Matt and I got back from Maui on Friday night and spent Saturday doing laundry. Matt did all the lawn stuff. We were gone for 10 days so we have tons of pictures and I have a whole bunch of things to share. I think I’m going to tell the saga in 2 day segments so no one gets lost. The wedding went smoothly and the honeymoom was relaxing.
We left San Diego on 10/14/08 on Hawaiian Airlines. That was my first time flying Hawaiian and it was a very positive experience. Unlike United, the flights are on time and they actually serve you food that doesn’t include cheese and crackers. I couldn’t believe it, a free meal of food I will actually eat. Thumbs up, 5 stars, etc for Hawaiian.
Most of our friends and family had flown into Maui the day before. We planned a luau at the Old Lahaina Luau. Matt and I flew in at 3:30 in the afternoon and we were very worried about making it on time to the luau which started at 5:30. We were warned about rush hour traffic by everyone. So we get into the airport and I send Matt to get our rental Jeep while I wait for our luggage. While I waited, two friends of ours from Chicago and my godparents and their daughter arrive at baggage claim as well. My mom picks up my godparents and two other friends pick up the Chicago friends. It was a reunion at the airport. LOL…
We drive at breakneck speed to the Westin in Kaanapali. (Breakneck for Maui anyway.) Kaanapali is about 30 miles from the airport which in Maui time equals 1 hour. Yikes! But we make it with time to spare. While we’re driving, I make phone calls to everyone making sure that everyone has what they need. My friend Gloria volunteers to pick us up at the Westin. We were guessing that parking was horrendous at the luau and Matt and I wanted to be responsible citizens while we partook of the open bar at the luau. The show was great. The Old Lahaina Luau is supposedly one of the more authentic luaus on the island. All you can eat food, open bar, and a great show. What more could you want??? Here are a few pictures of us at the luau and some of the show.
The last picture is a view from our lanai at the Westin Maui. I took that on the morning of my wedding while I was getting my hair and makeup done. Black Rock is right in front of the Sheraton and is a prime snorkeling area. Matt and I did not get to do any snorkeling while we were in Maui so it’s at the top of our to do list when we go back so that bit about Black Rock is third hand information.
The Westin at Kaanapali is at a prime location but we were kind of disappointed in our experience. We were super excited to stay here because I booked the Deluxe oceanview. I had never spent this much money on a hotel until now. Now when you read about deluxe ocean view and see pictures of it, you think decadence, luxury, a treat… It was in reality, a large hotel room but the carpet was worn out. Nice bathroom but nothing special. The bed was king sized and very comfortable. There was a sofa bed and a small coffee table in the room. It was so uneventful, I didn’t take a picture of the room. That’s not the worst part about it. When we got there, the Westin gave us a 4th floor Deluxe Ocean View room. We got up to the room and found that it was facing the Whaler’s Village and the Hula Girl restaurant. Bummer. We woke up the next morning to the lovely sound of delivery trucks backing into the parking lot. I couldn’t believe that this was deemed acceptable for the Deluxe Ocean View room. We asked to be moved and got a room on the 11th floor which was much better in terms of noise and view.
Next post will be about the wedding… Stay tuned.