Maui – The Valley Island
We’ve been going to Maui for years. In about forty years, we’ve experienced it on 5-6 trips, approximately five years apart. The good-side of this is that we have been able to see much change over that time. The down-side is that much has changed...
We can recall when the town of Lahaina was a sleepy little village, and Kā`anapali was in the earlier stages of development. When some folk look at me, they are tempted to comment, “so, you remember Lahaina Town, when the whaling ships made port there?” Well, not quite, but close. We’ve always found ourselves based in and around Lahaina/Kā`anapali. In the earliest days, Kehei was about the only “town” across the Island, on the southwestern slope of Haleakalā. Most of Wailea was undeveloped, or just a construction site. We remember when the sugar mills were in full swing and the “sugarcane train” was actually hauling something besides tourists. Almost, as it was sitting in ruin after serving decades of sugarcane traffic. We’ve played tennis in “Maui snow,” when the sugarcane fields were burned after harvest in late September and October.
This time, we were again back in Kā`anapali, at the Westin property, their Spa & Resort. Unlike most previous trips, we were on a bit of a time constraint, as this trip was little more than a very long weekend. This trip required that we fit as much dining and golf into it, as was possible. We did our best.
What follows are dining reflections of Maui. Most of the reviews will be of higher-end restaurants. We had a full itinerary, and reservations, but still managed to miss some places. Some of these will be good reasons to come back sooner than our normal five year schedule.
I must add that some restaurants, that we really wanted to try were just out of the question. Since we were staying in West Maui, and both enjoy our wine, driving back around the Island, after a lovely dinner is just not something that we wanted to do for many reasons. Because of this aversion to drinking and driving, we were limited to lunch in a few places, and had to pass on others.
We were able to visit some “old friends,” found some new ones, and had to pass on one of our all time favorites, because of schedules – both our’s and their’s.
I am going to post the reviews/reflections as “replies” to this message. I’ve found that this format works well, when one is looking for a particular restaurant, as they do not have to read a very long post. There are some down-sides, but I hope that this works best for fellow Chowhounds.