Thursday, June 14, 2012

2012--Maui May sisters' trip

May 28-June 4, 2012:

When my sister suggested we take another sister's trip, I immediately thought of where we should go----Maui!  I had Hawaiian airlines miles which were about to expire and  I had lots of Wyndham points left over after getting our Kauai weeks this past Feb. for half off.   So I called Wyndham and had them place a Wyndham week into Trading Places for me in exchange for a 2 bedroom condo in Maui from May 28 - June 4th.   All I had to do was pay for my flights to/from STL-PDX. 
The day finally came and I was on my way to PDX.  My sister, Carolyn, picked me up and we headed back to Dallas, Oregon, for a couple days.  Then we spent the night before our Maui flight in a hotel by the airport.  On the 28th (Memorial Day), we were on our way bright and early (to me!) to catch our 10:30 flight to OGG.  Since Ken and I usually travel to Hawaii from STL all in one day with a couple stops and long layovers, this travel day seemed to go fairly quickly.  Only long part was the 2 1/2 hour layover in Honolulu.  Originally we were suppose to fly non-stop to Maui---one of the big reasons why we picked Maui over Kauai, but Hawaiian decided to eliminate that flight and keep an extra 8000 of my miles that I used to book the non-stop instead of a connector flight---I was not too happy about that, but Hawaiian was!  The only good things about it were the views of Honolulu and Maui county as we flew over them.
Not sure what part of Oahu this is, but there looks to be some great snorkeling there!
                                       This, of course, this is Waikiki Beach. 
 I believe this is Olowalu on Maui close to mile mark 14 on Hwy 30.  Great looking reef there, too!

Finally arrived in OGG about 4pm (7pm Pacific Standard Time) and Carolyn headed off to get our rental car.  Carolyn had reserved it, so she got to be my chauffeur for the week.  I did bring a Garmin, which came in very handy!  Soon we were on our way from the airport.  With Walmart on our way to the condo, we made a stop there first.
Check in at Maui Hill was a breeze.  It is in the more residential and "affordable" town of Kihei on the dry southern part of the island.  I had called and requested an oceanview room and even though I knew it wasn't too close to the ocean, we did get a bit of an ocean view.  The 2 bedroom condo was very nice.  It even had an "owner's" closet with beach chairs, snorkel gear (although I brought my own), and other "toys".  It was also nice having air conditioners in the livingroom as well as each bedroom.  Most places I've been to in Hawaii only had ac in the bedrooms, if at all.  The kitchen was small, but adequate.   I spent many mornings on the lanai waiting for Carolyn to get up.  I would definately stay here again.
Livingroom to diningroom and kitchen
 master bedroom
huge lanai
ocean view from our lanai (main office is the orange roofed building to the left)
They also had a very nice pool by the office.  I don't know if it was heated, but it felt like it.  We enjoyed it and the jacuzzi several times.  One morning we went to an orientation "breakfast" by the pool (under the big "umbrella" tree) and I even won a sunset cruise.
 We loved the landscaping around the resort.  Here's another of the many interesting trees.
 There were lots of plumeria trees blooming.  I'm so use to seeing the trees bare of leaves and with only an occasional flower on them when we go to Kauai in Feb.  It was a treat seeing them in full bloom and with lots of lush leaves.
 Always love seeing the Bird of Paradise flowers!
 What would Hawaii be without the colorful bougainvillea plants?! 
 I have no idea what these are, but they are certainly interesting, too.
 More plumeria