Maui has quickly become one of my favorite travel destinations.
And not just because we’ve got awesome friends on the island we love visiting.
Maui’s got great restaurants, hiking trails, friendly farms and gorgeous views (like the one of the sunrise at Haleakala above) that make any excuse to travel here a good one.
So when I got a writing assignment on the Valley Isle, I took it — and packed in a weekend of eating, hiking and cruising.
The only downside is, at some point, I gotta come home.
Here’s what the first part of the trip looked like:
As soon as we arrived on Maui on Friday, we visited a start-up farm in Kula on the slopes of Haleakala. This farm is going to utilize aquaponics — the integration of aquaculture and hydroponics — to grow a variety of veggies. We lucked out with the weather, too. It was a balmy 70 degrees during the day in Kula.
After visiting the farm, we headed to Makawao to stay with some friends — and immediately went to dinner at Makawao Steak House on Baldwin Avenue. This popular steakhouse started as a six-table restaurant in Makawao more than 10 years ago. Now it’s turned into a full-service restaurant and catering company with locations in Kihei, Kahului and Waiehu.
Next stop: surf check at the world-famous Hookipa Beach. It was Saturday and the break was crowded (though windy). But it was still fun to watch surfers take off on shoulder-high sets — and wish we had brought our boards.
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