Upcountry & North Maui feel totally different from anywhere else on the island. It's a good step back from all of the resort areas and tourist-laden beaches.
Our big splurge of the trip was dinner at Mama's Fish House. We arrived in the adorable town of Pa'ia and explored the beach for a bit before our 5:45 dinner reservation. The atmosphere was just perfect - old school Hawaiian at it's best! Each service they print out a new menu with the fish available (and who caught them), so these suckers were fresh. Our server told us that 90% of the food is locally sourced - love that!
We started with shrimp won tons and a few drinks. For the main course, Jason got the macadamia crusted mahi-mahi stuffed with crab and lobster and I got the Panang curry with mahi-mahi and ono. Wow, my mouth is watering just thinking of how awesome this food was! We finished with a celebratory scoop of coconut ice cream. What a perfect meal to celebrate Jason's birthday and our (belated) anniversary.
Another day, we drove to one of our favorites from last trip - Tedeschi Winery. We had a lovely (free!) pineapple wine tasting and stocked up on vino for the rest of our trip. Our favorite is the sparkling wine - Hula O'Maui. They also have "regular wine" made with grapes.
Naturally, after drinking wine, we went hiking! If there was one thing that was on our 'must-do' list, it was to see the sunset atop Haleakala. Most people go for sunrise, but I thought sunset was pretty spectacular (and waking up at 2am is not what I want to do on my vacation). We didn't feel like we missed out at all going for sunset.
We did a bit of hiking to a few lookout points, but we also tackled the Sliding Sands trail. This took us a good hour and a half RT and we got to go down to the closest crater you can see below. You can go a lot further (there are multi-day hikes), but we wanted to get back up to the summit to catch the sunset.
Now don't judge, but we definitely hit up the Costco in Kahului a few times. This Costco has rows and rows of alcohol (even their own label), fresh poke and sushi, and the cheapest meal you can find in Maui (pizza). It was a great and easy stop for us. We were able to get drinking supplies for all of our pool/beach days which saved us a ton of money!
Up Next: Our recap of the Road to Hana.