7 seats). However, our past 2-3 visits made us think differently. We were able to get away with using an SUV. So that’s what I did. I searched for an SUV with Costco Travel and Discount Hawaii Car Rentals. After a few clicks and comparison, I booked an SUV that will fit the 6 of us.
Once we got our SUV, it was time to eat. Two years ago, we went straight to Da Kitchen in Kahului, a restaurant just right outside the airport. We wanted to try something new. When we left Maui in 2014, right when returned my vehicle, a local braddah suggested that I go to Poi By The Pound when I return. I read up on and saw pictures from this restaurant, and I just had to check it out. It’s also located not far from the airport (located in an industrial area). Within a couple of minutes, we made it.
We only ordered 2 items, but we knew they were going to be huge. We ordered the Hawaiian Plate loaded with Lau Lau, Kalua pork, poke, lomi, chicken long rice, poi, mac salad, and steamed rice.
I saw a local braddah pouring hot sauce over his food. I knew it wasn’t tabasco. I asked what it was. It was Chili Pepper Sauce Water (or something like that). Oh man….I tried it and it was so good when paired with the meat.
The kids also ordered Kalbi Ribs with Kimchi, Mac Salad, Rice and Hawaiian Bread. Aaaaahhhh it was a perfect meal to kick off our arrival on Maui.
The next stop, predictable really, was Costco. It never fails. A Costco stop is a must for us. The Maui store is so conveniently located right outside the airport. We bought a few things that we needed for a few days, but I have a feeling we’d be back again for more.
One more stop before heading to our condo. I saw Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquor….no, not there for the alcohol, but for their wide selection of Poke. Their display refrigerator had the most selections I’ve seen. Arguably, they knew their poke. Of course, I had to “sample” a few pokes. I did get 2 orders – fresh ahi hawaiian style poke and sesame tako (octopus) poke. I’ve been to their store in Lahaina during our trip in 2014, and I knew I had to come back.
Finally, we made our trek to Kihei. It was about 25-mile ride to Kihei. We got to Pacific Shores condo around 5:30pm. It’s your typical condo with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lanai, dinette, full kitchen. What sold me was the bunk bed for the kids. Evan and Caitlin love bunk beds! I didn’t think this was going to make a difference since the last time we stayed on Maui, the condo we rented didn’t have an A/C. But it was breezy and every room had a fan so it kept the place cool. For this vacation, this condo that we rented though had an A/C and boy, what a difference!
After unloading our luggage, the girls decided to stay at the condo, but not the boys. Heck, we’re on Maui. Off to the beach we went. It’s a good thing that the beach was just across the street. We went to Charley Young Beach late in afternoon. Jumped in the water, used the body board provided by the condo, and enjoyed our first afternoon on Maui by swimming during the sunset. It was a perfect way to end this long, and tiring day. Mahalo for following our journey!
|Sunset swim at Charley Young Beach, Kihei|