We’ve finally started to get accustomed to the time here and woke up late (8am). After breakfast we headed to drive to the west coast of Maui to an area called Lahaina.
Used to be the entrance to the island. The King had his big hut here. Theres now the main street lined with small shops mostly souvenirs and Beach wear and sunglasses.
We parked and started walking down. AT wanted to get his sunglasses nose pad fixed and we went into a random sunglasses store to ask. Turns out it was a Maui Jim store and that’s the brand name of his sunglasses. They instructed him to go to the office a few streets away. Turns out that was their head office! The lens was a little scratched up so for $60 hw got a brand new replacement sunglasses! Great coincidence.
After shopping for a bit we found a building that used to be the clubhouse for the Chinese in this area of Maui. They also really liked paying homage to Sun Yat Sen whos brother moved to Maui and lived here with his family. We paid admission to this museum (which wasn’t much, some old artifacts and poster boards with history, and a shrine upstairs) which also gets us into the Baldwin House later.
For lunch we found a small food stall called Lahaina Luna’s. And for dessert tried shaved ice from the only place that matters according to Yelp, Ululani’s Shave Ice. With so many flavours lichee, passion fruit, and calamansi. The ice was shaved so fine that it was like eating a snowball.
We walked further along and shopped, finally we got to the Baldwin House but we were too early for the tour. We saw on the corner a guy taking photos for people with 5 parrots. It looked cool but the cheapest was $60! We just looked and watched.
Back at the Baldwin House, the guide was reluctant to let us bring in the stroller and we left it outside but we could have totally brought it in. Our $8 admission from the other place got us in here. The tour guide was really crass and rude but funny. He talked fast and gave a good history of Hawaii and why they missionary house was important. Can’t imagine doing this like 10 times a day every day.
We then went to the Banyan Tree Park to have a snack and check out the crazy tree with many trunks.
We had dinner at Monkeypod Restaurant by Merriman. Weird name but good food. It doesn’t seem like it but it’s really kid friendly. It loud inside with the live band. Lots of families. Surprised it was busy at 530pm. Free Mac and cheese for Katy which was nice.