Maui Adventure Cruises: Crew Members

Maui Adventure Cruises: Lana’i Dolphin Snorkel Adventure

Why do spinner dolphins spin? A – It’s a learned behavior to remove a parasitic fish B – It’s fun and they enjoy doing it. C – To dry off D – All of the above According to Rob (and Rob is his real name) our guide on Maui Adventure Cruises: Lanai Dolphin Adventure, the […]

Robert "Bully" Kotter of Bully's Ohana Surf School

Bully, Formerly of Goofy Foot Surf School, Founds Bully’s Ohana Surf School

Robert “Bully” Kotter Establishes New Surf School in Lahaina If you’re looking for your favorite surf instructor named Robert “Bully” Kotter, who used to teach surf lessons at Goofy Foot Surf School in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, Relax. You’ve finally found him. That’s right! Bully, formerly a surf instructor with Goofy Foot Surf School in Lahaina, […]

Skyline Eco-Adventures: Zip-n-Dip

Skyline Eco-Adventures: 4 Line Zip-n-Dip Tour

We had the honor of attending Skyline Eco Adventures’ inaugural Zip-n-Dip Tour and it was AMAZING. We were among the very first group to experience Maui’s newest activity up at Kahoma Ranch. It was nothing like I expected and better than I imagined. Now, you have to understand, I go on a lot of activities […]

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Slappy Cakes: Gary at the Grill

Slappy Cakes, Lahaina: Make Your Own Pancakes

As you walk into Slappy Cakes in Ka’anapali, you first notice that it’s pretty spartan as far as furnishings, and with very high ceilings. You hope the wait is worth it, but as it is a high-tourist time, and on a Monday brunch, a crowd should be expected. There does seem to be pretty spacious […]

Koa's Seaside Grill: Spanish Omelette

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Great Breakfast and an Incredible Ocean View

When you walk into Koa’s Seaside Grill, the first thing you notice is the view. It’s an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian Island of Lanai. On the morning we went for breakfast, the waves were huge and we had a fantastic experience. Our hostess escorted us to our table along the […]

No Ka Oi Cinnamon Rolls: The Southern Belle

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls at No Ka ‘Oi Cinnamon Rolls Whaler’s Village

When I told my son that our next review was going to be cinnamon rolls at No Ka Oi Cinnamon Rolls at the food court of Whaler’s Village, my announcement was met with a huge smile and a vey excited, “Cool!” When I told him that they were the same cinnamon rolls that are featured […]

Crabcake Eggs Benedict at Captain Jack's Island Grill

Family Breakfast at Captain Jack’s in Lahaina Maui Hawaii

Captain Jack’s Eggs Benedict, French Toast, and More Usually, the kids want to go to town to have a “walking breakfast”. We stop for a cup of coffee or juice and pick up Spam musubi at Nagasako’s over by Foodland. We take a walk down Front St. and sometimes on the beach. This morning, they […]

NFL Football Breakfast at Spanky's Riptide Eggs McSpanky

Spanky’s Riptide: Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast

With eleven big screen televisions from which to choose, Spanky’s Riptide is one of the best places on the west side of Maui to watch NFL football on a Sunday morning. For that matter, Spanky’s Riptide is the one of best places to watch any televised sports event on the west side of Maui. But […]

Brunch at Mooses McGillycuddy's: Corn Beef Hash and Eggs

Father’s Day Brunch at Moose McGillycuddy’s

The kids picked their favorite place for Father’s Day Brunch: Moose McGillycuddy’s on Front St. in Lahaina. The menu is simple. The food is consistently good. The service is always great. And by now, we feel like family when we go there.  And the best part is my kids know where the two for one […]

Breakfast at Mala Ocean Tavern: Bacon and Eggs

Fantastic French Toast at Mala Ocean Tavern

The kids and I went to Mala for breakfast over the weekend. The food, as always, was delicious. While I opted for the traditional bacon and eggs, the kids both decided to have french toast. I have to say that the french toast at Mala is the best I’ve had on Maui.

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Cool Cat Cafe Burger of the Month April 2013: Soleada Primavera

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month April 2013

When I heard that Cool Cat Cafe’s burger of the month for April included a fried egg, I imagined something akin to Loco Moco. When I heard that it also included guacamole, I knew it would be totally different. Expectations aside, the burger chefs at the Cool Cat Cafe have created two new burgers for […]

Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month August 2014: “You Say Tomato…”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month August 2014

August’s Burgers of the Month at The Cool Cat Cafe are a pair of tasty meals that are sure to pleasure your palate. Nearly identical, save for the type of patty they feature, both burgers include fresh mozzarella, locally grown Olowalu Nui tomatoes, Kula greens, and fresh basil leaves. Served on herbed focaccia and dressed […]

