Hawaii in November? Unheard of in my family…except we just went! We typically go to Hawaii in the Summer and have also gone a few times during Spring, but never in November. It was such a different experience…GREAT different.
I have been going to Hawaii with my family since I was in diapers. I honestly think I’ve been to Hawaii more than fifteen times in my life and it’s my favorite place…specifically Maui. We’ve also been Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, but Maui is our absolute favorite. If you haven’t been to Maui, I hope this post inspires you to go ASAP.
Today, I am sharing everything I did on my Hawaii vacation. I was there for around five days, but wish I was there for five more (like the rest of my family). Here’s what I did in the first few days of my trip!
Day One (November 1): Arrival
We always take early morning flights to Kahului Airport (OGG), the main airport on Maui. We arrived at 11:00 am, which is perfect because it gives us basically all day to enjoy the warmth. It’s really funny because all the years we’ve been going, my mom and I will get the bags, while my dad and sister get the rental car. For some reason, my mom and I are always the last one’s waiting to be picked up.
Our first stop is always Costco since we stay at condos. We spend so long in Costco and end up getting way too much food, but that’s okay.
Next stop, hotel check-in. For the first half of our trip (the only half I stayed), we stayed at the Hyatt Residence Club on Ka’anapli. Side note: Ka’anapli beach is the best place to stay on Maui. It’s on the west side of the island in a town called Lahaina.
By the time we got our groceries and settled into our hotel, it was around dinnertime and we were all so hungry. Luckily, Whalers Village, a little cute shopping center with stores and restaurants, is just a short half mile walk from the hotel. The walk is on a boardwalk right next to the beach, so it’s so scenic and makes it go by quickly. Also, since it’s basically Christmas season, Whalers Village was all decked out in Christmas decor. CUTE! We went to Monkeypod Kitchen for dinner. It was pretty good, but I don’t know if I would necessarily recommend it though.
After dinner we walked around the shops a little. Whalers Village has a variety of stores ranging from Lululemon, Sand People, Tommy Bahama’s, Sephora, RipCurl, etc. I NEVER get tired of walking around Whalers Village. I’ve loved it since forever.
Day Two (November 2): Swimming
My mom and I started off our day with a run on the boardwalk along the beach. From one end of the boardwalk (Hyatt Hotel) to the other end (Black Rock/Sheraton), its around 1.5 miles. If you go through the Sheraton and follow the “Beach Access” signs, it will lead you to the other side of Black Rock and different boardwalk that goes on even more. Today, we just ran to the Sheraton, though.
On our way back to our hotel, we stopped at Whalers Village because I wanted to get a cold brew at Choice Health Bar. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any cold brew, so I got matcha…which I’m not complaining about.
For the rest of the day, we sat by the pool and swam. I am literally a freaking fish. I love being in the pool and ocean. I think I’ve made my decision… I like the ocean more than pool. There’s something about salty water and sand! I love it. I also managed to not get sunburnt! Sunscreen works people.
My dad made a dinner reservation at Starnoodle. This place is freaking AMAZING. I think it would be considered asian fusion, but don’t quote me on that. We go here every time we go to Maui. Last time we went, I was vegetarian, so I didn’t get to indulge in all the deliciousness. This time…boy oh boy did I eat :)! I hope these photos make you salivate like they’re making me salivate. Starnoodle is a MUST when you go to Maui.
Day Three (November 3): Brewery and Wailea
Day three started off with another run. This time, my mom and I ran to the other side of Black Rock and got breakfast at Dukes. We ordered some eggs, bacon, and papaya, my personal favorite fruit. I love these morning breakfast dates with my mom.
By the time we got back to the hotel, it was a little rainy, so we didn’t want to sit out and go swimming. My sister had the idea to go the Maui Brewing Company. This brewery is located in Kihei, which is southeast of Lahaina.
Maui Brewing Company was actually really cool. We’d never been here before, which is surprising because my dad is a beer fanatic. We ate lunch and took a tour of the brewery. It’s pretty amazing how beer is made….such an art. I really liked when the tour guide was talking about the chemistry behind it. I could relate…kidding. After touring the brewery, we got to taste the beer! That part was eh. I’m not a big beer drinker at all. In fact, I kind of find it to be really disgusting. They did have good root beer and ginger beer though! It was fun doing something different! Thanks Erin.
Since we were so close to Wailea, we decided to have dinner at the Tommy Bahama’s restaurant. This place is so good and is another MUST! I used to be obsessed with their coconut shrimp, but today I just got a burger. Delicious every single time. And to top it off, I got a free birthday cake! I chose coconut cake…😋. We are just waiting for them to open a Tommy Bahama restaurant at Stanford Mall so we can go all the time!
The restaurant is in a little shopping center, we decided to wander the shops a bit. I really like the cute, Hawaiian boutiques. My favorite is Mahina. They’re located all throughout Maui and potentially on different islands as well. I wish they had a good online store so I could shop there all-year-round.
The first three days of vacation were amazing! Maui never disappoints. I hope you add Maui to your bucket list and make sure to note all the yummy restaurants I’ve recommended.
Oh yeah… and today’s my birthday!