Guess where we went in the middle of the winter/spring? Maui!! Yes it is hard to believe, but we went and now we are back to cold winds, a hail storm, and our lovely children. It was fantastic! So to start things off, I am telling some details because I want remember them. Feel free to tune out now. I won't mind. Here goes. We traveled with our favorite travel companions Janet and Jamie. We left IF Thursday morning and got to Hawaii at about 10:30pm Hawaii time and 2:30am Idaho time. We did not really see Hawaii then. We got our cars, checked in, got into our beds and slept in.
We ate breakfast at the buffet in the resort every morning and it was delicious with tons of fruit, including tropical fruit which was a nice treat for me. The fun thing about the restaurants and Hawaii itself is how open things are. It was not uncommon to have birds flying through a restaurant. I can think of 4 different restaurants that it happened in. The last day I left my plate and Jeff came back to find a bird on it. It was part of the fun. Yes the server did apologize and get me a new plate.
Here is our view from the restaurant.
We even had a special treat delivered to our room with a pineapple cut like the canned pineapple only fresh.The first day the resort offered complimentary bikes which we did try. It was pretty hot and they only allowed you to go on the streets, not the paths. It was still fun and hilly, and the bikes were really nice, not like the ones at our house where 1/2 of them have flat tires.
We decided that we wanted to snorkel and boogie board, so Snorkel Bob's rented equipment for the week. Jeff had never done it and was dreaming about it, so after lunch we gave it a try on the resort beach. Little did we know that right down the shore by the rocks their was a spot where about 150 sea turtles slept at night. We did not know this when we first snorkeled, so we were seriously taken aback when that first sea turtle showed up right in front of us. I have to say that 2 more sea turtles later, I was getting used to them. They were still the biggest, coolest sea creature that we saw snorkeling. Jeff absolutely loved it and we went almost every day after that. It was very relaxing when you weren't picturing a shark coming around the corner. We probably saw about 25-30 different varieties of fish throughout the week. Jeff boogie boarded a little and we were done.
This is us snorkeling right in the middle.
Janet really wanted to go watch the sunrise on the highest point of the island in Haleakala National Park. at the Kalahaku Overlook. So we got up at 2:45am which is 6:45am Idaho time and drove for about 2 1/2 hours to the top, waited for about an hour and a half and it finally came up. It was beautiful and super cold. I didn't bring a jacket, so the resort gave us some blankets. We were above the clouds. Just for anyone who would like to do this. I got nauseous on the way up and Janet on the way back. It was pretty windy road. The sickness didn't last and it was very cool.
By the time we were done with that, we went to a crepe place recommended by Jamie's brother. When we first got there we were wondering if this was it? It's a very old building with old everything. We were at the table right by the side door. We were served warm water in our cups because the carafe was an antique bottle with a small spout. So when we got these amazingly, delectable crepes we were pleasantly surprised. Jeff had a crepe with bacon, Bree cheese, avocado and apples. Janet had a chicken, ranch, avocado, and Jamie the strawberry. We all wanted to plan to return before the end of the trip. It is in Pa'ia
Next, we went to the blow hole that was just past Honolua Bay. This was a little hard to find because like Honolua Bay, there were no signs, just cars. On the third place where cars were parked we found someone who knew where it was and directed us to hike down a little ways to get to it. It is called Nakelele Point and blowhole.
That day was packed with activities. We thought we had a reservation to meet Rich and Jackie at a restaurant in Lahaina which was about 40 minutes from our resort. So we tried to fill our time until the reservation at 6pm. This is where we learned a few things. Jeff and I went to Boogie board at a beach that had great waves and we saw people surfing, but it ended up having tons of rocks. Needless to say, I cut my foot, Jeff cut his leg and his foot and ended up with a bunch of scratches, so we were a little more selective about beaches after that.
We ended up going to our restaurant and telling them that we had a reservation for 6 under Jones. They seated us no problem. Then Rich called to ask where we were sitting because he couldn't see us. Jamie told him we were in the back part. Rich said that he was there and he couldn't see us. Then we realized that they were in Wailea by our resort and we were 40 miles away. We didn't even know that Wailea had a restaurant at all. So we thought about each other and ate where we were. We had a good laugh about it. We also learned that if you say 6 for Jones, they will seat you even if you don't have a reservation haha. That night we dropped into our beds.
Next we went out on the grass and sat on chaise lounges in the shade and talked for 3 hours or so. It was so fun to feel the breeze and watch the ocean. The breeze did get pretty windy by the end, but it felt so good and I was with my favorite person, so why wouldn't I love it.
Our next adventure on Monday was riding a boat to Lanai, another island. While on the boat we kept spotting whales from afar. It was pretty incredible to have so many whale sightings having never seen a whale in my life. When we got to Lanai, we rented jeeps to look at the island.
Janet, Jamie, Cherlyn, Jeff and I.
First stop was "Shipwreck beach." There is actually a ship wrecked there. We found plenty of dried, dead crabs along the way.
Then we found a real one and Jeff turned into a kid. He had so much fun chasing it and was so tempted to pick it up with his hands. He avoided the temptation.
We wanted to give a message to our missionary.
Next was a drive to the Garden of the Gods, which were little rock formations that maybe I wouldn't go to next time. It was fun how you could see the island Molikai, depending on how much time you had. I do love a beach.
We rode our boat back to Maui, ate a delicious meal at the resort on Lanai, got home jumped into the hot tub and went to bed.
The next day, Tuesday was our "Whale Watch Day."
We heard that you can get pretty wet because you are on a raft, so we dressed accordingly.
We had lunch at the Shark Pit, which I would recommend. It is in Lahaina in a parking lot looking place from a trailer with a lemonade stand that was delicious as well.
We finally got a sunburn, so we got to be white and red. We had to get in one more snorkel and boogie board before dinner.
We thought that we better start taking pictures of the food that we may never see again. Edible flowers, which I did eat. I also ordered fish because it is so fresh.
Wednesday, we got up early to snorkel before anyone else was awake. It wasn't that early, 6:30am which is 10:30am Idaho time. We ate from the breakfast buffet and then we went to Lahaina, which is where a lot of the excursions are. We were scheduled for a Zip line Through Skyline Eco adventures. It had three Zips with the longest being 1000 ft. Then it ended in water. So a van drove us up to our first spot, then picked us up and took us to the next one and on like that. We didn't really hike, which I expected. It was so fun and not scary, if you are thinking about doing it. I think it's because it is so thick with foliage, that you can't tell how far down it really is. I would have loved to do more.
I was excited that they had paddle boards. I wanted to rent them, but were afraid that it wouldn't be that fun. I liked it, but was glad that we hadn't rented them.
While we were at the beach the group texted us and said that the reservation had been moved up. So were hurried and changed in the beach bathroom and I went for the natural look again.
We were tickled when Rich surprised us with Leis. They were so beautiful and fragrant. Mine was mixed with plumeria, which is my favorite Hawaiin flower.
We checked out and drove to our last meal closer to where the airport was. It was called Mama's Fish House. I think it was my favorite place when it comes to ambiance and deliciousness. It was very old Hawaii and right on the beach. It was open and you could see the surfers and sailboarders.
After our meal we hurried to the airport where they had moved our flight up and we ran to the gate. Luckily a lot of people were hurrying and they waited. Good bye Maui, we will miss you.