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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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 […]

Breakwall Shave Ice in Lahaina: Breakfast, Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Shave Ice

If you’re looking for a local spot for some ono grindz after an early morning (or afternoon) at the beach, look no further than Breakwall Shave Ice. It’s easy to find right next door to Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy just off Front Street in Lahaina. With an obvious focus on shave ice, Breakwall Shave Ice […]

Umalu at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

The last time I was there, it was known as the poolside Pavillion and they served casual food poolside. Since then, a lot has changed. After a renovation that costs somewhere north of eight million dollars, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has launched a new concept in dining. They call it Umalu and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

SNUBA and Burgers and Slides, Oh My!

For us, the adventure began a few weeks before the actual snorkel trip. It began when I told the kids, “We’re going on the Pride of Maui, two weeks from Sunday.” “Which boat is that, Daddy?” my youngest son asked. “It’s one out of Maalaea Harbor that goes to Molokini and Turtle Town,” I replied. […]

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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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...]

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...]

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 at the chance. For years, I have heard people rave about them; everyone has their own personal favorite. This was my chance to pick the best. When we arrived at … [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...]

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...]

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Burgers on Maui

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month May 2013

My son’s response when I asked him if he would like to accompany me on another tasting of Cool Cat’s burger of the month was that of a typical teenager. “No thanks, Dad,” he said. “I think I’ll pass this time.” “You sure?” I asked him. “The beef burger’s gonna be a little spicy with […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month November 2013

Sometimes the most unusual and unexpected addition to a hamburger can make all the difference in the world. Take for example this month’s Burger of the Month at The Cool Cat Cafe. Celery? I mean seriously, who thinks of putting celery on a burger. Celery is one of those vegetables that your mother makes you […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month January 2013

Once again, it’s time to taste the Cool Cat Cafe’s Burger of the Month. This time, the key to the veggie burger is sprouts and the key to the beef burger is a wonderfully rich au jus for dipping. Cool Cat Veggie Burger of the Month January 2013: The Jitterbug The Veggie Burger of the […]

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 […]

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Maui Restaurants

Cold Stone Creamery: Keiki Video Review

Today we went to Cold Stone Creamery in Lahaina. The one on Front Street next to Hard Rock Cafe. The kids say they have the best ice cream around and, since they are the experts when it comes to ice cream, I always let them choose where to go. My son had the Mint Chocolate […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month November 2013

Sometimes the most unusual and unexpected addition to a hamburger can make all the difference in the world. Take for example this month’s Burger of the Month at The Cool Cat Cafe. Celery? I mean seriously, who thinks of putting celery on a burger. Celery is one of those vegetables that your mother makes you […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month June 2013

Cool Cat Cafe: Beef Burger of the Month June 2013: Don’t Be a Pesto One of my favorite vegetables is broccoli; my other favorite is zucchini. Imagine my surprise to discover that both of them would be served on my burger when I tried the Cool Cat Burger of the Month of June: Don’t Be […]

Everyone’s Famous at Famous Dave’s Barbeque

Everyone is Famous at Famous Dave’s Maui and there are plenty of delicious reasons why. We’ll get to the food in a minute, for now, here’s a little background information. Famous Dave’s Maui has been open on Front St. in Lahaina for more than a few months now and, now that the smokers have been […]

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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month September 2014

Easily the best burger of the month since January 2014, September’s BOM, “The Seoul Train” and its vegetarian counter part, “Center your Chi!” have just the right combination of savory and sweet. Both burgers feature Cool Cat’s own home-made teriyaki sauce and are topped with grilled onions and pineapple, melted jack cheese, shredded red cabbage, […]

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