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 […]

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: 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, 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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 December 2013

When I think of a Christmas themed hamburger I imagine a burger that’s colored green and red with strands of tinsel and mistletoe. I wonder how a chef would go about creating such a colorful burger that would taste as good as it looked. This holiday season, the burger chefs at the Cool Cat Cafe […]

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 […]

Chocolate Malt from Cold Stone Creamery, Front Street in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

Chocolate malts have been one of my favorite ice cream treats since I was a kid. Whenever we would go to Baskin-Robbins in Southern California, I would order a chocolate malt. Shakes are ok, if they’re vanilla, but there is something uniquely special about a chocolate malt. Simple to make: ice cream, milk, and malt […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2015

Last July, Cool Cat’s burgers of the month featured both “The Bottle Rocket” and “The Roman Candle” and this July, the burgers of the month are the same as before. I didn’t have the opportunity to try them last year, but I’m glad I finally got the chance. As usual, we ordered both burgers with […]

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 […]

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Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2015

Last July, Cool Cat’s burgers of the month featured both “The Bottle Rocket” and “The Roman Candle” and this July, the burgers of the month are the same as before. I didn’t have the opportunity to try them last year, but I’m glad I finally got the chance. As usual, we ordered both burgers with […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2015

The Cool Cat Cafe has done it again. They took a standard American staple and turned it into a delicious burger. Like my son said, “Only Cool Cat’s can come up with hamburgers that feature tacos, pizza, and hot dogs. They can take anything and make it into a burger.” This month’s burger of the […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month May 2015

“Relleno de el Gato Suave!” and “This is for La Raza!” The overall experience of Cool Cat Cafe’s burgers of the month May 2015 is one of complete satisfaction. The crispiness of the fried flour tortilla, the crunch of the shredded lettuce, the creamy texture of the oaxaca cheese and the garlic roasted poblano peppers […]

Goofy Foot Surf School

We arrived just after 7:15 am (check in was at 7:30 for the 8:00 lesson) and we weren’t even the first ones there. The first thing I noticed was that everyone was happy and smiling. This seemed very odd at first being that it was so early in the morning and the coffee bar next […]

UFO Parasailing | West Maui Activities

Before the sun began peaking over the West Maui Mountains we were on our way to Kaanapali Beach for a special way to celebrate my daughter’s eighth birthday. For the past two years she has wanted to go parasailing, but I wanted to wait for her to be at least forty pounds. We arrived at […]

Outrageous Surf School: Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

My new favorite sport is stand up paddle boarding also known as stand up paddle surfing. I’ve only gone out a few times, but I have a blast each time. Sometimes I stand up and paddle by myself; sometimes I stand up and paddle with my children riding on the front of the stand up […]

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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...]

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 parking, as any overflow can be handled by The Time supermarket next-door. You are greeted immediately by the person at the front kiosk, who takes your name, and invited to sit down. With such a crowd, … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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. … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

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Burgers on Maui

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2014

As usual, I anticipate the taste sensation of Cool Cat’s Burger of the Month, this one called “The Bottle Rocket”. Clever title notwithstanding, I think this could be a very interesting combination! I enter the Cool Cat Cafe on another hot afternoon and once again decide that the air-conditioned area is going to be my […]

Sure Thing Burger: Keiki Video Review

The other day my son and I stopped by Sure Thing Burger in Lahaina. Kyle was there, and after talking story for a while, we decided to have a couple of beef burgers. I had the beef burger with grilled onions and my son had the beef burger with bacon. We also had french fries […]

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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2013

This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to our newest writer Kiki Nobriga and her take on July’s Burger of the Month at the Cool Cat Cafe. This month’s burger of the month was a delicious combination of flavors that included, get this, watermelon. I would never have thought of including watermelon on […]

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Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2015

The Cool Cat Cafe has done it again. They took a standard American staple and turned it into a delicious burger. Like my son said, “Only Cool Cat’s can come up with hamburgers that feature tacos, pizza, and hot dogs. They can take anything and make it into a burger.” This month’s burger of the […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month July 2013

This month we have the pleasure of introducing you to our newest writer Kiki Nobriga and her take on July’s Burger of the Month at the Cool Cat Cafe. This month’s burger of the month was a delicious combination of flavors that included, get this, watermelon. I would never have thought of including watermelon on […]

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. […]

Koa’s Seaside Grill: Lunch with Incredible Views

I’d never been to Koa’s before, so I was looking forward to the experience. A friend recommended this place to me, and it’s on Front Street, with an ocean view, so how can you go wrong? The first impression I get upon entering is that if the food is anything as good as the view, […]

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 […]

The Plantation House: Eggs Benedict

Having been to The Plantation House for dinner, I was very much looking forward to going again. The food is fantastic, the servers friendly and knowledgeable, and Chef Alex Stanislaw… well Chef Alex is amazing. When the opportunity presented itself to try all six variations of Eggs Benedict featured at The Plantation House, I jumped […]

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