Last year our reporters went on the road to do some on location reporting in Maui, Hawaii. With visions of floral leis, palm trees, tropical breezes and guava juice in our heads we embarked on a journey full of macadamia nut cookies, grass skirts, surfboards, snorkel gear, coconut sunscreen smells and sand sand everywhere. And we mean everywhere including every crevice in our swimsuits.
In addition to the easy breezy appeal of Maui, we love an island with good strong puns like "Get Maui'd" and "Get Lei'd". When you arrive to Maui don't expect it to get the "Brady Bunch Hawaii Bound" treatment and be greeted with lei's as you disembark off of the plane. Some hotels will lei you, but it's not as common as you see in movies. You will however indulge in pineapple pancakes with macadamia syrup, mai tai galore, sailing, dolphins sightings, bikini beach babes, and the sweet sweet smell of hibiscus.
We visited a multitude of venues that we will be reporting back to you all week, and we were really impressed with the LEI'D BACK vibe of the venues on Maui. Some of the highlights of our trip included a brand new Vodka Plantation, another spanking brand new oceanfront venue, a historical sugar mill and a modern Balinese oasis.
There were so many cool details at the new vodka plantation that we will be sharing with you this week. Some of our favorite elements were the quirky touches like random surfboards propped against trees, cow skulls, an herb garden, roaming chickens and the giant grassy lawns of event space with ocean views!
We fell in love with the sweet venue owner and personal touches at Haiku Mill. The attention to detail at this venue is incredible. She has brought back antiques from her own personal shopping trips to Paris. The venue is truly a labor of love and it shows.
The old mill on the property is incredible. Throughout our tour we were constantly looking at one another in awe. From a giant mango tree that you can host a cocktail hour under, to the bridal changing suite awash in all white, we were ready to find a reason to host a party here.
Throughout our stay on the island we must divulge that we indulged in quite a few tropical libations. I mean, we LOVE a good guava juice, but guava juice with a touch of vodka is even better. In addition to delicious tropical tiki drinks it's imperative you wear a token tropical tourist shirt (see below). In one word Maui is relaxation. Its watching the sunset from the moment it starts to crawl downwards towards the sea, with a drink in your hand while wearing said tropical tourist shirt.
FIELD NOTES . MAUI MUST DO'S:
- Eat breakfast at The Gazebo in Lahaina. A hidden gem on the oceanfront, the lines can be long so go early or late! We have had many dolphin sightings here.
- Go to Costco right next to the airport before you check in to your hotel. We got cases and cases of tropical juices to drink both virgin and alcohol style!
- Eat dinner at Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina. One of our very favorite spots on the island, this quaint restaurant is always delicious. Reservations are a must!
- Buy a tropical inspired tourist shirt.
- Go to a Luau. I don't care how "touristy" everyone tells you they are. It is fun, delicious and you get endless cocktails for a fixed price all night.
- Ziplining! We love laying out on the beach with a good book in tow, but mix the relaxation up a bit with some excitement by soaring super speed over tropical plantations. You should book reservations in advance through Maui Zipline.
- Road to Hana. Its windy roads are not for those that get carsick easily, but well worth the drive to waterfall galore.
STAY TUNED.. for our news, notes and photos of some of the venues we visited on our trip.