maui day 10: haleakala crater + honu

I can’t believe this was the last day in Hawaii… as you can tell I definitely was putting this off as long as I could, but I had to write it now so I wouldn’t forget!  In the morning I did my 6 mile long run up the beachside road in Maui, and then we ate and went down to the beach by the condo – I wish I lived this close to the ocean so I could walk to it every day!  We spent the morning snorkeling and soaking up the last of the Hawaiian sun before our departure.  We went back at lunchtime, cleaned the sand off of us and then set off on our roadtrip to Haleakala crater.  Good thing we had Pip to get us there!

We had debated going to Haleakala for sunrise, but decided against waking up at 3am to catch the view – maybe when I am there for longer than two mornings?!  It’s an hour drive up – and 10,000 feet in elevation.  We drove through the clouds.

And behind a busload of Japanese tourists.  Thank you, driver, for pulling to the side so Pip could soar past you.

My ears were popping and my Camelbak was having a hissyfit.  Be careful bringing a Camelbak on a flight or to higher elevations – the water likes to spurt back up the straw and all over everything…

We finally reached 10,000 feet.

And walked up 23 more.

But we certainly could not miss this view.  (P.S. it was COLD!)

This is Hawaiian National Park on the island of Hawaii – see the smoke from the lava flow of the active volcano?  Visiting this park and walking to see the lava at dusk is one of my favorite memories from my last trip to Hawaii.

This looks surreal.  I can’t believe I was actually there.

The top of Haleakala has its own vegetation – including silver plants.  I wanted to bring one home.

We headed back down Haleakala and went toward Lahaina for dinner to celebrate Sister’s birthday!  We finally decided to try out Honu after seeing it listed in a dining guide that highlighted its gluten free options.

The view, both inside and outside, was gorgeous.

The food was too – we got deep fried chickpeas as a complimentary appetizer and I just had to get another Pina Colada before we left!  I think this might have been the best one I have ever had.  Ever.

There were many gluten free options, but my eyes were only for the pizza.

I ended up with the special – Lobster Curry something or other.  It was divine.  The crust was chewy just like hand tossed pizzas are supposed to taste, only sans gluten.  This might have been the best pizza I have ever had and I really need to schedule a trip back ASAP.  Well, and to Kauai as well to go back to Lemongrass Grill and the other restaurant I still need to post about – so much good food!

After dinner Kinley got a special birthday dessert, and we all shared bites!  Happy Birthday Sister!!!

The entire meal was incredible, but also sad because it was our last eaten in Hawaii.  We went back to the condo to pack up and head to the Airport…

 

maui day 8: island transfers + lahaina

Kauai time has officially passed for this vacation – so sad! I will miss the garden island and hope to return soon :). For breakfast I had a plate of fruit along with 1/2 a Sweet Marie’s blueberry muffin and some chex + chia. So fruity and delicious! We left our condo a little after 7 to catch our Hawaiian Airlines flight from Kauai to Maui. Getting to the airport was no problem – we dropped off the Jeep and got through security and just had to wait for our plane to arrive. We left on time at 9am and arrived in Maui well before 10. Dad went to pick up the new rental car – this time a nice lil’ Lincoln Towncar which I nicknamed Pipsqueak (Pip). Such a nice little island car…

We drove from the airport to a harbor that Mom and Dad had sailed out of in the past looking for a charter, as well as a fish shop they were remembering. We came out 0 for 2 and continued on our way to Kihei to find something to eat for lunch instead. We ended up at Fred’s Mexican Cafe for fish tacos. I got mine in corn tortilla shells with refried beans. Delicious. After that we checked on our condo, but it wasn’t ready yet so we headed to Lahaina to look around instead.

We started at the huge Indian Banyan Tree. It is the largest in Hawaii and spans an entire block. So many tourists! Lahaina is definitely a cruise port and caters to the individuals who go on cruises.

For an afternoon snack we stopped at Ono Gelato Company for gelato!  We saw an exciting sign for gluten free brownies!

Unfortunately there were no brownies made today, so Kinley and I decided to share a large with pistachios, macadamia nut + big island crunch (coffee, chocolate + macadamia nuts). All three were delicious!  We continued to walk around Lahaina for a bit until our 3 hour parking was up and then headed back to the condo to officially check in and head out to grab some dinner!

We ended up at Monkeypod. We shared some french fries for an appetizer with homemade ketchup and dijon mustard aiole. For my meal I got Grass Fed, Hormone Free Peppercorn Rubbed Filet Steak with Kona coffee honey butter, jasmine rice and green beans and broccoli. It was a pretty expensive meal – $31 for the steak, but it was delicious and I loved the Kona coffee honey butter on top!