As many of you may know, Nick and I flew to Maui for a week in the sun with my brother and sister-in-law. We stayed at the Honua Kai resort off of the Ka'anapoli Beach and had a week full of snorkeling, hiking, Luau's, and amazing food among many other things. This blog post is a documentation of the highlights from our trip.
The day Nick and I flew in, it was already pretty windy in the afternoon. We all checked in to our resort, then quickly whisked ourselves away for a cocktail and a walk on the beach. The weather was cloudy and rainy the first night. In one of the photos below you can see a tiny hint of a rainbow. This was the only rainbow we saw the entire week but I was glad to capture one, at least. :) The next day, Nick and I got up on our own at 4 AM due to the time change. We decided to go for a walk to check everything out. This is when I took most of the resort photos because we were basically the only people awake on the whole resort. That evening, the sunset was gorgeous so I captured some photos from our lanai as well as on the beach.
On Tuesday night, we went on a sunset cruise in Lahaina. We had dinner on the boat and saw some phenomenal views of the island as well as the sunset on the water. My brother, Ian, took a few of these photos below on the sunset cruise. :) He has a great perspective! Afterward, we found ourselves listening to some live local Hawaiian music at a nearby restaurant then walking through a park marveling at the historic Banyan Tree which is more than 60 feet high and covers an entire block!
On Wednesday, Nick and I went to a Luau at Black Rock. The four of us went snorkeling there earlier in the week and even saw a Monk Seal basking in the sun on the beach! I learned a few new things at the Luau. When women in Hawaii wear flowers in their hair, it means something. If they wear a flower behind their right ear, that means they are single. If they wear it on top of their head, it means they are in a relationship but still keeping their options open. If they wear the flower behind their left ear, that means they are married. I also learned that the official state flower of Hawaii is the yellow Hibiscus. :) Black Rock ended up to be one of my favorite spots because I learned, this is the sacred place where Hawaiians believed that their souls would depart the Earth and enter Heaven.
After the Luau, we hit up good old Duke's (the restaurant at our resort) for some Hula Pie! ^^^
On Thursday, we rented cruiser bikes and cruised around Lahaina. Then, Ian and Nick played golf while Sara and I went to the Spa. :)
Friday we got up early and headed out to Twin Falls for a hike and to see some beautiful waterfalls! We stopped at one of the scenic overlook stops to admire the view, then continued on to Twin Falls. I loved photographing all of the exotic flowers and plants on our hike. When we made it to the waterfall, we all got in and swam in it. It was such an amazing experience that I will never forget.
After our hiking, we went for lunch at this place called Hali'imaile General Store. It was delicious and the first place that I tried a local glass of Hawaiian Sparkling Rose (I later purchased a bottle at the Maui Winery). We crossed the street and checked out a place where they make blown glass at Makai Glass and scoped out a Vodka distillery as well at Hali'imaile Distilling.
Later that evening, I had Nick take some photos of me on the beach…because I couldn't resist! Who doesn't want new head shots on the beach? lol!
Saturday was our last full day, catching a flight out in the late evening. We spent some time by the pool that morning, then made our way to a Mexican restaurant in Lahaina called Frida's. We had been seeing commercials for it and thought we should try it before we leave. I'm so glad we did. It was delicious and had a fabulous view, too. After lunch, we began our journey to what we jokingly referred to as "The Road To Oprah's," but first, we stopped off at Leoda's Kitchen & Pie Shop. We have some great friends of ours that had been telling us to try that spot. I'm so glad we did, it was AMAZING. After the pie, we continued on "The Road To Oprah." I'm not even sure if we could spot her house from the road, but I took a photo of what we *THINK* could have been her house. And that counts. After Oprah's, we went to the winery where I purchased a bottle of Maui Sparkling Rose. To end the trip, we found this little restaurant close to the airport called Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe for our last dinner together. We sat outside and enjoyed more fresh air before boarding the long flight home.
My favorite thing about this trip aside from the amazing sites and experiences we had was spending time with my brother. Family is everything. Don't ever take anything for granted. I am learning that we are only here a short time. Live life, travel, love….stop and smell the roses.
Can't wait for the next one!!
Peace and Love.
All The Best,