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 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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month November 2013: “Wild Blue Yonder”

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month January 2015: “The Dip”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month January 2015

For the third year in a row, The Cool Cat Cafe offered The Dip as their Beef Burger of the Month and for the second year in a row, The Jitterbug was their Veggie Burger of the Month. Both burgers are among our favorite burgers of the month and we were very pleased to be […]

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 […]

Cool Cat Cafe Veggie Burger of the Month November 2014: “A Havana Affair”

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month November 2014

The Burger of the Month for November 2014 at The Cool Cat Cafe is delightfully juicy! I have eaten many Burgers of the Month at Cool Cat’s over the years and definitely have several favorites on my list. I now have another unique and captivating burger to add to that list. Being a fairly tidy […]

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Tiny Bubbles Scuba School: Introductory Dive

Visibility: 60 feet. Maximum Depth: 32 feet. Duration: 48 minutes. Wild Life: Over a dozen sea turtles and countless fish. Not bad for my first ocean scuba dive. About a year ago, at the grand opening of Umalu at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Maui, I had the good fortune of meeting Tim […]

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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 […]

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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 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...]

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 wanted to have a sit down breakfast and try the pancakes and french toast over at Captain Jack’s Island Grill. We arrived around 10:00am and Captain Jack’s wasn’t very crowded. We were seated at a table … [More Breakfast on Maui...]

Kids love the best pizza on Maui from Nikki's Pizza at Whaler's Village

Nikkis Pizza – Maui

If you want to come in for a quick breakfast on the go, or enjoy a leisurely meal you can’t go wrong with Nikki’s Pizza. Come as you are barefoot or in your slippah’s for Nikki’s dining experience full of Aloha. Conviently located in the food court at Whalers Village at Ka’anapali. Stop in when you need a break from your shopping. Nikki’s Pizza previously known as Pizza Paradiso established in 1995 decided to renovate the restaurant in order to provide the best quality of service to its … [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...]

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. … [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...]

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Burgers on Maui

Cool Cate Cafe Burger

Cool Cat Cafe: Burgers, Ribs, and Fresh Fish on Maui

Voted ‘Best Burger on Maui’ every year since they opened on Front Street across from the Banyan Tree, Cool Cat Cafe serves 13 different burgers and cheeseburgers, some with all the traditional fixings and some with a distinctive Hawaiian flare. If burgers and cheeseburgers are not your favorite, Cool Cat Cafe also serves fresh fish, […]

Cool Cat Cafe Burger of the Month May 2013: Don Quesote

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 […]

Spanky’s Riptide, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii: St. Louise Pork Ribs

Spanky’s Riptide: A Local Sports Bar at 505 Front Street Lahaina Maui Hawaii

Spanky’s Riptide: A Local Sports Bar in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii It felt like a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Professor Henry Jones tells Sallah, “We named the dog Indiana.” When I was having lunch at Spanky’s Riptide at 505 Front Street in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, I was told, “We named the […]

Cool Cat Cafe Beef Burger of the Month June 2013: “Don't Be a Pesto”

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 […]

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Captain Jack’s Island Grill in Lahaina: Panini Sandwich of the Day

The Expansion and Improvement of the Menu at Captain Jack’s Continues It was my good fortune to be at the right place at the right time. The right place being Captain Jack’s Island Grill in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. The right time being lunch time on the day they started serving the new Panini Sandwiches. The […]

Cool Cat Cafe: Burger of the Month May 2014

As I walk into Cool Cat Cafe the summer afternoon (and seater) bids me to enter the air-conditioned area to dine. I’m very glad to have this option, and choose a booth to enjoy my lunch with my dining companion. We sit around a very large record-table emulating a 45 one might have played in […]

Sure Thing Burger: Veggie Burger

Sure Thing Burger: A Chef-Driven Burger Joint in Lahaina Maui Hawaii

Sure Thing Burger: A Chef Driven Burger Joint For the past few weeks, I’ve been hearing from several of my friends about a new burger joint that opened up in Lahaina where Kuhuna Kabobs used to be. Most of these friends work in Maui’s hotel industry as front desk clerks, valets, concierge, and other public […]

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 […]

Skip Scott making fudge at Lahaina Fudge Company

Lahaina Fudge Company: Maui’s Favorite Fudge Company

Lahaina Fudge Company: Because Everybody Loves Fudge Fudge on Maui Fudge. Everyone I know has a favorite flavor or a favorite fudge related childhood memory. Who remembers going to the candy store with mom or dad and getting a piece of rich, creamy, chocolate fudge? Or trying to make some fudge at home and having it […]

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 […]

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