Saturday, June 04, 2011

Aloooooooha!

Why Aloha? We just returned from a magical, amazing, relaxing, fantastic vacation in Maui. Oh, how I loved it. Iris was crying when we left the vacation condos we stayed in, and I have to say, I completely understood why. I have never been on a "real" vacation in my life, so this was extra fun. Will definitely be counting down the days until we return!

We stayed at a place called Napili Village, which I would highly recommend if you ever want to go to Maui and have a laid back, relatively inexpensive (everything on Maui is expensive), smallish place to crash that is close to beautiful beaches and great snorkeling.

Due to the time difference (Maui is three hours behind Seattle) we got in just before lunch on Wednesday. Despite being tired from a long flight and a pretty crappy experience dealing with the gate agents at the airport, we were ready to get outside and start our vacation!




We changed in to our warm weather clothes and headed down to Napili Beach to check it out. For some reason it didn't really occur to us that if you're on the beach and anywhere near the water, you're going to get wet. You know, waves and all. Here's my mom and Matt in the aftermath of a wave. I was wearing my jeans, although rolled up, I still was pretty soaked.


This guy was playing his guitar and singing reggae songs over a recorded beat. It was kind of neat to have a live soundtrack to our introduction to the ocean. We didn't find out until the next day that he, and the crowd of people around him, was there for a "going away" party for someone who was returning to the mainland.


We took pictures of the sunset every night we could. It was so beautiful. The sun sets much earlier in Maui than it does in Seattle. We had to catch it at about 6:30 and it was pretty much down by 7:00.


Iris and Eloise made a little friend on the beach. He initially walked over to Iris and said "will you dance with me?" He was small, I would guess four. It was so sweet. Iris didn't want to dance, so he asked Eloise. She didn't either so the three of them started playing a game where they sat on the sand and waited for the waves to pull them down towards the water. Needless to say, the girls were absolutely FULL of sand by the time we left.


A kind stranger took this picture of my mom, Eloise and I on Napili Beach at sunset. Ahhhh . . .


On Thursday morning we rented our snorkeling gear for the week. All of us, including the girls, got gear. I had no idea how they would like it, or if they would even try it. Well, I think the picture below pretty much answers that question. Once they got the gear on, they took off. No learning curve whatsoever. Matt, the girls and I had to learn in the pool at the condos where we stayed.

Our little island girls all dressed up in their sarongs! My mom brought these along for the trip.



The palm trees overhead were incredibly tall and swayed in the breeze all day long. They were so pretty!


In the afternoon we "hiked" the first part of the Kapalua Coastal Trail. It went past Kapalua Beach and the Ritz Carlton resort then out on a point that held some amazing views and also housed birds who made their nests in holes underground.


Here's the fam hamming it up behind a cool tree.



Here we are out on the point along the trail.



Self-portrait of Eloise and I on the trail.


This was a walkway along the north side of Napili Bay.


Our day was punctuated by Iris getting a pretty fantastic sunburn despite putting sunscreen on her approximately three billion times. I guess when you're a fair-skinned red head on an island close the equator no sunscreen in the world will help you not burn.


It's also pretty fun to be able to walk around shoeless and either entirely or half-clothed in a swimsuit and no one thinks anything about it.

1 comment:

  1. Looks awesome! I was JUST thinking how I hadn't seen anything on your blog lately... I was thinking I'd missed it. I haven't had a real vacation since I've grown up... definitely want to! But then, you know I want to LIVE a vacation. :-)

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