Maui: Day 5 & 6

Click here to read about days 1 & 2 and here to read about days 3 & 4 in Maui!

Day 5 – Tuesday, April 7

We started our second last day in Maui off with a hike on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail. When I was googling hiking and trail running in Maui this was one trail that came up over and over again and our hike on it definitely showed me why!

The entrance to this trail was a good hour drive from our condo so we left at about 8am to head over there as we wanted to be on the trail before 10am.

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Unfortunately it was a misty/rainy morning so not the best time to hike this trail as some of our beautiful views were obscured by the mist and we couldn’t see a single thing at the top. It was still a fun hike though!

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It was a super muddy, slippery and wet trail. I would NOT attempt this trail without proper footwear! You climb 2,500 feet over 2.25 – 2.5 miles and it’s pretty technical. It’s definitely not a simple stroll. I couldn’t believe it when we were coming back down and saw a woman in Toms heading up!

I slipped once or twice and ended up with a muddy backside and hands!

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If you are into hiking this trail is a must do while in Maui! It took us just under 2.5 hours to do the 4.5 mile / 8ish km round trip hike.

Click here for more photos & details about our experience on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail!

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After the hike we had our first shaved ice experience. Soooo yummy and it totally hit the spot!!

We then met up with Solana, her husband and Candice at Coconuts Fish Cafe in Kihei for fish taco’s! Wow, what a busy place, we waited a good 40 minutes for our food but the time passed quickly since we were visiting and Solana promised it would be worth the wait and it totally was. So so yummy.

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After a fun lunch Eric and I headed to the Maui Brewery!

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We enjoyed a flight of tasters which included some different flavours like pineapple beer and coconut beer. We then each had a pint before getting a growler of the “Mana Wheat” to take back to our condo! Mana Wheat was a pineapple flavoured beer that we both really enjoyed.

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We enjoyed a quiet meal in and lots of beer for our very last night in Maui! We spent one last night eating on the lanai while overlooking the beautiful ocean. So perfect.

Day 6 – Wednesday, April 8 

We started our last day off with another run on the nearby Kapalua Coastal Trail!

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Click here to read more details and see more photos about the Kapalua Coastal Trail!

After our run I finally decided I was GOING to get my pancakes from The Gazebo Restaurant down the beach (remember I tried the first day and the line was crazy!) so I phoned and ordered takeout and brought the delicious banana pineapple macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup back to our condo to eat on the lanai. Sooooo good!

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After the run and breakfast I drove Eric to a tattoo shop as he was getting a tattoo the last morning we were there. I then went back to our condo to get it all cleaned up and get us checked out. One thing I will say is that in the future if we have a late night flight (our flight wasn’t until 9pm) out of somewhere we will likely just pay for the extra night at our accommodations. Our last full day in Maui felt a little rushed and exhausted without a ‘home base’ and I think it would be worth the extra money to have another full relaxing day before catching a late flight home! That was my takeaway anyways.

Eric’s tattoo turned out awesome! He has always talked about getting one in Hawaii one day so I’m really glad he did.

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After picking him up with that tattoo shop we decided we were going to drive inland and check out the Maui Winery. The photos I took really do not do justice to how BEAUTIFUL this drive was. It was so lush and green and stunning. I can’t even fully describe it but it’s worth the trip if you’re ever in Maui. It’s also at the beginning (or end depending on which direction you go) of the Road to Hana.

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The pineapple wine was soooo yummy. We brought a bottle home with us and have already drank it. If you ever see this wine and you like delicious and sweet fruit wine definitely pick up a bottle!

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Click here for more photos & details about our experience at the Maui Winery!

We finished up our trip to Maui with dinner at The Fish Market and beers on a patio in Paia!

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What an amazing and special trip we had. So so grateful for every moment. We’re already brainstorming when we can get back to Maui. It has completely stolen our hearts and we are just grateful we’ve traveled other places already because we don’t think we’ll ever want to spend money traveling somewhere else again!

10 Responses

  1. That is awesome that you guys fell so much in love with Maui. These posts definitely make me want to visit some day! I just wish it wasn’t such a loooong flight from the Midwest! But I know it would be worth all the travel (and really, it’s probably not that much further than Europe, it just seems like a U.S. state shouldn’t be THAT far away!).

  2. Katrina says:

    Eeeeek I loved reading the Maui recaps!! I LOVVVVVE it there, I was telling Steve that’s where he can find me and the girls this/next winter while I’m on mat leave lol The first time we went it was a week and then the second was two weeks… never seems long enough!

  3. Stephany says:

    What a wonderful vacation for the two of you! And loving it so much that you just want to keep going back. Isn’t always so satisfying to find a place like that? That’s how I feel about cruising. It’s the only way I want to vacation because it makes me so happy!

  4. That’s an amazing tattoo! I’m guessing it’s his first? They are quite addictive, if he took the pain ok I bet it won’t be his last. Great design, the artist did an amazing job.

    What a fun vacation! all of the sights and events seemed to be right in line with what you guys like to do. So fun.

    • MissAmber says:

      His second! But both tattoo’s have happened in 2015 and he has a third one scheduled for June (then his wife is telling him to slow down on the tattoo’s haha) so ya definitely already a little addicted 😉

  5. You guys are having such a wonderful vacation 🙂 That’s awesome that Eric got a tattoo in Hawaii. The brewery sounds like my kind of place!

  6. San says:

    Your whole trip looks truly amazing! Wonderful pictures and you guys were able to “fit so much in”!

  7. Shoshanah says:

    I absolutely love fish tacos, so a 40 minute wait for them looks delicious! I’ve never actually been to Hawaii, but have always wanted to go, and your posts are making me want to make that happen ASAP!

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  9. Heidi says:

    Hey Amber – We are planning a trip to Hawaii for next year and I reviewed your posts to get some recommendations. Would you mind sharing what condo you stayed in? Looks lovely!!

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