Maui Day 6: Kaanapali

(posted by Emily)

I had every intention of going to yoga while we were at the Hyatt, but when we woke up Wednesday morning, breakfast seemed like more of a priority. After a number of days with lighter options like smoothies and fresh fruit, the carb monster in me was really craving some breakfast potatoes. After some research on Yelp, I stumbled across a pancake place called Slappy Cakes

Now, Slappy Cakes isn't your average IHOP-type joint. Instead, you cook your own pancakes on a Korean BBQ style grill set into your table. Slappy Cakes has a vegan/gluten free batter option, so we decided to go for it. Rick wanted regular pancakes (though he added maple syrup and coconut syrup), and I ordered chocolate chips and coconut peanut butter to add to mine. It was fun to manage the pancakes, and we were both stuffed after  all of the food. 

my pancakes with choc chips and coconut pb
vegan batter and homemade coconut syrup
It was still fairly early after breakfast, so we drove to old downtown Lahaina to see all of the shops we weren't able to stop at the other night. We saw the historic banyan tree, shopped a bit, and enjoyed the views of the ocean. 

the banyan tree
lots of Crazy Shirts stores in HI
One of the must-dos on our list for the week was to snorkel at Black Rock in Kaanapali. We walked down the beach walk from the Hyatt to get there, past all of the other resorts and restaurants. It was fun to see what other hotels had to offer. It was a bit of a rough start, as it started to rain on our way to rent a snorkel for Rick. But, we made it, and the view was incredible.

We started on the northern side of Black Rock (fewer snorkelers there), swam around to the beach at the southern side by the Sheraton and went back around again. The return trip was a challenge, as the winds had picked up and the water was choppier, but we made it. We walked back to the Hyatt and got ready for some pool time. 

southern side of Black Rock
We spent a few hours by the pool, reading, soaking up the sun, and meeting new friends. We took a couple trips down the water slide, too :) 

Once dinner time rolled around, we went back and forth about what to do. Finally, we pulled the trigger and decided to head back over to Paia to check out The Flatbread Company. We had walked by on Friday night, and were really missing the other side of the island. We are both so glad we went back.

The Flatbread Company offers fresh salads and very thin crust pizzas, and all of their ingredients are sourced locally and organically. We each started with a salad, full of fresh veggies and topped with a pineapple vinaigrette. 

Rick's salad

Let me tell you--those salads were outstanding. The dressing was complex and flavorful, but didn't overpower all of the flavors in the salad. We are definitely going to try to recreate this dressing at home. The hardest part will be waiting for the pineapple infused vinegar to sit for a week! We were sitting right across from the wood fire pizza oven, and had a great time watching the pizza makers put everything together. 

pizza oven
Another highlight of the evening was trying Maui Brewing Company's root beer. Simple and delicious. 

When our pizza came out, we weren't sure we'd be able to finish the whole thing.....but we were wrong. The vegan flatbread has a tomato sauce, caramelized onions, tomatoes, basil, garlic, and mushrooms. We opted for pesto on half as well, just to change things up. Both sides were delicious. 
our flatbread
It was a great final dinner on Maui--the staff was so friendly, and made the experience feel very special. We both commented that we felt very loved after that meal. A wonderful memory to close out the trip! 

On the way out, I snapped a picture of the list of farms that supply food to the restaurant: 

We got back to the Hyatt and had fun walking around the property at night. Gorgeous views and fun scenery! Rick commented that we should have been going all out on our last night of the vacation, but we both too tired to even fathom going out. TV and bed it was! 



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