Hawaii – Days 1 and 2

I'm writing this from Hawaii.  I'm on the island of Maui to be exact.  I left Orange County in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and I'll be here for eleven days.  Eleven!  I'm very fortunate because I've been to Hawaii many times in my life.  My job used to bring me here on business and it's become a favorite vacation spot for my family.

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While I'm here I'll share pictures and a little about our life on vacation with you.  We've been here often enough that it feels like a second home.  We have our favorite coffee house, our favorite beaches and our favorite restaurants.  

This is our second year staying in the same condo complex.  We are renting a two story condo on a bluff with a full ocean view.  We have a patio on the bluff where we eat most of our meals.  A few feet away are some steps leading down to a small and private beach.

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I'm in heaven.

Kauai is actually my favorite island, but for a host of reasons we come to Maui more frequently.  

Our first day here, Saturday, was a travel day.  A lot of people don't realize that getting to Hawaii is a long trip even from California.  It takes a little over an hour to drive to LAX airport from Orange County (with no traffic).  We had a flight delay and spent awhile sitting on the runway (yawn).  Flying time from LA to Kahului airport on Maui is close to five and a half hours.  Next came the line for a rental car and the wait for our baggage.  

We drove less than five minutes from the Kahului airport to the nearest Costco where we stocked up on bottled waters and possibly alcohol.  (Oh, and food too.)  I have three teens and there can never be enough food.  Then we drove another hour to get to our condo.  We enjoyed some afternoon beach time and then grilled burgers out on the beach. 

We were treated to a beautiful sunset on our first night.  I sipped vodka and limeades over crushed ice and watched the sun change the sky into a beautiful painting.

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It made for a long day and combined with the time difference, we were all in bed by 9 p.m. Hawaii time (midnight California time) on our first night here.  

On Day #2, Sunday, we were up early due to the time difference here.  We had breakfast on our patio on the bluff.  From the patio we look out in one direction at this:

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If we look in the other direction we see this:

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A few of us took a leisurely walk to the local coffee house to purchase some Chocolate Macadamia nut coffee for home brewing.  We got rained on briefly during our walk.  Rain showers come and go quickly here.

We've been here enough times to do all the touristy stuff.  As a result, we don't feel compelled to do much of anything while we're here.  We enjoyed a guilt-free lazy beach day.  I took a few photos, swam quite a bit and enjoyed losing myself in a novel.  

There are a lot of sea turtles here and one popped up right next to me in the water when I was not expecting it.  I may have been a little bit startled when he waved his flipper at me, took a breath of air and then swam away.

I'm reading the most fantastic book on my Kindle right now.  It's called The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron.  It's a big, monster, of a novel but I've totally lost myself in it.  I don't know if I've enjoyed a book this much since I read Pillars of the Earth.  I highly recommend it.

In the evening we grilled steaks on the beach, enjoyed another beautiful sunset and possibly drank a bit too much.

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I'll have more about Hawaii tomorrow!

© Twenty Four At Heart

66 Responses to “Hawaii – Days 1 and 2”

  1. stoneskin

    “possibly alcohol”
    Yet you sipped vodka.
    Did an off-license angel drop off the vodka?

  2. stoneskin

    “possibly alcohol”
    Yet you sipped vodka.
    Did an off-license angel drop off the vodka?

  3. stoneskin

    “possibly alcohol”
    Yet you sipped vodka.
    Did an off-license angel drop off the vodka?

  4. Alan

    Seriously…I’m not even coming back here until you get back. I don’t think I can even stand seeing these pictures. They are SO beautiful and now all I want to do is sit underneath one of those palm trees and drink a pina colada. Dammit 24!!!

  5. Alan

    Seriously…I’m not even coming back here until you get back. I don’t think I can even stand seeing these pictures. They are SO beautiful and now all I want to do is sit underneath one of those palm trees and drink a pina colada. Dammit 24!!!

  6. Alan

    Seriously…I’m not even coming back here until you get back. I don’t think I can even stand seeing these pictures. They are SO beautiful and now all I want to do is sit underneath one of those palm trees and drink a pina colada. Dammit 24!!!

