Maui!! Maui!!

I have so many things I want to tell you about!! So many photo’s that I want to share!! I will be adding photo’s to posts for the next few weeks don’t worry. Y’all won’t be looking at a million photo’s right now!!! With the exception of the Moshi Keyboard and the Abco Charger I have not been compensated for anything else I am sharing with you in this post. These are just my personal recommendations from Hawaii.

I can work ANYWHERE now!!

First and foremost, I will never ever travel without my Moshi Keyboard for my iPad Air. GREATEST invention EVER for iPad owners!!! I charged my keyboard before I left California and it’s still going strong 8 days later! BRILLIANT for working on the plane. Or in any small space. The origami style stand is amazing. Again I very comfortably worked on the plane all the way home. Read my full review here.

Abco Tech makes THE PERFECT travel charger. WOW couldn’t have been easier and more convenient for travel. Hawaiian Airlines charges $25 per checked piece of luggage. Not just $25 per bag, but your luggage has to weigh in at 50 pounds or less. Needless to say, space was at a premium. This charger is small!! As in 2.8″ x 2.3″ x 1.2″ in dimensions. The USB Wall Charger from Abco Tech charger only weighs in at just 8 ounces. PERFECTION in size and weight! This charger is also very durable! 2 plane trips…… a full weeks vacation, it’s still perfect!! Read my full review here

Things YOU MUST DO in Hawaii!!

Take the road to Hana. Trust me take the camera and go!! Take your nerves of steel and do IT!!! I highly recommend The Road to Hana CD Guide for Maui: Experiencing the Road to Hana… and Beyond!

If you are driving yourself. This CD is AMAZING!! It’s like having a tour guide in your car. The CD tells you which mile markers you should NOT MISS!!! Also the best food stops too!! We had the BEST Chili dog and shaved ice EVER were at Auntie Sandy’s. Stop there!! OH MY GOODNESS they were HUGE portions and deeeeelicious!!!! Be sure to grab a loaf of Banana Nut Bread too!! The entire CD is awesome. The narrators voice is easy to listen too. The cd is accompanied with Hawaiian music. We all LOVED this CD!!

SHOPPING!!

I highly recommend your first stop in Hawaii is Costco for water and snacks and what you don’t eat or drink donate to the bell boys! Alcohol is super expensive everywhere you go in Hawaii. Sooooo again….. Costco!! We bought our case of water, snacks for the group. A huge bottle of Vodka and Hawaiian juice and insulated cups too. It’s HOT in Hawaii!! Contigo mugs even kept the ice frozen all day!! As long as the mugs are empty you can take them through security at the airport!! AWESOME!!!

Next stop Walmart. They have the largest souvenir selection I’ve ever seen and at prices that are even lower than the ABC stores!! I highly recommend!!

WHERE TO STAY!!

HotelWe stayed at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel which has been voted the MOST Hawaiian Hotel and for great reason. The staff is amazingly helpful. The hotel is quaint. The first day of your stay you get a complimentary breakfast that is soooo delicious!! The potatoes are to die for. The fruit, local grown is PERFECTION!! The information that they give you is awesome!! Places to go. Things to see. Places to eat. This is just an added bonus for being a guest of the hotel. AWESOME!!! HOWEVER!!! With the thoughts of those wonderful potatoes in my head we went to the restaurant for breakfast …. very disappointing. The food was horrible. All four of us ordered different breakfasts and all four of us were disappointed. Not willing to be quiters….. we tried dinner at the hotel a pizza. Seemed a safe bet. Ummmmmm we would be WRONG!!! The pizza tasted like dollar store pizza cooked in a micro=wave. HOWEVER the Kaanapali Tiki Bars drinks were delicious…. So, my recommendation is skip the food at the hotel. ALL TOGETHER!!!

The Kaanapali Beach Hotel even has kids club for the kids to earn prizes. Alice being only 3 received her prizes up front, a heavy duty sand pail and shovel, sunglasses, and other awesome items. VERY nice touch!!!  They even made sure that Alice received her Hawaiian Name. Kaanapali really made Alice feel special! Also be aware, the older wings have no elevators.  We were on the 3rd floor. So, instead of gaining 40 pounds I probably only gained 39. Those stairs were killers!!! HOLY MOLY!!!

100% worth the stairs just to have my coffee with this view!!

FOOD

LeodasI highly recommend a trip to Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop!! OH HOLY MOLY!!! Banana Cream pie that rivals my grandma’s. YUMMMMM Sandwiches that are mouthwatering. The Lahaina Dog is a gourmet Eisenberg all beef hot dog. Made with Maui God Pineapple Chutney, Poha Berry Mustard. SO GOOD!!!!!! Prices are great too!!

