Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Maui - Part 1 - Arrival and Kapalua Beach

Hawaii is the most remote chain of islands on the planet!  It is quite a long journey to travel there - but worth every minute.  This was the first time any of us had been to Hawaii and we absolutely fell in love.
Tired travelers patiently waiting for the rental car:
 We arrived to find out that our condo (a friend's time share) had been upgraded to a Penthouse!  We felt like the Gordons!  It was on the top floor - the Right condo of the middle section.  
 The view of the pools.  We didn't spend too much time at our resort but the kids finished off everyday with a swim in the kiddie pool while Wes and I relaxed in the hot tub.
 A view of the inside.  It was a 3 bedroom condo and Addie and Isaac slept in the loft.
 We woke up bright and early the next day (6:00 am!) and the kids could not wait one more minute to get the beach.  We spent a little time at the beach at our resort.  As a warm mist fell on us a huge rainbow appeared across the sky.  Incredible!  We could not believe we were in such a beautiful place!  And sadly, I was without a camera.
We decided to drive to another beach but not before Boss Frogs hooked us up with all of the beach gear we needed. 
Kapalua Beach




 Addie was determined to literally "taste" as much of Maui as she could - and so yes, she and Isaac ate some sand.

One of the funnest things we did was rent an underwater camera.  Highly recommended.  
 Cate's first time snorkeling!

 Me and Cate







 We found a dead sea urchin and identified it's mouth - "Aristotle's Lantern."  I dissected this animal in Mr. Webb's Zoology class in high school and actually made a necklace out of the "Aristotle's Lantern".  I still have it!
It was a great day for snorkeling!

We arrived back at the resort just in time for the feeding of the koi. Each child got a cup of food to feed the fish but the huge koi were soon forgotten as the kids discovered the millions of tiny fish feeding at the surface. 
 So we spent the next hour at the pond catching fish, tadpoles and teeny tiny frogs!






 Cate prided herself with catching the most fish in her cup.


After our routine rinse off in the kiddie pool and hot tub - we spent almost every evening in our pjs watching the Olympics.  
Since we were on schedule to wake up early - we decided the next day we would attempt the famous Road to Hana!

1 comment:

Anna said...

Emily I am so envious!!!! I LOVE Hawaii, and I seriously want to have a Spencer/Hastings family vacation on the Big Island some day. We are maybe going to Maui in November so we need to talk.
And I love that you still blog too, and I love to check in on you guys and your goings on.