Coming from NYC I wanted to maximize the amount of time we will be in Maui, so we took the red eye from JFK (leaving at 9:35pm) and arriving in Maui at 7:55 am. The first leg of the flight will be serviced by Jet Blue with Hawaiian taking over from Vegas to HNL then HNL to OGG. We decided ahead of time that we will check in one bag, so upon checking in with Jet Blue, we were pleasantly surprised that even though we booked with HA, Jet Blue's policy of first bag flies free applied to us.
The flight was uneventful, and the service from Jet Blue and HA were more than satisfactory.
We arrived in Maui on time early in the morning, and it felt like coming home. I was born and raised in the Philippines, and I knew there will be similarities, but I still was surprised. It felt like I was in my backyard. We picked up our rental car, and thinking we are able bodied young adults, we will go explore Maui (this is more me, since the boyfriend was reluctant to do this).
We went to 'Iao Valley, and arrived at the park at around 9:00 am. There were very few people in the park, and we were able to enjoy it in relative quiet. Pictures do not do this place justice. It is a different world up there, it is so lush and vividly green. Considering how easy it is to get here, I would definitely recommend going to this place.
Since the BF was cranky from lack of sleep, we decided to go straight to Honua Kai even though it is too early for check in and planned to just chill in West Maui. While driving to HK, it is crazy how beautiful this island is. I was mesmerized by the West Maui Mt, and being tourists we dropped by the scenic point and took plenty of pictures. We passed HK and had lunch at Honokawai Deli, and the portions are huge! I had chicken barbeque, BF had tonkatsu but we both preferred the barbeque. After that we went to HK and got the parking pass, 12 bucks a day, but they do have underground parking which makes it convenient to bring stuff from the car to our unit. Check in was not until 3, so we decided to look for Whaler's Village. "Look" was definitely the operational term in that we looked but were unable to get there. Somehow the signage of the beachpath to Whaler's terminates at the Sheraton and functioning on no sleep we were unable to get our bearings and we just returned to HK.
After checking in, I understand why people are in love with HK. I understand that we will spend most of our time oustide, but to us having a beautiful unit is part of being on vacation. It is definitely modern and clean, with beautiful appliances. We have a view of the West Maui Mountain, and it is glorious. No smell noticed as well!
We decided to grab dinner at Duke's since we were both too lazy to cook or go anywhere else. We had the MacNut Wontons, and the BF loved it. Personally it reminds me of the rangoon from Chinese restos in NYC. We both had fish dishes, and we were satisfied at the end of the meal. No hula pie, yet.
We then walked around the beach, and the most awkward and unromantic proposal happened in the beach, and we are now engaged. We went back to the unit, and decided to turn in early since I insist on seeing the sunrise at Haleakala on my birthday.
Next... Haleakala (We are alive!!!)