It was a lazy, woke up late Saturday with little desire to do much of anything. So loaded up the CRV and hit the highway. The agenda was simple, jump in the ocean, find an awesome burger joint and cool off with shave ice (or ice shave, snow cones, whateva).
First stop… Whalers Village. Browsed in Sand People, a little boutique that sells great boho jewelry, beachy home accessories and cute easygoing Ts from Velvet, Splendid and Michael Stars. . I walked out with yet another Chan Luu bracelet (some smoke, some drink, me? I buy wrap bracelets) with turquoise beads and a mix of gunmetal, rose gold, and sterling nuggets. Wrap bracelets look good in multiples, with a stack of bangles or on their own. What I love the most? They fit me, I have teeny wrists and these are fully adjustable.
One of the best things about Whalers is its location, beachside. We headed down the beach toward black rock, a favorite local rock jumping and snorkeling spot with an abundance of white sand and beautiful, calm, blue green water. This beach holds a ton of memories for me. Back in the day, my best girlfriends and I used to spend all day there, floating around on a huge clear round raft, talking about boys.
The water was so great…warm, relaxing and refreshing. I felt blessed as a turtle swam right by me, just a few feet away. Then, my chillin in the ocean bubble burst as I realized people were getting stung by portuguese man of war. (mainlanders, potential tourists, please don’t freak…jellyfish and man of war happen occasionally dependent on tides, currents, wind but definitely not a constant thing). We got the heck out of black rock.
Next stop, went to get our burger (& garlic fries) on at Teddy’s Bigger Burger (thank you Kelly for giving me the 411 about the Lahaina locale, sending you a big hug & mahalo). Awesome burger craving satisfied.
Off to Barnes & Noble to peruse shelter and fashion mags, slightly tempted by the display of Rosetta Stone Japanese part 2, but since I haven’t made much progress on part 1, I wisely abstained. (Side note, its a complete and total bummer all the Borders in Kahului are closed or closing.)
We made our way back to Front Street and wandered around the world famous banyan tree. The banyan is also the home for a Fine Arts Fair each month sponsored by the Lahaina Arts Society. I picked up a cool seahorse print from a local artist, Bryan DeBris, who makes the original drawing using the flame from a lit candle and includes a haiku on each of his pieces.
But the real reason we went to Front Street? Local Boys Shave Ice! Sadly the line was forever long so we hopped back in the Honda and hit up the Kihei location instead, it was well worth the wait. My poison is the baby size with Roselani ice cream, lime, red raspberry with cream on top. The ice is perfect, soft, not the least bit “chippy”.
Last but not least, Kihei Foodland for some spicy ahi poke, california roll ahi poke, sunscreen and other essentials.