Guest post by Julie B.
Your girlfriends have been texting you for weeks wanting to hang out, you’ve finally wrapped up that big project you were busy with, the significant other has their own thing going on tonight, and it’s time to cut loose.
It’s time for a girls night out, Maui style! If you find yourself on island, then you're in luck, there’s tons to do, and none of it is more than twenty minutes out of your way on a Saturday night. Read on for a girl’s glimpse into the vibrant nightlife of The Valley Isle.
First, you need some wheels. For a girls night out, you'll probably all want to ride together (even if you meet up in a central location and divide up later) in order to talk and listen to music as you ride from place to place - that's half the fun! If one of your party is willing to be the designated driver, great! If not, try using the Uber app on your phone for a money-saving alternative to cab rides. The drivers are generally more accommodating than cabs (not to mention cost-effective), plus, first-time Uber users can get a big discount.
The sky is pink with the setting sun and everyone’s ready to get the evening started. Have your driver make a trip to Escape Nails & Spa in Wailuku for the Royal Mani & Pedi treatment. The staff is wonderfully friendly and accommodating. If you make an appointment ahead of time, you can arrange for a curtained-off room together (four per room, but the neighboring room is right across the way so you won’t be far away if you’re in a big group). The salon is sparkling clean, the chairs are soft, and they bring you ice-cold drinks and tea while you soak your feet in bath water sprinkled with fizzing salts. They even give you cloth slippers so your toenails don’t smudge while you get your hands done. You’ll have the hands and feet of a shining goddess!
Night has descended and everyone’s tummies are rumbling. As your nails dry, take a nine minute drive and get thee to The Mill House for dinner and cocktails. Only the finest ingredients are used, picked with care directly from the plantation grounds and in partnership with local farmers and providers. Executive Chef Jeff Scheer insists on the best and treats his diners to flavorful dishes and friendly service. The masterfully made dishes range from mahi mahi and strip loin steak to chicken breast and cioppino to pasta and pizzettas. The pizzettas are utterly delightful - we recommend getting several different orders to share between your group.
The Mill House takes cocktails very seriously, and the delicious drinks they serve reflect their passion for creating the perfect cocktail. There's no better place to start your evening drinks for a girls night out on Maui. Every morning they pick fresh plumeria petals from their orchard to be made into a syrup for their sumptuous “Frangipani” cocktail. If you need a little pick-me-up after dinner, try the Irish Coffee, which uses 100% Maui-grown coffee, hand whipped cream and fresh vanilla beans. In the mood for something savory? Try a beer from their wide selection of lagers, IPAs, ales, porters, hefeweizens and bocks, not the least of which is Maui’s own Maui Brewing Company’s Bikini Blonde and Doppel Shot beers.
As the food digests and the cocktails begin to course pleasantly through your veins, take a relaxing 20 minute drive to Ono Gelato in Kihei, a must for a Maui girls night out. They have loads of different flavors of delicious, creamy gelato mixed with fresh ingredients. For a night out, I recommend the coffee gelato, mixed with macadamia nuts, cacao nibs, and chocolate chips, all on top of a crispy waffle cone! If you’re craving something fruity and distinctly Hawaiian, try the Island Passion flavor with passion fruit, orange, and guava all combined in one refreshing treat. They’re open until 9pm, so it’s a perfect last stop before the bars.
Drinks and Dancing
Into live music and outdoor concerts? This Saturday, Maui Tropical Plantation is holding the very first Annual Shaka Festival! Great bands will play outdoors for all ages. This is perfect for a girls night out on Maui. Drinks, dancing, and music from Katchafire, Maoli, Kimie, Jordan T, Sly Dog, Nuff Sedd, Tflatz, Piilani Arias, and Mahi Crabbe. Get your Shaka Fest tickets. You should have plenty of time to hit some bars afterwards too.
Speaking of bars, the moon is waxing high in the sky and the night beckons you. Take a 5 minute jaunt to the group of bars known locally as The Triangle. You can find just about every different kind of bar at The Triangle, and you can bet each one is going to be jumping. For girls night out I recommend starting with Ambrosia Martini Lounge for a slightly more sophisticated atmosphere, comfy couches and friendly staff. It’s a tiny bar with a big personality. Expect dark mood lighting and lively dance music.
Just across the way you can find South Shore Tiki Lounge, usually known as Tiki’s, serving drinks, dancing, and live entertainment. There’s plenty of seating (unlike Ambrosia), and you can watch music videos on the flat-screens while you sip your drink and get ready to jump on the dance floor. There’s no cover charge for Ambrosia or Tiki’s so feel free to bop back and forth! While going from bar to bar, and especially if you need to pick up something from your car, be sure to go in pairs for safety! Even though security patrols regularly, the parking lot behind the bars can get pretty dark.
Pupus and Entertainment
If you walk down the ramp from Tiki’s you can head over to Three’s Bar & Grill. They serve a delicious mojito, mouth-watering kalua pork nachos, have a stage for live entertainment, and a big dance floor. If you’re lucky, you might catch The Maui Roller Girls roller derby team performing one of their famous fundraising events of lip synching hilarity. There’s a cover charge for entry, so keep that in mind, and don’t forget to get your hand stamped!
As the Sky Lightens
The moon has set and at last you’ve had your fill of drinks, dancing, and female bonding. Have your designated driver pile you party-animals into the car, or request an Uber ride home. The Triangle at this time of night is busy for Uber and cab drivers, so you should have no trouble summoning a chariot to whisk you home for a well-earned night’s sleep after a girls night out on Maui.