6 Maui Spots with Real Style
Shop. Eat. Repeat. Check out our Maui isle picks.
Elephant riding in Thailand.
Hiking in Patagonia.
Seeing the wildlife on Isla Nublar. (On second thought, we’ll sit that one out … )
Our Facebook feed is blowing up with summer vacay pics from exotic locales and we are feeling the wanderlust hard. Unfortunately, it’s sale season, which means our wallets look like they've had a bite taken out of them by an overspendasaurus.
Since we can't afford that Paris trip for a few months, we hopped to an isle a little closer to home—Maui—for some shopping and bopping staycay fun. On our to-do list? Beauty buys, ‘ono grinds, much-needed R&R and, of course, retail therapy. Here’s what we discovered.
Shop: Small-town shopping
Cute Wailuku, near Kahului, is a must-stop for little-boutique lovers (*raises hands*). One of our faves among the collection of trinket stops, coffee shops and a lone record store? Maui Thing (1), an airy space stocking some designers we know and love, such as Cassandra Rull, and a lot of designs that are new to us. Overall, it’s a hot spot for snagging casual-cool pieces perfectly fitting the laid-back Maui lifestyle. Think caps with Island silhouettes, breezy tanks sporting Maui icons such as silversword (found on Haleakalā) and handy graphic totes for packing. There are even options for babies, including teeny trucker hats (love!).
7 N. Market St., Wailuku, mauithing.com
Eat: Healthy breakfast on the go
Bopping from one glorious, new beach to the next is time-consuming, and definitely doesn’t leave a lot of room on the schedule for leisurely breakfasts. That’s why we fell in love with D'Lite Healthy On The Go (2) in Kīhei. The grab-and-go drive-thru system doesn’t slow us down, and neither did the healthy fare: a veggie burrito, generous salads and, our favorite, an ultra-yum quinoa-and-fruit oatmeal with coconut milk.
1847 S. Kīhei Road, Kīhei
Shop: Goat cheese, soaps and truffles
Paninis and adorable goats? Obviously, we had to stop at Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula. You can take tours of the property, but we had shopping and eating in mind. Sample the tasty cheeses on their own or in sandwiches, then go nuts with different truffle flavors (3), which include liliko‘i, rum raisin, even Hawaiian chili pepper! We’re a little bit soap-obsessed so we had to snag some all-natural, creamy goat-milk soaps (4). Bonus? You can buy them online here.
3651 Ōma‘opio Road, Kula
Shop: Lavender body butter and sachet
Rolling hills dotted with tufts of lavender bushes of every variety. Breathtaking views of the ocean and valley below. Beautiful gardens and seating areas for wallowing in the picturesque prettiness. Welcome to the Ali‘i Kula Lavender Farm (5), aka the pastoral mountaintop scene from one of your childhood self’s dreams. You can stroll through the fields for hours, but don’t miss snacking on the lavender-infused snacks (think brownies and lemonade—did we just fall into a YA book for girls?) and doing some damage in the gift shop. On our list of omiyage: lavender rose soap (duh), lavender body butter and a precious sachet of lavender buds (6) that will keep any space feeling fresh. Now, if only we could bring that view home with us …
1100 Waipoli Road, Kula
Eat: Fresh fish grinds
After a day roaming the Maui countryside, we were looking for something hearty and fresh. Mama’s Fish Market has gathered fame far and wide, but the sky-high price point and equally intimidating wait list turned us off. Pāʻia Fish Market (7) was the perfect solution: Choose from options such as ‘ahi, salmon, opakapaka and more, charred with Cajun spices alongside rice and the cole slaw of your dreams, or served in savory salads.
100 Baldwin Ave., Pāʻia
Lounge: Kāʻanapali pampering
As locals, we tend to turn up our little noses at the big-resort life—but we’re on staycation! Kāʻanapali includes fabulous beachside resort after fabulous beachside resort. We parked it on the sand in front of the Westin and had some ocean therapy, complete with an abundance of gorgeous reef fish as our swimming buddies and views of Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i to the west. Afterward, we took our ocean therapy in a different direction: with an ultra luxurious Ocean Ritual body scrub, wrap and massage (8) at the Spa Helani. Ahhhhh.
6 Kai Ala Drive, Lahaina