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Travel, Wellness for the Soul

Travel Journal – Maui 2015

April 24, 2015
Maui Kaanapali Shores View

Traveling has always been something I loved to do. Whether it’s going out of the country or traveling to nearby locales, it’s healthy for the soul to see new places, explore different cultures, and try local foods. It helps us appreciate what we have, as well as admire all the beauty that surrounds us. And, it’s a great way to recharge our batteries and relieve stress!

We recently went on a trip to Maui with friends during peak whale watching season. We stayed on the west coast of Maui at the Aston Kaanapali Shores and had the chance to see a lot of whales, snorkel, hike, paddle board, eat fresh local food/seafood and just relax on the beach.

Must Eat:

1) Da Kitchen (Kahului) – Great local eats like spam masubi, Kalua pork plates, and loco moco

2) Shark Pit Food Truck (Lahaina) – Food truck that boasts a variety of tacos and burgers, all made with fresh ingredients

3) Mama’s Fish House (Paia) – One of our pricier meals, but by far the best fresh seafood on Maui

Activities:

1) Twin Falls Hike – This is a great beginner level hike (1 1/2 mile) on the Road to Hana that leads to an oasis of water under a waterfall.

2) Paddle Boarding at Napili Beach – There are paddle board and snorkel rental shops right by the beach. Paddle boarding is best in the morning and early afternoon before the trade winds kick in. We liked the beach because it was fairly private and secluded.

3) Snorkeling Molokini – If you like to snorkel, this is something that you have to try at least once. I would recommend doing a tour where you can also swim with the sea turtles. Seeing them in the water is surreal.

4) Whale Watching – I would only go during peak season, which is around February to March. We were lucky enough to see a whale breach and our photographer friend was able to get it in action.

Whale Watch - Lahaina
Whale Breach - Photo by Steven Hahn
Lahaina Banyan Tree - Photo by Steven Hahn
Breakfast
Twin Falls Hike - Photo by Steven Hahn
Twin Falls
Twin Falls Swim - Photo by Steven Hahn
Molokini Snorkel - Photo by Steven Hahn
Fruit Stand
Maui Pineapples
Baby Beach - Photo by Steven Hahn
Paddleboarding Napili Beach - Photo by Steven Hahn
Napili Beach - Photo by Steven Hahn
Napili Beach - Photo by Steven Hahn
Taro Bun Burger - Shark Pit
Taro Bun Burger Half Eaten
Mahi Mahi Fish Taco - Shark Pit
Corn on the Cob - Shark Pit
Mama's Fishhouse
Loco Moco
Kale Salad - Leilani's
Last Night at Leilani's
Leilani's - Photo by Steven Hahn
Sweet Dreams - Zzzz

In health and wellness,
Dr Elain

Photography : Steven Hahn Photo

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