Our Trip to Kihei (Maui, Hawaii)

Below is a little blip about our trip to Maui. If you only care about photos & videos, here are some links to those: - Maui Videos - Random Maui Photos - Ryan & Margaux's Wedding Photos So our trip to Hawaii was fantastic. We caught the 5:30 ferry, took a walk around Ikea, hung out at Richmond Center, then spend our customary 3 hours in the airport waiting for our 4:15 flight. Everything at the airport went off without a hitch, except for when the nice people at airport security required that Emma part with “cookie” (her inseparable stuffy) be passed through the xray machine. Emma lost it, but recovered moments after being reunited.  The wait for the plane and boarding all went smoothly.  Emma LOVED the take-off. “It’s bumpy!” followed by uncontrollable giggles. So cute. Papa picked us up at the airport in our rental van – a new Kia Sedona and we headed out to the condo. That Kia had serious issues, with the interior lights flashing at random on the way to Kihei. The next morning it wouldn’t start! We had to call Enterprise who promptly brought us a replacement – a seemingly reliable Dodge Caravan. When visiting Maui, having a rental car is definitely essential. Sure you could just hang out around Kihei, but with a car there are many more beaches and places to explore. We went to the East side of the island for some huge killer waves, and headed to the north to Lahaina for dinner at Cheeseburger Paradise and a bit of shopping at the neat old shops. Lahaina was pretty cool, but not where I would choose to stay. This trip saw us visiting a number of different and beautiful beaches, and eating an insane amount of pineapple. Pineapple in Hawaii is SO much better than the stuff we get here. I quite dislike papaya, but actually liked it there! All the fruits were amazing. We also didn’t drink at all – really. 😉 Ryan and Margaux's wedding was amazing. With a small group of about 20 guests, it was perfect. Ryan and Margaux looked amazing, and the whole wedding and sunset made for a perfect day. (Here are a few photos) Kihei is really a beautiful town, the locals are exceptionally friendly, the weather is amazing, and the beaches are fantastic. It truly is paradise. Everything is within walking distance with Kamole 1, 2, & 3 beaches all offering some great boogie-boarding waves and “sandcastle” beaches (as was Emma’s Favorite). We will definitely consider going back some day!

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