It's been an absolutely wonderful trip.
Our goal has been to just "go with the flow", not to over-plan or over-schedule and not to stress if things turn out a bit different than we anticipated. I'm happy to say we've been very successful in that respect!
I've got such a lovely Maui chill going on that I can't even start a trip report at the moment, but I do plan to once I'm home and settled in.
I've found it so helpful and interesting/entertaining to read trip reports from others, so I hope to return the favor if I can.
But for now, I'm chilling on the lanai of the room, enjoying the view and the breeze and the bird song - just before heading to the airport.
We've spent a week and have seen and done so much, but still have had plenty of downtime for reflection and just taking it all in.
I feel so fortunate to get to come here (our fourth trip to the islands in five years, our second to Maui) and if our situation and health allows, we hope to come every year. Kauai will be next and it will be my first trip there - DH was there once before we met.
I know that a lot of people like to travel to different places each time they take a vacation, but I just don't really have that wanderlust anymore having experienced Hawaii. It just feels like "why would I want to go anywhere else?" This being the second time on Maui and staying in/visiting places and sights we enjoyed so much the last time, I sort of feel like "Hi, honey - I'm home!"
I also feel incredibly lucky that we missed the bad weather. I feel so badly for people who had that happen on their vacation.
Does anyone else feel that the Hawaiian air is "soft"? That's the only way I can describe it. It's different from anything I've felt before. When a breeze floats over me, I feel like I've been kissed with aloha.
Mahalo to all for the wonderful info and advice given here and aloha until I begin Trip Report posting!