Maui

Aloha!

Well I think I finally arrived to the Vacation Zone.  That place where you just are not worried about anything and haven’t checked emails for a few days and you are totally ok with that.  ๐Ÿ™‚  

We are staying in a beautiful quiet place close to Maliko Bay just east of Paia, Maui.  We arrived late Friday evening, grabbed some groceries and dinner and got settled in.  The pool here is amazing!  I could totally do a pool at home.  As a matter of fact I fell asleep on a lounger I was so tired.  One of the things we wanted to do was go on the Piilani and Hana Highways and see that side of Maui.  I had heard the drive is so beautiful but pretty slow going.  Sharp turns, pretty much a gravel road at times and single lane.  This was what we spent doing most of Saturday.  Some pics below.  


We stopped at Bully’s Burger Shack for a late lunch.  That was truly a Shack lol.  Good Burgers though.  Truly a breathtaking afternoon and the rain held off.  Just some light sprinkles.  


Sunday church was at 9 am so drove in to Kahului.  I had forgot it was Fast Sunday so had made a big breakfast.  I don’t normally share my testimony when traveling but I think with such a warm welcome and the intense beauty we had witnessed on Saturday I had to share.  Wonderful Saints in Maui.  We had our first truly relaxing day Sunday.  Caught a nap, enjoyed the pool, watched a movie and had a great dinner.

Monday we spent time at Hookipa Beach which is about 10 minutes from where we are staying.  We had dinner at Rock & Brews in Paia.  Wings, pizza, and burgers plius these rootbeer floats which were $8.95 each.  Seriously dinner was over $200.  It was a fun place and busy.  After a day at the beach though you are hungry.  

Tuesday we went exploring again this time down in Wailea.  I have heard from many it is the best place to go on Maui.  There are so many places I’m sure it is just one of the best.  Wailea did impress.  

One of my favorite things is how open to the outdoors these homes are.  You open entire walls up to the outside.  It’s like sleeping outside.  Sex outside. ๐Ÿ˜‡  We even have an outdoor shower as part of the Master Suite.  This property even has two bathrooms in the Master Suite.  One for each of us.  It is crazy lol.  We leave here in 7 hours and I thank the Hawaiian Gods for sparing us the rain and giving us many memories.  

We are off to the Big Island of Hawaii and my parents will arrive later today.  I can’t wait to see them and so happy they are coming for their first real vacation in many years.  Oh I almost forgot!  Sunrises and Sunsets.  WOW!

Hawaii 2.0

Such a fun week!  Arrived Monday afternoon and after meeting up with my colleague we had a business lunch at Dukes!  Such a great place to eat and Waikiki is a beautiful beach.  I got tee shirts for everyone, they will be thrilled!  So much history at Dukes, go if you get the chance.  I was pretty wiped out from the flight so we went back to their place and lounged around all afternoon by the pool and caught up.  Tuesday we had business until mid afternoon then more pool time.  I saw Kailua Bay for the first time and the North Shore again.  It’s shocking a place can be so perfect.  Her hubby grilled kabobs and veggies for dinner and it was YUMMY!  No rain despite the forecast, just 70s and clouds.  Wednesday we were up early and on a flight to Kauai.  Business I won’t bore you with but the drive up the coast was so pretty.  Stayed at the Westin Resort.  The rain didn’t come as predicted again :).  We took advantage of the spa and had scheduled hot rock massages then enjoyed some time in the wet sauna.  I was like so relaxed.  Dinner included a virgin margarita and a flash of pineapple juice with short ribs and shrimp.  No words can be uttered to express the sheer perfection of that food.  My taste buds are still happy.  I didn’t wake up at 4 am on Wednesday so I consider it a huge victory.  Thursday started out with a run and then I will tell you straight up the breakfast buffet would blow your mind.  I ate so much.  I had a waffle, an omelette, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, fruit plus hot chocolate, milk, OJ and pineapple juice to drink.  I was so full!   Thursday we had a flight to Maui with a short stop in Oahu on the way.  The rain came after I left in Kauai all day but we only had about an hour of rain in Maui.  Got our business done and spent a short time at the pool.  Mid 60s and cloudy but enjoyed some snacks and the hot tub.  Got hit on but flashed our rings lol.  The Westin Resort on Maui had an awesome performance with fire dancers and about two hours of entertainment.  The Luau was so delicious.  Taste buds were again very happy.  We had soooo much fun.  I am finally sleeping till my alarm goes off.  Today I even hit snooze and waited till 6:30 to get up.  This morning we had 90 minute hot rock massages scheduled.  After the massages we went to the breakfast buffet where I am writing this post.  I love breakfast buffets at resorts, they are over the top.  Trying to not eat so much today.  After we get back to Oahu we are going to meet up for a date.  I am so excited to see Jack and Chip.  I really am hoping they remember me lol.  I don’t even know why it really matters but we had so much fun last time.  It would just be fun to think they do I guess.  I have told my friend so much about them.  She lives here and has never swam with dolphins.  I couldn’t believe it.  So today we live fully.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  I am headed back to the mainland tomorrow.  Business was good, the food was better, the massages were heavenly but I believe the dolphins will take the prize.  ๐Ÿ˜‡ 


Travelย 

I am grateful for wifi on airplanes.  Definitely helps the time pass.  Seven hours without would be tough.  You can only sleep so long.  I got up at 4 am this morning.  We arrived at the airport just after 5 am.  I appreciate that Keith always parks and takes me in and makes sure I get my bag checked, my boarding pass and through security before he leaves.  It just makes me feel happy.  I don’t often travel alone but when I do he always does this.  Flight was at 6:30 to Salt Lake and once we landed I had a breakfast burrito and bought some snacks for the next flight to Honolulu.  In the air over the ocean right now and there is a lot of ocean.  I do have a window seat so hoping for some great views.  I have one meeting over lunch after we get in, then spending the afternoon with my friend.  I saw there was rain in the forecast this week so hoping that maybe we get lucky and some sun makes an appearance.  Crazy the two days of sun and fun are my travel days.  Dear Universe, just putting it out there, but do me a favor and show me some love.  โค  I will be on Oahu today and tomorrow.  Wednesday we will be on Kauai and Thursday Maui.  Back Friday to Oahu then Saturday headed home.  Tried to build in some relaxation time despite the business that has to get done.  Actually I did build in some relation time lol.  Keith is on his way to Las Vegas with friends for the WWC basketball tourney.  I hope BYU wins this game so he can see BYU play in the championship.  He is home Wednesday and owes his parents big time lol.