Our 10 Day tropical Maui Thanksgiving

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We spent a wonderful 10 days on the beautiful island of Maui! My Husband, Chris, and I wanted to changed things up and get away for the Thanksgiving holiday. Maui in November is spectacular, but make sure to pack a rain coat as you may catch a little rain here and there. Of course, make sure to pack lots of sunblock and bathing suites. Maui has so many things to offer and awesome food! :)

Da Kitchen

Da Kitchen, Maui, Koloa Street, Kahului, HI, United States

Da Kitchen is Da Bomb!! I can't say enough great things about this place. Hands down one of the best restaurants on the island where you can find local Maui cuisine. We are adventurous foodies and love to try new and different things everywhere we go and Da Kitchen did not disappoint!


What we had/highly recommend:
Appetizers:
-Fried Spam Musubi- signature dish featured on Travel Channel's Bizzare
Food Show (pictured)
-Kalua Wontons- stuffed w/ kalua pork, cream cheese and homemade
thai sweet chili sauce (pictured)
Main Dish:
-Katsu Moco- homemade hamburger patty topped w/chicken katsu,
gravy, two eggs, onions, and mushrooms all over hawaiian pork fried
rice (pictured)
- Teriyaki Beef Special of the day (pictured)

Insider Tips:
-come with an appetite because the main dish portions are huge!
-if you don't mind a large crowd lunch time is the best time to go, but if you want to avoid the crowd go between 1:30 pm-4:00 pm. We went about 3 pm and we were seated right away.
-waiters/waitresses are super friendly :)

ENJOY!

Haliimaile General Store

Hali'imaile General Store, Makawao, HI, United States

Haliimaile General Store is simply delicious and must if you are ever up country in Maui! They have a large selection of entrees including local cuisine and seafood options.

Recommended:
Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Wontons
Togarashi Shishito Peppers (AMAZING!! Lots of Flavor)
Grilled Hawaiian Ahi Noodle Bowl
Paniolo Ribs

(check out the picture of the menu to find out what is in each dish)

Haleakala National Park

Haleakalā National Park, Maui County, HI, United States

Haleakala National Park is a dormant volcano that helped for the island of Maui and sits at an elevation of 10,023 feet. The views from up here are breath taking! It felt like we were on the moon and in the heavens above at the same time. This was an item on our bucket list and we are happy to say we checked it off :) Depending on the duration of your Maui visit, definitely set a side a half a day for this.

For more information about Haleakala in general go to https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm

Insider Tips:
-The sunrise tour is the most popular and NOW requires you to purchase a ticket online before heading to the crater. The sunset tour (which is what we did) does not require any reservation/ticket purchase.
-Warning if your are prone to altitude sickness be aware it is 10,000 above sea level so you may want to take something before heading up.
-bring your professional camera if you have one! There are plenty of photo opportunities
-weather on top of the crater is unpredictable and is much colder than the "normal" Maui weather, so be sure to bring WARM CLOTHES.
-The road leading the Haleakala is pretty windy so if you get car sick easily you may want to take something (also be aware there is open range farm areas where the cows roam free so keep an eye out for them when rounding the corners)
-Lastly, have fun and take lots of pictures!

Montage Kapalua Bay Resort

Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, Bay Drive, Kapalua, HI, United States

The Montage Kapalua Bay Resort is epitome of luxury!! This is the only place we stay now when we come to Maui. They have first class facilities paired with first class guest service, Not to mention the abundance of amenities they offer! As you can see from our photos the Montage is top notch and guaranteed you will enjoy your stay here. I know we did! THEE place to stay when you visit Maui! Every time we stay it feels like home.

Our favorite thing to do while at the Montage is watch the sunset at Hana Hou Bar. While we sipped on our Mai Tai's and watched the sun disappear behind the clouds we could help but feel ultimate relaxation. Make sure you ask for Henry and Kiha at the bar ;) Tell them Alexa and CJ sent you.

 

Da Kitchen

Eat
Da Kitchen, Maui
Da Kitchen is Da Bomb!! I can't say enough great things about this place. Hands down one of the best restaurants on the island where you can find local Maui cuisine. We are adventurous foodies and love to try new and different things everywhere we go and Da Kitchen did not disappoint!


What we had/highly recommend:
Appetizers:
-Fried Spam Musubi- signature dish featured on Travel Channel's Bizzare
Food Show (pictured)
-Kalua Wontons- stuffed w/ kalua pork, cream cheese and homemade
thai sweet chili sauce (pictured)
Main Dish:
-Katsu Moco- homemade hamburger patty topped w/chicken katsu,
gravy, two eggs, onions, and mushrooms all over hawaiian pork fried
rice (pictured)
- Teriyaki Beef Special of the day (pictured)

Insider Tips:
-come with an appetite because the main dish portions are huge!
-if you don't mind a large crowd lunch time is the best time to go, but if you want to avoid the crowd go between 1:30 pm-4:00 pm. We went about 3 pm and we were seated right away.
-waiters/waitresses are super friendly :)

ENJOY!
 

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Haliimaile General Store

Eat
Hali'imaile General Store, Makawao
Haliimaile General Store is simply delicious and must if you are ever up country in Maui! They have a large selection of entrees including local cuisine and seafood options.

Recommended:
Kalua Pork & Goat Cheese Wontons
Togarashi Shishito Peppers (AMAZING!! Lots of Flavor)
Grilled Hawaiian Ahi Noodle Bowl
Paniolo Ribs

(check out the picture of the menu to find out what is in each dish)

 

View on Map

 

Haleakala National Park

Explore
Haleakalā National Park, Maui County
Haleakala National Park is a dormant volcano that helped for the island of Maui and sits at an elevation of 10,023 feet. The views from up here are breath taking! It felt like we were on the moon and in the heavens above at the same time. This was an item on our bucket list and we are happy to say we checked it off :) Depending on the duration of your Maui visit, definitely set a side a half a day for this.

For more information about Haleakala in general go to https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm

Insider Tips:
-The sunrise tour is the most popular and NOW requires you to purchase a ticket online before heading to the crater. The sunset tour (which is what we did) does not require any reservation/ticket purchase.
-Warning if your are prone to altitude sickness be aware it is 10,000 above sea level so you may want to take something before heading up.
-bring your professional camera if you have one! There are plenty of photo opportunities
-weather on top of the crater is unpredictable and is much colder than the "normal" Maui weather, so be sure to bring WARM CLOTHES.
-The road leading the Haleakala is pretty windy so if you get car sick easily you may want to take something (also be aware there is open range farm areas where the cows roam free so keep an eye out for them when rounding the corners)
-Lastly, have fun and take lots of pictures!
 

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Montage Kapalua Bay Resort

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Spa Montage Kapalua Bay, Bay Drive
The Montage Kapalua Bay Resort is epitome of luxury!! This is the only place we stay now when we come to Maui. They have first class facilities paired with first class guest service, Not to mention the abundance of amenities they offer! As you can see from our photos the Montage is top notch and guaranteed you will enjoy your stay here. I know we did! THEE place to stay when you visit Maui! Every time we stay it feels like home.

Our favorite thing to do while at the Montage is watch the sunset at Hana Hou Bar. While we sipped on our Mai Tai's and watched the sun disappear behind the clouds we could help but feel ultimate relaxation. Make sure you ask for Henry and Kiha at the bar ;) Tell them Alexa and CJ sent you.
 

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