We were all up at 5 a.m. today (why can't we get on Hawaii time?!). We decided to eat at the Kea Lani Restaurant again, but this time, the hostess pointed out that the kids can get the breakfast buffet for free!! I thought they could only order off the menu for free- why did we not know this?! Best deal in town because there is everything they could possibly imagine, and I think after my kids hit the buffet, they might change the policy- I swear I had never seen them eat so much for breakfast!! Eggs, sausage, bacon, waffles, melon, pineapple, yogurt with granola, blueberries and strawberries AND a bowl of cereal each.
After breakfast we left for the Iao Valley State Park. It's a beautiful rain forest with little paved hiking trails- we did them all! It only takes maybe 20-30 minutes to do all the little trails. I think it's definitely worth the drive (about 40 minutes from Wailea).
the way back, we met my parents at a craft fair in Kihei that had great
souvenirs at great prices. Lots of jewelry, shells, dresses, sarongs,
came back to the hotel and had lunch at the pool restaurant, Ama, which
is just basic pool food, burgers, salads, etc at very high prices (as
usual). Our burger was $21. And came with chips. Because we didn't
pay the EXTRA $3 for fries. At least the kids got giant turkey
sandwiches with fruit and veggies for free, and the view was amazing!
My mom ordered a bouillabaisse broth with
mahi mahi and shrimp...omg...quite possibly the best soup I've ever had
in my entire life. I ordered the opah- it was good, not great. But the location of Mama's is so beautiful- I'll
probably go back every time we're in Maui! Just know that's it's pretty
pricey ($68 for a filet!), but they do have a kids menu...and the best
bread on the island. ;)