Am headed to Maui on 1/15 for a brief trip. Last time we were there was 11/2009 with my sister and my parents. This time, I have to leave hubby and our 2 kids at home (ages 4 and 2) because we just can't afford it. My mother passed away in September from cancer, so this trip is with my dad and sister to scatter the remains at sea per her wishes. Maui was 1 of her favorite places.
So you could say that this is not going to be a pleasurable trip. However, 1 thing I AM looking forward to is lunch at Da Kitchen. My sister has never been there and we're going to have a late lunch there after our flights arrive before we go back to the airport to pick up our father (all of our flights arrive within a few hours of each other). Normally, my sister is a foodie who prefers more expensive restaurants whereas I tend to frequent less expensive, locally-run establishments that the locals go to (this is why Da Kitchen and Aloha Mixed Plate are 2 of my favorite places on the whole island eating-wise).
This time around, I'm not checking luggage. Going to try the one bag concept that I found at www.onebag.com and www.1bag1world.com. Plan on also doing some shopping to bring home some gifts for hubby and our girls since they won't be seeing their mommy for a few days.