This was my very first time going to Hawaii! We started our trip off in Maui and spent about four days here, just chilling and exploring the island. I haven't gone on a beach vacation in a while so it was a nice change of pace to take the days slow and keep things low-key. We also practiced a lot of patience since it is very different traveling with a three year old and a nine month old. There were a lot of activities and long drives we didn't do, choosing instead to stick to areas close to our resort and to enjoy the sunshine and the waters.
Napili Bay was one of my favorite places and we spent our first afternoon hanging out here at the beach. The water was absolutely pristine and it felt so nice to take a dip since the sun was shining directly overhead at one point, making the sand feel incredibly hot. We also ate at the Sea House restaurant by the beach which had really friendly service and great food.
We visited Lahaina twice, our first time being after our sailing trip to Lanai (I'll leave that one for a separate post). There were a lot of beautiful art galleries there, as well as local shops and various restaurants. The famous banyan tree was a fun place to take photos at! My nephew loved running around under the giant tree.
Maui Ocean Center, which was fairly small but had some pretty nice exhibits. We mainly went for the kids but it was a great experience for all of us. I loved seeing the baby sea turtles and the sharks.
We went to Lahaina a second time in the late afternoon on our way back to our resort and had dinner at Cheeseburger in Paradise, which had a beautiful views of the ocean and pretty decent burgers. Yum.
On our last day before going to the airport, we took a detour to Iao Valley. It was so scenic and the ever shifting fog made the area seem somewhat ethereal as we wandered and took in the beautiful views. We also stopped by the Kepaniwai Park Heritage Gardens where we learned a bit about Hawaii's various immigrants. My parents were particularly interested in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen area which had quite detailed information on his life in Hawaii. I thought that was pretty cool because my knowledge of Chinese history is very limited and I had no idea he even lived here. I'm glad we made a stop here before heading to catch our plane to Honolulu!
I have a few more Hawaii travel posts to write up, and then some more recent trips to share. Even though this trip happened months ago, I love looking back at these photos and reminiscing about our adventures. That's one of my favorite things about photography and memory keeping. Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. Happy Tuesday!