Maui 2023 (Part 1)

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   We had initially planned to go to Maui in 2021, but it was canceled due to the pandemic.  I finally rebooked the same trip to October this year during our fall break.  Then the tragic fire happened in August in West Maui; we had considered making alternate travel locations, but in the end we decided to keep our plan and just moved our lodging from Lahaina to Kihei.  Two days before our flight out, I received an email from Hawaiian Airline stating that our flight was canceled.  I called the airline; their offers in place of the canceled flight were all not good at all (ie.changing dates or changing airport), thus I thought that we might have to cancel the whole trip.  Fortunately while I was on hold with the airline, I found a comparable itinerary with SWA and I booked it.  Our Maui trip was back on track!

image     I dropped Buddy off at the boarding place on Friday late afternoon and we flew out on Saturday morning.  We arrived at our hotel late Saturday afternoon.  We took an easy rest of the day to be familiar with our hotel, the nearby beach and stores while getting acclimated to the hot humid weather.  We had some Hawaiian dinner on our first night and Connor enjoyed some shaved ice afterward.

   Sunday was our free day; we took our time to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then headed to the local beach.  The beach was beautiful and we loved the smooth sand.  It was not crowded at all too.  We talked the boys into going into the water with us; quickly, the boys got comfortable and started swimming around in the water.  It was incredibly wonderful and refreshinimageg hanging out in the water.  After the morning exercise, we all needed a break so we hung out in the room for some games and TV.  Logan is into working out lately; he could not wait to hit the gym at the hotel and had his first visit that day.  The gym was definitely one of his favorites of the entire trip.  Connor also enjoyed working out and often tried talking Stuart and I into going with them.  Afterwards, we headed out to the Shops at Wailea.  It was surprisingly not crowded; we shopped all around and worked up a good appetite for dinner.  We chose a brewery and the boys really enjoyed the burgers.

   image  I was able to convince Stuart to drive us up to Haleakala on Monday morning.  We woke up at 7am and headed out after a quick breakfast.  The weather up on the mountain was great that day and we made the quiet windy drive in 1.5 hrs.  Since it was already 9ish, it was not too chilly then.  The scenery was incredible; we took a short hike near the visitor center and took lots of pictures.  Being up on 10,000 feet and breathing slightly differently was definitely a great experience for the boys.  Even during our drive down, seeing the beautiful clouds around us was incredible; I was so happy that we made this trip and Stuart was a great driver as always.   We then found someimage yummy pizza and hit the spot for lunch.  That afternoon after some rest, we rented a boogie board for the beach.  The waves were not strong enough for it, but we, especially Connor, had fun floating around with them.  Connor also had bought a ball from the ABC store that we had so much fun tossing around in the water too.  After some rest and Logan’s workout, we wrapped up the evening with some Japanese food for dinner.  Stuart and I were going to hang out at the pool bar as the hotel had live music each night, but unfortunately all the good tables were taken so we hung out with the boys in the room instead.

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