Well, we have returned from our first trip to Maui and now it is time to pay it forward. Trip reports for each day coming out.Thanks to everyone who posts here.
Flight was delayed almost an hour due to strong headwinds.....didn't see that coming and was a bit disappointed that we didn't make it to the water before sundown. Flight was supposed to land at 5:19 and I think we touched ground about 6pm.
Rental car - Budget FastBreak - very smooth. The only advice I would give here is that the rental car shuttle was not as obvious as I thought it would be. You have to walk past baggage claim and then go behind the rental car desks building. Signage wasn't great....only caused a slight delay as we just missed the shuttle.
By the time we got to Kaanapali it was raining pretty steady. Not exactly the way you want to start your first Hawaiian vacation when coming from Oregon.
Smooth check in at Kaanapali Beach Hotel. We had requested a high floor in the Kauai Wing and we got it. Dropped our bags and headed down to the Tiki Bar for our first Mai Tai. Then dumped ourselves into bed.
Actual Day 1:
Well this mornings weather was lousy. Raining when we got up (awake at 4:30 am!) but we decided that once the sun came up at 6:30 we would go a run....so we did.....in the rain. Fun, warm, and very wet. Not a drizzle either.....full on rain....pretty much all morning. While we were at breakfast we had quite the downpour and we're told that it was highly usual....great.....lucky us.
We decided to try to make the most of our time and we needed to pick up some rental gear....beach chairs, beach umbrella, and boogie boards. So we headed 10 minutes into Lahaina and picked them up at Boss Frogs. Also poked around a shop or two and then decided to go exploring.
Since it was still drizzly and cloudy we drove north up to the Nakalele Blowhole on the northwest corner of the island. Kinda cool. We didn't walk all the way down to it as it was really windy and we weren't wearing the right shoes (it was further from the road than I expected based on pictures I had seen). From a distance we could see it in action....very similar to what we have seen in Oregon so we didn't feel like we missed too much by not hiking down.
The drive up was beautiful and tropical. But it is funny, living in our own rainforest and along our own coast, things aren't that different. At least from the standpoint of beauty. Different foliage, but amazing how similar the rugged coastline can look
On the way back we stopped at an overlook at Honolua Bay and watched some surfers for awhile. That was fun to see.
We also poked our way back by checking out some other beach access points that I had heard could be good for snorkeling or boogie boarding (Kapalua, DT Fleming). So overall the drive was totally worth it and a good use of our time as we now have a better lay of the land if we decide to venture beyond our own beach.
Our last stop was lunch.....we had mahi mahi fish tacos at the Honokowai Fish Market. Seasoned and grilled then served with a poco de gallo and cabbage slaw. Super tasty.
Once back at the hotel the weather was still iffy. We were seeing more sun, but still a bit of drizzle and we were resigned to a day on our lanai. Which really wasn't so bad given that we splurged on the beach front room. But then it suddenly seemed like it was going to be okay and people were starting to flock outside and to the beach. So we pack up books and sunscreen and took up residence on two lawn chairs on the hotel grounds (the beach was a little too windy for our tastes - sand blowing and all). Two hours later we had had enough and headed back to the room.
Dinner at Lelani's Beachside Grill was just okay. I think my expectations may have been a little high based on how much everyone seems to love it. We did catch that nice sunset right before dinner. Then back to the hotel to meet up with some friends who were also staying here for a couple nights.
Not an ideal first day, but ended up being pretty good.