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Mala: An Ocean Tavern

We arrived on the wrong night. Not that any night could possible be the wrong night for dining at Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina. It’s just that we arrived a day earlier than we were expected. Two weeks earlier I had spoken with Lisa Chappel, Mala’s General Manager, to arrange our dinner so I could […]

Spanky's Riptide: Cajun Shrimp

Spanky’s Riptide: Delicious Cajun Shrimp

The other day we returned to Spanky’s Riptide and had fantastic peel and eat cajun shrimp. Served with melted butter and  a tangy cocktail sauce, there are plenty of shrimp for any size appetite. You can order a half pound or a full pound. Mine came fully spiced and hers came with less cajun seasoning. […]

Canoes Restaurant

When my family and I moved to Maui almost six years ago, one of the first restaurants we tried was Canoes Restaurant on Front Street in Lahaina. The view was fantastic and the food was good, but nothing to be overly excited about. Over the years, we returned several times. As always, the view was […]

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Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month April 2015: “Hau’oli La Hanau!”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month April 2015

One of the best Loco Mocos available on Maui is only available this month at The Cool Cat Cafe. It’s their version of the Hawaiian favorite without the rice and served on some delicious garlic bread. My son and I tried it yesterday and we both agreed that it was even better than the breakfast […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month March 2015: “Because Everything’s Better With Bacon!”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month March 2015

Candied Maple Bacon Bits on Cool Cats Burger of the Month March 2015 The Cool Cat Cafe’s burger of the month for March 2015 has candied maple bacon bits on it. “Why?” you ask. “Because everything’s better with bacon” and that’s also the great name for this month’s burger! Isn’t that the BEST reason? Who […]

Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month February 2015: “Quesaburguesa”

Hola Aloha to Cool Cat Cafe’s February Burger of the Month: The Quesadilla Burger!

Cool Cat Cafe’s February burger of the month was tantalizing for many reasons. Not the least of which is everyone’s universal love of Mexican food. A quesadilla burger has intriguing possibilities dripping from just the name alone. There is, of course, the challenge of having both Cool Cat’s savory, always fresh, ground beef patty and […]

Seven Pools with Valley Isle Excursions

Valley Isle Excursions: Road to Hana

Update: The Tedeschi Winery and the Ulupalakua Deli are no longer a stop on the Valley Isle Excursions Tour. Due to the size of these historic sites, the facilities are no longer adequate to properly handle Valley Isle Excursions and other commercial tours while providing an experience a guest would truly appreciate at the winery […]

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West Maui Parasail

With the West Maui Mountains behind us, we began our walk down the street into Lahaina Town. One of the many things I love about living on Maui is that, from the right location, everything is within walking distance. We are lucky enough to live in the right location for all the activities in Lahaina […]

Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventure

When you think about snorkel trips you can take when visiting Maui, the first place that enters your mind is usually Molokini. And you probably think that the best way to go snorkeling is on one of the big boats or catamarans that can fit upwards of fifty or more people. I thought that too, […]

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No Ka Oi Cinnamon Rolls: The Southern Belle

Fresh Baked Cinnamon Rolls at No Ka ‘Oi Cinnamon Rolls Whaler’s Village

When I told my son that our next review was going to be cinnamon rolls at No Ka Oi Cinnamon Rolls at the food court of Whaler’s Village, my announcement was met with a huge smile and a vey excited, “Cool!” When I told him that they were the same cinnamon rolls that are featured at LuLu's Lahaina Surf Club & Grill at the Cannery Mall, he knew exactly which ones I was talking about. The cool thing about being located at Whaler’s Village is that there is plenty of parking. There’s beach … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Koa's Seaside Grill: Spanish Omelette

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Great Breakfast and an Incredible Ocean View

When you walk into Koa’s Seaside Grill, the first thing you notice is the view. It’s an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and the Hawaiian Island of Lanai. On the morning we went for breakfast, the waves were huge and we had a fantastic experience. Our hostess escorted us to our table along the edge of the railing. We were so close to the water that we actually got splashed. It’s not a common occurrence, but the waves were really big. Our servers, Toni and Jeff, introduced themselves and … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

NFL Football Breakfast at Spanky's Riptide Eggs McSpanky

Spanky’s Riptide: Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast

With eleven big screen televisions from which to choose, Spanky’s Riptide is one of the best places on the west side of Maui to watch NFL football on a Sunday morning. For that matter, Spanky’s Riptide is the one of best places to watch any televised sports event on the west side of Maui. But I digress. A few days before the inaugural Sunday Morning NFL Football Breakfast, we ran into Sam, the bartender from Spanky’s Riptide, as we were walking by Longhi’s on Front Street. She invited us to … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Outside-of-Mala

