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The answer is yes, this deserves an entire post.
I already posted about our time in Maui and about our favorite things we did on our babymoon last month. We used the Wailea area and the fabulous Kea Lani hotel as our base.
BUT, one of our absolute favorite parts of this trip was driving 10 minutes over to the sleepy little town of Kihei and hitting one of the holes-in-the-wall from the list below. We’d take our food over to the beach because it’s super easy to find a stretch of beach to enjoy to yourself in Kihei.
Kihei has SO many awesome places to eat and drink. We didn’t get to everything we wanted to try, but we fell in love with way too many spots. Hence, an entire post dedicated to where to eat in Kihei.
I’ll get right to it. And yes, after reading this post back, it was so clearly written by a pregnant person. Enjoy.
I’ve been on a real fruit kick this pregnancy. I know I’m supposed to watch the sugar intake, but as the weather gets warmer and my body gets, well, bigger, all I want is a nice bowl of cold, fresh fruit. You can imagine my anticipation to indulge in (read: swallow whole) an acai bowl in Hawaii, since everyone I know claimed that they are “just better on the islands.”
And I’m here to report that, thanks to the goddess who owns and runs Brekkie Bowls, every acai bowl is ruined forever. Just last week in Australia, I tried two different spots and was disappointed in both (I mean, I was really sad– a truly disproportionate “incident to reaction ratio” situation). My sister and Tyler did their best to take me seriously and gently suggested that I stop comparing every bowl I eat to the heaven of Brekkie Bowls.
Please go here the next time you’re in Maui. Don’t mind the confusing directions through a seemingly never-ending parking lot. The Brekkie Bowls cart is parked in front of a CrossFit. Who doesn’t love to dodge a medicine ball-holding sprinter while taking a bite of pineapple?
I love a fish taco. LOVE ONE. Several credible sources pointed to Coconut’s Fish Cafe as the place to grab a delicious cheap fish taco in Maui, so I marked it on my list and did my best to dial down my expectations as we walked into what appeared to be a lesser Rubio’s.
Don’t be a brat like me and judge the decor of Coconut’s. Order the fish tacos and try to refrain from requesting any modifications. They use 17 (maybe more, can’t remember) fresh ingredients in their tacos and BOY can you just tell how much love and care they put into these babies. I was happy as a clam and insisted we go back once more on our last day.
Upon writing this blog post, I’ve discovered that Coconut’s recently opened a location down the road from us in Cupertino. The jury is still out on if I will persist with my “I only eat macarons in Paris” type of personality or if my pregnancy cravings will drive me to settle for a Silicon Valley version of my favorite fish taco ever. Stand by.
I’m not really a shave ice person, although I know it’s starting to seem like I’m an “everything” person. However, a lot of people talked about this place, and it was hot out, so when in Rome. (anytime I can use that expression on this website is a win).
Ululani’s is really fun because they have about 100 flavors to choose from. It’s a fun, cold treat to bring to the beach and make your travel buddy’s mouth turn bright red/blue/orange. My standards are uncalibrated, but this was definitely the best shave ice I’ve ever had.
Akamai was our favorite coffee shop in Maui. They had cold brew for Tyler, and really fun, flavored iced lattes for me.
They also have a drive-through, in case you’re like Tyler and feel the need to disregard island time and rush as fast as you can from beach to beach. Don’t worry, I made him park.
The vibes are great in here, too, and I will certainly be decorating my house with the occasional strategically-placed pineapple from here on out.
Tyler and I live for an in-room pizza night. It’s a tradition. About once a trip, we get take out pizza and bring it back to our room and watch a movie. It’s so fun.
Pizza Madness hooked it up for our Maui Babymoon Pizza Night. Their pizza is awesome, and trust me when I say that a size large will more than suffice for two people.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
Listen, I’d be lying if I said that the cute mason jars weren’t 95% of the reason I wanted to check out Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade. Can you blame me??
Conveniently, it just so happens that a jar full of strawberry-pineapple lemonade is just the thing you’d want while lying on the beach on the hottest day of the trip. They make the lemonade fresh in front of you here which is just so lovely. Definitely a must-stop. And full disclosure: the mason jar was $5 extra, but it’s now holding cotton balls under my bathroom sink, so you tell me who wins here.
We stopped at this unassuming bakery and split a cinnamon roll one morning, per the suggestion of several posts I discovered on Pinterest.
I personally am always disappointed in literally any cinnamon roll outside of the Pillsbury/Cinnabon collab giant rolls-slightly undercooked and with extra icing, of course. (I have few to zero complaints about my childhood).
All that to say, the Cinnamon Roll Place does a pretty good job. A cinnamon roll might not be the first fare you think of before you set off in a bikini for the beach on a hot day. If, however, your husband’s gluttony nearly matches your pregnancy-induced ravenous appetite, maybe this is the place for you.
We loved this adorable, plant-adorned cafe and definitely recommend stopping by. Tyler and I split a bagel with avocado and veggies and loved it.
Come for the Instagram, stay for the iced coffee.
We didn’t actually go to this brewery on account of my unborn child and too short of a trip. However, Tyler ordered a few beers from Maui Brewing Co. at various restaurants and brought one to the beach one day. He loved all of the beers he tried and wanted to include the brewery on our guide since it’s located right in Kihei.
We loved Kihei so much and talk about going back to Maui just to hit some of these spots. Let us know if we missed any of your favorites!
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