On a clear day in Maui, depending on what side of the island you’re on, you can see both Oahu and the Big Island. But even if the day is not so clear, you always have a nice view of Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe. On my last trip, my dad and I adventured to Molokai to explore what the island had to offer. This time around, I planned a day trip and picnic for my friend and I on Lanai.
I really didn’t get that many pictures on Lanai. I was too busy enjoying Shipwreck Beach with my friend, which we had all to ourselves. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a stretch of beach in my life where not another living soul was to be found. There weren’t even any birds. So, we picked a spot, as good as any with the view of the partially sunken, stranded and rusted world war II vessel. We swam in the beautiful, blue temperate water. We snacked on apple bananas, fresh mango dipped into an all natural li-hing mui powder, vegan cheese and crackers and drank Hawaiian Sun and Hawaiian beer. We explored what looked to be a long forgotten local hangout village and looked out on Maui in the distance. Another day, well spent.
Before the United States started outsourcing all of our pineapple production to other countries, Hawaii was the leader. Almost the entire island of Lanai, at one point, was a Dole pineapple operation. Now, one of the only companies left in Hawaii that grows pineapple (and perhaps the only company that grows pineapple for commercial export) is Maui Gold, located on Maui. There was nary a pineapple to be found on Lanai, although I did meet this little pineapple
And the scenery was green and beautiful nonetheless.
So, while there is a distinct lack of pineapple on Lanai these days, they are still quite abundant on Maui, thanks to Maui Gold. After our day trip, I decided I’d like to make a pineapple pie. I don’t have a true recipe for you today. The secret to pineapple pie is simply to take your favorite classic apple pie recipe (we all have one right?) and just sub out the apples for pineapple. That’s it.