We flew from Honolulu to Kahului, Maui in 45 minutes via my new favorite airline, Hawaiian Air. Talk about organized. They had self check-in, and I'm talking the whole thing. You print and attach your own baggage label and drop it off. The process was so slick. Lovely.
We picked up our Jeep and went to Walmart to pick up some groceries. We also picked up boogie boards and snorkel supplies; we find the cost is less than renting and it gives us flexibility (and we hope to take them home). We love the complete open top of a two door Jeep, but decided last minute to upgrade to a four-door. While leaving with two full carts, we are thankful we did!
I wrote my blog and made a new friend (a pool boy, who I would love to tell my girlfriends was as hot as they are imagining right now but I'm sorry to disapoint, however he taught me a lot about the local culture and life as a local in Maui). At 4:00 our room was ready and we moved into an ocean front room. Amazing.
A little about our condo: We are staying at Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas. Prior to 'Driving the Dream' we spent our first five Spring Breaks in Daytona Florida at a condo. We loved it. We loved having a full kitchen, seperate bedrooms, two baths and the beach and pools a short walk away. However, condos in Hawaii are expensive. Seriously, expensive. So I searched on VRBO for hours on end and sent hundreds of messages. I was able to secure this condo for only $3,000 for seven nights. That is an absolute steal (valued at $6,000 for our two bedroom). Scott and I do not believe in the condo-buying-experience because the market is so saturated with owners that don't use them, if you take the time to research and send messages (and yes it is time-sucking) you can usually find an owner that will rent their unit for the cost of their annual maintenance fees.
We checked in our room and unpacked our bags and groceries. I like to completely rearrange the unit. I put things up high that we will never use (e.g., potato masher) and pull out the things we will use. Here is me celebrating the blender. This will get used. A lot.
Our first meal was nachos. Along with Mai Tais and Pina Coladas.
We ended the night with a drive to our local grocery store for produce (Walmart has none), back to our room for tacos, and we all were in bed at 8:00pm. We may be adjusting to the time change, but we were all ready to hit the hay. The girls and Scott got a little sunburned, despite the loads of sunscreen, but we will work on that tomorow. It was a great first day in Maui.
For all my 'statistic' fans, I will be working on posting those today. The spreadsheet is somewhat current, I just need to get them entered in the blog. Aloha!
Day Three: Gas $0 ($9.55 total); Lodging $428.50 ($733.86 total); Souvenirs $0 ($15.90 total); Tourist Traps $0 ($6 total); Fights 0 (0 total). || Airfare for entire trip: $8,470.08 (of which $7,228.08 was free, using miles). Car Rental for entire trip: $469.76. Note: I'm not tracking driving miles, Redbox rentals or states (2 total) for this trip.