We enjoyed lots of relaxation by the pool, strolls on the beach, as well as some snorkeling & volcano touring. It was absolutely beautiful! See for yourself:
Snorkeling Molokini Crater
Black Sand Beach - Makena
Tide pools - Black Sand Beach
Mt. Haleakala Crater
View of the big island of Hawaii from 10,000 feet up on Mt. Haleakala
Of course, we also enjoyed lots of good food and drink. One my favorite experiences was the luau we went to in Lahaina (the Old Lahaina Luau). We enjoyed yummy tropical cocktails, great food & views and an entertaining hula show, too! (Sadly, there were no fire dancers. But I say that's just an excuse to go back someday!)
Kalua pig - cooked in an underground oven (imu)
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I even tried the famous (or should I say infamous) Hawaiian poi (a taro root paste) - which, if you never make it to Hawaii, I assure you that you aren't missing anything! It's like cold, gummy mashed potatoes. Not quite my thing.
In addition to the luau, one standout food that deserves mention was the Black Pearl dessert we had at Mama's Fish House in Paia. Check out this presentation:
I'm slowly making my way back into "real life" - slow being the operative word. That includes getting back to creativity in the kitchen. While I love to cook, it is nice to give it up for a while (not to mention the cleaning and shopping that goes with it!). No worries, I'm sure I'll be whipping up some fall recipes soon; after all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!