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?

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott, a.k.a., Dad, is a writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer.


  • Jeanne_in_NE

    Favorite Maui memory: Going to church in Lahaina and watching the parish youth group perform a hula before church started. We sing the same song in our local church and I’m always transported back to that church in Lahaina, with the windows open and birds flying in and out and the absolute joy present as we all worshipped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rosemary.alvinoditmore Rosemary E Alvino-Ditmore

    Just returned from Maui. Took a whale watch dinner cruise on Teralani. Two sets of male (probably juvenile)whales cavorted around and under our catamaran for over an hour and a half. They flipped over and over in the water and above the surface. They slapped tails and blew spray. Crew said this never happened before. All of us were yelling with joy. Capt. Eric lowered a microphone into the water and we could hear the whales chittering. Capt. could not start engines because of the proximity of the whales, so he unfurled the sail so we could get back before it got too dark. Two whales followed us for about a mile then broke away. It was a joyous experience to be with these grand creatures of the sea.

    • http://elliott.org Christopher Elliott

      Wow, that’s a great memory. I’ve seen whales out in Washington State, but have never heard them live.