Monday, July 09, 2007

More Maui: If you plan to visit...

I was a little out of it yesterday with the 3 hour time difference and a short night spent on an airplane so I left out some fun stuff! We spent a lot of time on the rainy side of the island because that's where we stayed. My inlaws live near the beginning of the road to Hana- just past Paia. (You guys are the best- thank you so much!!!) It's cool and rains a lot over there and it's so green! We haven't driven down to Hana yet but I think it's something you should do if you don't have kids with you. It's a beautiful drive on windy roads and when you get to the end there is the 7 Sacred Pools and my brother said that was his favorite part of their trip- hiking the pools and waterfalls. We only got as far as the Bamboo Forest which is amazing and fun & easy to hike through. I think honestly my favorite part of the whole trip was sitting out on their upstairs porch on the swinging bench reading. It's an amazing view- I wish I took a picture of it! My favorite places to eat over there are Colleen's in Haiku, Cafe De Amis in Paia, (yummy crepes!) Flatbread Company in Paia, and the Fish Market also in Paia. Everyone says Mama's Fish House is divine too but I like most food and that place is a splurge so we haven't tried it yet.
I paddled a canoe! The Kihei Canoe Club lets visitors join them and for a donation and you get to paddle out and look at the sea turtles. I was a little nervous about it but it was really fun- along with some awesome, huge sea turtles, we even got to see a dolphin swimming all around us. They say that's rare so it was pretty cool. When we were over there, we drove down and saw the lava flows. I love that stuff. There is really good snorkeling over there too but it was pretty cloudy and we were tired so we skipped it.

Then we had breakfast at Longhi's in Wailea and everything was so good!

There were a lot of places to shop but my favorite mall was Whalers Village in Lahaina. They have a couple really fun stores I haven't seen anywhere else- Cinnamon Girl and Sand People & Sand Kids.

Being in Hawaii, I really wanted to have the Luau experience and Sam's parents said that the Old Lahaina Luau was the best one so we did that and it didn't disappoint! They give you lei's and tropical drinks as soon as you walk in, then you can walk around and see some of the local crafts and listen to a great band. We forgot our camera but luckily there were people taking pictures you could buy.Then there is a huge dinner including the pit smoked pig. If you like seafood you will especially like it. And as many fancy drinks as you can handle- our favorite was the Lava Flow. (ours were virgin of course) After dinner there is dessert and a fun hula show that tells some of the history of the island.

A really awesome show you should see is Ulalena. We took the kids last year and they even enjoyed it. It has beautiful music and amazing dance, and tells some history of the island too. I don't know how many times Larry & Michal have gone but they have to take everyone who comes! We ate at Bubba Gump's over there- which is one of the only restaurants we found that actually has Dr. Pepper so that was a big plus!

Ok, now I think I covered everything! I can get back to the piles of laundry...

8 comments:

Sarah's Nonsense said...

That sounds awesome. It's so fun when you get to do a lot of different things on a vacation! I'm glad ya'll had a good time.

davidandsuzi said...

I love all you pictures. Oh I'm so jealous, I wish I could have hitched a ride in your luggage. :) It sounds like you guys had a blast. I have to admit, I've been very impatient waiting for you guys to get home to see you pics. The picture of the girls in their hawaiian outfits is so cute. Also, I like the new pic of you and Sam at the top. Very tropical! I'm sad you didn't make it to our favorite hike, but who cares, it looks like you guys had enough fun, but hopefully no blisters like me!

Laura said...

How fun! Hey I know that couple you're with! Are they living back in AZ? I miss Kyle's parents in our ward!! What great pics you got in Hawaii....paradise!!

melmck said...

I feel like an idiot for asking what 'Maui-wowee" was. I LOVE your new profile pic!

Kasey said...

So fun Katie! I've never gotten away with my hubby, now I think we need to!

melmck said...

Hey, Robby and I just saw Sam on a Home Express Flooring commercial! We know a celebrity!

The Willis Family said...

Katie, that looks like such a blast. you have the funnest stuff on your blog,I just love seeing what's new on it.

Randall Family said...

What an amazing trip! It's so good to get away without the kids every once in a while, especially if it's to Hawaii...How fun.