  7. Pseudo

    Hi neighbor ; -) Kehei or Kaanapali?
    My best friend lives in Hana, if you folks make the drive let me know.

  8. Pseudo

    Hi neighbor ; -) Kehei or Kaanapali?
    My best friend lives in Hana, if you folks make the drive let me know.

  9. Pseudo

    Hi neighbor ; -) Kehei or Kaanapali?
    My best friend lives in Hana, if you folks make the drive let me know.

  10. Sandra

    Love Hawaii. Love Maui best. Kaui is nice too but I prefer Maui. More to do. Less rain.
    Can’t wait for your other posts.

  11. Sandra

    Love Hawaii. Love Maui best. Kaui is nice too but I prefer Maui. More to do. Less rain.
    Can’t wait for your other posts.

  12. Sandra

    Love Hawaii. Love Maui best. Kaui is nice too but I prefer Maui. More to do. Less rain.
    Can’t wait for your other posts.

  13. Linda

    Jealous! Only been to the Big Island & just once. Eleven days! sigh! Enjoy, enjoy! Can’t wait to see more.

  14. Linda

    Jealous! Only been to the Big Island & just once. Eleven days! sigh! Enjoy, enjoy! Can’t wait to see more.

  15. Linda

    Jealous! Only been to the Big Island & just once. Eleven days! sigh! Enjoy, enjoy! Can’t wait to see more.

  16. Southern Web Girl

    So beautiful. I hope to make it out there sometime soon! Only been once — when I was 6 and my family lived in Irvine at the time.

  17. Southern Web Girl

    So beautiful. I hope to make it out there sometime soon! Only been once — when I was 6 and my family lived in Irvine at the time.

  18. Southern Web Girl

    So beautiful. I hope to make it out there sometime soon! Only been once — when I was 6 and my family lived in Irvine at the time.

  19. Tracy Davis

    I love Maui and was fortunate to be able to live there for awhile back in 1996. My mom owns a condo there so she is there quite often. I haven’t been back since I lived there though. It’s kinda far from Norway (where I now live.. from CA). I love Maui so much though. I always felt “home” there. Take a pic of a double rainbow for me while you’re there! Take care and keep on sharing pics. I can’t get enough of ’em!

  20. Tracy Davis

    I love Maui and was fortunate to be able to live there for awhile back in 1996. My mom owns a condo there so she is there quite often. I haven’t been back since I lived there though. It’s kinda far from Norway (where I now live.. from CA). I love Maui so much though. I always felt “home” there. Take a pic of a double rainbow for me while you’re there! Take care and keep on sharing pics. I can’t get enough of ’em!

  21. Tracy Davis

    I love Maui and was fortunate to be able to live there for awhile back in 1996. My mom owns a condo there so she is there quite often. I haven’t been back since I lived there though. It’s kinda far from Norway (where I now live.. from CA). I love Maui so much though. I always felt “home” there. Take a pic of a double rainbow for me while you’re there! Take care and keep on sharing pics. I can’t get enough of ’em!

  22. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    You have a Kindle!!!
    And where on Maui are you? We were there in February (and again in March, long story), but the 2nd time we stayed north of Kaanapali and loved it.
    Enjoy your 11 days!

  23. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    You have a Kindle!!!
    And where on Maui are you? We were there in February (and again in March, long story), but the 2nd time we stayed north of Kaanapali and loved it.
    Enjoy your 11 days!

  24. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    You have a Kindle!!!
    And where on Maui are you? We were there in February (and again in March, long story), but the 2nd time we stayed north of Kaanapali and loved it.
    Enjoy your 11 days!

  25. Duchess

    Oh, you are so lucky!
    Now here is an interesting difference: in the UK it is very unusual for kids 16 and over to go on family vacations. My (British) ex husband was surprised that I found that odd — and sad. But it proved true in my world.

