Thursday, June 20, 2013

Maui - The Valley Isle

I'm getting closer and closer to crossing off another item from my Bucket List. A couple of weeks ago, Mike and I ventured over to Maui for a few days. That makes 4 of the 8 Hawaiian Islands I have been to.

Working in the restaurant industry has it's perks. Like having a super flexible schedule for instance. Mike and I have both had an entire week (week days) off, so we decided to hop on a plane and head to Maui. I had never been before, but have been dying to go and was really excited. I've heard so many great things about the island, so it was time to check it out for myself.

It was a really good week. Sunday I had my first ever half marathon, Monday was Memorial Day and I participated in a beautiful lantern floating ceremony, and Tuesday we packed up a bag and left for Maui. We opted for one of the smaller, inter-island airlines, which meant delayed flights and unorganized moments. But it was fine, the flight was only 30 minutes or so and before we knew it, we were in beautiful Maui. We rented a car and decided to head towards a hostel in the mountains.

We stayed at a place called The Banana Bungalow, a hostel in the town of Wailuku. It was the cutest little mountain town and the hostel was great. I have never stayed in one before so it was definitely an adventure for me. We were two of the very few Americans to be staying there, everyone else was from a different country, near and far. It was really interesting talking to the other dwellers about their journeys and adventures.

The room we stayed in also had a guy from Belgium. He had been traveling for months now and just arrived in Hawaii from New Zealand. Looking at his pictures were mind blowing, and after his stay in Hawaii, he is off to Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Columbia. But that's only a few in comparison to everywhere he is going. I'm super jealous.

The Banana Bungalow was super cheap, was very nice for a hostel, and even offered free coffee and pancake breakfast every morning. Basically they gave you the batter, you had to make it yourself, and voila, a beautiful pancake breakfast for your pleasure. It was awesome.

Taken from my Instagram

The first day Mike and I decided to take the Road to Hana. We've heard a lot about it, and since we had a car we wanted to see it. Let me tell you, it was definitely a trip. The first half of the road was severely curvy and very narrow - talk about being car sick. We were deep in the mountain at some points.

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken by ME with my Nikon Cool Pix L120. Please do not copy, crop, or use as your own.** 

"We are the Music Makers"

Hana Bay 

A cross hidden deep into the mountains in Hana 

As we were exploring around, we came across the Hana Skatepark, and Mike being Mike had to stop and play around in it.

In my opinion, the road after Hana was the best part.

Pictures don't do justice on how beautiful the mountains and waterfalls were. The mountains were insanely huge.

Here you can see the island of Kaho'olawe 

Looking at the island of Kaho'olawe

The Road to Hana literally took all day. After we finally got back into civilization, we were beat and decided to head back to the Bungalow.

Sunset as we were driving back to the hostel.

The second day we decided to cruise to the towns of Kihei and Lahaina.

I didn't actually get any pictures of Kihei, but it was super cute. The mountains really trip me out.

You can see three islands from the town of Lahaina. This one is Lanai.

It was such a clear day out, we had the opportunity to see Oahu from Lahaina.

I would have loved to been able to stay in this in for a night.

Another picture of Lanai.

Lahaina was the cutest. I could totally live there.

Mike and I decided to take a break for a nice Lava Flow during Happy Hour at Kimo's Maui. And this was our perfect view.

Like I said, the cutest little town.

For dinner, Mike and I decided to go to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co, the view was incredible, the food was delicious, and the experience was wonderful. Couldn't have asked for a better day/night.

Forrest Gump?


Our view of the beautiful sunset during dinner in Lahaina.

Cheers to Maui!

The last day, before our flight in the afternoon, Mike and I decided to head back to Lahaina...

and get tatted up..

Yes it's on my arm. It's fully healed now and looks amazing. I love it!

Our trip to Maui was amazing. I already can't wait to go back and camp, hike, and really explore more than we already did. Next stop - Lanai or Molokai!

Have you ever been to Hawaii? Which island is your favorite?

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Sarah said...

I was in Maui last month and went to some of those same places! Isn't it amazing? I am still recapping my trip on my blog so stop by and read about out Maui activities!

Brittany said...

I went to Maui in 2011 after graduating high school (I know best gift ever!) I stayed in Lahiana for 10 days! I have been to these exact places. I would kill to go back or even live there. Chicago is too cold sometimes.

Blush and Barbells said...

Your photos are breath-takingly beautiful!
I went to the Big Island many years ago - I will never forget how wonderful a place it is.

Dara said...

I've been to Oahu, the big island, and Maui. We did the road to Hana too. We stayed in lahaina and loved it!

Robin said...

Beautiful pictures as always. The cowboy statue creeps me out a little, though!

Nini Kat said...

Gorgeous pictures! I want to go to Maui. and I miss working in the restaurant industry. So flexible and always something interesting happening.

Vanessa said...

LOVE Lahaina- my hometown! I might be biased but MAUI is definitely the best island EVER hands down.

I mean, they don't call it Maui No Ka 'Oi ("Maui is the BEST") for nothing!

Did you stop in Hana town? Or just drive through? Hana has a beautiful harbor and is always one of our stops when we visit.

We leave in a week to visit our fam back "home"- I can't wait!

Mauibrad said...

Good pics!

Cece said...

Beautiful pics!!! Maui looks so pretty. I've been to Oahu and we are going to Maui in December so I can't wait. You are well on your way to having seen all the Islands!