Snorkeling

The Snorkel Store. The friendliest staff on the entire island of Maui!!! These people go out of their way to be helpful! With two locations dropping off and picking up your equipment is super easy!!  Check out the coupons they provide on line for an even better deal on rentals!!

 SNORKEL TOURS

The scuba boat FOUR WINDS II!!  WOW!!! NOW this was a FUN, FUN cruise!!!! Out to the Molokini Crater for snorkeling and lunch. The staff obviously adores their jobs!! They have huge smiles all day long. They are helpful. AND SO MUCH FUN!! Alice got to use the kids craft called a port boards; it’s like a boogie board but with a glass port built in so you can see what is below without even getting your head wet!!! As far as my snorkeling experience, I admit I was FREAKED OUT and had to learn to CALM down and not hyperventilate. I don’t swim well; at ALL!! I am pretty sure I could easily drown if I can’t touch the bottom of the pool, so imagine me in the OCEAN!!! Where in some spots I can’t even SEE the bottom. OHMYGOSH my heart is racing right now and I’m in the PLANE!!!! Okay, so to say I had to really calm my mind is an understatement. SOooooo AFTER I stopped freakin’ out, I had a great time!!!! Well, up until another scuba person went in front of me and his ummmmmm franks and beans were out of his swim trunks!! HELLO how do I reverse with these fins!?!?!??!!?? Some things you just can’t unsee!! I have a feeling it’s on my video movie! I also had no idea how to STOP swimming with fins on!!! So, I just kept getting closer!! After that ummmmm experience,  I had to learn to sit up, I finally just figured out I had to roll over on my back and I could sort of sit up. That helped when I started to panic; just roll over and float awhile. When I was calm again, I rolled back into the water………then these little black fish would dart in front of me…. well the first one that did that ….. almost gave me a heart attack. I almost introduced some new organics into the ocean!!!

BTW, the pulled pork  sandwich we had for lunch was probably the best I’ve EVER HAD!!! Delicious!! The Four Winds II was designed especially for Molokini snorkeling and built with family fun in mind.

I got some awesome photos too; because you can rent an underwater camera, I highly recommend doing just that.

 

MAKE-UP or NOT

HUMID and HOT!! Helllo!!! I recommend that you just leave your make up at home. I was a hot sweat mess within seconds of leaving the hotel room! Before the trip, I was determined to find a shine absorbing lotion or serum to use. I purchased 2 products to try. Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray, Oil Control was not it. Neither was NYX Cosmetics Shine Killer I had a shiny face the entire trip. Oh well, I was mostly behind the camera anyway. Which truthfully, is where I love to be the most anyway!!  So for my oily friends I recommend skipping these two products!

PLACES that you SHOULD NOT MISS!!!

The next absolutely MUST see is the sunrise on Haleakala OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have never seen such a miraculous site in my life. BREATH TAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL!! These are sunrises worthy of Heaven!! I can’t even describe how your heart will swell when you see the sunrise. A million times worth getting up at 2 am to get on the bus! I PROMISE!!!! Worth the trip to Hawaii for this alone!!! The park rangers even chant as the sun peaks over the crest. It’s a powerful way too start your day. I recommend NOT hitting the potty first. GRAB a spot along the rail. Or you will have the tops of heads in some of your photo’s like I do. Even though I didn’t get a spot at the rail it didn’t detract from the view. I can’t recommend this trip enough. This pictures deserve to be on canvas! If you take no other recommendation from me THIS is one you should. Also it’s FREEZING!!! Pack your coat!! Wear layers!! Trust me!! I forgot to pack gloves. My hands were ice cubes!!

HawTan lotionaiian Secrets

Found in Hawaii The local suntan lotion that is to die for. The after tan lotion is equally amazing. A small amount goes a long way. If my suitcase wasn’t bulging at the seams I would have bought extra. So your next trip to Hawaii. GET THIS!! Now after a search on the wonderful Internet I see it’s available in tons of places! Even Maui Babe!!  YEAH ME!!!!!

 

 NEXT VACATION!!!

 

SUITCASE

First, NEED a new STURDY suitcase.  I bought myself a Coleman Adventure 21″ Rolling Backpack, Black at Walmart.  The handle broke and the zippers don’t stay zipped. NOT HAPPY!!!  So, I would love your suggestions of luggage that works for you!! Please!!

