Thanks to friends Mitchell and Janet we were able to take an incredible vacation this summer to Maui!
Shortly after Miss Washington, and after Alex’s Previa van – affectionately named The Silver Bullet – was rendered immobile – we headed off on a much needed vacation.
Ben called it a hiatus from reality.
What a flight we had, complete with mai thais!
We picked up our rental car, and headed to Costco and the grocery store to pick up our food for the week.
Then we headed to our condo at Maui Parkshore. It was fully furnished and stocked, we felt very at home!
We met this dog, who didn’t have a name, so we called him 34579 because those were the numbers on his dog tag.
After a long walk we were standing in a cove, and what happened? It started to RAIN. Yes we Washingtonians must have brought it with us. But it was incredible and very warm!
Here we are in Honolua Bay for some snorkeling. We parked up above and then walked through this incredible “rain forest” to get to the cove.
It was truly remarkable.
DAY FOUR- got started nice and early, a bit of a rocky start, when Janet had to make a trip to the doctor. While she was there Ben and Alex had a bit of an adventure of their own. We visited the mall. 🙂
Here we are standing above the court yard where we drank starbucks and read our books for awhile. As we sat down the market was being set up. The mall hallways were “outdoors” and we were lucky to get to shop before the crowds, more like window shop since it was long before the stores opened.
Then we took a drive and ended up at this incredible Centennial Park. Each people group that immigrated to Hawaii has erected a monument 100 years after their group first came to Hawaii. Portuguese, Japanese, New Englanders, Puerto Ricans and the list went on. Each had a traditional garden. Amazing to learn about the rich history of Hawaii.
Several trips out and a few hours later we had spotted almost everything on our snorkeling guide… including 2 sea turtles. The second one we saw came to the surface and poked he head out of the water less than a foot from Ben’s head! Amazing. God is so good.
Then we headed back to downtown Lahaina where we managed to see a show and Ben got asked to come up on stage to do the hula. You’ve got to see the video to believe it!
We saved a trip to Bubba Gumps for our final day in town.
We ate SO much seafood and it truly was a the perfect way to finish our trip!
And a gorgeous sunset to boot!
Our sever did a great job and we ate some incredible food! Even got a recipe for a tempura dip.