Our Trip to HawaiiHawaii has been one of my most hidden desires for a long time, which I have connected to a fantasy like “if I win the lottery one day...” The first serious contemplation about the possible travel to on one of the Hawaiian Islands started at the time when Disney’s movie "Lilo & Stitch" appeared. A friend from Los Angeles, who was lucky to travel to the "Aloha State" several times, recommend Maui, the most beautiful of all the Hawaiian Islands in her opinion. This year, as a member of Wholesale Services of America, our dreams finally came true.
While going through Frommer's Maui Guide several times while I was preparing for the journey, it became clear very quickly that the list of all the things we wanted to see and experience was not short. Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island, which is endowed by the nature with exotic beaches, spectacular waterfalls and lush tropical vegetation. Therefore, I immediately decided that we won’t be staying at the resort, but in a smaller hotel, which was centrally located and from where we can make different short trips, to whatever side of the island we set our mind to, every day. Maui Beach Hotel in downtown Kahului immediately seemed as an appropriate choice. Being a member, we were able to save almost half the cost.
Direct flights from Chicago to Kahului, the largest town on the island of Maui, lasted about eight and a half hours. While we were waiting for our luggage, we had the opportunity to see traditional Hawaiian welcome on several occasions - floral wreath donation, which Hawaiians call "lei". I heard that such a welcome at the airport can be pre-ordered, of course, for appropriate cost. Immediately after leaving the airport building, the scent of the sea and flowers was in the air. It made me want to pinch myself, I still thought I was dreaming. Were we really in Hawaii?! This trip used to seem like only a dream, but not this was real! We would never have been able to afford this trip before becoming members.
We took a car, which we planned to keep for all 7 days, at the airport - our short daily adventures around the island would be unimaginable without the necessary vehicle. The ride to the hotel took around ten minutes. While being checked in at the front desk, we recognize the family of four in front of us: they were sitting in a row next to us on the plane. Smiling to each other, we still didn’t know how many times we would meet in the next several days, even on excursions - as if the same person planned our travel programs! Upon entering the room, my friend was a bit disappointed with a view - she did not like that the balcony was overlooking the parking lot and outbuilding next to the hotel at all. I’m not sure if my assurance that it didn’t matter was much helpful, that we would anyway spend the least time in the room, I only know that she was delighted when we were told, at the reception desk, that we would be transferred to a room with a sea view, the next day.
The next day we woke up in the dead of night, because of the time difference, but rested. As soon as the dawn broke, we sat in the car and headed to the south side of the island. Huge difference in the quality of streets is immediately noticed - no holes like in Michigan. Of course, when you don’t sprinkle the salt for 5 months a year! After forty minutes, we arrived at the Wailea Beach, where we intended to spend the day sunbathing and swimming. The beach was a classic copy of the Hawaiian postcards, surrounded by several luxury resorts. Part of the beach in front of the Four Seasons Hotel looked the most attractive to us, so we booked our place under the sun there. From the beach we had a view on the smaller crescent-shaped island, Molokini. Molokini is actually the top of a sunken volcanic crater. Due to the very rich underwater flora and fauna, it is among the 10 most popular scuba diving places in the world.
While we were resting on the hot sand, our attention was drawn to the northern end of the beach, where we saw people coming and watching something on the rocks, every so often. Curiosity took its toll, so we went there, down the paved promenade. The subjects of interest were Hawaiian "sacred stones", stones that the locals consider holy. It is white and its structure reminds of the chorale. We found out later the custom of local fishermen is to offer sacrifices here, with a hope for successful catch. We took a small pebble as a souvenir - I didn’t know if this was allowed at all, in any case no one stopped us. Hawaiian experience is something that cannot be forgotten. The time passed quickly on this beautiful island, but we hope to see it again. Thanks Wholesale Services of America!