I’ve already been home for a couple of weeks but am just now sitting down to write my usual facts and fascinations post after a trip. If you want you can read about my other trips by clicking on the links below.
My husband and I were married in Maui 18 years ago. We have dreamed about going back ever since and finally this year we had the opportunity. My parents flew in to watch our kids which was amazing and we can’t thank them enough.
So let’s get this list started shall we!
1. I always remembered the beautiful smell of Maui. I remember 18 years ago it hitting me as soon as we stepped off the plane. It was intoxicating and I was so looking forward to breathing in this magnificent air again. Only it didn’t happen. I think it had something to do with traveling at two different times of the year. Our first trip was in late February/early March and this trip was in August and I guess different flowers are in bloom at different times. I was so sad.
2. Despite the lack of intoxicating air, the flowers of Maui are stunning. I couldn’t get enough of them. But what I found most fascinating though was that everywhere you looked in the tourist areas the grounds were meticulously maintained, green and lush. Yet as soon as you were out of the tourist areas, the land was really quite dry, brown and barren. It made me realize how much time and attention must go into keeping the lawns and gardens in the towns looking so gorgeous each and every day. Super wow!
3. We rented a 2014 Ford Mustang Convertible while there, a dream come true for my husband. It was so fun to watch how happy he was to drive around every day. We did a lot of driving.
I must have over a hundred pictures taken from inside the moving vehicle. Like this one:
And this one:
And this one:
4. I am not a morning person at all yet every day we were on Maui, I was up by 6:00 am and in bed by 9:00. All that fresh air wiped me right out and I crashed hard every night. I absolutely loved sitting on the lanai early every morning taking in the sounds of the birds chirping and the palm trees swaying while watching the ocean in the distant. It was so relaxing and refreshing and I’m so glad I didn’t miss it.
5. Because we were up so early we were usually at the beach by 8:30 or 9:00 and we almost always had the place to ourselves. I thoroughly enjoyed that. We played in the waves and snorkeled around the reef right off the beach and had a great time.
That’s me saying hi!
6. The sand in Hawaii is hot to walk on and the water isn’t as clear or as warm as it was in Florida. In my opinion Florida definitely wins for better beaches. BUT the ocean waves of Maui were super fun to play in and we even saw a huge sea turtle swim right past us. Very cool.
7. We once again rented a condo through VRBO.com. I highly recommend this site when looking for a place to stay when traveling. We stayed at the Maui Kamaole in Kihei and I loved this location. We were at the end of Kihei just before Wailea so it wasn’t super busy but we were still within walking distance of restaurants and shops. It was a quiet resort with beautiful grounds. This was our specific condo if anyone is interested. I would highly recommend it, in fact you can even read my raving review on the bottom of the listing if you want.
8. The food on Maui was AMAZING. We didn’t have one bad meal. Not one. I showcased some of our meals here if you want to check out some of the places we ate at and recommend. We purchased food at a local grocery store and ate breakfast and lunch in our condo to cut down on costs and then enjoyed dinners out each evening. These were the best fish tacos ever at the Coconut’s Fish Cafe in Kihei. So delicious!
9. Chronic pain sucks especially though when it flares up in paradise. Bringing home a cane was not the souvenir I had in mind but on the positive side my “Hawaiian” cane is so much nicer than the canes I had at home and it folds up! Score! :)
10. As some of you know I am a total geek about gift shops. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. So imagine my surprise when we discovered the shops on Front Street in Lahaina. Oh my word, I was in gift shop heaven. It was shop after shop after shop. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many all in one place before. I was a giddy giddy girl. I don’t have a picture of the street itself but I do have one of me in front of the Banyan tree there.
11. Our wedding hotel was gone! We drove around Wailea one day looking for it and were very confused when we couldn’t find it. Once we got back to the condo we googled it to see what happened. Turns out the hotel was demolished and a new ultra modern one built in its place. We had no idea!
12. I don’t often get embarrassed but I will tell you that I experienced something in Maui that made me wish there was a great big hole in the floor that would have opened up and sucked me down. While at a restaurant one day I finished my meal and got up to use the restroom. I was in pain at this point so basically hobbled my way there ever so slowly. When I was done, I made my way back to my table, again moving at a snail’s pace using my cane to support me. It was only once I got to the table and a lady came flying up and hugged me from behind did I begin to suspect that something might not be quite right. She whispered into my ear “honey I don’t want to embarrass you but your dress is tucked up into your underwear in the back”. Oh yes she did and oh yes I did! I about died. Seriously! But thanks to the kindness of this lovely stranger I was able to fix the situation quickly and we got out of there fast. Can you imagine? Has this ever happened to any of you?
13. This was the first trip I think I’ve ever taken without experiencing any travel chaos whatsoever. No delayed flights, lost luggage or anything else. That fact alone fascinated me more than anything else!
Have you been to Hawaii? Where did you stay and what did you love most about it?