Hello everyone, time for a short trip report. After all of the drama of getting here we are starting to settle in. Really the past two days have been very low key and this may be a little boring. Our second day was really our first since we didn't get to the condo until about 11pm. Rented our car with Alamo with no problems at all, we got a Chrysler convertible. We did the usual, I waited for the bags while hubby went to get the car. It's a great way to beat the line in the car rental area. It only took about 20 minutes and we were on our way. We made our usual stop at Safeway for the bare essentials...COFFEE and a few other things. Make sure to get a Safeway card to save a few dollars, we have had ours for years. One other thing to be aware of, the night we were at Safeway, they stopped selling alcohol at 11pm. The condo at the Whaler is amazing, 802, oceanfront with a wrap around lanai with incredible views of the ocean and the west Maui mountains. I have never stayed in a better stocked condo, everything here that you could ever need. A splurge for sure but since this is a special occasion for us we just went for it.
The day after we got here was really just a day to relax after a very long day. In total with a long layover it took about 19 hours to get here. We went for a walk on the wonderful pathway on Kaanapali beach and hit the Starbucks at the Marriott. Hung out by the pool, the temps here have been perfect, about 78-82 and the wind has really been whipping up. Later in the evening we went to the Hula Grill, one of my favorites. Another tip, it's always crowded and many times we sit at the area where they prepare the food, kind of a bar like area. It's great fun watching them prepare all of that wonderful food. You also get a punch card for sitting there and when it's full you get 60.00 off. I believe it's after you spend about 280.00 dollars. It's good from year to year. My hubby got the seafood chowder, very different from what you would think. It was loaded with lobster, fresh fish, and scallops in a coconut base. It was amazing! I had the macadamia nut crusted fish of the day from the chef's tasting menu. When you order from the chef's tasting menu which is 25.95 you get an appetizer, entree, and dessert. It was wonderful served with jasmine rice, goat cheese salad and pineapple upside down cake with caramel sauce. So good! After that it was back to the condo and to bed, we were exhausted.
Yesterday was again low key, pool time, then to the Maui Arts and Craft Fair at the Lahaina Civic Center, it is open most Sundays and kind of moves around the island on different days. I go every year and they have some wonderful things by local sellers. I bought some wonderful lavender loofa handmade soaps, had to get a couple of pieces of great jewelry. There is a local seller who is there every year and she has beautiful sterling and sea glass jewelry and EVERYTHING is 10.00, a fantastic deal. Back to the condo after another Safeway stop where we purchased two huge filet steaks, the biggest I have ever seen for 23.00. I think that's a great price and I am almost sure it came from one of the ranches here because of the way it was labeled. It's amazing how expensive some of the staples are, and at the same time the prices are pretty good on other things. Back to the condo to bbq the steaks, sat on the lanai and watched another amazing Maui sunset. The steaks were fantastic.
Today we plan to take my gown to have it steamed and drive to Makena Cove where the ceremony is being held and we may go upcountry for a while as well. Sorry nothing too exciting but it seems that each time we come we are a little more relaxed and don't have that "hurry, we need to go here, see that, do this" feeling. We just kind of take our time and try to relax. The past year has been a challenge for me, I picked up a nasty rare strep infection in Belieze one year ago that wiped out my adrenal and pituitary glands and I have struggled with that for a while so my energy level is not what it once was. I'm an ER RN and I have been off work for a long time due to this. So that makes me even more inclined to just take my time and relax. More to come. Those of you hit by this winter storm try to stay safe and warm. My parents are staying at our house with our cat, bob and they said we got over a foot of snow and temps are going to be below zero with wind chills of -30. A great time to be in Maui!