Back in March, there was a flight deal to Maui. I half-jokingly sent it to Kyle and it caught his interest. We found some dates that worked around both our schedules and we decided to go for it.
Despite it being finals time for Kyle, he was still able to help with some planning details, which I really appreciated. We got several recommendations from friends, so I pinned them on Google Maps. 🙂
We spent our first three nights in an Airbnb called the Aloha Hut. It was basically a little room with a mini fridge and water boiler. The bathroom and shower were in separate huts outdoors, which made for an interesting experience. There was even a cute little neighborhood cat that hung around!
On our first morning in Maui, we woke up early to go on a snorkeling trip. We opted to go on the Molokini trip through Sail Trilogy. Even though Kyle went SNUBA diving and I went snorkeling, it was still a lot of fun! One of my favorite parts of the trip was when we went to Turtle Town and got to see some sea turtles up close.
At one point, I was feeling some motion sickness but Kyle had me take Dramamine, told me he adored me, and held me until I felt better again. It was sweet. 🙂
We were served some yummy lunch on the boat before the snorkeling trip came to an end. We went back to our hut to rest, made a Target and Costco run, then went back out to dinner at Monkeypod Kitchen before calling it an early night.
We woke up around 2:30am to get ready for our drive to see the sunrise at the Haleakala National Park. We got there around 4:30am and snagged one of the last spots along the railing before all the other tourists arrived. We got lucky with the weather and it turned out to be one of the most amazing sunrises in my life so far. So worth it!
After the sunrise, we took a nap in the parking lot before exploring the park some more.
We rented a Jeep and popped the roof off for the ultimate experience while we drove around.
We grabbed lunch from Kula Bistro on our way back to civilization.
After resting up, we walked around Lahaina. For dinner, we managed to snag reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau for the ultimate Hawaiian tourist meal. We got lei’d, food was served buffet style, and the performances were pretty entertaining.
The next morning, we woke up early once again to do the Road to Hana. We downloaded the GyPSy Guide app that guided us along with historical facts about Maui and recommendations for where to stop. We went on a small hike, saw some waterfalls, ate some banana bread, walked through an arboretum, and saw some beautiful views before reaching Hana and deciding to turn back before it got dark. The Hana Highway is filled with approximately 620 curves and over 59 bridges and Kyle was driving like a local by the end of the day. 😛
For our last night in Maui, Kyle splurged and booked us a room at the Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger with an oceanfront view. It was quite a treat!
We grabbed dinner from The Fish Market and got Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice for dessert. We went hot tubbing afterwards and just relaxed for the rest of the night. We started watching Lie to Me and I got hooked!
On our last day, we slept in a little and grabbed breakfast to go from The Gazebo. The restaurant happened to be at our hotel, so it was convenient! We ate breakfast back at our room and enjoyed the oceanfront view.
We ended up doing a 3 hour moped rental from Ohana Bike Rental. It was kind of scary at first, but it was crazy fun! Kyle and I drove around, went to the beach, swam in the ocean, grabbed lunch from The Fish Market, and enjoyed our meal with an ocean view.
We still had a lot of time to kill before our flight home, so we decided to go check out the Nakalele Blowhole. It turned out to be an excellent decision since we got to hike around a bit too.
On our drive back, we spotted a pile of coconuts. It was pretty amusing because during our whole trip, Kyle really wanted to find a fresh coconut. Unfortunately, there was nothing good in the pile. 😦
Though we did not have our hotel room anymore, we ended up going back to the hotel itself to rest. While eating some leftovers at the outside seating area of The Gazebo, we spotted some whales! Afterwards, Kyle and I used the public beach showers to clean up before our flight. Our trip was officially coming to an end.
I will miss all the delicious food.
This trip was impulsive, but it turned out amazing. Kyle is a planner himself and did an amazing job piecing together my ideas with his. It was one of the least stressful trips I have been on. Kyle made all the phone calls I did not want to make and did all the crazy driving during the trip. Bonus: We did not want to kill each other in the end. 😛
Things have been progressing well with Kyle thus far and I am so thankful to have him in my life. ❤