Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wailea, Maui

For the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, we decided to relax on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. We have stayed at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa many times before and really liked the location.

After we landed at Kahului Airport on Wednesday, November 14, we stopped by at Da Kitchen for lunch. Da Kitchen features interesting Hawaiian dishes like Loco Moco. I liked my Teriyaki Chicken, and Inna enjoyed her "Loco Moco", but but Alex did not like his hamburger.

On the way to our hotel, we stopped by at the local Costco to pick up beach chairs, snacks, water, and food, and then drove to Wailea Beach Marriott. We checked in and relaxed a while in our room.

For dinner, we dined at Mala Restaurant in Marriott. The food there is average (not anything exceptional) and a bit expensive. Mala is conveniently located at Marriott, but better food can be found elsewhere.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The next day, we spent playing on the water slides and on the nearby beach.

Alex had lot of fun going down the slide!

For dinner, we drove to Kihei, and had dinner at the Cafe O'Lei. Cafe O'Lei serves a variety of dishes, including Sushi. We were not very hungry, so we order a few Sushi rolls.

Friday, November 16, 2012

On Friday, we had breakfast the Mala Restaurant in Wailea.

We spent the rest of the day on the beautiful beach across from Grand Wailea Resort & Spa.

For lunch, we walked to the nearby Four Seasons Hotel and ate at Ferraro's Bar and Restaurant. Ferraro's has some of the best lunch fare in Wailea. It's fairly expensive but so delicious. Whenever we could afford it, we would always eat here for lunch.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

On Saturday,  we decided to go parasailing on Kaanapali Beach. We chose West Maui Parasailing as the company supplying the boats and parachutes.

After parasailing, we went to explore the grounds of the nearby Grand Hyatt Kaanapali. Grand Hyatt is located directly on Kaanapali beach and has a wonderful swim up bar, caves, and black swans.

We looked at the restaurants at Grand Hyatt, but did not like any. Instead, we decided to go to Whaler's Village and eat lunch at the Hula Grill. At Hula Grill, one sits with feet directly on sand, so it feels likes eating on the beach. The food and drinks at Hula Grill was quite good.

After lunch, we spent the rest of our time, enjoying the beach and the wonderful sunset.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

On the next day,  I enrolled Alex in Surfing Lessons with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy in Lahaina, Maui. Alex's instructor, "tanned" Dan would teach Alex to surf for two hours, from 10:00am - noon.

Alex had a wonderful time learning to surf. Dan was really helpful in teaching Alex how to getup and stand on the surfboard. Dan also helped to push Alex onto a wave. Alex had a great time, and thought that surfing was easy.

After surfing, Alex was rather hungry, and we decided to eat in downtown Lahaina, in Kimo's Restaurant.The salads were fresh and yummy, the dessert was especially wonderful.

After lunch, we strolled around downtown Lahaina and then went back to Kaanapali beach for more water fun. Alex got to do more boogie-boarding on Kaanapali beach and we got to relax in the sand, listen to nearby band play, and enjoy the beautiful Maui sunset.

We made reservations at the Pacific'O Restaurant for dinner. The meals at Pacific'O were very good and we enjoyed the ocean view. Nearby, a Laui was going (the Feast at Lele) and we could see the dancers gently swaying to Hawaiian music. We would have liked to seen the Feast at Lele in person, but it seemed rather expensive.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The next day we spent all day on Grand Wailea Beach. Alex boogie-boarded on the beach and built some sand castles.

After the beach, we went to enjoy the wonderful pools of our Marriott hotel. The sunset on Maui are fantastic!

We played a little bit of ping pong and Inna beat everyone, including Alex and Boris!

For dinner, we decided to go to the Ko Restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani. We had our honeymoon at Kea Lani (before Fairmont purchased and renovated the hotel), and wanted to recall our moments there.

Ko Restaurant is very expensive but the food and its presentation was truly outstanding.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On  Tuesday, I checked the weather forecast and noted that 15-20 knots of wind was expected on Maui's North Shore. I drove to Hi-Tech Sports Surf Sports Maui and rented windsurfing gear, including a Quatro board and a 5'3" Ezzy Wave sail with a skinny Ezzy mast. I drove to Kanaha beach, rigged the sail and went windsurfing.

There were a few people out on windsurfing boards and kites. The wind was very up and down. When I got farther out off shore, the wind picked up a lot! The wind was extremely gusty - one minute it was blowing 25 knots and another minute it was 5 knots. Ocean swells were not very big; they felt more like large bumps (aka bump'n jump) rather than waves. Unfortunately, the wind died after an hour but I had a few good runs, so I was happy.

Later, I returned to the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and made reservations toe at the famous Mama's Fish House on the North Shore. This was definitely one of the highlights of our Maui vacation, as it was definitively the best restaurant on Maui! All of the dishes were exquisitely prepared and we enjoyed them immensely.