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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2018, 07:53:56 PM »
DAY 3:

Wednesday was a bit of a more relaxed day but still fun. We took a different approach and stepped out of our comfort zone for the day. We wanted to do something fun but different, we adopted a dog for the day. The Maui humane society (the only dog shelter on the island) is an incredible organization. They have a beach buddy program where you get a dog with a bag of supplies and you are responsible for the dog for the day. All of the dogs that they give are super friendly and adoptable. We donít have a dog back home and we both like dogs so we decided to give it a try. We lucked out and got an unbelievable dog with an incredible personality. She was a big 7 year old island mix with lots of love to give. Its very cool, you get a backpack with water and a collapsible water bowl for the dog, treats, a beach towel, and a mandatory leash that looks like a caution tape line but instead says adopt me. We picked up Puna at the Maui humane society (about 20 minutes from Wailea) at 11AM (thatís when they open up) and drove her back to our hotel (which doesnít allow pets) and parked near the beach (the lot next the Andaz) and we had already gotten towels and chairs from the Marriott. We just hung out at the beach, walked Puna up and down the sand, she played in the water for a bit and just sat and chilled with us. It was a nice relaxing break for 2 tiring days and also a big travel day prior to that. We drove Puna back a bit early (they need the dog back by 4) at around 3 and then headed back to our hotel. We really had a great time and it was a nice break from activities but I am not sure that we'd jump to do this again.

We had some grilled cheese and salad (made with our Panini press).

We booked a sunset photoshoot with a professional photographer. We used someone named Angie that we found on Craigslist for a very reasonable price. She was excellent, the white rock beach we shot at was very empty and really nice. As the session ended, the lights got more interesting and the sky was all sorts of colors so she took out her camera and shot some more at no additional charge. She sent us a portfolio of 50 edited pictures and when we decided we wanted to see all the pictures, she mailed us a flash drive with all the pictures for $15. Feel free to reach out for her information.

For Dinner we had pretzel schnitzel with mushroom rice and roasted butternut squash. This dish was fantastic and would definitely order it again. We also had what we thought would be incredible but was a bit much for us, pastrami quinoa stuffed capons with popcorn cauliflower and Brussel sprouts with smoked veal Ė that side sounded to good to be true and it was lol. It was not good. The chicken itself was good but the stuffing inside the capon was not to our taste. The cauliflower was good. Again, overall, we were extremely pleased with the Pomegranate meals and would most definitely order from them again, now we know what we would do differently. Everything is a learning curve.

We went to bed early because we were doing the road to Hana the following day. We didnít really do any planning for this but we downloaded the Shaka guide app which is the best $7 youíll ever spend. You basically download this app, purchase the guide you want and let it download (make sure its downloaded, because youíll go offline during the trip and lose service so it must be downloaded prior to your departure to Hana) and it guides you along the way with input on nearly every stop. Itís the best and it takes the stress out of pre-planning.

I have a hilarious story about the Road to Hana to tell. This was my 6th time in Hawaii, and my 4th in Maui. I grew up in California and we went frequently growing up during winter vacation. We went to Hana as kids and we had the worst time. A friend told my parents that the road to Hana is a must-do and you can't skip it, unfortunately for us they did not elaborate. We literally drove there stopped at the black sand beach, got to Hana and then turned around. That was it. We couldnít figure out what the hype was all about. And my parents had 3 complaining kids in the car and some of us got car sick and it was just a terrible day. My father begged me not to do the road to Hana this time around, he said "don't you remember, it was the worst day" and he had no idea, 15 years later, that there was more to the trip. So the Road to Hana trip is not about the destination, its about the journey along the way. It was likely the best day of our trip.

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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2018, 10:55:15 PM »
still waiting for those pics... you promsied soon  :)
thinking to go to this property for a couple days before end of year

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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2018, 09:42:06 PM »
DAY 3:


We booked a sunset photoshoot with a professional photographer. We used someone named Angie that we found on Craigslist for a very reasonable price. She was excellent, the white rock beach we shot at was very empty and really nice. As the session ended, the lights got more interesting and the sky was all sorts of colors so she took out her camera and shot some more at no additional charge. She sent us a portfolio of 50 edited pictures and when we decided we wanted to see all the pictures, she mailed us a flash drive with all the pictures for $15. Feel free to reach out for her information.


how much did you pay for the photo session?

