Sunday, July 6, 2014

Maui nō ka ʻo

Maui nō ka ʻo! It basically means Maui is the best.
IT IS 100% accurate! 
This was our first trip back since our honey moon almost exactly 5 years earlier. We got to stay in the same hotel for the first 3 nights and then spend 2 nights with Richards family a little ways down the coast. (Three day weekend + 1 comp day)
Sadly, as seems to be our trend lately, we barely took any photos. But we had the most wonderful time!

We were at a great wetland/marsh reserve area and saw this adorable little chick from the board walk!

We both got new snorkel masks and the shop we got them for gave us an amazing deal on a catamaran ride and snorkel tour on the Alii Nui:

Alii Nui Whale Watch - Alii Nui Whale Watch.  Photo copyright Alii Nui.

It was the most luxurious experience of my life. The crew was so friendly and pampered us on every turn! Also they made the best homemade ginerale with fresh ginger... I basically drank gallons of the stuff.

And they even let me drive the boat!

 We got up ridiculously early to watch the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakala. We drove from sea level to 10,000 ft! It was freezing but super beautiful.

Since I had just switched companies I didn't have any vacation time and had to leave on Tuesday. We spent my last few hours at the aquarium:

Richard however got to spend the rest of the week with his family:

This is one of my favorite shots:
its an adorable little squid with his family in the background.

A lizard being awesome:

Katie wrote some great posts on their adventures here.

It was so great to be able to go back! We've done so much in the past five years, it was pretty cool to go back and see that for the most part Maui was still the magical wonderland we remembered :)

Here is a slide show of that trip 5 years earlier:

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