Maui mixed plate

If you are considering a trip to the island in the near future here are some lessons we learned the hard way, and/or hidden gems we discovered during our trip to Maui.
Feeding a family of 4 on vacation in an exotic island can be expensive.

We learned this the first time around.  We did the usual tourist attractions during our first visit in 2008, so we knew what to expect and avoid.  We knew that we did not want to attend a Luau again.  We knew to stay away from the fancy schmancy places.

The first thing we did on our way to our hotel was to stop by the local Safeway in Lahaina.  This is my favorite grocery on the planet!  What makes this particular store special?  I would like to submit the following into evidence:

Exhibit A- Ahi Poke from Safeway
(with avocado) 

Exhibit B - Ahi Poke from Safeway.
(w/onion and seaweed)

The hunk and I were good for the next couple of days. Cost for 1 lb. of ahi poke $10+

We also liked the concept of a "mixed" plate - 2 scoops of steamed rice, macaroni salad and a combination of grilled chicken or beef, Kalua pork, or fried fish.  We found ourselves going back to this place almost every day.  Cost for 2 mixed plates to go: $25+ (not bad for a family of 4!)

Exhibit C- Aloha Mixed Plate. 

As for the kids, they loved the grilled chicken teriyaki from Aloha Plate.  I am partial to the Kalua Pork.  Pure bliss.

One of the magazines we looked at when we were planning for out trip listed Honokowai Okazuya as the place to go for local food.  It is definitely a "hole-in-the-wall" and best for take out. 

Exhibit D - Honokowai Okazuya.  

You have to try their Broiled Salmon.  The hunk in my life tried it and has been raving about it since.  Hokowai has their own version of chicken BBQ (dubbed "Korean style") which the kids loved.  Cost for Salmon and Chicken takeout order: $30+

The Road to Hana is paved with many interesting sights

We ventured out to Hana (made it half the way before everyone got cranky and we turned back).  One hour into the trup we stopped by a place called Garden of Eden. 
Nothing in life prepared us for it.  It was like a scene from Jurassic Park.  Wait!  They did film portions of Jurassic Park in this particular area.

Remember the helicopter scene?  The one where it is headed towards the island...?  It was shot coming from the opposite direction of this picture (going towards us).  Have I confused you enough?

There were a lot of hidden gems --- like this waterfalls nestled in a small area covered by foilage.  Blink and you will miss it.  You hardly know it is there.  If you miss the 20 or so signs announcing its location.  The best thing is that the Garden of eden is also host to peacocks, and other birds.  The kids kept wanting to feed the birds.
If you're visiting Maui anytime soon, make sure to include these places on your list! 


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