This was our last full day on the island, and we spent it on the southern side of the island. We headed down to Kihei for brunch at Nalu’s. We actually first stopped at Leoda’s Pie Shop because they are supposed to have a nice breakfast menu, but unfortunately they stop serving breakfast at 10, and we were there at 10:20. Kind of a bummer, I mean it was Sunday, you would think there are plenty of folks wanting breakfast after 10 on Sunday. But that’s OK, because Nalu’s was awesome!! Again, order at counter (that seems to be the thing down there) and your food is brought to the table. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and the outdoor seating is shaded and not too warm. There are chickens running around, which is kind of cute. Nalu’s has a full bar, as well as fresh squeezed juices and a variety of bottled drinks.
My husband went for the Loco Moco again, and this was much better than he had at the previous breakfast place. It’s a HUGE portion, served over brown rice. It looked delicious. I ordered the Chicken and Waffle and it was outstanding. The brown butter sage syrup gave it a really nice flavor. Again, huge portion. Our daughters ordered the Corn Flake Crusted French Toast (amazing! And the Light Kine Breakfast. Everything was terrific, and I would definitely go back there. Unlike Leoda’s, they serve breakfast until 2:30, but the Loco and the Chicken and Waffles are available all day. Oh, and they also have a vegetarian Loco Moco on the menu for the veggies out there.
After breakfast we hit up the Times Supermarket for drinks to throw in the cooler. This is a nice little grocery store, with everything you need, and it seemed to be a little cheaper than Foodland. Also, they had a much larger selection of adult beverages. After we were loaded up, we headed over to Makena State Park to spend the day at Big Beach. The was hands down our favorite beach of the trip. As the name suggests, it is a very long and wide beach, with soft sand and lifeguards present. However there are no fancy bathrooms or showers; you’ll have to settle for the porta-johns on site. It had a really cool vibe to it, lots of young people just chilling and having a good time.
It’s dog friendly, too so there were lots of folks with their furry friends having fun on the beach. The waves are no joke, though. There is a strong shore break and the undertow is rough. Supposedly, this is one of the most dangerous areas to swim due to the strength of the waves, but we knew this going in. Lots of boogie boarders out having all kinds of fun, and plenty of warnings from the lifeguards when the waves got stronger later in the day. Now, if you are so inclined, Little Beach is just a short walk away and apparently that’s a clothing-optional beach. We didn’t check it out, but I’m pretty sure I heard bongos coming from that direction.
After the beach, we made our way back to Lahaina to freshen up before dinner. For our last night we chose Frida’s, a Mexican place on the far end of Front Street. They have valet parking, which is nice because it’s hard to find a spot close by. We did not have a reservation, but were promptly seated at a nice outdoor table overlooking the ocean with a nice view of the sunset. Their drink menu is actually bigger than the food menu! We started with chips and salsa (of course). The salsa is delicious, and they have the recipe for it on a card on the table. First basket is free, second basket is $2.
My husband and older daughter ordered margaritas, and the younger daughter ordered an alcohol-free “No-jito.” All of the drinks were very good. We also had the Manchego Crusted Quesadilla made with goat cheese and served with guacamole for an appetizer. So, so good! My husband had the Fresh Local Fish Zarandeado served with rice and beans, but he opted to sub veggies for the beans. Madelyn had the Heuvos Rancheros, which were very good, and Sydney and I both had burritos – she had a veggie and I had chicken. The portions here were huge and everything was delicious. And, again, fabulous and friendly service. Must be the Maui-Way!
We headed home after dinner to start packing because, sadly, tomorrow was departure day.