When In Doubt: Sunset Picnic In Maui, Of Course

Okay, we know you’re probably not going to hop a plane just to picnic in Hawaii, but if you happen to be vacationing in Maui and need a change of pace from restaurant dining, may we suggest a sunset picnic?

On our fourth day exploring the adventure-rich island, we couldn’t decide on dinner plans. Happy hour at Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (yup, try saying that five times fast. It’s actually the name of the official state fish of Hawaii) or dinner at 5 Palms Restaurant? But there were two things we were not willing to give up that evening: the sunset view and staying nearby the shores of our Airbnb in Kihei.

 

Picnic it is! We chose Kamaole Beach Park (1) as our al fresco dining destination because it is perfectly nestled next to the ocean for our sunset goals, offers great people watching, and there’s a great grassy area at the south end at which to lounge and eat our meal. We knew we chose correctly when we coincidentally sat ourselves next to a guitar-playing duo who performed everything from John Mayer to The Eagles. At the same time, the sun began its inevitable journey, setting between the ocean and Kaho’olawe Island.

 

Now, for the most important part: food! Where does one go to get the best selection of picnic-style eats on the fly? Easy: across the street from Kama’ole Beach Park 1 is Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods, a well-stocked local grocery store carrying everything from hot and cold deli foods (try the beet salad!) to cheese, crackers, baguettes, local chocolates, fresh juices and smoothies, and more. You’re sure to find something for everyone at this local gem.

For more info on Kama’ole Beach Parks (there are three, equally as awesome, each a little unique), click here.