Maui vacation!

Greetings from Maui!

With my upcoming knee surgery in the summer, a summer vacation is definitely out of the picture. Luckily, we were fortunate to take a short trip to Maui last week during my spring break. We left on Wednesday morning from LAX and spent 5 nights on the west side of Maui in Ka’anapali at the Marriott Vacation Club Resort. We were even in an ocean view room, which had a stunning view. While in Maui, we did a couple touristy things, including whale watching and driving up to Haleakala. We would have liked to do more things like hiking in Hana and ziplining in the upcountry, but my knee wouldn’t allow. It’s okay though because the beauty of time shares is that you know you will be back.

The view of the Pacific from our room

Our resort

This time of year is whale season in the Hawaiian Islands and we saw so many whales on our whale watching trip and even from the balcony in our room. Seeing those magnificent animals up close in their natural environment is surreal.

The little boat/raft from our whale watching adventure. The smaller the vessle the better because it is less crowded and you are closer to the whales.

Whale tail!

The drive up to the Haleakala Crater was breathtaking. We drove from zero feet elevation all the way up to the summit which was slightly more than 10,000 feet above sea level! We were up higher than the clouds, could see 80 miles across the Pacific at some of the other volcanoes on the main island, and got a panoramic view of the island.

The view from 10,000 feet!

In addition to the great sights and activities, Zac and I also ate some delicious meals. When we travel, we like to eat at nice restaurants and also experience local cuisine. We ate at Japengo, Roy’s, Sansei, Star Noodle, and the Aloha Mix Plate, just to name a few. It is difficult to pinpoint our favorite meal. At Japengo we ate sushi and shared a steak and King crab leg entrée. We had even more sushi at Sansei and at Roy’s I had delicious blackened ono (also known as Wahoo) and macadamia nut encrusted shutome (Hawaiian swordfish).  My mouth is watering just thinking about all of the deliciousness we experienced.

Hawaii fruit sampler - pineapple, banana, lychee, watermelon, mango, papaya, guava, and strawberies. Yum!Blackened Ono/Macadamiz Nut Shutome plate from Roy's

We shared this entree and also had some sushi. This is from Japengo. It is New York Steak and King crab legs with edamame mashed potatoes, asparagus, and pumpkin. YUM!

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