  26. Duchess

    Oh, you are so lucky!
    Now here is an interesting difference: in the UK it is very unusual for kids 16 and over to go on family vacations. My (British) ex husband was surprised that I found that odd — and sad. But it proved true in my world.

  27. Duchess

    Oh, you are so lucky!
    Now here is an interesting difference: in the UK it is very unusual for kids 16 and over to go on family vacations. My (British) ex husband was surprised that I found that odd — and sad. But it proved true in my world.

  28. Chris

    Beautiful! I’m glad you’re having a lovely time. Kind of you to share with your readers. 🙂

  29. Chris

    Beautiful! I’m glad you’re having a lovely time. Kind of you to share with your readers. 🙂

  30. Chris

    Beautiful! I’m glad you’re having a lovely time. Kind of you to share with your readers. 🙂

  31. ballerinatoes

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that last photo of the orange sunset. I believe I remember laughing at your posts from Hawaii last year.

  32. ballerinatoes

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that last photo of the orange sunset. I believe I remember laughing at your posts from Hawaii last year.

  33. ballerinatoes

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that last photo of the orange sunset. I believe I remember laughing at your posts from Hawaii last year.

  34. Kari-Mel

    Sounds heavenly! I miss Hawaii so much but I don’t miss the confinement I felt after 2 years of living there. It was a gorgeous place however, and it was certainly loved by the kids because we could hit the beach cheap every weekend and take our hot dogs or burgers, etc. with us and just make a huge day of it all!
    Find out about my new chemo in the morning! I will fill you in – probably by twitter.

  35. Kari-Mel

    Sounds heavenly! I miss Hawaii so much but I don’t miss the confinement I felt after 2 years of living there. It was a gorgeous place however, and it was certainly loved by the kids because we could hit the beach cheap every weekend and take our hot dogs or burgers, etc. with us and just make a huge day of it all!
    Find out about my new chemo in the morning! I will fill you in – probably by twitter.

  36. Kari-Mel

    Sounds heavenly! I miss Hawaii so much but I don’t miss the confinement I felt after 2 years of living there. It was a gorgeous place however, and it was certainly loved by the kids because we could hit the beach cheap every weekend and take our hot dogs or burgers, etc. with us and just make a huge day of it all!
    Find out about my new chemo in the morning! I will fill you in – probably by twitter.

  37. Kelly

    So beautiful. So jealous. Have a great time. Looking forward to more pictures!

  38. Kelly

    So beautiful. So jealous. Have a great time. Looking forward to more pictures!

  39. Kelly

    So beautiful. So jealous. Have a great time. Looking forward to more pictures!

  40. Linda T

    Not jealous. And Stoneskin- “possibly alcohol” means definitely alcohol in girlspeak. duh. Sweetie I am not jealous because you deserve it. I deserve it too but that is not the point. I know Jan will be ringing in here when she wakes up from her delight at being home again. Thanks so much for sharing the lovely pics and narrative. I’ll just pretend I am with you…:)

  41. Linda T

    Not jealous. And Stoneskin- “possibly alcohol” means definitely alcohol in girlspeak. duh. Sweetie I am not jealous because you deserve it. I deserve it too but that is not the point. I know Jan will be ringing in here when she wakes up from her delight at being home again. Thanks so much for sharing the lovely pics and narrative. I’ll just pretend I am with you…:)

  42. Linda T

    Not jealous. And Stoneskin- “possibly alcohol” means definitely alcohol in girlspeak. duh. Sweetie I am not jealous because you deserve it. I deserve it too but that is not the point. I know Jan will be ringing in here when she wakes up from her delight at being home again. Thanks so much for sharing the lovely pics and narrative. I’ll just pretend I am with you…:)

  43. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous beaches. Looks both tranquil and invigorating… depending on the time of the day. Lovely!! You lucky girl!!

  44. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous beaches. Looks both tranquil and invigorating… depending on the time of the day. Lovely!! You lucky girl!!

  45. sometimessophia

    Gorgeous beaches. Looks both tranquil and invigorating… depending on the time of the day. Lovely!! You lucky girl!!

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