Kaanapali Beach Reminiscing

I’ve collected quotes for as long as I can remember, and this is one of my favourites.  (I came across it again the other day and thought I’d share it with some of my favourite pictures from Kaanapali Beach in March – watching the sunset every night was my favourite part of the trip).

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.”

Kaanapali Beach Sunset 2 March 2015
Kaanapali Beach march 2015
Kaanapali Beach sunset March 2015

wine in the rain

A little drizzle is no problem when this is the view while enjoying a glass of wine on vacation…

wine glass in the rain

The wine is a California Pinot Noir, Meiomi 2012, recommended by the bartender at the Castaway Cafe, the restaurant at Maui Kaanapali Villas. It’s not a fancy place, but the food is very good. Much better than meal we had at one of the restaurants at the fancy Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort next door. Let’s just say, it sure seemed like the fish in the fish and chips I ordered were straight from a box of frozen fish and chips, which is fine, if I’m at home and want to have fish and chips from a box (I had that for lunch the other day, in fact), but I’m not sure how you mess up fish in a place like Maui!  Anyway, if you’re visiting Maui and you want nice food in a low-key, relaxed setting Castaway Cafe is a great place to consider (they have a really nice wine list, too).

Maui Seaside Hotel

I enjoy the planning of a trip almost as much as going on the trip itself – researching is fun!  I booked the first night at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului (where Maui’s major airport is located) for a few different reasons. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Kahului to Lahaina and since by the time the flight arrived it was 2:30am Saskatchewan time (after leaving for the airport at 9am Sask time), the idea of just crashing somewhere close by and starting fresh the next day was very appealing.  As well, the car rental place (National) in Kahului would have been closed by the time we arrived and collected our luggage so we would have to come back the next day from Lahaina to get the car. And, lastly, it didn’t make sense to pay for a night at the resort (which would have been double the rate for the Saturday night) when we were going to arrive after midnight.

Maui Seaside

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I wouldn’t stay here for a week, but as a place to sleep after a long day of traveling, it worked out really well. We received breakfast vouchers for the restaurant next door, so with full stomachs, we cabbed it to the car rental place, and were driving with the top down in the rented Mustang convertible on what turned out to be the hottest day of the trip, by 11am.  A stop for lunch and groceries in Lahaina and then off to Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas by early afternoon and a walk on the beach shortly after – it actually all turned out the way I hoped it would!

“Ocean View”

Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas early evening view

“Ocean view” can mean many things when you book accommodations for a trip.  It could mean you if you stand on the very end of your balcony and lean the top half of your body just so over the railing… there it is…an ocean view!  So, I tried not to have too many expectations about the view, if it wasn’t a full on ocean view, at least the ocean was only a two minute walk away!  But, I’m a landlocked prairie girl so I wanted to see and be near the ocean as much as possible – morning, noon and night!

When we walked into the condo (and bonus of all bonuses, we were upgraded to a newly renovated suite) and saw that this was the view we couldn’t stop smiling!  We saw whales almost every morning while having coffee in the morning (I tried to take a few whale pictures from the lanai with so-so results).  We went to the beach to watch the sunset on the last night of the trip and when we came back up to change for supper this was the scene! Ocean view can’t get much better than this!  🙂

my bliss

My favourite think about this trip to Maui was sitting on the beach and watching the sun set so I thought I’d try something different and post a video of Monday night’s sunset at Kaanapali Beach.  After uploading all my pictures, I see a lot more sunset posts over the next little while (after all, I did take 9 days worth of sunset pictures!), but I’ll try to mix it up with some other Maui pics.

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. -Robert Henri

Surfing Goats in Upcountry Maui

The weather in Maui has been unsettled for much of the week, but yesterday was a nice day to be a tourist so we headed to Upcountry Maui to visit Surfing Goat Dairy, Tedeschi Vineyards and Haleakala National Park.  It’s a really beautiful, lush area – we could have also visited a vodka distillery, a lavender farm, and botanical gardens, but the drive up to the volcano is a long one and we wanted to take some late afternoon pics there. Lunch at the Ulupalukua Ranch Store and Grill across from the winery was recommended in a guidebook and didn’t disappoint –  and has a nice gift shop. I’d be happy to spend more time in this area.

A couple of the surfing goats…