These are some of the things we like to do in Maui:
2) boogie board
3) eat fresh fish
4) relax on the beach
5) look for sea glass on the beach
6) whale watching
7) walk up and down Front Street in Lahaina
8) absolutely nothing
3) We ate lots of fresh fish! In fact just about every meal except breakfast included fish. Mahi mahi, Ono, Opah, Opakapaka, etc., etc. We had it fried, sauteed, broiled, in tacos - just about any way they can prepare it. It's all good. I had to eat slowly, and I didn't always finish the meal, but it was great. It is a good thing that we went when we did because now I'm eating through a tube in my tummy. (see next blog post)
4) Relaxing on the Beach - no problem !!!
5) Looking for sea glass requires walking around on the sandy beaches. I found that the way my legs are now, my foot prints in the sand are different. Normally, you see the whole foot, with the deepest part of the print at the toe. My foot prints were all heel. It made it tougher, but it also stretched my calf muscles, which felt good. So we had fun and got exercise, but we didn't find as much glass as past years.
6) In Maui, from December to April, the whales come to Hawaii to have their calves and to mate. We can just sit on our lanai and watch the whales. They are everywhere! But every time we go, we do at least one trip with Ultimate Whale Watch. We like these people - they are fun and knowledgeable. Their boat is a small pontoon boat which makes it really easy to move from one place to another - compared to the big cruisers that some of the whale watch tours sail with. We always see whales up close. This year was no different.
7) We didn't spend as much time in Lahaina Town. I walked really slow - with lots of resting every few minutes. (I used my walking stick, but I didn't have my AFO Orthotic/Brace until we got back.)
8) Absolutely nothing - no problem !!!
I'm glad that we have been to Maui and Kauai many times over the years. I strongly recommend that you go now, and not wait until some future ideal time to go, like when the kids are grown up or when you are retired. If I had waited until being retired I would have missed out on so much. And . . . it is fine to take the kids or go with the entire family, or friends - now and then. We have taken the whole family, and the kids on some of these Hawaii trips, and we are glad we did. But, we really cherish the times that Gerrí and I have spent there - just the two of us. So, don't worry about the kids - they get over the fact that you left them home - I promise. And, in fact, my kids always knew that we would spend some vacation time without them. Our first trip together to Hawaii was in 1986 to see Halley's comet when Joey was only 2 years old. We just tied him up outside with the dog, and he did fine (JUST KIDDING). When we got married in the Salt Lake Temple, the officiator counseled us to always plan time away from the kids. We have always followed that advice. The kids say that it has showed them how much we love each other.