Monday, March 24, 2008

Aloha Maui, Part 1

Well I'm back! Maui was magical and everything we'd heard. I was surprised by how varied the topography and ecosystems on the island were. I wanted to share some of my photos with you of our adventures. So sit back and enjoy. Mahalo!

This is the view upon entering our hotel: the Hyatt Regency in Kaanapali. They have gathered quite a collection of Asian antiques and artifacts, Quite impressive.

This was the view from our "partial ocean view" room. Makes you wonder how great are the rooms with a "full ocean view". I was totally happy with the garden view and the ocean beyond.

Another wonderful artifact at the Hyatt

Sunset our first night. Sigh....

Our first day we took to the trails through the lush forests of west Maui. This photo shows one of the "easy to get to" photo opportunity spots on the island known as the Iao Needle.

We went to the Old Lahaina Lu'au our second night. It really is the most picturesque of the options on Maui. (And you really can't miss at least one luau in your life right?)It has beautiful grounds right on the beach. We would pass the lu'au at the Hyatt practically every day on our way in and out of the hotel, and we had also caught glimpses of other venues. The Old Lahaina Lu'au is by far the most charming setting.

A secluded little beach near Napali that we discovered one day.

This beach is on the Ke'anae Point on the Road to Hana on the Rain Forest side of the island. Gorgeous and dramatic lava rock beaches.

Charming church on Ka'enae Point built in a traditional style with tin roof and lava rock.

We made lots of new friends.

One of the best surfing beaches we found in Hana.

Beautiful black sand beach in Hana.

One of the most fun days we had was sailing on the Trilogy catamaran to the tiny cinder cone island of Molokini. They started us off with a breakfast of fruit and some of the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had. We have not had our underwater pictures developed yet, but we caught some good photos of the abundant sea turtles and loads of fish among the coral reefs. One of my favorite things, though, was the ukulele playing and original songs by our Captain, Mark. Great day in Paradise.

This is whale watching season in Hawaii and there were all over the place. I hope you can make out the tail in my picture!

Loved this outrigger canoe!

During another day of exploring, I was struck by these palm trees at H.A. Baldwin Beach Park near Paia. It is named for one of the first and most powerful sugar cane farmers in Hawaii, for father of C&H Sugar. (We also hit the Sugar Cane Museum to learn a bit more about this industry that made such an impact on Hawaii.)

The Plumeria were blooming everywhere.

It was hard to come home.

I am going to put together a bit of information on the restaurants where we ate in my next post. There were so many really good restaurants and one in particular stood out as my favorite. Stay tuned!


mrsplainjane said...

ooh, you're making me excited about our upcoming trip to Maui! We're heading there next month to celebrate our 5th anniversary, and cannot wait. Definitely ready for some total relaxation! I love all Hana photos. My husband has the best childhood memories from there, and every time we stop by the Hotel Hana Maui I wish we were staying out here rather than Wailea. :)

Mrs. Blandings said...

It is all so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your spring break - it makes me want to hop on a plane today.

Pigtown-Design said...

Great photos! THanks for sharing!

ALL THE BEST said...

Sounds absolutely perfect!

{this is glamorous} said...

Looks like paradise :) Welcome back, Katie!

Neutral Dwelling said...

Sigh!!!!!!! Just Beautiful!

katiedid said...

Hi all!
It was really a little bit of paradise that I will remember for a long time. Thanks for visiting!

Bhavna said...

Wow! This looks like a wondeful vacation. Thanks for sharing your loevly pictures :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, how wonderful, I love Maui. I wish I could again! Glad you are back safe and sound.

Happy week,

katiedid said...

Hi Bhavna and Melissa!
It was indeed a very lovely trip! It was funny though...the day after we got there, Aloha Airlines declared we were wondering if it would affect our trip home. It didn't, but I just heard today they they have canceled all of their flights and are not answering thier phones! I wonder what is happening to those who got to Hawaii, but are not getting home as easily now? Hassling with trying to find alternative flights no doubt.

Splaneyo said...

I am jealous! I have only been once, but I'm look forward to going back.


Style Court said...

Beautiful! Welcome home.

mrsplainjane said...

the Aloha Airlines thing totally sucks. My husband called gloating though the day it was announced because I had been wanting to fly out of Sac while he wanted to go out of SF- so I must admit we made the right choice by booking his way! Glad your travel wasn't affected by that.

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Glad you had a great time in Hawaii. My sister lives in Maui! She's a block away from the Grand Wailea.

In(side) the Loop said...

Did you get to eat at The Hali'imaile General Store? That was our favorite!!

We also drove up to the vineyard, bought some wine & then went across the street to the local cattle farmer's store and purchased some steaks. Some of our best dinners were spent grilling at our condo!

Maui restaurants said...

This is our favorite Luau in all of Hawaii. Everything about it comes together just right, and it’s as authentic as they come. The Luau feast and traditional entertainment both serve as a wonderful introduction to real island culture, and they’re both terrific. Don’t mistake this for a deadly dull history lesson – its riveting entertainment and the performers are first-rate. The food is excellently prepared and well labeled (so you know what you’re eating)This Hawaii Luau starts right after the incredible sunset, make sure you bring your camera because this was the most beautiful Hawaiian sunset of our trip! We went up in groups to have a look at the traditional Hawaiian Luau's up there with the best of Maui restaurants, there was everything you could imagine from fish, to pork, to fresh Hawaiian fruits and veggies! We stacked up our plates with a little of everything and sat down at our table for the start of the luau dancing events.