I’ve always felt silly calling Hawaii paradise because anyone who has lived here knows our island state has its pros and cons, just like anywhere else. But on a day like yesterday, I get it. It was a beautiful Christmas day in Kihei. While other areas may have seen some rain, the south side of Maui was absolutely gorgeous.
My family and I started off the day with exchanging and opening gifts. Then it was off to Big Wave Cafe for some eggs florentine, coffee and conversation.
After a little movie watching at home, da boyfriend prepared some delicious salmon fillets for lunch while mom made my favorite, her baked eggplant appetizer. Slice the eggplant. Make a mix of mayo and spices (she uses curry powder, pepper and whatever else comes to mind). Coat eggplant. Put on a baking sheet. Sprinkle shredded parmigiano reggiano on top. Bake at ~450. I also shared a bottle of my favorite Riesling, Polka Dot. I’m not ashamed to admit it has a screw cap. It’s from Germany, it’s just the right amount of sweetness and it comes in a pretty blue bottle with pink polka dots on the label 🙂
After lunch, we headed to Big Beach in Makena to meet some friends. There were bouts with the Kihei winds but the skies and ocean were beautiful. The beaches in Wailea and Makena were packed as tourists and locals chose to enjoy their Christmas outdoors in the sun and sea.
For dinner, we headed to my great uncle’s house in Wailuku for their annual Christmas dinner. The food is wonderful every year. A full spread of traditional and local favorites. Turkey, chicken katsu, shrimp scampi, steamed fish, mochi rice with azuki beans…just to name a few. For dessert, almond float and the blueberry cream cheese dessert I absolutely adore.
Throughout the day, I enjoyed peeking at my phone now and then to check out what my Instagram friends were doing. It was so much fun to see amazing pics of bike rides, family moments of joy, beach outings, yummy food and smiles by the Christmas tree from all over the islands.