The Long and Short of It - You can wade through the whole long story of each day with me as I relive our memories, or skip to the take-away at the end if you prefer the short of it. Here goes...
5:20 PM Hawaiian Standard Time
Ahh.... we stepped off the plane and into the warm embrace of Maui air. "Honey....we're home..."
And Maui is our dream home, our heart home. We hope and plan that one day, we may be able to live here for more than 9-10 days a year! For now though, this is our 7th Hawai'i trip in 10 years, 6th to Maui.
"We" are Brian and Teri, celebrating our 30th anniversary together. And in the last year and a half I've become a Maui TA forum addict, so if you are too, we are already friends! Aloha to my TA friends, old and new.
I love all of the live trip reports here. Czar, yours, as last year, are taking me right back to Maui. Deb, "Letsgotohawaiiasap," I'm loving going along on your Kauai trip too. And so many more, so much fun! Thank you!
So I feel like I must explain that I promised my terrific husband to spend our time together on this trip enjoying Maui, rather than enjoying the Maui forum! I vowed to let my mantra be, "be here now", and soak up every bit of Maui magic to take back home with us. Now, after all that explanation, I'm ready to start sharing our trip with you. As much as I try to edit, it will be long!
It had been a very long travel day. We got up at 3:00am CST, and really could have slept in another hour for a flight so early- 5:50am, they didn't even open security until 5AM. We had smooth travels on United, CID/ ORD /SAN/OGG. It wasn't our preferred itinerary, but we did get a great price on the tickets. We arrived about half hour early. I love arriving in daylight to the spectacular views of the island.
We flew carry-on only, so we went straight to Hertz shuttle. No line, but our reserved Mustang convertible was not available. So we had to wait fifteen minutes. That gave me a chance to change into sandals and something tropical! It was worth the wait. We got a new Volvo convertible instead. Nice!
The drive to Lahaina along the rocky coastline with the setting sun was spectacular as always. Those views are etched into a corner of my heart. We arrived to clear night sky and a gazillion silver stars. And we were EXHAUSTED!
We had rented a condo in Lahaina town at Lahaina Shores for the first 4 nights of our trip. The historic resort seemed a little disappointing after the new luxury at Honua Kai where we stayed last year. In the dark, LS's charms were not so apparent. But we had lot's of space and a very comfy king sized bed - hooray!
We walked next door to Betty's Beach Cafe, ordered ceviche and drinks. We really like the tiki style ambiance and the ceviche. The other food is not great. They were out of mint for my mojito, the waitress was not very helpful or friendly. Other staff, however were great! We watched the show at Feast at Lele. We arrived about half way through and had a good view from Betty's open "window"seat. After that we took a quiet stroll along the beach, our bare feet in the gentle foamy surf.
We walked back to the condo and fell into bed. We were too tired to even think of the days ahead, but we knew it was all good. The past weeks' stresses of family holidays, work and the long trip had floated away on our Maui dreams, once again coming true.
1. If you are taking the first flight out in the morning at a small airport, you probably don't need to be there 2 hours early.
2. Arrive before sunset if you can, to enjoy the gorgeous views from the air and on your drive "home". And Do embrace Maui as "home" while you are here.
3. If you go Betty's, just have the ceviche and drinks. And you can enjoy a great view of the Feast at Lele show from Betty's!
4. Soak up the Maui magic every minute you are there!Edited: 27 January 2013, 05:09