Day Four: Leaving Lahaina

Joyful trees decorate the Marriott, joyful are we to enjoy them - Photo © Carl Amoth

Joyful trees decorate the Marriott, joyful are we to enjoy them - Photo © Carl Amoth

We both really enjoyed our time on West Maui in Lahaina, but we had made reservations for a couple of nights at the Wailea Marriott (gotta love those Marriott points!) so that we could enjoy a bit of South Maui as well. We were fortunate enough to be able to check in early to our ocean front room (we’ve been looking forward to falling asleep to the sound of the ocean). By the time we got settled, it was late afternoon and we decided to drive into Kehei to get some lunch. We drove up and down the main street looking at our options, but the one that really jumped out at me was the Pupu Lounge. For those of you not familiar with the word pupu, it means appetizers, although this restaurant had a full service menu. We sat outside (as we do any possible chance we get) and began perusing the delectable menu. We had already reviewed the board with the specials of the day and the Ono fish and chips sounded mighty tasty.

Pupu, I love you! - Photo © Carl Amoth

Pupu, I love you! - Photo © Carl Amoth

We looked at the drink menu and both the Pupu Punch and the Lava Flow sounded thirst-quenching and yummy! As you can see from the photo, they lived up to the billing.

We had more or less decided to go with the Pupu platter (do you see a theme here? Pupu Lounge, Pupu Punch, Pupu Platter….) and the salad with sweet chili lime dressing (to share as usual – man the portions here in Hawaii are even more gargantuan than on the mainland, they do love their food!) Once our waiter came and gave us a bit more detail about the fresh Ono (caught a mere 8 hours before by Jack) and how lightly breaded and delicious it was, we had to go with the fish and added an appetizer combo of satay. The salad with the sweet chili lime dressing was amazing! The fish and chips as lightly battered as described, with the fish meat firm and flavorful. Combined with our lovely tropical cocktails, it was an absolutely sublime lunch.

The Lost Symbol....great vacation book! - Photo © Carl Amoth

The Lost Symbol....great vacation book! - Photo © Carl Amoth

We headed back to the hotel and found a couple of lounge chairs out on the grass right near the ocean and settled in to watch the sunset (Carl with his camera, me with my Kindle). The delightful sound of the ocean combined with the lovely trade winds are enough to make even a road weary sales gal like me unwind. Both of us kept marveling at how much we were enjoying the gracious beauty of our surroundings and reveled  just how magnificent it all looked and felt. The sunset was a little hinky because of the clouds, but, heck, we are in Hawaii, so it’s all good mahn!

We had such an exquisite lunch that we didn’t want, nor need, a fancy dinner, and opted instead for pizza and a bottle of red wine! We had an early morning wake up to get a good start to our Hana day trip…..that post coming up next!

Mahalo and Aloha,

Carl and Bev

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