Mala an Ocean Tavern: Eggs Benedict

“Kai will be right with you,” our hostess informed us as she guided us to the outside lanai. My son chose a nice table and selected the seat with an unobscured view of the water. Our seats were shady and cool. The gentle sea breeze and the sound of the waves were a great way to start our breakfast. Everything had that fresh clean ocean smell. This was my second visit to Mala; my first was for dinner a few weeks earlier. This time we were there for breakfast. Mala only serves breakfast on … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Brunch at Mooses McGillycuddy's: Corn Beef Hash and Eggs

Father’s Day Brunch at Moose McGillycuddy’s

The kids picked their favorite place for Father's Day Brunch: Moose McGillycuddy's on Front St. in Lahaina. The menu is simple. The food is consistently good. The service is always great. And by now, we feel like family when we go there.  And the best part is my kids know where the two for one coupons are! I had corn beef hash and eggs over easy. An buttered English muffin rounded out the meal. My youngest ordered the Big Pancake breakfast: pancakes, eggs, bacon. It was more than he could … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Lobster eggs benedict from Betty's Beach Cafe.

Breakfast with a Beautiful View at Betty’s Beach Cafe

Thursday morning is the best day to go Betty's for breakfast. That's because Wednesday night is Lobster night at Betty's, which means that they have lobster available for breakfast on Thursday morning. They have two specials: lobster eggs benedict and lobster omelette. Betty's Beach Cafe is a nice little restaurant with an incredible view of the beach, water, and waves. Located on the southern end of Front St. At 505 Front Street to be precise. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

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Burgers on Maui

Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month October 2014: “Octoburgerfest”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month October 2014

This month’s burger of the month is called “Octoburgerfest”, which sounds intriguing, enough. So far, I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of their BOM’s, so I look forward to this one, as well. I enter the restaurant with a couple of friends, and we go right for the booth in the air-conditioned area of […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month December 2014: “White Christmas”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month December 2014

Are you worried that Santa won’t be bringing you anything this year because you haven’t been quite as good as you should have been? Are you worried about getting stuck with yet another lump of coal? Fear not! Get yourself to Cool Cat Cafe and let December’s Burger of the Month “Jolly St. Mac” deliver […]

How to Eat a Sure Thing Burger with Scott Picard of Sure Thing Burger

How to Eat a Sure Thing Burger: Keiki Video Review

Scott Picard, of Sure Thing Burger, was in Lahaina recently and we had the pleasure of meeting with him and learning more about what makes Sure Thing Burger so great. All the ingredients, from the bun to the patty, are hand-crafted or hand-selected to ensure they meet the standards of freshness, flavor, and feel required […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month February 2013

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month February 2013

Conventional wisdom dictates that Bloody Mary’s are for Sunday Morning Brunch. A traditional libation to accompany an omelette bar, eggs benedict, or Belgian waffles. Leave it to the creative minds at the Cool Cat Cafe to turn this conventional wisdom upside down. The Cool Cat Cafe Burgers of the Month for February 2013 include the […]

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Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2014

Today’s Burger of the Month is the “All Hail, Caesar”, and to tell the truth, it’s one I might not have chosen if I wasn’t writing a review on it. I enter the Cool Cat Cafe on a hot afternoon with a friend, and we both decide that the air-conditioned area is more to our liking, […]

Chris Mahon: The Food Doctor and Brutally Honest Food Critic

Fleetwood’s on Front Street, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Fleetwood’s on Front Street, Roof Top Dining How do you convince someone to walk down an alley, through the front door, and up 25 stairs just to eat lunch or dinner? The answer is simple: Fleetwood’s on Front Street. I was walking down Front Street enjoying the cool breeze near the end of the day […]

Outside-of-Mala

Mala an Ocean Tavern: Eggs Benedict

“Kai will be right with you,” our hostess informed us as she guided us to the outside lanai. My son chose a nice table and selected the seat with an unobscured view of the water. Our seats were shady and cool. The gentle sea breeze and the sound of the waves were a great way […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Fish Tacos

Today, I am perched on a chair in the air-conditioned part of Cool Cats, not so much because of the heat (although that IS part of the issue, as it gets HOT in Lahaina, on occasion. The name “Lahaina” means “relentless sun”, so that should give you an idea), but because of the glare of […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month March 2015: “Because Everything’s Better With Bacon!”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month March 2015

Candied Maple Bacon Bits on Cool Cats Burger of the Month March 2015 The Cool Cat Cafe’s burger of the month for March 2015 has candied maple bacon bits on it. “Why?” you ask. “Because everything’s better with bacon” and that’s also the great name for this month’s burger! Isn’t that the BEST reason? Who […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month January 2014

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month January 2014

Bringing back one of my favorite burgers of the month from 2013 was a terrific way to ring in the new year of 2014. When my son and I went to the Cool Cat Cafe for the January 2014 burgers of the month we were pleased to dine on: The Dip – a beef burger […]

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