Destination of the day: Maui

1-Checking out the waves

Like the endless series of waves crashing against the shores of Kaanapali Beach, the memories of our first Maui adventure endure.

There are happy memories, like the day my son Iden and I learned how to surf with him over at Goofy Foot Surf School. There are decadent memories of an exceptional meal at Hali’imaile General Store (Bev, you are a genius — and thanks, Peter, for the great tip!).

And there are scary memories of being evacuated from the ground floor of the Grand Wailea Resort around midnight, as the Japanese tsunami thundered toward us. Fortunately, we were not affected.

But we didn’t get hooked on Maui until our second visit with the whole family, when we explored some of the more remote parts of the island and made it all the way up to Haleakalā National Park, the dormant volcano that looks like the backdrop for a science fiction movie. And we served the kids exotic food that they didn’t recognize, but loved, over at Star Noodle.

If you haven’t been to Maui, you have to add it to your bucket list. You just gotta.

What’s your favorite Maui memory?