Aloha! [Maui Part Two]

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 16, 2009

Boy oh boy, a new apartment does not make it easy to connect to the Internet! I apologize for being away for so long, but with the start of my new job – so exciting because I love it! – and lack of access to a wireless signal, it was necessary. Now I’m back and ready to give you a much more detailed recap of the rest of my Maui trip! In a word, it was a incredible.

When I last left you, we had finished the first night of our trip. A lot has happened since then 😉 Our first night in Paia was wonderful, but the best was yet to come. On our first morning in Hawaii, we woke up bright and early and grabbed breakfast at a cute little coffee shop called Anthony’s.


The coffee there was incredible. I had a vanilla latte and was set. I also got a Greek omelette, which was voluminous and fluffy, just the way I like it!


After breakfast, we embarked on our first scenic journey: The Road to Hana. This is a world famous road trip that covers roughly 68 miles and takes about three hours, since the road is very winding and narrow. It passes over 59 bridges (some of them one-lane) and has roughly 620 curves through lush rainforest.


There were several stops along the way where you could get out and look at the ocean over steep cliffs. It was absolutely phenomenal. But perhaps our favorite stop along the way was the Garden of Eden, a botanical garden and arboretum that had some of the most beautiful plant life I have ever seen.


No, the bird from my last post was unfortunately not real, Krista :) But the views were absolutely breathtaking, and my mom and I took plenty of fun pictures!


After our scenic road trip, we returned to Paia for an elegant and scrumptious dinner at Mama’s Fish House.


The food here was absolute perfection. A virtual haven for the taste buds! My mom and I started by ordering some fun drinks – I had a glass of chardonnay.


Then we were served freshly made whole wheat poppysead bread.


Wow again.

We decided to make the most of our time, so we ordered the lobster guacamole to start. It was so creamy and fresh, and the sweet potato chips it was served with tasted like even they were fresh out of the oven! Very impressive.


We also ordered the Haiku Tomato, Maui Onion, Macadamia Nuts and Point Reyes Blue Cheese salad. It was just as fresh and delightful.


For the main dish, I had to go with the Mahimahi stuffed with lobster, crab and Maui onion and baked in a macadamia nut crust. Yeah, say that three times fast :) It would be worth it.


Did I already mention, wow?

We eventually had to give up on account of fullness, but it was worth it for the chance to try so many fantastic flavors. I highly recommend paying Mama’s Fish House a visit if you’re ever in Maui. It sits right on the beach, so you can enjoy a pleasant view out the window.


Here’s a picture of my mom and me after our fantastic meal :)


And so ended night two of our fantastic trip. I couldn’t have asked for a better time with my mom, and more fun was still to come! I will recap the second half of our trip in the third and final installment, which will be sooner rather than later now that the Internet is my friend again :)

Goodnight! Miss you all.


{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 broccolihut July 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Wow, such fabulous pics! Those scenery photos are so gorgeous, they seem unreal!
The food is quite beautiful too–that tomato salad looks especially enticing:)


2 Rebeca July 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I neeeeeeeed Hawaii in my life ASAP.

That salad looks amazing!

You and your mom look so happy! You should continue the tradition if you ever have a child :) Love it!


3 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) July 16, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Omigosh…takes me back to my honeymoon!!! I LOVE Mama’s Fish House! And the road to Hana is both nauseating and gorgeous. You are also one of those…and I don’t need Dramamine to read this blog. 😉


4 buffmuffy July 16, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Looks so beautiful. I’m jealous!


5 Erin July 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm

THat looks BEAUTIFUL Jenn! WOW!


6 Erica July 17, 2009 at 2:24 am

Hawaii is so the best of both worlds- a tropical island vacation while staying in the US…you really can’t get much better. All of the food looks delicious but lobster guacamole ? That sounds just out of this world. Glad you’re back and SUPER glad you’re enjoying your job


7 Lola July 17, 2009 at 3:29 am

Ahhhh such a nostalgic post for me! My grandparents lived in Hawaii for 20+ years…they met there…lived there…and gave birth to all their children there! We would go to their condo in Maui every summer and we NEVER made a trip without at least one dinner at Mama’s Fish House. Simply amaaazing. We saw Willie Nelson there was strange.

You must get a mai tai while you’re in Maui! Also, pog juice is the best (passion fruit, orange, mango). Guava jelly and PB on Hawaiian bread is out of this world. Of course, the Kona Coffee is insanely de-lish..I think it’s the best coffee I’ve had. Hmmmm what else. Our condo is in Kehei, on the other side of the island from Paia, but if you get the chance to travel around the island..Wailea is gorgeous and a really really awesome huge-wave-having beach is in Makena, and it’s called Big Beach. Out in this direction, you can walk around the newest rock formations from the lava flow and it feels like you’re on the moon.

Ok crap…I just realized that you’re already back from Maui, no?? Sorry for just blabbbbinggg but hopefully this info will be helpful for someone else who may be traveling to Maui soon :)

Glad you had a great time!! Aloha!


8 coco July 17, 2009 at 3:40 am

Great pics and so many yummy food!!! :) glad you’re back to the blog world now!


9 Mara @ What's For Dinner? July 17, 2009 at 4:47 am

I’m sooooo jealous!!! I loved Maui, and really wish I had a more detailed photo account of all the food I ate! In any case, I got your postcard yesterday!!! So glad you had a wonderful time :) Love ya girlie!


10 Lauren July 17, 2009 at 5:10 am

Holy cow girl, these pics of your trip are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing them.

Ummm, okay….that mahi mahi!!!! I’m drooling just a little on my keyboard right now. :)

Hope you are well and good luck unpacking and getting situated in the new apartment.

