Maui No Ka Oi

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Now that we’re “grounded” until Jonah gets a bit bigger I’ve slowly started to tick off those pesky projects that I’ve just never got around to (like picture storage organization ughh) in between feeding and taking care of baby.  And as we relax and I’m rediscovering what it’s like to have downtime while I’m on leave, that familiar feeling of wanderlust is starting to settle in.  

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Although I have to admit, that grin of his is pretty darn cute so it’s way more than ok that we’re grounded.

You know, that feeling right? Where you’re up in the middle of the night looking at past pictures of trips, reminiscing on late night adventures and suddenly find yourself Googling to see how much it would cost to go to Bangkok or New Zealand or Fiji? Even with a baby.

Yup, that’s the one. Raise your hand if you’re with me. Or better yet, raise your glass! (oof something I haven’t done properly in ages!)

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Anywho, as I look forward to our next trip, our annual Holiday trip to Portland, I can’t help but still be bubbling over with excitement over our last trip.

If you’ve kept up with us you know that we’ve been on an island hopping mission since our wedding two years ago.  We started with Lana’i for our honeymoon, celebrated our first anniversary in Kauai, our second on the Big Island and took what we can consider our babymoon this summer in Maui.

Now out of all the islands (aside from O’ahu) I’ve been to Maui the most. I’ve spent time in the resorts in Wailea and walked the streets of Lahaina, and done the truly touristy stuff that you just have to do.  But this trip I felt like we really dug in allowing me to leave a piece of my heart in Maui where I really, truly thought to myself, I could live here.

Maui is such a nice blend of the city that we have here in Honolulu and the country but without the crazy. We spent four days on island and discovered more of the island that I’ve never seen before.

We woke up at literally the crack (3 AM!) of dawn to jump in the car and drive up to Haleakala.  Thinking we’d have more than enough time to settle in but really we had just minutes to park the car and run to a spot before sunrise.  

And guys, ok I realized that this is the first time I’ve EVER seen the sunset.  (I know can you tell I’m more of a night person?) We froze our asses off and were so unprepared with what we were wearing. I mean luckily for us the valet guy gave us some towels to wrap around us for warmth.  But it was one of the most powerful moments I’ve witnessed, EVER.  In fact, my eyes just may have teared up a bit.

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We spent time exploring the beautiful Kula Lavender Farm.  And, because it was a perfect cloudy day it made me feel like we were exploring somewhere else like San Francisco or Seattle. 

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And we had fun meeting the goats and trying the cheese at the Surfing Goat Dairy Farm. A total treat even if you don’t have kids, which we didn’t yet and this was still a highlight of our trip.  

Staying in Wailea there were so many great restaurants that we tried but I have to say that my favorite food that made its way in my mouth the entire trip was this amazing, decadent dark chocolate truffle mochi from Maui Specialty Chocolates.  Ok, admittedly we picked some up as soon as we got in and it was so good that we made sure to pick up more before we left the island.  (They make a milk chocolate peanut butter mochi that is supposed to be all the hype but I’m allergic to peanut butter so I couldn’t tell you how it was.)

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I’m already looking forward to our next trip to Maui, even if it’s before we get to the rest of the islands.  I have big plans to pack Jonah and make sure to go tour the Maui Brewing Company and Ocean Vodka distillery…