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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2019, 07:40:13 PM »
Any chance you can fill in more details from your trip?
What do you do for luao?

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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2019, 05:29:41 AM »
still waiting for those pics... you promsied soon  :)
thinking to go to this property for a couple days before end of year
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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2019, 05:35:29 AM »
Any chance you can fill in more details from your trip?
What do you do for luao?
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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2020, 05:39:55 PM »
Im so sorry its been a while.

Day 4 was Hana. I do not remember what we ate from pomegranate when we finally got back but it was good. When i get around to pictures, i will add all the food stuff by name, hopefully.

The pictures do it more justice, tbh.

We woke up early and left around 6/630. If i remember correctly, the Shaka guide begins at around Costco, near the airport. You kind of let it operate as your GPS for the day, having Apple Carplay in our rental was helpful for this, as we could listen to music and it would stop when the guide turned on. The best thing about the app is the helpful suggestions of things to skip. They tell you things like, if you've just stopped at that waterfall and you plan on going to the next one, and there are no safe spots to park your car, you can skip it for the following reasons, if you dont care about seeing XYZ, etc. We just felt like we saw everything and did everything we needed to, all with minimal stress. We dealt with a few rainy moments, but overall was superb weather.

Our first stop, we went to the twin waterfalls, they sell coconuts that they chop off with a machete for you to drink out of. Its a nice way to get a good vibe in early on in the day. This was kinda fun, its super muddy so you'll need to be careful and there are some cool trees and waterfalls to see, but they were not big waterfalls. we did not spend much time at that stop.

I feel bad that my life got busy and now i cannot accurately remember every detail. Shortly after this trip, i was offered a job in los angeles, and we ended up moving at the end of 2018. I will try my best at this point to remember the highlights, it is the least i can do.

The best moments of the day were the hike on the "private property" - it is technically private property but 1 out of every 100,000 people actually get in trouble for going. it was so much fun, tons of waterfalls and pools and gorgeous scenery. I will remember the name when i upload the pics. Another cool thing was going to the area near where George Harrison, of Beatles fame, had a house. there are some amazing lookout spots. A couple other hikes i really enjoyed. theres a water hike which is fun and the hike at the end on haleakala with all the big stops, 7 sacred pools, those weird trees, and others. The black sand beach is a must see.

So here is our story for the end of the day. we got to haleakala towards the end of the day and were debating if we should only do part of the hike due to the sun coming down. We both had pretty much a full charge and thought we'd be ok. We also met a super nice indian family of 4 that we became best friends with (for the hike). they were our picture buddies, we took for them, they took for us. and we kept each other safe and the area well-lit. this really made the experience more fun. It got pitch-black halfway through the hour and half hike, we were a bit scared but felt totally comfortable, and we also met some more people closer to the end. We get out and the parking lot is EMPTY, like there were 100's of cars when we went in and maybe 5 when we got out. Oh, now would be a good time to mention that there is no cell reception and that there wont be for at least 40 minutes of travelling. So we had no clue how to get back. It was like 9:15 PM, we were somewhat concerned. Lucky for us, one of those 5 cars was a local. He drove and lead a caravan of 5 cars through the back roads - he claimed this was the only way he knew how to go back to the main road. It was fun, it was an experience we will never forget. We got to the main road and about 15 minutes after following the signs, our GPS kicked in and we got back to the hotel around 11:15 or so. We called when we were 15 minutes out to ask for our meals to be brought to us. For food during the day, we brought coffee and water, we had those metal bottles we brought with us. some whole fruits, and we premade sandwiches. we were able to easily get kosher snacks on the way.

Hana was the best day of our trip. It is the only thing i will ever tell you is a must-do. I can finally say now i understand why its all about the trip, not the destination.

I will try to get the rest up soon. Sorry got the delay. next up is Friday - Scuba Diving

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Re: Maui TR 2018
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2020, 02:38:11 PM »
look forward to reading the rest