Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii. (Part 1)

The day after our wedding, my parents hosted an "after-party" at my house in Mexico. Yes, my family really likes to celebrate everything! That night, Greg and I headed to San Antonio, TX, and spent the night there, since we were taking a really early flight to Maui, Hawaii!

(Thank you for the ride Diana, Keith and family!)

Now, the honeymoon. We planned the honeymoon about two weeks prior to the wedding. Crazy right? Our original plan was to wait a few months before we actually went on a honeymoon, but we ended up deciding at the last moment to go right after the wedding. Luckily, we found really good deals on hotel and airfare. We found out later that October is the best month (for travelers) to travel to Maui, HI.

Now, on to some pictures!

Day 1

We were at the airport at 0430, to leave at 0600. Too early!

Our first flight together!
(Taken with my phone. My camera was stuffed in another carry-on bag.)


On the second plane we took, the one taking us to Hawaii, we flew with Alaska Airlines. This is seriously one of the best airline experiences Greg and I have had. From the airplane to the staff, everything was great. On this flight, Greg and I sat across from each other, but that was OK. My neighbors were an older couple. Towards the middle of the flight, the lady pulled down the tray table and laid her head on it. At first I thought she was going to sleep, and was just uncomfortable. However, when she got back up, she was sweating profusely and grabbed my arm and told me she needed help to go to the bathroom. At this point, the staff was called, and we took her to the front of the airplane. Two other nurses traveling on the plane joined the "patient" and vitals were quickly taken, oxygen was administered, and a doctor (on land) was called. At the end of the flight, the lady was stable enough to take back to her seat. I was surprised at how quickly staff responded to the situation, and the act of service from the nurses!

Anyways.

   
We arrived in Hawaii around 3 PM. However, by the time transportation to hotel, and hotel were settled, it quickly became 5:30 PM. We quickly refreshed and went to the beach for sunset! In Maui, the sun comes up at 6 AM and sets at 6 PM on the dot! 






Day 2

We woke up around 6 AM and after breakfast, Greg had an opportunity to feed "Newman" some cheerios, one of the resort's pets. It was quite fun watching them....and the Koi fish!





We then headed to "explore" Maui, and we headed to the north side (we stayed on the west side of Maui, called Kaanapali) to a small, hippie town called Paia.

"Our" car. Renting a car is almost a must in Maui. Public transportation within the island is very limited.


Greg liked these trees, who were on our way to Kahului, one of Maui's main, central cities.




In Paia, we went to Baldwin Park, a beach park in the town. The Pacific Ocean was beyond beautiful, here.






(of course I did the jumping picture)












Greg didn't understand why I needed a picture with this door. ;-)



This tree had heart-shaped leaves!
And since we were on our honeymoon, well...we took a picture. 


Me: "Greg, did you know that 'Ohana means 'family'?"
Greg: "What? How did you know?"
Me: "Duh, I learned it watching Lilo and Stitch! Remember? 'Ohana means family, family means nobody gets left behind.'"
Greg: "Weird."
:-D


After Paia, we headed back to the hotel, and enjoyed some island goodness. Everybody on the island is so "green". Everyone recycles everything and plastic bags are banned from the island (even for grocery shopping)! We also enjoyed watching cliff jumping from 'Black Rock'!







The days were mostly robin-blue, and the sunsets were gorgeous. I praise God for nice weather while we were there and thank Him for the opportunity to see such beauty! Sometimes, Greg and I would stare in awe of it all.  

I'll be posting more bits and pieces about our adventure to Maui in the days to come!

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19: 1-6

Love,
Gabby

7 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks BEAUTIFUL!! Can't wait to see more pics! :)

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    1. YES, it was beyond beautiful...my pictures don't do justice. ;-)

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    1. Yes, Anna! Thank you for commenting! :-)

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  3. So pretty! I never was really interested in going to Hawaii, but those pictures make me re-think it all! :)

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    1. Oh, yes. I wasn't really interested, either. We didn't think much of Hawaii as our first option, since we wanted to save up for an international trip. But, oh my word. Hawaii is so diverse and so beautiful, we want to go back! Every island is different, too (from what we heard). We loved Maui. It is very outdoorsy/country/small town feel and not many tourists. ;-)

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