I’ve got some more photos to share courtesy of Blainey – Fluid’s official “staff photographer”.
First I have to tell you, we have been eating like the big Kamehameha himself.
Our first day on the island Blainey and I found an awesome farmers market near the airport. We scored fresh pineapple, papaya, avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini and eggplant (which we later grilled) fresh herbs and a cherimoya – a weirdly sweet and creamy fruit. We chopped and ate a fresh pineapple almost every day with lunch (did I mention in my earlier post the rum soaked pineapple upside down cake?).
At another market in north Kihei we found fresh young coconuts (with meat so soft you could scoop it out with a plastic spoon). A cute hippe chick wielding a machete takes a few whacks at the top of the coconut, sticks a straw in and off you go. They also sold banana bread and coconut candy (I went back more than once to this place). At the ABC store we found some local Kona coffee, Hana Bay Rum for Mai Tais and Laura scored a screaming deal on chocolate covered macadamia nuts.
Most grocery stores carry several varieties of poke, a cold sushi like salad of ahi tuna mixed with any variety of onions, garlic, avocado, hot peppers, wasabi, soy sauce and seaweed. Our favorite was shoyu poke. Here is an easy recipe,
Also delicious was the lomi lomi salmon, a mix of chopped tomato, onion and salted salmon. We were inspired by the kalua pork at the Luau and tried a haole style crock pot version that turned out really yummy. I used my friend Mark’s super easy recipe. You cook a pork butt for most of the day (or if you want to get the jump on it start it the night before) with a spice mix of your choice. We used brown sugar, garlic, onion, cayenne, salt, pepper, and a cup of ginger ale (beer would probably work as well). After it is done and you have shredded the pork and pulled the fat toss in a cup or so of bbq sauce and serve. Ono baby!
Speaking of living like kings. Who doesn’t love a massage outdoors? As Kathy put it “There is nothing like opening your eyes after a massage and seeing blue skies and the moon coming up”. We have been outside as much as possible, eating meals on the lanai, outdoor yoga and Pilates classes and massages.
More massage relaxation shots. ahhhhh….Hawaii.
We saw (and most mornings heard) every kind of bird from songbirds to hummingbirds in the backyard. Anybody know what this guy is called?
For such a laid back group we managed to pack in quite a list of activities – three long bike rides for the guys, one big group hike, Pilates and yoga classes, massages, hot tub time and the occasional pub crawl (hey this was a stress relief vacation not a fast).
Tuesday Dan and George went for a bike ride and us ladies hit the art gallery at the Grand Wailea. They had mostly local artists work on display.
We saw Chihuly Glass and paintings (who knew he did both?)
We didn’t know it, but Dan was taking in some culture as well. Here are a few shots took along the Kahekili Highway:
Our last day we tried stand up paddle.
We tried surfing but Dan was more successful than I was. I preferred the calm waters past the breakers. We saw several sea turtles out here. They came up for air, floated around and waved at us and hung out for a minute before heading back underwater.
Dan catching a wave. Cowabunga dude.
Ok birds, geckos, sea turtles, I just realized I haven’t mentioned the whales yet. We are here in February – whale season – and up until now I had never seen them from shore. On the way to Lahaina for the Luau several people in the car claimed to see them (I was of course focused solely on the road). They seem be especially frisky right before sunset (the whales, not our group).
Several nights we headed down to the beach around 5:30/ 6 and caught whales playing maybe 200 feet offshore. Pretty cool.
Our group has been here in Maui for a few days now and I wanted to share some photos of some of the cool things we have done do far. I arrived a day before my group and went straight to the beach – Kamaole III right by our house. There were two locals on Stand Up Paddle boards and they let me try it out. I didn’t fall in once!
Saturday was a big day. My buddy Leah who lives here on the island took us to the Lavender farm near Kulu and led us on a killer hike up the mountain.
We made it up to the edge of the eucalyptus forest then turned around and headed back to the farm for lunch.
Saturday night was the Luau – Feast at LeLe in Lahina. This was the best Luau I have been to. The service was excellent and we tasted foods and saw performances from all of the Polynesian islands. Our favorite was Tahiti (or as our server pronounced it Taaaahiti).
Blainey, Laura and I had fun flirting with our shirtless waiter Miguel, Dan and George had their eyes glued to the Tahitian dancers.
The food was outrageous and it’s hard to even pick a favorite dish but I loved the Kalua pork, grilled swordfish with mango salsa, and ceviche with coconut milk. We even tried poi and discovered that it actually tastes good if you mix it with the pork.
Sunday morning we did a quick yoga and Pilates session. Dan and George brought their road bikes with them and Dan did the northern loop around the island today.
He saw a few whales and even found a banana bread stand. For dinner we grilled some chicken with a lavender spice mix from the lavender garden, made a spicy batch of curry (check out the recipe here) and finished it off with pineapple upside down cake made with fresh Maui gold pineapples.
Monday our dudes went on a bike ride up Haleakela (102 miles and 10,000 feet of elevation) and us ladies did ninety minutes of Pilates and myofascial release with tennis balls. We had coconut ginger oatmeal with sweet potatoes and smoothies for breakfast.
Blainey, our official staff photographer has been taking all these photos, here’s a cool one of a gecko.
Our house has a huge yard and we have been utilizing the lanai for massages and yoga and Pilates classes.