Maui WOWEEE

Surfer near Ho'okipa Beach, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Surfer near Ho’okipa Beach, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Transition day to Maui was perfect. We finished up our Kona visit with me spending my last bit of quality time poolside while Carl worked on photos (as mentioned before, he’s not much of a lay-in-the-sun kind of guy). As I was sitting in my lounge chair reading and soaking up the sun, this young girl (20 something) comes up to her girlfriend in the chair next to me and the very first thing out of her mouth is “this is the worst day EVER!” Now, being the nosy and curious sort that I am, my ears instantly perked up to hear the rest of this story. I mean, oh my gosh, you are in HAWAII, what could possibly cause you to have “the worst day EVER!”? She then proceeds to say that when she looked into her beach bag this morning, her bathing suit top WAS NOT THERE! “I can’t believe it… this is like, SO horrible. I can’t believe this happened to ME!”

Now, understand we are across the street from a shopping marketplace that has a Macy’s as well as dozens of other boutiques and shops. But, according to “worst day ever” girl, she has already looked over there and that was no good. Apparently she’s looking for a perfect match to the still present swimming bottoms. She finally huffs away with a final “I am SO frustrated, this is just awful.” WOW. Really? If that really is her worst day ever, she has a world of hurt waiting for her.

Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Hawaii

Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Hawaii

View from our seat. Mokulele Airline

View from our seat. Mokulele Airline

Off to the airport for our puddle jumping ride (or should I say ocean jumping?). This time we actually have a co-pilot. I wonder what is the determinate factor on which flights get a co-pilot and which ones don’t. Our first (which was at night) did not, and this one (during the day) did… hmmm.

It was a smooth flight over on Mokulele Airlines and then off to pick up the rental car and check in at the Marriott Wailea Resort and Spa. I had forgotten that we actually stayed here for two nights three years ago on our anniversary trip. It is a great property and I love the fact that they have an adults-only infinity pool.

Our first day was one of relaxation and a lovely dinner at the Mala restaurant onsite. We shared a lovely Grilled Mahi Mahi, a salad, and a nice black bean soup.

Cheeseburger Island Style

Cheeseburger Island Style

We walked over to the Shops at Wailea and had breakfast the next morning at Cheeseburger Island Style. We couldn’t decide between breakfast and lunch so we ordered the breakfast burger that came with egg, bacon and hash browns. Sounds really strange, but was exceedingly delicious. Carl had to try the Macadamia Nut pancake (even though he swore off baked goods a mere two hours before) and I got the guacamole and chips as an accoutrement.

Monday was a chill day with me taking a day for reading and relaxing by the adult pool, and Carl went off to the north shore to photograph surfers and waves at Ho’okipa Beach.

Surfer near Ho'okipa Beach. © Carl Amoth

Surfer near Ho’okipa Beach. © Carl Amoth

That evening we went again to the Shops at Wailea and had dinner at Longhi’s. This restaurant has been in business for 35 years and although a bit spendy, it was quite good. I had the Bolognese Pasta, which had a very delightful kick to it (I like a little heat in my meals). Carl had the Veal Scallopini with Piccata sauce. Both were very sizable portions (lots of leftovers, although no way to reheat them). Carl said it was one of the best Scallopini’s he’s had. We shared a bottle of Chianti for dinner and then some of the best coffee we have EVER tasted, Maui Oma Mokka. The most incredible flavor ever, this coffee is cultivated on the slopes of west Maui mountains. Definitely bringing some of that back with us.

Tuesday morning we found out that Kiluaea Volcano flowed into the ocean the DAY AFTER we were there! Oh well, next time perhaps. We planned to get off property and Carl mapped out our destination for the day – Iao State Park to see Kuka’emoku (Iao Needle) and then a continued drive around the western side of Maui all the way around to Lahaina and then back to Wailea. Along the way we stopped at Nakalele Blowhole along the Kahekili Highway. This is a very narrow, winding, often one-lane road and much like the road to Hana, although perhaps without as many great sights and waterfalls. We were planning to do the road to Hana again this trip, but after this long drive, decided we didn’t need to do it again.