5 Piece Packing Cubes!  I am SO ORGANIZED!!

 ELECTRONICS

First and foremost my Nikon Camera. Heavy as all get out…….. but my pictures will be fabulous!!

Packing my Moshi VersaKeyboard! It’s attached to my iPad Air. YEAH!!! My laptop is SO OLD an SO heavy, the Moshi will be a blessing!!

 CLOTHING

My Travel outfit, thanks to Novica.  A plain cotton olive green sundress with a beautiful wrap!  Not only a comfortable travel dress, but perfect for site seeing!

 

WHAT DO YOU PACK!??!

What is your I WILL NEVER TRAVEL without item??

 

Thank you!!

Aloha!

Comments

  1. Loved your pictures. We took our 2 kids to Maui years ago. Best family vacation ever! Beautiful beaches & clear water! We never travel without our camera!

  2. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This looks like such a great trip. I would love to be able to do this. Thank you for sharing this with us

  3. rochelle haynes says:

    I would love to go here sounds like you
    had a lots of fun

  4. Your trip sounds great. I went to Hawaii in the 1980’s with my mother and absolutely loved it, except for the humidity. I hope I can go again before I die.

  5. WOW! It sounds like you had a totally Awesome time! Your pictures are amazing! I’ve never been to Hawaii and I doubt I’ll ever get there, but I sure enjoyed it through your travels, eats, stops and snorkels! I’d be scared to death being out in the ocean of sharks! This place sounds so beautiful and so relaxing that it’s a shame if you never get there! Apparently Hawaii is definitely one of your most favorite places to visit and I can sure see why! I bet your little one had a blast! Thanks so much for sharing all of your adventures and fun and food with all of us! I really do appreciate it! I really enjoyed the read and the pictures! Thanks again, Michele 🙂

  6. Oh how I want to visit there!! I’m just fascinated by Hawaii for a reason… I really hope that I will have the opportunity ((soon! lol)) to make it there. 🙂 Beautiful photos. It seems you had a wonderful time! ♥

  7. My daughter was able to go to Maui too. She couldn’t stop talking about it! I wanted to go even before she went. Your description as well as hers make me want to go even more!

  8. cheryl lister says:

    Sounds like an amazing trip! Love the idea of the CD in the car, telling yu where to go. I’ve never heard of that idea before.

  9. Sandy Klocinski says:

    My must have item when I travel is my Travel Documents! I keep all my documents and stuff – passport, visa, medical insurance, credit cards, ID cards, cash etc. in a case so as not to forget them

  10. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii! It looks like a fabulous vacation! I never travel without a bottle of eye drops because time changes make me so groggy and when nI’m groggy my eyes look super bloodshot and people think I’m sick or drunk! Eyedrops help me look normal when travelling.

  11. Thanks so much for sharing! Awesome pics! 🙂

  12. Looks like so much fun! This is on my bucket list!

  13. Sandy Cain says:

    Wow, I MUST get to Hawaii someday! I’ve always wanted to see it. I’d love to go in the winter, when it’s snowy here in NY, and I can lay out on the beach, go to a luau, and just do Hawaiian things (except eat poi). Oh, and my “I will never travel without” item is Valium. 5 mgs, twice a day. (When I’m home, it’s 10 mgs, THREE times a day).

  14. courtney b says:

    beautiful pictures! I’ve always wanted to do undersea diving like that…

    hope you had an amazing experience! love your blog! xoxoxxo

  15. I’m so jealous! And, love the honest review. Hawaii is on my bucket list. I must go before I’m too old to enjoy myself!

  16. Kristin Knudsen says:

    It sounds like you had the time of your lives in Hawaii! My wish is to travel to Hawaii with my family. The water in the pictures is so clear! I hope to get there eventually!

  17. I want so badly to visit a Hawaiian island. The one thing I won’t travel without is my husband. We’re a package deal.

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    I would really like to take a vacation here. It looks so beautiful. All of suggestions were a great help. I really appreciate your sharing

  19. Marnie G (Derrick Todd) says:

    I absolutely love Hawaii! I really, really hope that we will be able to go back. We stayed on Oahu — what a beautiful island.

  20. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I would invest in a better camera than the one on my cell phone. I loved Maui and look forward to going to Oahu next time!

  21. This is very nice information to know. I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but haven’t been there yet. This article gives me some nice food for thought.

  22. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I loved the “Road to Hana” when we visited in 2013…some of it was nail biting but I’ve never seen such beautiful tropical vistas!

