Hawaii was great. Sigh … I sure needed that! It was over way too soon. I find myself already planning a return trip. I have been very fortunate in my life because I have been to Hawaii many times. I used to
lie and tell my boss I needed to travel there frequently for business. In addition, I have had several opportunities to vacation in Hawaii also. It was great to have some family time. Maui was, as always, beautiful. Here’s a picture of Makena Beach (Big Beach) which is near Wailea on the south end of the island.
The picture below is in Kahului which is the town the airport is in. This picture looks like a painting to me. It was taken, in a non-tourist area, as sunset approached one evening on our return trip from “The Heavenly Road to Hana”. (Insert Briefcase saying, “Why are we driving ‘The Road to Hell’ again this trip?”) The Hana
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We invited TR’s boyfriend of 3 years to join us for our first four days in Maui. He had never been to Hawaii before and we knew he’d enjoy the trip. My parents were also in Maui for our first few days, having arrived nearly a week before us. (They decided to join us at the last minute and weren’t able to book the exact dates we had … or that’s what they told us anyway!)
We were a group of eight. Fortunately, our accomodations could not have been more perfect. My parents were just down the road in Kahana (just north of Kaanapali), and the six of us were in a large condo in Napili. We had breathtaking views of the ocean and fell asleep each night listening to the waves crashing right outside our room.
Days were spent on our own quiet, private, uncrowded, non-touristy beach. I’ve been to Hawaii several times in my life. Rather than seek out tourist activities, I try to avoid them.
In the evenings we relaxed with cocktails and watched dozens of sea turtles feeding right below our porch. The sun set behind the island of Molokai across from us.
As darkness descended we would begin dinner preparations. The evening meal was a group effort each night both in preparation and afterwards with clean up. Fresh mangoes from our own trees, pineapple purchased at a local Farmer’s Market, Maui-grown corn thrown on the grill and fresh Hawaiian fish were the norm. The males in the group were in charge of cooking on the grills which overlooked the beach.
They might have done a lot of drinking while they cooked?! After dinner we would sit on our lanai (porch) for hours talking. The stars were brilliant, the sound of the sea relaxing, and we sipped cocktails and just relaxed. I could have stayed there forever.