Kuka‘emoku ('Iao Needle) in 'Iao State Park, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Kuka‘emoku (‘Iao Needle) in ‘Iao State Park, Maui. © Carl Amoth

'Iao Valley, 'Iao State Park © Carl Amoth

‘Iao Valley, ‘Iao State Park © Carl Amoth

Nakalele Blowhole, along the Kahekili Highway on Maui's northwest coastline. © Carl Amoth

Nakalele Blowhole, along the Kahekili Highway on Maui’s northwest coastline. © Carl Amoth

View of Haleakala Mountain on the horizon from the Kahekili Highway in Northwestern Maui. © Carl Amoth

View of Haleakala Mountain on the horizon from the Kahekili Highway in Northwestern Maui. © Carl Amoth

We stopped in Kaanapali for lunch at Leilani’s at Whalers Village. It was Taco Tuesday with $4 tacos and $5 margaritas. The fish and pork tacos were unquestionably some of the best we have ever had. They had just the right amount spice and sauce and the fish was so exceptionally fresh that it just melted in our mouth. We complemented the tacos with a side of sweet potato fries with garlic aioli and Carl eyed the dessert menu and decided on the Messy Apple Crisp. I chose my dessert in the fashion of Chips and Pico. This pretty much sums up our culinary proclivities. Give me salt and crunch, give Carl dessert and we are both happy.

We were back at the Marriott just in time for sunset; Carl had been waiting to capture a sunset picture by the pool and this was his perfect opportunity. A late snack for “dinner” and our day was complete.

Tip of the Day: One 8 oz bottle of suntan lotion will last two people for a 10-day trip.

Vacation Musings:

There are a few things I observe while on vacation and/or in Hawaii.

One: Why are couples inspired to wear matching Hawaiian clothing? I’ve seen young people, older people, even entire families all with the same Hawaiian print shirts and dresses. You don’t really see that any other time or place and I find it so amusing. I would love to ask someone why, but that would certainly appear rude and I wouldn’t want to offend.

Two: Why do men of all shapes and sizes think it is okay to walk around EVERYWHERE with their shirt off? It’s okay by the pool, I get it. But I don’t want to see your big, hairy belly as I am sitting on my lanai. I don’t want to see your sagging man boobs as I have my morning coffee. NO ONE wants to see that. So, unless you are built like Bradley Cooper, just don’t do it.

Create your own comment here... Kaanapali, Maui.

Create your own comment here… Kaanapali, Maui.

Three: Why are vacationers so fascinated by the artificial Christmas Trees in Hawaii? I mean, this is one of the most beautiful natural areas on the planet. Day after day we see one person after another stop and take pictures of fake trees. Yes, we know it is Hawaii, and it does look unusual to see decorated trees at the beach, but is it really that noteworthy? So, here is our picture of someone taking a picture of a tree… musings, just musings…

Infinity Pool at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

Infinity Pool at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

Now THAT'S an Infinity Pool. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Now THAT’S an Infinity Pool. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Maui. © Carl Amoth

Ahhhh... that classic Maui sunset... just a few steps from our door. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

Ahhhh… that classic Maui sunset… just a few steps from our door. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

Sunset view from our lanai. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

Sunset view from our lanai. Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. © Carl Amoth

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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 29, 2012 at 8:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    Carl, you continue to amaze me. Love the one with the Christmas tree, but the scenery shots don’t even look real! But I know they are, having just been to Hawaii in April. Memories!!

  2. newlife4bev
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I so enjoyed your comments and of course Carl’s pictures are fabulous! Your Dad I made the same drive that you guys did, stopped at some of the same places so it really brought back memories. Also Karen took me out to Whalers Village. This all makes me want to go back and visit Karen again and see some of the same places again. When I was there last time I went up to the lavender farm, it is up very high with wonderful views, Carl, so you might think about it some time. Mom

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