Maui Day 1 (Beach)

OK, so here starts the recaps from our trip! I am starting from December 20th, because December 19th was mainly spent in the airport. We were supposed to arrive in Maui by mid-afternoon but there were problems with the plane and we arrived over 5 hours late (so much for saving time with that that direct flight), it was 11pm by the time we got to our room, ordered room service and passed out.

But I have to give the hotel credit, they still had leis waiting for us at 11pm.
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And then we were up bright and early given the jet lag – so we headed down to let Declan feed the koi. The HUGE koi. The koi that ate more than I do.

Speaking of the resort (the Hyatt Regency), it was awesome. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous! Great location. Great rooms. Great service. Great amenities. Great food (although expensive – but that’s Hawaii). Great pool. The beach was a little small, but you just had to walk a little way to the right and it was all good. Over all, big thumbs up.

So, we spent the morning on that beach. Declan loved it.

That is the island of Molokai in the background.

Yup, he is dancing on the beach. It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

I have to say, Jeff and Danielle are most excellent to go on vacation with. And they are cute as hell, too.

That boy did *NOT* want to leave the beach for a nap.

But he finally relented and while Bryan and Declan napped, the rest of us went to the grocery store to stock up on supplies to offset those expensive Hawaiian meals. And couldn’t resist getting a snack while we were out. A snack that included a drink or two. I discovered a local favorite – a Li Hing Mui Margarita… made with an Asian plum spice. It was sweet and salty at the same time – it rocked. I bought 4 bags of the stuff to bring home.

Then we went back to the beach for a little bit before dinner.

And made Jeff climb a palm tree.

To top off the evening – my first Mai Tai in Hawaii! The glass was a riot, happy face one side – sad face on the other. Our waitress said she took which way it was facing as a sign if you needed another or not. I did not – those things are STRONG!

Yup. An all around great first day in Hawaii.

Tomorrow: The Road to Hana.

This article has 21 comments

  1. Sarah

    Yay! You’re back! We missed you. Looks like a total blast. Great photos!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Such georgous pictures!! What a way to spend Christmas – when did you say you were going back?

  3. Nancy

    Awesome way to spend Christmas!

  4. Wenderina

    Oh it has been way too many years since I enjoyed Hawaii…these pictures make me hula-sick.

  5. Anonymous

    Very cool! So excited to see all the pics!

  6. zenrain

    love it! i can’t wait to hear more about it!!

  7. Anonymous

    Fantastic – wow – beautiful shots, too!! Rachel S.

  8. Colleen

    I’m already jealous and you’ve only done day 1. By the time you’re done I’ll need to book a trip.

  9. The Supreme Ruler of the W. Household

    Looks like everyone had a great time!
    I’m jealous.
    As always, beautiful photos!

  10. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Thanks much all! I need to hurry off tomorrow and get the underwater cameras developed so I can include them in the snorkel day!

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    And cripes, I still need to fix the comment size, don’t I?

  12. Anonymous

    I verify that this is exactly how it happened. Plus, Declan’s tooth came out on the flight over. “Here daddy, hold this. My tooth fell out.”


  13. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Oh yeah! I forgot about his tooth on the plane! How funny is that???

  14. lauren

    Looks way fun. Thanks for sharing.

  15. The Casual Perfectionist

    It looks like a FABULOUS place to spend a wintry holiday!! I can’t wait to see more pix!

  16. Kelley

    Jealous. Blindingly, lashing out at anyone in the general vicinity JEALOUS!!!

    I wanna go to a pretty island and drink alcoholic beverages in a smiley cup!

    Hang on. Boo has a Sesame street cup that has a smiling face on it… now where is my wine!

    Glad you had a wonderful trip.

  17. Builder Mama

    It looks gorgeous! I’m so glad you guys had a great time. Next time, though, can you cram me in your suitcase?

  18. Sandy C.

    W.O.W! Those were some amazing photos….I love the black and white- worth framing 🙂

    And that Mai Tai *drool*….I’m off to bed hoping for these visions to pop-up in my dreams 🙂

  19. Amber

    The pictures are AMAZING. It almost makes me regret that we declined an invite to go to Hawaii with our best friends in March.

    But then I remember the two young children we’d be dragging along and think we’d best wait a few more years!

  20. Catherine

    Welcome back to the frozen tundra of Colorado! Ahh, it’s so nice to enjoy your pictures and imagine the warm sand between my toes. Such gorgeous pictures, Aimee.

  21. soccer mom in denial

    I love the photos and love how you are going day by day.

    And I missed you too!

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