Hawaii Mom Blog: Adventures in Maui for 7 Hours




October 30, 2014

Adventures in Maui for 7 Hours

One of the many awesome things about living in Hawaii is that life on each of the islands is so different and all it takes is a short plane ride to experience something new and different.  My friend and I decided it would be super fun to take the day off from work, drop off our kiddos at school and hop on a plane to Maui and be back in time for dinner.

What could you possibly do just in one day you ask?  Well, we did lots on the Valley isle.  After we picked up our car, we drove along the incredibly scenic upcountry route to Kula Country Farms.  The farms are run by a local fourth generation farming family.  We were right in time to visit their pumpkin patch and view the giant sunflowers.  We also picked up some mouthwatering strawberry jams and pineapple butter but we had to relinquish them to TSA agents at the airport since we didn't check-in any luggage.  A very hard lesson learned.

Our next stop was to the Alii Kula Lavender Farm where the scent of lavender could be smelled from our car.  Unfortunately the lavender wasn't in bloom, but the farm was alive with beautiful protea and hydrangea and we enjoyed taking in the amazing views.  After getting winded from walking around the farm, we took a little break to enjoy the beautiful view while munching on delicious lavender scones and lavender iced tea.

I've heard about the famous cream puffs from T. Komoda Store and Bakery so we made our way to Makawao to check them out.  Not only did the cream puffs from the small town grocery store not disappoint, but their glazed donut sticks and long johns were also very yummy.  We spent a little time walking along the road and visiting the shops, but we took a cue from our stomachs and headed for lunch.

A friend, originally from Maui, recommended lunch at the Hali'imaile General Store.  It's one of Maui's top restaurants located in the town of Haliimaile.  When we got there, it was buzzing with patrons but we were seated right away.  Since we were on vacation, albeit for the day, we started off with cocktails which were just what we needed to kick start an awesome lunch.  My friend ordered the crab and rock shrimp cake over spinach salad which she loved and I ate my entire all American Kobe Cheeseburger...and fries.  We were stuffed, but we made room to share the rustic apple tart with caramel drizzle.  The service was excellent, efficient and friendly.  We had a great time sharing girl talk over rock star cocktails and delicious food.  

We finished lunch about an hour before we had to be at the airport so we made one more stop.  I hear you cannot visit Maui without making a stop at Stillwell's Bakery.  Believe me, I tried.  When I was creating the itinerary, we were short on time and so I had sacrificed the bakery.  Upon hearing this, I got incredulous looks from both my coworker and husband.  But now that I have sampled a famous Stillwell's cream horn, I now understand the hype.  The flakey pastry is amazing and the cream is sandwiched between just the right amounts of chocolate.  It is wonderful.  Sad to say, there is nothing quite like it on Oahu.  They sell them frozen, but I recommend the fresh ones if you can buy them close to your flight time.

We had the best 7 hours on Maui and it was just what we needed to revive and recharge ourselves to take on our Mommy duties full force back on Oahu.  I highly recommend a minimum of 7 hours on Maui to any Mom...oh, and bring me back a cream horn please.  :D          

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