Our trip to Maui (2016)–Day 18

Early mornings before 7 a.m. are the best time here, being out on the lanai with coffee, Patty at the fitness center. Trade winds are back and will be on the strong side today, blowing some showers over to the leeward side of Maui.

When Patty returns, we take off in the car with the goal of getting to Kanaha Beach to see some windsurfing, and then proceed to Baldwin and Ho`okipa Beaches. This doesn’t pan out–it starts sprinkling, then raining, then pouring by the time we get near Kahului. We head back south on highway 380, then proceed to Kihei. We eventually find our way to our wedding spot on a hill alongside the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. From there we head to Po`olenalena Beach and finally down to Makena Beach. This is our first time at Makena. What a beach! It’s long and wide with great sand and surf. Fabulous place.


Kai Makani Beach in Kihei


Po`olenalena Beach south of Wailea


Big Beach in Makena


Big Beach in Makena

On our way back to Lahaina, we “have” to stop at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop in Olowalu, a very popular place for pies, burgers, sandwiches and other various items. Patty gets a hot dog, I get a pastrami & swiss sandwich. The sandwiches here take a back seat to nobody and are reasonably priced–by Maui standards, of course! The place is packed, very busy and it’s only a bit after 11 a.m.

Cloudy skies and light sprinkles await us upon our return to Lahaina. We turn in our parking card and get a sticker to get back into the 505 garage. The company which was charged with work on the lot last week screwed up the job, so they are back re-doing their work…hopefully correctly, this time. So we’re in the garage until we leave on Thursday.

We nap the afternoon away, get up, clean up and drive to Kihei and Stewz Maui Burgers at 5:00. The burgers here are pretty good, but Teddy’s are equally good and cheaper. At Stewz, you order at the counter and then pick up your order when it’s ready. Only outside tables exist here, but it’s a fairly nice atmosphere in which to munch a simple meal. We check out the Kukui Mall when we’re done, running into a guy walking his English Bulldog; we chat with him for a few minutes, then drive back to Lahaina.

One (probably) final hot tub visit awaits upon our return to the Lahaina Shores, and we find the owners of room 205 there. They live in Honokowai and have owned here for ten years. We’re talking about the renovations and noise from two nearby rooms–513 and 506, and he tells his that owners are prohibited from doing renovations during high season (December to April, I believe). It’s something for us to consider next time we come here are the daytime noise can be a pain in the okole if we’re trying to take an afternoon nap.

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