So Chris surprised me with a trip down to Wailea and we stayed a night at the Wailea Marriott. It was fantastic. They upgraded us to their best suite right on the ocean. We had 3 lanai's, 2 bathrooms, 2 TV's!!! I put the robe on and we were officially on vacation. (I made Chris wear his too) They had just finished their infinity pool which was fantastic only to be made better with a pina colada in hand.
Well, we didn't get a hurricane but we did get this. Chris took the screen out of one of our bedroom windows and snapped it. The best rainbow we've ever seen. It started as a "Ball of Color" as Chris put it and turned into this beauty.
Every Saturday morning Maui has a swap meet with local artisans and vendors. We've been going a lot lately, the tomatoes this guy sells there are the best we've ever had. We've been buying a lot of plants too, really cheap and really nice. Something we pass up everytime is the sushi just baking out in the sun. We've seen people buying it though.
When we first moved to Maui, Chris planted some baby banana trees and we didn't know if anything would happen with them. But he watered them relentlessly in hopes of them fruiting someday. They were about 1 foot tall and they eventually grew to about 20 feet tall. We just chopped down this bunch of bananas the other day and they're ripening under our stairs. They're apple bananas which are the BEST and slightly tart. Really delicious. This bunch weighs about 35 lbs.
This was at the end of our Road to Hana trip. We hiked The Pipiwai Trail, above Seven Sacred Pools. You walk through an amazing bamboo forest and Guava trees (I stubbed my toe looking up for them and it was worth it). The path ends at Waimoku Falls, a 400 foot waterfall. There's a pool underneath that you can swim in but they warn against because boulders fall from the top without warning. Chris swam, I didn't. We did have a nice picnic though of beer and sausage.
This was an irrigation ditch built over a 100 years ago to bring fresh water from the Waihe'e River to the cane fields. The water was really cold and just pouring out of it. Of course Chris wanted to shimmy our way through the tunnel to the end, I of course did not.
Well, we've been in/on Maui for just over a year and half and I thought we should start sharing some of our experiences and photos of our time here. We'd love to have each and every one of you come and out and stay with us but until then hopefully this will keep you updated and envious enough to get your butts out here already.
We just moved into a new place a month ago and it was long over due. We no longer sleep in our kitchen or plan our outfits while in the shower. We live in what is called an "Ohana", which means family or a place that your in-laws can stay or live. We're slightly behind the main house and up on stilts so we've got some great views. Our deck off the front looks out at the ocean and Lanai'i which is the island about 10 miles away.
I'm starting a new job in a few weeks and I'm looking forward to it. I'll be doing concierge work at the Westin Villas which means busier and great perks for the island. Yeah!
Maui is supposed to be snake free but this is technically a snake, it's just one of the smallest in the world. It looks like a little black worm but if you look closely you can see a little mouth. We think he was playing dead because he was perfect. Smart little guy. We found him on our Swinging Bridges hike we did a couple weeks ago.