Maui (Part 2) – Things to Do In Maui

Maui (Part 2) – Things to Do In Maui

Maui (Part 2) – Things to Do In Maui

The grounds at the Westin in Kaanapali are amazing. The entire lobby opens to a central garden and an area so large that there are cranes and flamingos camped out in them!

And of course the pool area is amazing and the water slides are a great way to pass the time.

Situated on the beach, the hotel is walking distance to the famous Black Rock Beach beach known for amazing snorkeling and fun for the whole family.

As you swim out around the edge of the reef, the waves did pick up a bit but were still calm enough as to not be crashing on the rocks (which we also eventually decided to climb and jump off of)!

The beaches south of Black Rock Beach seem well suited for catching come some nice long breaks  – especially in the early morning hours. It all just looked so perfect on my morning walks over to the local coffee place each morning. I definitely need to make it a point to spend more time in the water and on the board on my next visit back!

Activities Around the Island

Later in the morning, we decided it was time to head out and explore the Road to Hana….

The Road to Hana

Alright. Be prepared to spend the better part of your day in a car –  this is a really long road. And if you want to make this trip right, consider packing a cooler full of ice and chilled drinks to make this drive more enjoyable. This might also be that one time where the kids will need something to occupy them.

There are several waterfalls and super scenic things to see along the way.

Near the end of the road we came to a black sand beach.

The West Maui Loop

Alternatively, the drive around West Maui Loop was just as amazing if not more so IMO. This may have been due to the fact that the West Maui Loop is better suited for cycling given lighter traffic and roads that can only be driven at low speeds.

Did I mention that views of Haleakala were staring me down along the drive? It was both awesome and a bit stressful both at the same time. My one big thought was, “Am I going to make the climb all the way to the top?”

It was time to do a scouting run…

The Road To The Top of Haleakala

The drive up and down took almost 4 hours. The math was not working out in mind – if it took that long to drive, how long would it take to ride?! It was cool to see all the switchbacks for myself for the first time. We were literally driving up through the clouds. The weather must have changed half a dozen times as we went up in elevation. The terrain around us faded from luscious green foliage to volcanic rock covered desert and the temperature also dropped pretty fast. By the time we drove to 8,000 feet it felt as though we were on a martian planet.

We braved the winds despite our lack of warm clothing (I was still in my board shorts) to capture the unbelievable views of this:

I did not expect to see volcanos within the volcano but that’s exactly what this was. To see this at over 8,000 feet was pretty unreal.

And to think that just in a day or two I would be riding up to and past the exact same spot!

Places to Eat

What better way to not over stress about this big ride than to enjoy a great meal? Here are the places that we went to that this whole family absolutely loved.

Kono’s in Maui

The patio dining and the view overlooking the water and neighboring island from Kono’s are perfect. They had a decent menu for the kids and the surf and turf was pretty legit.

Even if you don’t come for the food, this would be a great place to grab some refreshments and drinks and to catch the sunset.

Star Noodle

This is my favorite place to dine on the island. The noodle and the whole trendy Asian food scene is really pleasant and enjoyable. I only wish there more time to try everything on the menu!

Ululani’s Shaved Ice

Hawaiian shaved ice in Hawaii. Check.

Next Up, Cycle to the Sun….

I had to turn in for an early start the next day!

2 Replies to “Maui (Part 2) – Things to Do In Maui”

  1. Hello ,

    I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!

    I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
    I have even created an Instagram account for them ( ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Keep up the good work on your blog.


    1. Hi Wiki,

      Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter and for your positive feedback on the blog!

      Your cats are adorable! What a great pair they make! They look super playful!

      I am definitely looking forward to spending more time on the bike and on the trails with my dog Milo. He’s turned out to be a great trail dog. I’ll have a blog post with more pictures and stories of Milo in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

      Best wishes to you and Tammy and Yommo in 2018!


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