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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Really Great Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery on Front Street

On the way to the movies this morning, we were walking on Front St. when we happened to see Sean Wilson, the owner of Cold Stone Creamery in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Sean’s son and my kids are in the same Jiu Jitsu Class in Lahaina. They train with Christian Kennedy Grandi of the Carlson Gracie […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe: “The Bogy” Keiki Video Review

Today we went to the Cool Cat Cafe for some burgers. My son loves the Bogy burger. We shared an order of Frings and a couple of soft drinks.

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Sand Sculpting with Art by Riki

When I was a child, my family would go to Huntington Beach in Southern California. Sometimes, we would swim. Sometimes we would play frisbee. Other times we would make sand castles. No matter what, we always had a great time at the beach. When I heard about the Sand Sculpture Classes being presented by Art […]

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 […]

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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Burgers on Maui

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 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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe: For the Best Hamburger or Cheeseburger in Paradise

If you’re looking for the best hamburger or cheeseburger in paradise, come to the Cool Cat Cafe in downtown Lahaina on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. For the past five years, my wife and I have been coming to Maui for three weeks every year to get away from the snow and spend time in […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month December 2012

Every month, the Cool Cat Cafe in Lahaina offers a unique burger creation that they call “The Burger of the Month”. It’s a creative outlet that yields some wonderful variations on their already extensive burger selections. For the month of December 2012, the Cool Cat Cafe offers a Greek inspired burger made with feta-based tzatziki […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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