We're back! We just had two wonderful weeks in Kauai and Maui, celebrating our 40th anniversary. We went with Bill and Linda who were also celebrating their 40th (we married one week apart).
The islands are soooo green and lush. I couldn't get over how huge the leaves on everything were and the colors of the foliage, water and skies were unbelievable. The islands are definitely paradise!
We started in Oahu, island hopped to Kauai, where we stayed in Bill's timeshare at Poipu. While unpacking, my heart sank when I realized I had brought my hot curlers but no clips! Not only did it take up a lot of room in the suitcase...but was totally unusable!! Can I say bad hair week!!! Oh well, that wasn't going to stop me!
We got up early in the morning to see the turtles romp in the cove and watch the sunrise. My neighbor, who I visit teach, was on the same island at the same time, but I had left her number at home. Did you know they have black crabs on black rocks? I didn't until the "rocks" started moving after a wave hit them! Chuck told me they were tarantulas and I believed him...that was our 2nd day. We went to Fern Grotto and saw this little gray cat that's 17 years old and has lived there her whole life. She's the only cat there now since the hurricane. You can't get close to the ferns because of the hurricane damage. Luckily, we went 10 years ago and got to go up to them. We also went on a catamaran to tour the cliffs at Na'Pali. That was a 6-hr. tour. Chuck, Bill and Linda went snorkling...I took pics. We saw dolphins. One night, they had a "Dive-In" movie at the pool. We watched on our lounge chairs, Bill watched while in the water and Chuck went upstairs. We had to eat at Duke's and have Hula Pie...tradition. We went to Hilo Hattie's (of course), went to ABC stores (of course), went to Bubba's for Chuck's birthday, saw Waimea Canyon (breathtaking), went to the Lighthouse, Anini Beach and had lunch in the gentle rain, went to a beach where we could stand and have unbelievable fish swim right around us like we weren't there...wow. We were all standing watching schools of brightly colored fish all around us. It was a fantastic experience! We saw everything you could possible see and do while there and played in the pool at night...true paradise.
We then island hopped to Maui to our timeshare. We were 1/2 block from a fantastic beach and could walk to shops and restaurants (yahoo!). We did the "Road to Hana", saw an unbelievable Warren and Annabelle's Magic show, musical of the islands "'Ulalena", shopped, ate at Ruth Chris' Steakhouse, shopped, went on the Pineapple Plantation tour on a tram, ate at Moose McGuillacuddy's, shopped, went snorkling at a out of the way spot with tons of fish, sightseeing, beach. We went through an undergroud lava tube on a self-guided tour...pretty cool. The luau was saved for our last night...not impressed with the food. I would have to say, we could easily spend more time on Maui and still not see everything. The only downside we had, was the island hopper we were on from Kauai lost Bill's suitcase. They finally found it and he got it the next morning.
We ran into 4 missionaries while there at different locations. One of the elder's was from Utah and one of the sister's was from Ogden. They were happy to see us. The ward building in Hana is newer and nestled in a lush tropical setting.
As lovely as our trip was...I'm glad to be home. We left Maui at 1:00 p.m., got to Oahu at 3:20 p.m., flew out at 8:30 p.m., landed in L.A. at 5 a.m., left L.A. at 7:30a.m. and landed in SLC at 10:23 a.m. I will never island hop again...too expensive.
Milk was $4.75 a gallon, gas ran about $3.63 a gallon, restaurants were a couple dollars above "our normal", Costco was about the same and Safeway was a little higher than normal.
We kept up with what was going on at home and appreciate our kids jumping in to help. Mahalo to all of you!