Updated: May 3
My daughter Kate and I went on a fun adventure to Hawaii! This was our initial view of Maui Hawaii as we were coming in for a landing! WOW, this view made us so happy to be arriving into Maui and staying on the island for the next 6 days! The water around Maui was just lapping up on the coastline. The green from the island just popped against the color of the ocean. Maui is know for its beautiful flowers, friendly locals, good food, scenic mountains and breathtaking ocean views!
Not to mention the Maui sunsets……………..
What a blessing to be able to soak in this view from our chaise lounge chairs. The color of the water is so picturesque, along with the palm trees, blue skies, white clouds and the island of Molokai in the distance. Everywhere you go and everywhere you look, the views are just beautiful! Just breathtaking!
The views are just spectacular. Then there is the food! Holy Cow, what an unexpected discovery to find Maui Brick Oven. Kate and I thoroughly enjoyed eating there. The gluten free finds were unlimited! We just didn’t have enough time there to try everything!
We enjoyed walking down the beach from our resort to eat at the Sea House Restaurant on Napili Bay, Maui. Delicious gluten free menu items. I started off with the Kula Onion Soup which was wonderful. Then I enjoyed the beautiful Polynesian Chopped Salad! So delicious! I am not sure which is more beautiful? The open air view from our table or the salad itself!
A lot of resorts have ‘Lei Making’ on one of the mornings during your stay. Sign up! Katie and I made these leis pretty quickly in one of the outdoor cabanas. We made reservations ahead of time as the slots can fill up very quickly and the resorts limit how many people can be in the group. The flowers (orchids, tuberose and llama which is the island flower of Oahu) smelled sensational! The fun class is typically free! Be sure to put the lei in the refrigerator overnight to make it last longer.
Another fabulous, actually beyond fabulous, restaurant we decided to check out was Maui Brick Oven, in Kihei Maui Hawaii. Oh my goodness, the gluten free items were too many to count. Especially because it is a 100% gluten free restaurant! Guy Fieri filmed Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives from Maui Brick Oven in April 2017. I notified the owner Terry and did my own little feature of his restaurant. Be sure to look at the feature I did on another spot on my blog under ‘Restaurants’ (Just click on this link to take in all of the gluten free deliciousness!) http://unexpecteddiscoveries.com/2018/06/06/maui-brick-oven You don’t want to miss the in-depth menu items and photos! The food, as well as the sweet and attentive family service, was spectacular! Check out the gluten free pizza…..
We had heard about Turtle Beach, where Green Sea Turtles swim up to the sandy beach and then crawl up and along for a little R&R on the sand. These next images are from Turtle Beach at Ho’okipa Beach Park on Maui which is not a very long drive from Lahaina at all. There was a lot of amateur surfing going on as well which was fun to watch.
Apparently the turtles do this every day around 4:30 and snooze! They are probably exhausted from being on high alert to avoid Tiger Sharks! They use their flippers to flip up sand on their shell, I guess to stay a little cooler. Did you have a pet turtle as a kid? Remember the smell of the small tank? Multiple that a few times!! But still super cool to see so up close and personal! Hawaii has a $100,000 fine if you touch a turtle in or out of the water! Guess what, no one was petting the turtles!!
The Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft-serve frozen dessert sold only at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Hawaii! It’s gluten free as well as diary free. I didn’t discover this until our last day. Probably was a good thing! Boy it was yummy!
Another fun Hawaii treat is Shave Ice, not ‘Shaved’ but ‘Shave’. It is part of the Hawaiian culture and is fabulous. Gluten Free AND Dairy Free. This was 1/2 strawberry and 1/2 watermelon and mighty tasty.
This is a world famous tree! It’s the Lahaina Banyan Tree. The roots descend or sprout from the branches into aerial roots towards the ground where they form new trunks. This results in growth of many trunks around the main trunk. This tree takes up over half an acre and is 145 years old! It is the largest banyan tree in all of Hawaii as well as the Mainland. The tree was originally planted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. The banyan tree provides nice shade for the local artisan fairs held 36 weekends out of the year.
Be very careful of the sea urchins. We wore our Chaco sandals to be extras safe while walking in the ocean. They are so beautiful to look at though!
This was our view for days on end! What a blessing to soak it all in. Such beauty every which way you looked. Kate and I ran out of time to do everything that was on our list. We wanted time to relax as well, but I think we still squeezed in an awful lot of fun things in between relaxing! Not to mention the wonderful gluten free foods! I highly recommend Maui. Can’t wait to go back!
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