This year the Hawaii High School Athletic Association State Track Tournament was on Maui this year so we decided to attend to cheer on my son at his last track tournament of his high school career. I initially wanted to stay at the Courtyard Marriott. But I guess many other teams and supporters wanted to stay there too because it was sold out. I reserved a room at the Maui Beach Hotel. The rooms were small and felt old but it was very conveniently located near shopping and most importantly, the track meet. I’m glad I booked when I did because a few weeks later when some friends tried booking a room there, it was already sold out. Since this was such a convenient location, we saw lots of other track athletes there.
After the track meet on Friday, we took my son to eat some dinner from the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center and then took him to Safeway right near the Maui War Memorial Stadium and got him some bread, peanut butter, and jelly for him to eat in the morning. The team was staying at the Baldwin High School gym where they had no refrigerator or microwave.
I didn’t want to eat a Safeway dinner on Maui but we didn’t want to drive too far away, so after dropping Steven off at the Baldwin HS gym, we ate at Koho’s also in the Queen K Shopping Center.
My husband and I had a cocktail and shared pupus with our daughter. There was a softball game on the tv in the restaurant. It was the Baldwin vs. Iolani game in the softball state tournament. People in restaurant were cheering for their hometown team and the energy was awesome. As we watched the game, the table next to us clued us in to the fact that the game was actually played earlier today and the result of the game was already known. The conversation then went to the UH men’s volleyball championship and the first table then brought another table into the convo. Just like Hilo. Everyone is friendly seems to know each other. And even if you don’t know each other, you still are friendly.
The next morning, I woke up early–as is my usual habit. While my husband and daughter slept in, I went exercising/exploring/wogging in the area and found Tante’s at Maui Seaside Hotel right next door. But I really wanted to eat at Tin Roof owned by Hilo boy Sheldon Simeon so that is where we went for lunch.
After our yummy lunch, we visited the swap meet at UH Maui College and indulged in an ice pop, toffee, and popcorn.
We drove for a bit and parked on what I think was Market Street and did some shopping. There were a few cute boutiques, one of which was serving champagne for their special bikini sale. I indulged in the bubbles while my daughter purchased a bikini and met the designer of her Hanakini bikini!
We left Market Street, and headed to Long’s to buy some umbrellas to take with us to the track meet since rain was in the forecast. Since Long’s was at Maui Mall, we stopped at Tasaka Guri-guri for some dessert.
We enjoyed watching the track meet despite the rain.
After the track meet, we celebrated my son’s best 3000 m race of his high school career with dinner at Da Shrimp Hale in the Maui Mall. It is a place with no utensils. You choose your seafood and your seasoning and they bring it to you in a bag. My daughter chose Kauai shrimp with cajun seasoning. It was yummy! We also shared oysters and a steak. Everyone was happy. Note: The restaurant is BYOB so pick up your favorite beverage at Long’s to accompany your dinner.
On our last morning, I woke my husband up so I could eat breakfast at Tante’s before heading to the airport to return to Hilo. I enjoyed my adobo fried rice! It was a good weekend on Maui but I’m always happy to get home to Hilo. Living Hilo Style.