Hawaii Day 13: Beautiful Haleakala National Park, Mama’s Fish House and Food truck

It’s a Haleakala National Park visit for today. I’ve read that sunrise or sunset will be spectacular but since we got kid in tow, that will not be possible so we just started driving at 8:30 a.m. We drove all the way up to the summit to see the crater and clouds at 10000 ft elevation.  My three year old kid didn’t have any problem with it and there were lots of little ones when we got there. It was cold up there(low 50s on late May), jackets or layers are recommended. 

These amazing pictures were taken by my husband.

The crater.






The clouds.



It was perfect timing, it wasn’t that foggy when we got up but when we started driving down it became very foggy and rainy. The road is nicely paved and wasn’t that bad on day time.

For a late lunch,  I thought it will be nice to try this famous Mama’s Fish House restaurant. When we got there, we were wowed by the pretty ambiance.


Inside the restaurant.


Beautiful beach view.
Beach at Mama’s Fish House.
When we looked at the menu, keiki’s menu is $19.00 (mostly seafood and 1 kalua pork)! So, we ignored the price and just proceed on ordering. My son’s keiki meal, grilled mahi-mahi was delicious.


Complimentary bread and soup.


Lobster guacamole and fish ceviche with coconut milk on a half fresh coconut. The ceviche is so yummy!


Mahi-mahi stuffed with lobster. I have to say this is the best mahi-mahi we ever had.


Chocolate mousse.
This is so far the best meal we had on this vacation.

Before heading to the condo, we stopped at Geste Shrimp Truck at Kahului for our to go for dinner. I miss these shrimp trucks. We didn’t go one at Big Island but I didn’t check if there is one.  For a Hawaiian vacation tradition, shrimp food truck is a must to try.


Crab macaroni, spicy pineapple shrimp and rice. The food was good. We spent some time on the pool again then had a dinner. What a great day!

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy


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