It has been a little while since I wrote about our wedding in Hawaii, but I figured I better finish the last few days up! Especially since it was just Yukari and me, and no know else was there to experience it with us.
Yukari and I woke up on our last day in Honolulu and met her family at IHOP for our last breakfast. I decided to get a new breakfast, and tried the strawberry banana pancakes. They were even bigger than the normal pancakes I got, but tasted great. Actually, I made some banana pancakes when I was back in Japan because I was craving for some more. Well, after we finished eating we went back to our rooms to complete packing up. Then we checked out and went off to the airport in our limo.
At the airport, Yukari and I went to the domestic flights, since we were headed to Maui, while her family went to the international terminal to head back home. After a short wait at the airport, we boarded our twin propeller airplane, which was quite small and started off on our trip to Kapalua, Maui! The plane ride was rather uneventful, just had a very bumpy landing due to the strong winds. The captain said that was quite common at this specific airport. When we arrived, we went to get our luggage, but mine was gone! Apparently, this is a very common occurence… so I had to wait for the next plane to bring it. Yukari and I waited there and talked with the tour guide that would be driving us to our hotel. We eventually told them to have it delivered to our hotel, since the plane would have to go back to Honolulu, and come back to Maui before I could get my suitecase.
So, our guide drive us to our hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Resort! This is just the sign for the Kapalua area, which has a golf course, restaurants and the Ritz-Carlton resort.
When we arrived, they let us check into our room, which was an ocean view suite! The hotel was so big, it took about 5 minutes to walk from the front desk to our room! So we got into our room, and the hotel staff showed us around the room. After he left, Yukari and I made a video (actually had to split it into 2) of what our room looks like. Take a look at it on Flickr: Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Suite Room #1, and then #2. After that, it was time to visit the island! First we had to get a rental car…
This was taken later on, but the only picture of the car from this day. Having a convertable in Hawaii is always great! And since this was for our (first) honeymoon, there was no other choice about what type of car to get ;) We left the hotel to go to the town called Lahaina, which is about a 15-20 minute drive. When we got to Lahaina, I used a book about Maui that I bought to help me find a free parking spot. It was off of a small road, so quite hard to find. So parking for free made up for the price of the book! Anyways, Lahaina is a small town, but has a very busy main street. The difference between the big highway and the small main street is so much! The main street is the place to be, lots of shops and restaurants. Plus it was right next to the ocean, so it had a nice breeze and great view.
After we looked around a little bit, we figured it was time to get some food! We found a nice looking restaurant and were able to get a seat fairly quickly. We ordered a few appetizers, the artichoke is pictured below. We also had some smoked marlin with Maui Onions, which are actually really sweet. We had some kind of mixed fruit juice that was great. For the main course Yukari had a cobb salad… and I forget what I had, if I had anything else :P If I did have something, I’m sure it was good, just like everything else ;) The only problem was that we were seated right next to the ocean, so when a big wave came, it would splash. Fortunately, we didn’t get wet, but some other people got ocean water in their food and all over their clothes. I was content with watching from a little bit of a distance. Here is a picture of the artichoke we had.
After lunch, we walked around the vibrant main strip. There were lots of people, and lots of stores with all different kinds of things. I ended up buying a dried coconut with some fish painted on it, for my cousin. I should have taken a picture of it, it looked really nice! Yukari looked at some jewelery, but didn’t find anything she really wanted. We also got to see the HUGE tree that is in this area. I couldn’t believe that it was just one tree. We were getting a bit tired from all the walking, so we decided to get back in our convertible and drive up north past the hotel a little bit to see what it was like. The first stop was at a bay, and some people were snorkeling, but we didn’t have time to. So we just took some pictures from the parking area above the bay. Here is a picture with Yukari.
After that, we just drove up a little bit more to see what the road and stuff was like. The map had a dotted line in ahead, and the rental company said we would have to pay for any damages that occurred in that area… so of course I was intrigued! Unfortunately, we didn’t get that far before we decided to turn back. We would be going in this area tomorrow, and it was starting to get a little dark. We wanted to go back to the hotel and look around a bit more before getting dinner. So, we left the adventure for the next day… which turned out to be so great! But I’m getting ahead of myself here.
When we got back to the room, we opted to get room service for dinner. It was really good food, and actually at a reasonable price. Plus it was very nice to eat in our room, didn’t have to worry about anything really! I got a cheeseburger with the special Maui onions, and Yukari had a nice salad. It was the first time for me to have room service… and I wish I knew how good it was before! Plus this was like half the price of room service in Japan.
Well, that was it for our first day in Maui. Just was in the area around our hotel, but had a fun time checking lots of sites out. The weather was great, and the weather report for the next day was supposed to be just as good. So we decided to go to bed early (11pm?) since we would be getting up around 5:45am the next day! We wanted to eat breakfast as soon as it opened, so we would get an early start on the Road to Hana.