  23. Thank you for this terrific information about Hawaii!

  24. Sarah Phillips says:

    I would LOVE to visit Hawaii one of these days! It looks like such a beautiful place to experience. Seeing your pictures only makes me want to travel there more…thank you for sharing these with us! It looks like you had a fantastic time!

  25. I went to maui for our honeymoon, and we really loved Road to Hana too! The maui tacos are really good, next time try those! Thanks for sharing about the hotel! I always go with Samsonite for suitcases, I’ve been using mine for almost 17 years and it’s still in great shape!

  26. Anna Johnson says:

    I will never travel without my razor, I need it everyday or two. Sounds awesome-I want to go and now I know what to do and get. Thank you!

  27. Judy Thomas says:

    I love it.The photos are gorgeous!

  28. Your pictures are beautiful. It has brought back so many wonderful memories of our trip to Maui. It’s a beautiful Island. Love the afternoon rains which brings the rainbows. Thanks for the memories.

  29. I enjoyed Maui. It was one of my favourite places. The temperature is perfect and fresh food phenomenal not to mention the beautiful sites.

  30. My daughter and her husband go to Hawaii every year, sometimes twice a year. They love it there.

  31. Angela Poplar says:

    Such amazing photos! I am in awe that such a place exists within a 6 hr flight! One day I will go there, I’m positive!

  32. Michelle Elizondo says:

    Its so pretty.

  33. Michelle Elizondo says:

    Its so pretty I would like to visit there one of these days.

  34. Looks like a great trip! Thanks for all the tips.

  35. Wow looks beautiful and exciting. I would love to be able to go one day soon!

  36. Michelle S says:

    We cruised Hawaii back in 2007 and loved all the islands.

  37. shannon fowler says:

    This looks like such an amazing trip! Im so glad y’all and so much fun. My one item I never travel without is my phone. Simply because it can be used as a camera or if I go on a hike I can listen to music.

  38. shannon fowler says:

    i would really love doing something like this trip! I’ve always wanted to go so bad. it seems like there is so much to do and see

  39. Nikki D says:

    I would love to go to Hawaii…and I would love to try the pulled pork sandwich! Pulled pork is one of my faves!

  40. Nicole Carter says:

    Love your pics! I can only hope to go to Hawaii one day. Another on my list of maybe I’ll go someday! Thanks for sharing.

  41. Cheryl Everitt says:

    This is on my bucket list! I will take my swimsuit, a towel and the camera. No phones allowed!!

  42. Hawaii – I don’t care which island, has always been a dream of mine & my husband’s to vacation there!!
    Reading your adventure makes me want to go even more!! Your review is so thorough!! And the pictures, pure heaven, God’s country!!
    The scuba diving looks fun in that crystal clear water!! Nice to know that there are Walmarts even in Hawaii! I heard a lot of things are expensive out there.
    I am glad that you and yours had such an amazing time!!

  43. margaret peg m says:

    I was lucky enough to visit once w/ my daughter. So many beautiful things about Hawaii, but the sunsets were the most unforgettable memory!

  44. Richard Hicks says:

    You are so fortunate to visit there. It is my dream to visit!

  45. I would love to go to Hawaii. I thank you for the article, as it brightens my day.

  46. My mother lived on Maui for 5 years and my daughter and I went to visit her in 2011 when the “Tsunami” came 🙂 It is such a beautiful island! I also went to visit some friends from my Army days and my Air Force cousin on Oahu. Pearl Harbor was a humbling experience. Thank you for sharing!

  47. Sounds like an awesome stay and that a great time was had by all.

  48. Judy Thomas says:

    I live in New Zealand and Hawaii has always been on my bucket list. It is beautiful and I hope to go one day 🙂

  49. Luzy_Borgia says:

    Sounds like an amazing trip!

  50. The Char says:

    Man, I love Hawaii. I would love to go back again.

  51. LOL, had to read your Hawaii post on Maui. Looks like an awesome time. No, never did Four Winds, but have done other snorkeling trips. Haleakala is FREEZING. Never been to Kaanapali Beach Resort, but it’s a well known hotel on Maui. Live on the other, greener side… You visited me during A-Z Challenge 2013 and I’ve got no idea if you did more than one comment or not… Disqus put quite a few comments in spam even though I allowed links. Sigh.

  52. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Seeing your great photos just makes me want to go to Hawaii that much more. It is so beautiful there. I thank you for sharing.

  53. margaret peg m. says:

    I’ve never been to Maui, but would love to see it. On my bucket list! Sounds like heaven on earth!

  54. Judy Thomas says:

    Hawaii is on my bucket list, I have wanted to go there since I was a child.

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