Can I just start off by saying how BEAUTIFUL Maui is? If Hawaii isn’t on your bucket list, it should be.
We spent a whole week exploring the island of Maui, staying in Kihei on the southern end of the island. Even with a week, we still only had a glimpse of what the island had to offer.
We spent the first few days in Kihei, checking out the beaches across the street, allowing Grace to get used to the sand and ocean water. Grace hasn’t been to the beach since California when she was less than a year old, so she needed some time to get used to the water again.
On our third night, we enjoyed a nice luau in nearby Wailea. It was full of great food, a beautiful sunset and entertainment we will never forget. We got to see the transition of the hula dance and beautiful interpretations of Hawaiian history. Grace had a front row seat through most of the evening and did not want to leave. She especially loved the fire dancers, sitting on the grass entranced as they threw sticks of fire to each other and high into the air.
By day four, we went back to the ocean and we couldn’t get Grace out of the water! We visited Lahaina on the west end of the island and actually went into the ocean. Richie and I enjoyed some snorkeling. I’m not the best swimmer and it was a big step out of my comfort zone to really get into the water. Luckily Richie was great and helped me until I was ready to go on my own. We got to see so many fish up close and watch people jump from nearby rocks into the shallow water. Grace stayed on the shore with our friend building sand castles and burying her lei from the luau the night before.
We spent our last full day exploring the road to Hana. It was a rainy and humid day, but we made the most of the mud as we hiked through rainforests, waterfall trails and bamboo forests. The bamboo forest right at the beginning of the trip was muddy and so humid, but one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s like being transported to another country and I wish we could have seen it more when it was drier. Another cool spot was the black sand beach as you approached Hana. The rocks and sand were black due to volcanic activity on the island, but the sight of it is unreal. We climbed up the cliffs and took in ocean air and better views of the beach. Grace was a bit freaked out by the black sands, but she enjoyed watching the waves crash onto the beach.
Overall, the trip was beautiful and fun. I got to spend some more quality time with my husband and little one, which is a rare commodity these days for us. Definitely made me appreciate my amazing husband and also realize how big my little girl is getting so fast. I am so excited to go back some day to explore other islands.
Next up: Sanibel Island, Florida!
Love, Veronica & Grace