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Maui – Lahaina Food Tour

During our short stay in Maui, we had some time to explore some eating options on the island. Maui has so much great food, and in the future I would even consider not staying in Wailea (which I generally prefer due to the calmer weather) in order to be closer to some of my favorite spots.

Since it was Mr. Feather’s parent’sfirst time in the Hawaiian islands, we decided to book a short food tour with them to see a variety of local foods. We booked a walk with the lovely Cindi of Local Tastes of Maui, and met her in the morning at the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina.

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Inside the Pioneer Inn, we had our first bites of food – some pineapple orange guava (POG) juice, and macadamia nut pancakes! These pancakes were some of the best I’ve ever had, and there was delicious coconut syrup drizzled on top.

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One of our next stops was just a few minutes walk away – Banyan Treats, where we had some of the most amazing cookies, ever!

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Double chocolate and papaya, pineapple, and macadamia nut. This was one of the stops where we actually bought extra so we could have more to take home. None of the cookies made it actually home, they were all consumed within the next day of our stay in Maui.

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Our wonderful guide for the day, Cindi!

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After our cookie stop, we walked further into Lahaina. Isn’t the town with its old store fronts very charming? I wish they had retained more of the older shops as well – many of the stores we saw were the exactly the same as what you would find in Honolulu.

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However, there were a few gems – like Ono Gelato!

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Located right next to the water, Ono had an amazing little area in the back where you could sit and enjoy some gelato, and look over the ocean.

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Maui – The Fairmont Kea Lani

Last month, Mr. Feather and I took advantage of the long MLK holiday weekend and spent a few days in Maui, relaxing and enjoying the sun! This time, we tried out a resort I had never stayed at before – the Fairmont Kea Lani. Mr. Feather’s mom and her husband were also staying there, and it was incredibly convenient to be in one place.

While we had never stayed at the Kea Lani, we had been there a few times, always when at the Four Seasons and when walking over to the Fairmont’s in house restaurant, Nick’s Fishmarket. The one thing I had always remembered about the Kea Lani was it’s huge, very grand open lobby.

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As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with the customary lei and kukui nut necklace, and some delicious ice cold juice.

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After checking in, we headed up to our room – an oceanview king. Every room in the Kea Lani is a suite – great for families! A large living room greeted us as soon as we opened the door.

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The bedroom was equally large with ample space. Both the living room and bedroom had their own sliding door leading out to the balcony, which had a dining table, four chairs, as well as a lounger.

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The ocean view from our balcony – it was an “angled” ocean view of the type you’ll find in most hotels in Maui. There were a few rooms on the ends of each floor which had a full on ocean view – these were very expensive!

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Our balcony was quite large, and also faced over the resort grounds itself – below were the largest pools, with a slide connecting them. As you may be able to guess from the slide, these pools allowed children and we didn’t spend too much time there. The families we saw though were having a great time.

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Our bathroom was large, with a big separate soaking tub (which I used) and two individual sinks.

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I also loved the shower! It was in an “open” style and perfect for the Maui vibe, but not too open that water was splashing everywhere. The shower was also spotless. I have a weird thing with hotel showers and always hold my breath that they will be completely clean (and if they’re not, I have nightmares the whole trip).

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The toiletries were a pleasant surprise – Rose 31 from Le Labo, a nice musky rose scent. Very cool and I was told that all Fairmonts are now using this line.

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Four Seasons Maui

This past Thanksgiving week, my husband and I spent five days with my family at one of my favorite places on earth – Hawaii! We met up with my mom, stepdad and stepbrothers and all spent the week at one of my favorite resorts in Hawaii (and the world) the Four Seasons Maui. Our goal was to have a relaxing week where we could spend time together and apart and never have to leave if we wanted to. We definitely accomplished that and I wanted to share with you some of why I love this resort so much.

Starting with the view when you walk into the resort.

Yes! How can you not love this? A fountain overlooking another fountain in the middle of the main pool, surrounded by cabanas. The pool you’re looking at here was the biggest pool and was filled with happy children playing each day.

Once we checked in, my husband and I quickly went up to our rooms to lie around and grin about being in Maui. We were on the 7th floor (8th is the highest at this property, no mega high rises in Wailea) and were happy to discover that the rest of our group had already checked in and were all next to each other down in a row.

Our room was the standard size with ocean view, plenty of room for what we needed and everything was immaculate and comfortable. If I was traveling with kids though I might recommend the Maile Suite – which was on our floor and looked gorgeous.

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