Before We Got To Maui
A month before our 8 day trek to Maui in December, mom coordinated with Danny, our Maui superhuman concierge, to ship luggage ahead of time, make restaurant reservations and rent gear for us, like a double stroller.
Mom also asked Danny to find some specific grocery items for us. Danny was a miracle worker! He was able to locate our favorite brand of coconut water called “100% Raw Coconut Water” by Harmless Harvest, which tastes like the juice you get right out of the coconut. Even though we may look like we were born yesterday, we really can taste the difference between this brand and another one. We also asked for bottles of Fiji water and cartons of Blue Diamond sweetened and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and Danny just made it happen!
We find that when we travel, it’s usually easier to rent a stroller and have it there ready to go when we get there. We shipped 7 large pieces of luggage, including two super large Rimowa Salsa Air 32inch multiwheel suitcases. It took about 5 days to arrive from the SF Bay area to Maui by FedEx Ground, and Danny had our luggage all ready to go in our condo by the time we arrived.
Mom also ordered some items from Diapers.com, like diapers, wipes and creams, so that we didn’t need to pack disposable things that would take up space in our luggage. These got to Hawaii in time, but took a bit longer than our luggage, so make sure to ship your things a few weeks before your arrival if you are coming from the US.
Here we are, on our way to Maui – at the airport and on the plane.
We stayed at the Ho’olei property right across the street from the Grand Wailea Resort in Unit 55-1, which is probably the closest condo for getting to the Grand Wailea. Most of our days started with eating breakfast at home, and then heading down to the pool at the Grand Wailea where we camped there until midafternoon when we headed back to take a bath and get ready to go out to dinner. When we’re on the road, we usually have a packed day, so we have to get our zzz’s in anywhere we can since it’s not always practical to go home and nap in bed.
To keep our energy going, we eat and snack continuously, whether at the airport having cheerios and cheese crackers, or at dinner at the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a restaurant.
On our second night in Maui, we drove to Mama’s Fish House, which is about 40 minutes away in Kuau Cove on Maui’s North Shore. Mama’s was packed, so good thing they have valet parking! Get to Mama’s Fish House early in time for the sunset. There is an amazing view and sandy area with canoes to play in and space to walk around.
We had some really tasty dinners the rest of the week, with a little Loco Moco thrown in for lunch.
Ferraro’s Restaurant at the Four Seasons
Ka’ana Kitchen at the Andaz
KO Restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani
This is how we burned off our Maui Chips calories.
When we’re not floating around in the 2,000 foot pool, we find some shade any way we can.
We decided that we’ll be coming back to Exclusive Resorts’ Ho’olei property every year for Mommy’s birthday week.
We call this our “Forest of Lights”. NeNe had just come from a 3-hour Luau at the Grand Wailea, and on her way home to our condo, she had this picture taken of her standing in front of the row of trees that are lit with thousands of lights strung on the tree trunks and branches of almost all of the trees in front of the Grand Wailea. It was so magical!
The Maui Ocean Center…we loved it!
We got so many unexpected great finds here! From the 24-Hour Safeway and Maui Waterwear at the Piilani Village Shopping Center in Kihei, to the sale at the shops in the Grand Wailea and the Shops at Wailea.
We love picking out our own clothes, shoes and hats. Here are some of our favorites from this trip.
The2Woodies Go Home
So long, farewell Maui, for now. Until then, we’ll be listening to the songs “Whisper” and “No One” by Maoli, our local jams when we were on the Island.
See you all soon on our next Tripisode, where we take home a foul ball hit by a San Francisco Giants player.