Well today was mostly a relaxation day. We slept in, had a lazy morning, made pancakes for breakfast...and papaya on the lanai.
Hubby and 12 year old went to play tennis and I strolled around the grounds and shops. We happened to rum into each other when they were returning the rackets and found a lady teaching hula just over in another part of the lobby.
Surfing and taking hula lessons were on my 12 year old's wish list...so it was so neat just to happen upon it. She joined right in...the lesson was probably close to an hour long. It was very good and she was thrilled. It was all ladies...and her...lol.
We played in the pool...having lots of fun and laughing during all of the silly pool games we play. It was a really nice family bonding moment...we seem to be having a lot of those here on Maui.
That is one of the main reasons I like to travel and go camping. We are away from all the distractions (well most...they still have their ipods), away from all of our regular day to day duties...and just have so much time together. I cherish these moments so much because I know how quickly they go.
My 22 and 24 year olds won't camp with us, and don't really go on vacation with us. I still hope to book something with all of us...but they each have their responsibilities and schedules, so it's hard to get away for a week with all of us. I am still hopeful though.
The girls headed back up to the condo and hubby and I took a walk aling the beach stopping in at the Beach Club (pink) next door...beautiful grounds and pool area, and also stopping at Honua Kai. We didn't go into the pools or anything, just walked around. Honua Kai is wonderful. I would love to stay there for a couple of nights. Great water area, nicely landscaped...I just got a really good feeling being there. It was out of our price point for this trip, but maybe next time.
I mustn't make sense to some of you...I talk about liking the small condos then I talk about loving Grand Wailea and Honua Kai.....well..I think I have discovered what I like best on this kind of vacation.
I like a week at a small condo..like Kihei Surfside, Napili area, etc....followed by a couple of days at a big resort with lots of pool and beautiful grounds. I think Kaanapali Shores in kind of in the middle, and although lovely, it just doesn't really fit either of those.
Now I could repeat this entire vacation again just as we have sone it and be completely thrilled...but next time I think I'd do one week local and quiet, then a few days mega resort...repeat as neccesary...lol.
After our walk we got ready for our evening out. All of us were heading to Ululena. We stopped at the Cannery Mall again then we went to Aloha Mixed Plate for supper. We took the long way...we drove down into the busy town part, only to drive all the way back up to AMP...which is right behind the mall...duh.
The parking for Ululena is at the Lahaina Center...is that an old mall that has been closed down??? Or are they building it into something else? It looks like it used to be something, but now it's just empty buildings for the most part.
Anyway...parking is free if you get your ticket validated at the show. We enjoyed the show...yes, it is sung in Hawaiian, but that is part of why we liked it. You could tell the story by the acting and dancing. You are also given a program which describes each scene...and the description that is spoken is in english.
It is actually very touching...especially the pary when the Europeans come in. It makes me kind of sad how the traditional Hawaiian culture has been changed and somewhat taken over. Just some touching moments. It's a bit of culture that I think was good for us all to watch. It made for some good conversation on the drive home.
Can't believe that there are only a few days left...I want to hang on tight to every moment. When we got back home, hubby and daughter went to play tennis again and I went down for a night swim in the pool.
When I first got there I had the garden pool and hottub all to myself. What an amazing feeling....laying in a quiet pool surrounded by palm trees and tiki torches. Wow...I am in Hawaii!!! This is one of my favorite things ever...swimming in the quiet darkness of the night. (Safely of course...I was in a lit, open hotel pool...lol).
Later I was joined by other swimmers and I met a couple who live about 2 hours from us. He was actually born close to where we live, so it was neat to talk about that. Talking to them gave me great perspective...they were there as part of her son's Make a Wish Foundation wish. A very bittersweet vacation...although mostly sweet...they said he is doing well now and has all hia hair back, etc. But it sure makes you realize how fragile everything is...and how blessed we are to be able to come here on our own.
She said they were only here for one week and that they were only going to take short naps. They didn't want to sleep a lot because they wanted to experience Maui for as many waking moments as they could. She said they could sleep at home when they got back. God bless them.
Great day and we had some prayers for the family we met....quite a wake up call.