Saturday, April 25, 2015

MAUI 2015: Day 6

Friday was my 46th Birthday in Maui and we started our day off with a 3 mile walk before heading up country to Kula.

It was a warm day, but with the rise in elevation to Kula, nestled along the slopes of Haleakela, the temperatures are always about 10-15 degrees cooler.

We explored the Kula Botanical Gardens for the first time.  Beautiful flowers in a natural setting are found throughout the 6 acre garden.  Admission was $10 per adult and we explored the gardens, koi pond and aviary/nene bird sanctuary over the course of about an hour.

After Kula we drove to Hailemaile General Store for lunch.  It's Bev Gannon's original and most award winning restaurant on Maui for over 27 years.  The original General Store was built in 1925 and used by plantation employees working in the pineapple fields. We enjoyed, a roasted chicken sandwich with caramelized onions and brie, fish tacos, seared ahi and noodle salad and shrimp cakes over spinach salad.

For dinner we went to the Birthday Girl's favorite restaurant on Maui and sat by the waters edge just minutes after sunset.  Brian and I discovered Honu Seafood and Pizza about 4 years ago and it is one of our favorite places to dine.  Brian just loves their Neapolitan style pizza and the rest of us enjoyed gulf shrimp and asparagus, lamb riblets, beet salad and the wonderful ahi brushetta.

Certainly not a bad way to celebrate your birthday!