Travel Tradition: Hula Pie

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Travel Traditions

Disclaimer: If one of your New Years resolutions involves skipping dessert, please bookmark this post and read it in a few months. You’ve been warned. :)

This week’s Travel Tradition is by far the most delicious. Perhaps Sheila at Go Visit Hawaii said it best, Hula Pie! Oh My! They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words (or in this case, 1,000 calories), let’s start there, shall we?

Hula Pie - Before

Our favorite place for Hula Pie is Leilani’s in Whalers Village, and we make a point of treating ourselves to this slice of heaven on every trip. While Kimo’s holds the bragging rights to creating the original Hula Pie, the beauty is that Kimo’s, Leilani’s, Hula Grill, and other restaurants across the islands are all operated by TS Restaurants and offer this on their dessert menus. As you can see from the picture above, it even has it’s own plate!

Perhaps my most memorable slice of Hula Pie was last April when we celebrated by birthday on Maui. It took three of us to make a pretty serious dent that night, as you can see below. Come to think of it, I don’t believe we’ve ever actually finished an entire slice ourselves. We do have friends, however, that will go to Kimo’s in Lahaina and skip dinner altogether. They’ll just have drinks and Hula Pie right on their outdoor patio in the harbor. Doesn’t that sound nice?

The After Photo

Hula Pie - After

What’s In It?

Here’s what makes the Hula Pie so ono:

  • Macadamia Nut Ice Cream (Cindy’s favorite, by the way)
  • Chocolate Cookie Crust
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Whipped Cream
  • Macadamia Nuts on top

Why Leilani’s?

Even though Hula Pie can be found all over the island of Maui, we’ve grown fond of enjoying ours at Leilani’s. Not only is the location great, right there in Whalers Village, the atmosphere is absolutely perfect. If you time it just right (and plan ahead), you can be enjoying your slice of Hula Pie just as the sun sets, and you’ll have a great view of it. It doesn’t get much better than that, to be quite honest.

Afterwards, we like to work off some of those extra calories. That’s where the little sugar buzz comes in handy, too. We’ll spend some time and stroll around Whalers Village after dinner, doing some window shopping or just enjoying the sights of everything lit while night starts to fall. About an hour of doing that, we’ll head back to the beach and take our time walking back to the Sheraton.

The key phrase there is “taking our time,” because those nighttime strolls along the beach are probably the most memorable and heartfelt moments we’ve ever spent on the Valley Isle. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Regardless of what else we end up on doing on any of our trips, they can never top those walks along the beach at night.

Those that have similar memories know exactly what I’m referring to, and understand that it’s hard to put into words. This photo was taken from one of those walks, and while it doesn’t do the moment complete justice, it gives you a good glimpse of the types of views we enjoy and why we’re taking our time.

Black Rock at Night

** pauses to enjoy the view **

Back to the Hula Pie. Have you endulged in this tropical delight before? Maybe you think you’ve found a dessert that rivals the Hula Pie? Maybe the timing of this post is a little off, being just after New Years and all, but one little slice couldn’t hurt, could it? :)


The Travel Traditions Series here at the blog features our habits and rituals that we have for various aspects of our frequent trips to the island of Maui. Getting to know the island so well after all these years, having a few traditions adds a little continuity to our visits, while still giving us so much flexibility to enjoy many new things each trip.

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About Kris

Kris and his wife Cindy are avid Maui fans, and have visited the island half a dozen times since '06. Over the years, they have made many friends living on Maui or through social media, which keeps them in touch with the island until they can return again.

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