A few months ago we went to Maui for a few days. Sam and I have never been to Hawaii, and before moving to California we never really had a desire to. There were (are) so many other places in the world we’d love to wander. But, there were so many friends here who told us it was worth the short skip and jump to the islands. And, we were pleasantly surprised. Despite not being island-y, beach-y, sand-y people, we had a ball. We also pretended to relax on the beach a bit too. Breakfast buffet at Ka’ana Kitchen. Not pictured: a plate of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and capers with bread. On our way to Pipiwai Trail…To see the magical bamboo forest…and Waimoku Falls.A quick stop to Pa’iola black sand beach before heading home… On our way to home we stuffed ourselves at Da Kitchen Cafe. Potato mac salad and deep fried Spam musubi. Notorious B.I.G. Loco Moco with hamburger, egg, chili, portuguese sausage, spam, bacon, cheese, onions, and mushrooms over rice. Their burger special and direct line to Sam’s heart – kimchi teriyaki burger with special sauce. This is all Sam wanted to eat for the rest of the trip. After a morning on the beach, we ate nearby at Cafe O’Lei, before heading up Haleakala Crater. Spicy blackened mahi mahi with papaya salsa; sweet maui onion soup; cheddar bacon avocado burger; mango papaya crab cakes. Before we left for the summit, we decided to have a second late lunch at Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Deli, just in case we got hungry later. They’re known for their variety of poke – I couldn’t get enough!Fish and chips – all their seafood was freshly caught that morning. During our few hours on Haleakala we saw rain clouds, rainbows, a breathtaking sunset, and millions of stars. The next day we went snorkeling at Black Rock on Lahaina Beach. I forgot my camera, but thankfully I was able to snap this beauty with my iPhone. We also ate at an underwhelming touristy restaurant in Old Lahaina Town for brunch. For dinner however…Star Noodle. I couldn’t get over how fresh the sashimi was in Maui. This poke with avocado was melt-in-your mouth incredible.Pork belly buns. Not as good as Momfuku’s, but still very tasty. Hapa Ramen: Pork Broth, Roast Pork, Poached Egg, Choi Sum, Kamaboko, Bamboo Shoots, Mayu, Spicy Aka Miso.Malasadas with chocolate and butterscotch caramel sauces. Our last day was filled with eating. We started the morning as we did each day, with a fresh mango, pineapple, guava, and strawberry smoothie on the beach. Then, off to the famous Geste Shrimp Truck. I opted for no rice and double crab mac salad. This was really incredible. Immediately after shrimp we had our second lunch at Da Kitchen again. These braised shortribs with kimchi slaw was spectacular! My mouth is watering as I’m looking at this photo. Kimichi crabcake and mac salad. I was obsessed with Hawaii’s mac salads.And of course Sam wanted his beef teriyaki kimchi burger. It was definitely good enough to order again.We spent the afternoon indoors due to the rain and waited for the time to pass so we can eat dinner at Mama’s Fish House. We were not even slightly hungry, but we rallied and brought our A game. For starters, lobster guacamole with house made sweet potato and taro crisps.Three Fish Sashimi: Ono with calamansi citrus and Molokai pink sea salt; Ahi with ponzu, red shiso and Kukui nut salt; Onaga with charred pineapple, pomegranate and Hawaii Island black sea salt. Mahi mahi stuffed with lobster and crab, baked in a macadamia nut crust.And Liliko’i Crème Brûlée, a perfect way to end our stay in Maui. Aloha!