Maui Travel Guide

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A couple weeks ago, I was able to go to Maui for a few days to see my friends Tom and Ivette get married. They had the most beautiful ceremony at Gannons in Maui, overlooking the ocean. Since my friends were getting married, I was able to add a couple days to the trip and make it a fun vacation. I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite places that you need to visit if you’re in Maui!

WHERE TO STAY

Days Inn – This was one of the cheapest hotel options on the island and the hotel itself isn’t the greatest. The rooms are SUPER small. However, it’s right on the ocean. The location in Kihei is great, you can walk or uber around. It’s nice because you can just walk right outside your room and be on the beach. There are also two restaurants right outside so if you want to grab a quick bite you can.

Four Seasons Maui – If you can afford this, stay here. The Four Seasons is huge and incredibly beautiful. Highly recommend if you can afford it!

AirBnb – Most of my friends got airbnb’s for this trip. They all said it was the most affordable option and a lot of them really enjoyed their stay. One of the Airbnb hosts even cooked some fresh banana bread for my friend!

WHERE TO EAT

Piko Cafe – Don’t be fooled by this little hole in the wall at a strip mall. Piko Cafe had THE BEST Loco Moco I had all trip, and trust that I tried quiet a few places. This is a local spot, our Uber driver was very impressed that we had actually heard about it. That’s when you know it’s good. Definitely come here for breakfast.

Kihei Caffe – Such a fun brunch spot. Go early because they always have a line, and for good reason. The food here is delish and they have so many options!

Thai Food by Pranee – If you do Road to Hana definitely stop here for lunch. OMG. Literally some of the best Thai Food I’ve ever had. And be forewarned, their spicy is SPICY.

WHAT TO DO

Four Seasons Maui Spa – I was able to get a lymphatic drainage massage oceanside on the first day of my trip. It was much needed and honestly one of the best massages I’ve ever gotten. Definitely pay the extra $20 for oceanside service. It’s so relaxing to hear the waves crashing as you drift off into relaxation.

Old Lahaina Luau – This was my second luau ever. I went to one in Oahu a couple of years ago. These are always super fun and a must see if you are visiting Hawaii. It’s great because it’s open bar, amazing buffet food and you get to see a show. Many locals told us the Old Lahaina Luau was the best on the island so I’m glad we were able to go.

Road to Hana – I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really looking forward to doing this because I hate being in the car for long but I’m SO glad I did! Highly recommend renting a convertible for this trip. It’s such a beautiful drive and you get to see some amazing scenes of waterfalls and beaches such as the Black Sand and Red Sand beach.

Maui Travel Guide

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If you guys have been to Maui, I would love to hear what you did in the comments below!

Best Food in Oahu

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I just got back from Oahu a few days ago. Oahu (the island Honolulu is on) is absolutely stunning. The beaches were incredible. Definitely take a trip up to the North Shore if you are there, it has some of the most beautiful beaches around! As a self proclaimed foodie, I love to find authentic and delicious foods anytime¬†I’m traveling. I did my due diligence and stumbled upon some real gems in Oahu. Here were my top three places you must visit!

The Dole Plantation (picture above) – Go. Seriously just go. It’s a tourist spot, but they have the best Dole Whip and roasted nuts. I wish I had gone back multiple times while on my trip. I’m seriously having major cravings for some Dole Whip right about now.

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Koko Head Cafe

Koko Head Cafe is run by Chef Lee Ann Wong, who appeared on Top Chef. This cute little restaurant was packed with a long line when we went. But it was well worth the wait! Everything on their menu sounded absolutely delicious, I wish I could have tried more! I ended up getting the Vanilla Sea Salt Biscuit with their famous Koko Moco, which is their take on the Loco Moco, a traditional Hawaiian dish. Loco Mocos are seriously my new favorite dish. It’s basically rice with beef and gravy topped with an egg. Basically everything I love in the world in one dish. The Koko Moco was great because they used garlic rice which really amped up the flavor. I also love that they served this in a cast iron skillet because it really allows the rice to get crunchy. YUM.

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Moena Cafe

Another spot that I loved was Moena Cafe in Hawaii Kai. Located in a little strip mall, from the outside you wouldn’t think it was anything special, but the inside is incredibly charming. I got their Loco Moco (obviously) with brown rice. Their Loco Moco was quite different than Koko Head’s. This Loco Moco used a much more tender meat that literally just melted in your mouth. This dish was so delicious, I couldn’t get enough.

These were my top food spots in Oahu that I visited during my trip. If you make it out to the island of Oahu, definitely check these spots out! Also, if you’ve ever tried Loco Moco, let me know in the comments below!