Maui, because I don’t drive in my normal life so it didn’t seem like a good time to star, but you might want to. Although there is a bus, it doesn’t run very frequently and it doesn’t run until very late. However, a day pass is only $2, so it’s super cheap, easy to use, and a good way to meet other travels and reduce your carbon footprint together. Yeay!
I stayed at a hostel in Lahaina because I am young and poor. Maui is definitely a vacation spot for older, wealthy…people. Hotels are very expensive (especially if you wait until the last minute to book…I live on the edge) and it’s not the kind of place where you can find a cheap motel. As I learned too late, the Maui airport does shut down at night, and the places to stay around it are like $700 a night five stars.
I did not get the chance to go to any other islands, but the comparison I’ve heard is that Maui is quieter. If you want the beach and scenery, but also want to be in a big city, apparently the big island is the way to go. I however, live in a big city and was looking for green and blue and volcanoes and surfing, so Maui was perfect!
I know you’re just here for the pictures, so I won’t torture you any longer.
*No, “paradisical” is not a word, but I’m making it one. Isn’t that how we got all the words be have now? No? That’s okay, I’m giving myself that power. Paradisical. A place that is “paradise like.” You’re welcome .