Last Thursday, Alan and I hopped on a plane and flew to Maui for a 4-day vacation. The only thing we had pre-planned was that we wouldn't do any work so we could focus on just hanging out. It worked out perfectly! Here's how we spent our leisurely days...
Since I'd never snorkeled before, I was super excited to get started right away, but...
After a long day of swimming, nothing sounded better than hot cheesy pizza. We found this thin crust pizza place in the neighborhood called Fabiani's. I got the sausage, mushroom, and brie pizza. Twice. :)
Our hotel was right across the street from a beach which was nice for taking random dips or watching the sunsets.
All of our exploring would leave us parched. Sometimes we'd get iced coffees, but most of the time I'd get iced tea. A lot of places would make them with fruits like yuzu which was so refreshing.
The best thing we ate on the island was the banana cream pie at Leoda's. Creamy, not too sweet, and with a to-die-for graham cracker crust. Oh my gosh.
The light was so, so pretty. Sometimes I'd just snap pictures of random people in it.
The 'Iao Valley State Park was an easy hike we did in our flip flops. It looked like a scene from Lost.
For lunch one day, we ate at Star Noodle. I'd recommend the pork belly buns and the malasadas served with butterscotch sauce (they're just like hole-less donuts!). Fun fact: The owner Sheldon Simeon is going to be a contestant on the next season of Top Chef.
The second time we were driving over to get pizza, an emergency alert came on the radio: a tsunami warning had been issued! When we drove back to the hotel, no one seemed to know anything about it, but then we flipped on the news, and all of a sudden it became real. The news anchors were urging everyone on the coast to evacuate and estimated that the first wave would hit in three hours. My heart leapt to my throat, and I started to panic. Luckily, Alan remained calm and pulled together a plan. We drove back up the mountain we'd hiked the day before and waited in our car for the first wave to hit. I was so scared! All these other cars were parked on the mountain, too, waiting with us. When the three hours were up and nothing had happened, I breathed a sigh of relief. We waited for three more hours before we were finally allowed to drive back to the coast to our hotel.
The next day, we woke up late and went to Kapalua, my favorite beach. The water is so clear and blue, and the snorkeling is awesome. You can just wade out a little and see all sorts of colorful fish—just like being in a fishbowl. I even saw a turtle! It was swam right by me which was both freaky and exciting.