Take care hun!


11 Hangry Pants July 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

Wow everything really is so perfect. It makes you wonder why on earth you don’t live there, right?


12 VeggieGirl July 17, 2009 at 6:20 am

Stunning views and photo of you and Mom!! :-)


13 Emily July 17, 2009 at 6:28 am

Hawaii looks beautiful! So glad you and your mom enjoyed yourselves. Mama’s Fish House sounds fantastic!

Hope the new job is going well!


14 Shelby July 17, 2009 at 6:40 am

I’m officially GREEN with ENVY! 😉


15 carolinebee July 17, 2009 at 6:47 am

Ahhh lobster guac, that is just too much 😀 I cannot wait to hear about Maui and the apt and the jobster!!!


16 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) July 17, 2009 at 6:49 am

Wowwww getting so jealous because I want to go to Hawaii like crazy!! The road to Hana looks BEAUTIFUL!!!

P.S. I vote for an apartment tour! :) I love seeing how others decorate and such.


17 ksgoodeats July 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

Gorgeous views and gorgeous food! Between your recap and Elise’s recap I think I need to get my hiney to Maui!! 😉 Can’t wait for more!

Glad you’re adjusting to your new chapter in the Chi!


18 brandi July 17, 2009 at 7:40 am

everything is so beautiful!!!

and I’m glad to hear that you’re loving the new job 😉 can’t wait to see more of the trip!


19 Allison July 17, 2009 at 7:50 am

Lobster guacamole??? That sounds amazing! Such a cute pic of you and your momma – what a fabulous trip! :)


20 jenngirl July 17, 2009 at 7:51 am

Glad you’re getting settled in the new apartment, I loved your recap!

Everything looks beautiful and incredible, can’t wait to see more :)


21 ttfn300 July 17, 2009 at 7:56 am

wow, that meal looks amazing!! and gorgeous… i really need to get to hawaii sometime in my life :)


22 TorontoGirloutWest July 17, 2009 at 8:02 am

Lobster Guacamole!?!? Am. Az. Ing.

😮 I’m jealie!!


23 Melissa S. July 17, 2009 at 8:27 am

Lots and lots of fun!!! Makes me want to go back asap!


24 Jess July 17, 2009 at 8:46 am

I was in Oahu last fall and really want to go back to Hawaii sometime soon! I love all your beautiful pictures!


25 Amanda (My Summerizations) July 17, 2009 at 9:05 am

that food looks delicious jenn! the fish dish sounds like something i would order too! glad you’re loving your new job :)


26 elise July 17, 2009 at 9:32 am

mamas is so $$$, but boy is it good :)

the hana highway did make me a bit nauseous though!


27 Rose July 17, 2009 at 9:35 am

Such a gorgeous place with such great food! Oh, how I want to go there!

Hope the internet is hooked up for you guys soon!


28 Bec July 17, 2009 at 9:38 am

wow all the food looks amazing, what a great trip with your mom!


29 janetha July 17, 2009 at 11:29 am

amazing sights, amazing eats!


30 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 17, 2009 at 11:38 am

Mama’s Fish House looks AMAZING! Beautiful scenery! i have got to get to Maui!


31 glidingcalm July 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm

So much fun!!! And what amazing and FRESH food!!!


32 Alison July 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm

How beautiful! I love pictures of the ocean. Especially rocky shores.
Love that omelette too.


33 Brittany July 17, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Both the views and the food look absolutely gorgeous. I think I need to plan a trip to Maui right now!! :)

Glad your back ms. bender – I’ve been missing you!


34 WholeBodyLove July 17, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Now that is some gorgeous food! It’s wonderful to have such a great relationship with your mom. You two look like you’re having a fabulous time!


35 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) July 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Oh man isn’t the Hana Road AMAAAAZING??? And nauseating? Haha, totally worth it though. The black sand was TOO cool. So glad you got to feast on amazing seafood!


36 CaSaundra July 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Both the food and the scenery are equally gorgeous! You so deserved this trip!!!


37 Emily July 17, 2009 at 6:33 pm

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES! Looks like so much fun!


38 Jenny July 17, 2009 at 6:40 pm

if you weren’t the sweetest girl ever i would totally be bitter and spiteful towards you after seeing what an amazing trip you had! those pictures are breathtaking!


39 karla522 July 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Wow! Your trip looks AMAZING so far Jenn! Can’t wait to hear about the rest.

The beach and wildlife photos are beautiful! I’ve never seen whole wheat poppy seed bread before. Sounds delicious!


40 Marianne July 17, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Macadamia nut crusted anything sounds amazing :)


41 Lara (Thinspired) July 18, 2009 at 4:07 pm

LOBSTER GUAC?! That really IS Heaven on Earth!!
Beautiful photos, I’m so glad you have internet again so we can take part :)


42 Danica July 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I LOVE Maui!!! Fantastic pictures and food too! LOVE the pic of you and your mom.


43 gina (fitnessista) July 19, 2009 at 8:43 am

what beautiful pictures! so glad you had a wonderful time– what a great idea to vacay with madre bender to celebrate graduating 😀
hope you’re having a fabulous weekend my friend 😀


44 MarathonVal July 20, 2009 at 11:00 am

Wow, those photos are stunning!!!! What a beautiful place. I’m also loving the lobster guacamle!


45 javakit July 21, 2009 at 7:21 am

I am amazed….it looks so beautiful and I love the food pics too!


46 Katie July 21, 2009 at 10:17 am

Absolutely breathtaking!


47 SHE-FIT July 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Looks like you are having a great time! Love the pictures!


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