Back in Action…Hawaii Recap

So, I am back in action over here, although still pretty exhausted from our travel home from Hawaii yesterday.  We left Maui at 7:30 pm, flew to Honolulu, and then flew direct from Honolulu back to NJ.  It wasn’t the worst flight back, but red eyes always mess me up for a few days and naturally we are a little off due to the time change in Hawaii.

Hawaii was simply the best.  It was by far one of my favorite trips.  We tried to enjoy every second that we had there and enjoyed following my planned itinerary after making it out before the crazy blizzard!  We were initially supposed to fly out on Saturday morning from NJ direct to Honolulu and then Honolulu to Maui.  Our flight got cancelled, as I was on my way out the door to work on Friday.  I had a feeling this was going to happen, so I was incessantly calling United every night from Wednesday until Friday, with no luck getting anyone on the phone! On Thursday night, I literally sat on hold for 2.5 hours and finally gave up because I had to go to bed!  Thankfully we were able to schedule a flight out of JFK to get us to LAX on Friday night and then over to Maui the following morning.  While Friday was absolutely insane, we were glad we got out on time!

I, initially, planned to blog from Hawaii, but I decided last minute to not bring my laptop after realizing how much I had to carry.  I also had to finish packing for Dan and meet him at JFK with all of our bags.  Needless to say, my laptop did not make the cut!  I already blogged about the beginning of our trip, so here is a little recap of the rest of our days spent in Hawaii.

I was fortunate to get some local advice from one of my doctors who grew up in Hawaii and she recommended that we try Koiso Sushi.  It was honestly insane.  It was a little hole in the wall sushi restaurant with only a few seats.  You have to make a reservation in advance because it is so popular amongst the locals.  I can honestly say it was the BEST sushi I have ever had in my life.  It made us so very excited for our trip to Japan in April.

We also went to Kimo’s in Lahaina, which was also very yummy.  If you are going to Kimo’s be sure to request to sit on the deck and plan your dinner right before sunset.  It is a beautiful sunset.  They roll back the roof as the sun starts setting, so it is a great spot to watch the sun go down.  The following night, we went back to Lahaina for The Feast at Lele.  The Feast at Lele is one of the Luau options in Maui, and I am so glad we decided to spend a little extra on this one.  You should probably starve yourself the day of the feast, as you will get tons of food and unlimited drinks!  They have courses from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa.  All of the food was delicious and while you were eating, they performed a traditional dance from that area.  I loved that we got our own table and the food was table service, as opposed to the buffet that most luaus have.  It would be great for a night during your honeymoon or a fun night with family.  I highly recommend it!  Friday night we ate in Paia, an adorable town you go through on your way to Mama’s.  We ate at the Fish Market, which was really yummy and the most affordable dinner we had the entire trip. One thing to remember is that Hawaii is seriously expensive.  I was glad we chose to do Belize for our Honeymoon after paying so much for our wedding.  It was nice to have my expenses paid by my work while in Hawaii.

In addition to the restaurants, Dan and I also went to the spa at the Grand Wailea one day and did the Road to Hana a different day.  The spa was amazing.  Before our massages we got to do 1 hr of Terme, which is also known as hydrotherapy.  It was awesome. The spa was huge and there were several different rooms for the hydrotherapy.  My personal favorite was the 5 baths of Maui.  They had 5 different tubs which different purposes that you could try, some were for relaxation, water retention, calmness, etc.  They also had this great waterfall shower that you sat in backwards and it massaged your neck and shoulders.  There was also a traditional jacuzzi room with a cold soak and a traditional Japanese Spa room.  It was awesome and so relaxing and a great start to our massages that followed.

We initially did not plan on doing the Road to Hana, but then we decided we may never get the opportunity to come back to Hawaii and we rented our red Jeep, so we decided to go for it!  I am so glad we did.  It was amazing.  It felt long, but there was so much to look at that it made it more manageable.  We used the GyPsy app, as recommended by our friend Dana, which highlighted specific areas to stop and provided all of the Hawaiian history on our journey back.  It made our journey much more fun!  The only thing we didn’t get to do was seeing the sunrise at Haleakala.  If we had one more day, we probably would have done this.

We finished our trip with lunch at Monkeypod, which was also so good.  I had tuna poke tacos and garlic truffle fries- YUM!  My favorite beer from our trip was the Kihei Kolsch and my favorite drink was the Lava Flow!  Before heading to the airport we went to Ululani’s to get the Hawaiian shaved ice–the lilikoi is the absolute best!  We went to watch the whales for a little while longer and then turned in the Jeep and headed back to NJ.

All in all it was a great trip!  Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or would like recommendations.

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

Black Sand Beach

One of our favorite stops on the Road to Hana, a black sand beach at Wai’anapanapa State Park!

 

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