Day 9 ~ Maui ~ Beach Day

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Today was a rest and relaxation day exploring Maui’s sandy beaches. There is a string of beaches along the coast that each have their unique flavor, black beaches included.

“Our beach” across from our condo was our favorite. Tonight Dave grilled on the barbecue and we ate on our lanai. Such a perfectly relaxing day!

lazy days of summer HI style


Kauai ~ Day 8 The Party’s Over ~ Maui

In CategoryFamily, Travels

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Westin brunch

Today was a day with mixed feelings;  excitement for the newlyweds to embark on their honeymoon, and sadness for our amazing week long stay in Kauai to come to an end. So it was goodbye to our 5 star resort villa.

Before brunch, Michael and the boys were lounging around the waterfall area, while waiting for the entire group to arrive.

The culminating event on our wedding week itinerary was an extravagant brunch with everyone at the Westin’s outdoor restaurant.

Of course the food, setting, and flowers were perfect. We were all given a gift tucked away in polka-dot bags in the wedding colors. Ally’s family spared no expense in making us feel pampered completely, up until the very end. Everything was so thoughtful.

exquisite wedding centerpiece flowers


Our flight to Maui didn’t leave until late afternoon, so we took this opportunity to visit Hanalei one last time. The plush landscape surrounding the mountainous bay is simply magnificent.  Did you see the “Descendants” movie with George Clooney?  See it, then you’ll too appreciate Kauai’s beauty.

road to Hanalei

We did a little shopping and bought some passion fruit/pineapple jelly that’s made right on the islands, as well as some Pura Vida bracelets at a surf shop. Mike and Ally’s wedding cake was passion fruit, and I fell in love with that taste, hence the jelly purchase. Our travel was at leisure, south to the airport.


The flight to Maui was only less than an hour. We had to convince the rental car company that a 2 door Camaro was not at all what we had in mind when we reserved a mid-size car. Can you imagine trying to sight see out of those small triangular back windows? Anyway, we ended up getting a Subaru Forrester, which turned out to be the perfect beach car for all four of us.

We stayed at the Kamaole Sands condo. Although it was nice enough, it definitely was a downgrade from the 5 star resort villa at the Westin. The grounds were beautiful, and very well kept, but the best part was that it was directly across the street from a lovely beach. Score!

The sunsets from the lanai and the front porch were so pretty.

Maui sunset from our condo

By this time, we were too tired to cook, so we made a trip to a fast food restaurant (which I’m too embarrassed to mention … but starts with an “M”) to pick up some dinner. Then it was time to unpack, relax, then  off to bed.

Aloha to the most beautiful of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai.  Aloha to Maui’s amazing sandy beaches.