I am here on Maui with a good friend, her daughter, & daughter's SO. We booked the same flights and are spending a good deal of time together, however I have my own sweet little 1 bedroom condo at Maalaea Yacht Marina and they are just up the road in a nice 2 bedroom unit at Kanai A Nalu.
We had a non-stop on Alaska Air. Bad news: very bumpy for the first 90 minutes with no in-flight service. Good news: empty seat between us and on-time arrival. We had both reserved cars with Discount Hawaii, however theirs was with Alamo and mine Thrifty. I went to the Blue Chip line for immediate, impressive service. Told the rep I needed something easy to get in and out of due to a bad knee. She checked, recommended a Nissan Versa, and even drove it around front for me. Nice little car!
Opened the door to my condo and very happy to see it exactly as pictured: www.vrbo.com/376783
Excellent value at $140 per night. I'm a frequent island visitor, but even in my budget price range I am picky. This condo has plush, comfy furniture inside and on the lanai, good light for reading, stunning artwork, and a pleasant view. I ran through my initial checklist: instructions for TV (check), wine opener (check), plunger (check)..and lots more including travel mugs for coffee.
Thanks to a nice welcome packet of fruit and goodies there was no need to rush off to the store. Had a light meal at Beach Bums at Maalaea Harbor, enjoying the live music and twilight view of boats coming and going.
My best advice (which I often fail to remember) is not to stress in advance about the weather. Last week the forums were talking about strong winds and so much ocean chop that it was hard to see the whales. This week (so far) the winds have been very, very light..even here in Maalaea which is normally one of the windiest spots on the island. The temp is perfect. They say a change is coming, but we will worry about that later and have a few "rainy day" ideas in mind.
I couldn't wait to jump in the sparkling pool. OOPS! Solar heating system is not working and pool is frigid. I am not a wimp when it comes to cool water, but this is beyond cold. Luckily, the pool at Kanai a Nalu is heated so I spend a lot of time on the lovely lawn there with my friends, dipping first in the ocean and then the pool. We talk about doing many things, but it is hard to beat just relaxing, reading, swimming, and lifting our heads now and then to see if there are any whales cavorting around.
I do have a couple of activities to report on, but will add those in another post later in the day. Time soon to head to Upcountry.