We went to Maui for ten days, stayed in a condo found for us by Resideo.com when I tweeted about my desire for a kid-friendly hotel. Modern life, huh? Quite amazing.
Anyway, we went with a condo because for less money than a basic hotel, we had a two-bedroom suite with kitchen, two bathrooms, and a washer and dryer. The kitchen was stocked with dishes and seasonings; the closets were stuffed with spare towels and beach accessories. It was very much like borrowing the beach house of a friend. Well, except for the scenery.
This was the view from one of our three lanai.
The Toolmaster and I went to Kauai and the Big Island almost twenty years ago, but the kids had never been. They loved it.
Molly took to the beach – not in the least because she looks like a goddess. Frank loved the unlimited supply of food. (Basically, that saying about the way to a man’s heart being through his stomach? Yeah. And then some.)
We ate out a lot, but surprisingly, I lost weight. We discovered Maui Taco after a few days and ate more than a few of their veggie burritos there. Fantastic. But. If you are on Maui and want the best vegetarian food I’ve ever tasted, go to this place:
That’s the Fresh Mint restaurant in Paia. Hands down the best specifically vegetarian food I’ve ever eaten! Especially the green papaya salad. I could take an omnivore there and be certain they’d leave satisfied, unless they were determined not to enjoy themself.
Our most harrowing day began with an innocent ride from Kihei up the northwest cost of the island. We stopped at a Barnes and Noble and bought about twenty books. *helpless shrug* Then we decided to complete a circular loop along the coast. Holy smokers. Gorgeous scenery, but the road turned into a goat track. The edges were uneven, there were switchbacks so steep they employed mirrors so we wouldn’t hit oncoming vehicles.
I’m afraid to say we laughed hysterically when we saw this sign, warning it would get worse:
Only after we were safely back in town did I see the fine print in the car rental map: the 20 miles we’d just spent an hour and a half crawling were off limits to a rental vehicle. Oops.
I don’t want this post to run too long, so I’ll leave you with a few more photos:Just some of the beautiful creatures my hubster and kids saw when they went diving. This image taken by my camera, inside the stunning Maui Ocean Center.
By the way, I know we’ve talked about encouraging hobbies before, especially in kids who don’t find much joy in traditional venues, like school, but do you know something? My Frank decided of his own accord he wanted to become certified as a diver. He studied for three days, got up at 6:00AM multiple mornings, and passed his test with flying colors. His ex-policeman instructor made a point of telling us how impressed he was with him.
And the last pictures of my family: