Hello! Sorry for the silence the past week! I have so much more of Hawaii to share with you but since getting our cute little bundle of joy Sadie last weekend I’ve been quite the busy/tired bee. More on her and our first week with her later (lots of cute pictures to share!) It has certainly been a lot going on the past few weeks. With coming back from a trip of a lifetime to completely making a big lifestyle change by getting a new puppy – it’s been a whirlwind for sure! I wouldn’t have it any other way though. I’m currently sitting down with my cup of coffee with about an hr to myself after trying to wear out a little pup for the past 2ish hours. She’s fast asleep and it’s nice to get a small moment to myself to chat with you.
This was one of my favorite days in Hawaii and I’m so glad with how these pictures turned out. This was on our 2nd full day in Hawaii. We spent the morning and early afternoon at our hotel pool and later decided to check out Paia town before heading to dinner at Mama’s Fish House. Paia town is known to be a part of Maui’s upcountry and is frequently described as a “hippie” town. I loved the laid-back atmosphere where you feel like you are amongst where the young locals live (aka the surfer dudes). This cute downtown is worth checking out before heading to dinner at Mama’s. I loved the colorful buildings and unique boutiques. Surprisingly I’m not one to shop till I drop on vacation but we spent about an hour walking around and quickly popping in and out of a few stores. Brett got his hawaiian shirt at Moonbow Tropics – a cute local shop filled with fun hawaiian shirts. BTW parking can be tricky in Paia but we were able to get a spot in Lower Paia Park located to the left of the Hana Highway before you enter town. It is just a short walk into town.
After we got our taste of Paia we drove to Ho’okipa Beach which is very close to Mama’s Fish House (a little past it). This was definitely one of my favorite beaches to check out not only for the gorgeous views but it was so cool to watch the surfers do their thing on the water. It reminded me of my obsession with Blue Crush and how much I wanted to be a surfer girl back in my high school days haha. Ho’okipa Beach is one of the most famous beaches for windsurfing in the world. A really cool place to checkout! If you don’t do the Road to Hana, you should definitely come check this place out which is one of the first or last notable stops you would make on your Road to Hana tour.
Our last stop of the evening was the infamous Mama’s Fish House! This tropical restaurant located right on the water is well known for its incredibly fresh caught local fish. We got the sashimi and spicy soup as a starter. I got the stuffed fish (apparently its the most popular and has been on the menu for over 30 years) and Brett got the Ono which is a meatier white fish for our entrees. I chose the chocolate mouse shell for dessert – highly recommend! The food was definitely great although this place is NOT cheap…We left unsure if it was worth the price. Since finding cheaper meals with similar fish with more similar presentations elsewhere on the island we decided this restaurant is a one time only place. I’d still recommend you go there if you go to Maui for the first time because it is an experience to check off the tourist map. A lot of people love this place so our opinion is just our opinion.