I’ve always said…
“Good things happen to good people”
I’ve just never consider myself part of that category, I’m always talking about someone else when I use the phrase and there are many good people in my life.
It was difficult at first to accept such a gift but the excitement grew on the two of us quickly and in no time we were looking through traveling guides and planning things to do on our 10 day trip to Maui, Hawaii. So many recommendations and only so much time. We decided to not book any excursions ahead and just go with the flow when we arrived.
The first big hurdle was the flight… and I more than survived!! I even held my ‘cookies’.
Maui was unlike anything I had ever imagined from the open air airport to palm trees to beautiful views everywhere I looked. It was just so much to take in and utterly surreal. Every day was full of adventure, beauty and awe.
We started our trip of with a Flytographer Photo Shoot at Po’olenalena Beach and the lovely Erin Lodi. That was an awesome experience in itself, so much fun and laughter, especially when we were overtaken by a wave that almost took Erin’s off camera flash too. We set our alarm for 3:00 AM to visit the Haleakala Crater at sunrise (8 C) to experience the amazing ritual as the sun came up over the cloud line. The greeting song shared with hundreds of people… incredible. We explored the swap meet at the University and found all kinds of cool treasures to bring home. Explored the Maui Ocean Center, checked out the Dragon’s Teeth, Nakalele Blow Hole and enjoyed the one lane roads through Honokoua in search of the Best Banana Bread Shack in the world. Saw countless beaches… but specifically sought out Black Sand Beach and Red Sand Beach. We walked Big Sand Beach in Makena State Park to discover Secret Cove and played in the ocean. Every evening was an amazing sunset enjoyed at Kama’ole Beach right across from the condo. We traveled the Road to Hana (all the way around… 11 hours) with countless stops to see all kinds of beautiful water falls, lava tubes, quaint villages, Red Sand Beach, old churches, an old taxi, Seven Sacred Pools and finished out the trip with a stop at the winery sampling the fruits of their labor. We tried snorkeling, dined at several restaurants, enjoyed the most delicious fish tacos and fruit smoothies from the food trucks. We visited the North Shore to watch the huge waves at Ho’okipa Lookout, stopped at Ho’okipa Beach to see the Honu come ashore. We experienced Pai’a, Kula, Haleakala, Kihei, Lahaina and Kahalui.
I think we covered the island from lush tropical rainforest jungle to dry desert and lava rock… every ounce of it incredible and amazing. These images are just a snippet from our trip and I just can’t wait to visit again.