Aloha and Happy Friday! This post was a long time coming and has been a labor of love narrowing down from the amount of photos! I’m excited to finally be sharing it today! Let’s not waste time with talk and let me break down our favorite meals of the trip and a few other activities that may be fun for y’all to see while breaking up your beach time!
The following info is organized by breakfast, lunch, and then dinner options. Then a few little tips of a few spots to see! These destinations are not organized in proximity to each other in this post, so definitely get out a trusty map to scout out how to plan what to go, see, do, and eat in relation to where you are staying and what part of the island you are exploring each day! There is obviously so much more to see and eat on the island, but these are just my absolute favorites!
If you want the best banana macadamia nut pancakes of your life, The Gazebo is the spot! This gazebo (that’s literally what it is) is located in Napili and was right next door to our resort! It feels a little random when you walk through an older resort and it’s grounds, but then once you make your way to the water you’ll see the famous establishment with a long line coming out of it!
The Gazebo is the definition of casual outdoor dining. Once you make it through the well worth it wait, you’ll be greeted by a super friendly staff that excited to serve you a meal that could feed a small family. I’d definitely recommend splitting the pancakes (I forget this until after the fact ever single time) and don’t skimp on the whipped topping. It looks like too much (and it is), but you have to try it. It’s incredible! It’s fun to walk around the resort and see so many tropical sights before or after you dine, and you could certainly hit Napili beach after as well! It’s a public beach and is an ideal spot to lay out and digest. Haha!
Lunch and Snacks
I’ll crave and drink fresh lemonade anytime the sun is out and it’s above 70 degrees. So a fancy lemonade shop with a multitude of flavors in paradise is obviously right up my alley! Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is officially one of my happy places! Between the cute pineapple decor, darling Mason drinking jars you can purchase as a souvenir, and amazing menu of all sorts of lemonade combos… this place is ideal for an afternoon treat! I got the Piña Colada Lemonade – so good. They also serve ACAI bowls which were a perfect option for a healthy mid day meal. I’m still salivating over the pictures of mine!
Right next door to Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade in Kihei (both are in a strip mall, so nothing too fancy!) is an amazing fish tacos spot: Coconuts Fish Cafe. Fish tacos are all over the Hawaiian islands and so many are so good. But these are honestly next level! If you were staying in the Kihei or Wailea side of the island, I would recommend going multiple times! Otherwise, they’re certainly worth making a special trip for… especially if you combine it with a lemonade!
There seemingly so many good restaurants to try and explore on Maui. However, when I love something… I’m a creature of habit with it. So, T S Restaurants are my some of my absolute favorite spots of all time! Solely in California and Hawaii, these restaurants are all on the water and all so well done. The menus, the decor, and the atmosphere in combination with being by the water just makes all of their dining experiences hard to beat. I’ve eaten at a handful of their restaurants time and time again and never had a bad meal nor been sick of their menus. On Maui, we went back to Hula Grill which is right on the water. I recommend watching the sunset while waiting for your table and sticking around to hear the live music in their barefoot bar. Whether you dine on the bar or dining room side of the restaurant, I guarantee you’re going to have a fabulous Hawaiian dining experience!
On our final night of vacation, we went to Leilani’s (right across from Hula Grill) and shared such a special meal together to end the trip! I really think you won’t go wrong with any option on the menu, but definitely get a Hula Pie for the table to share for desert. It’s an absolute must!
Other Fun Things to Do & See
As I said in my Maui Travel Guide Pt. 1 post, I admitted that the main itinerary/focus of my tropical vacations is the beach. However, even this sun-lover needs an afternoon break!
Wailea is a gorgeous and known area full of fabulous shopping, which is a nice option to have for something to do if you’re staying at a resort in the area or just want to see a different area of the island. But if you’re wanting a shopping break, you can drive down the road a bit further and you’ll come across some unique sights!
Keawala’i Congregational Church, in Mākena, is a stunning old church right on the water! You can read about the church history here, but it’s just such a unique sight to see in person. I couldn’t get enough of the architecture, the pews, the fans next to the hymnals… I just loved it! And there’s just something special to me about old churches in general – how amazing it is to think about all the people who have worshiped and talked to God for years and years! And even though we didn’t this trip, you can absolutely attend a Sunday service if your vacation falls on a Sunday! My parents have been before and said it was such a neat experience!
Near the church is Mākena State Beach. It’s a beautiful, low-key, and a bit more local feel of a beach. If you look on a map, the state beach covers a huge area! We just visited the first part, just down the road from the church. It was fun to see locals sunning and swimming and just get a view of a little bit less touristy beach scene.
And that’s a wrap of our Maui trip! Hawaii is truly such a magical place and though I’ve been blessed to visit in the past, I never take for granted the beauty that is found in Maui! It was so fun to be able to document some of our special spots and share them with y’all!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my recaps and recommendations and if you’re planning a trip of your own, don’t hesitate to reach out any questions! I’m happy to answer anything I can!