Hawaii 2015

We departed Bellingham with my parents and aunt on Friday, February 13.  The weather was sunny and in the 40s at 9 am.  When we arrived in Maui in the afternoon, we were glad for a number of reasons.  One is that the flight was more turbulent than any flight we’ve ever been on.  Secondly, it was 80 degrees and smelled like plumeria.  Yes!  After grabbing a huge Ford Flex and loading all of our luggage, including my bike and golf clubs, we jumped in rush hour traffic toward Kaanapali.  Even though it took forever to get to Lahaina for dinner, we were in high spirits.  We met Mike, Tara, Jessica, Finn and Ariel and then loaded up on some awesome Maui pizza.

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That night we explored our resort, the Aston Kaanapali Shores.  It was great!  The grounds were beautiful, our room had a kitchen and washer and dryer, which was very convenient.  The next day the weather was pretty bad, with super heavy rains.  Everyone wanted to go to the Aquarium, so we drove back south in, again, horrible traffic.  Heidi, Gary and I didn’t feel like being in an aquarium with a million other tourists avoiding the rainy beaches, so we went to Costco and loaded up on groceries and booze.  Then we drove up to Ioa needle and got caught in an incredible rain storm.  We stopped by the Maui Tropical Plantation and had ice cream and bought some souvenirs.  We picked up Glenda and Judy and headed back to Kaanapali for the evening.

The next day we drove down to Wailea for a beach day.  It was awesome laying in the sun, body surfing and just playing in the water with the kids.

On Monday I got up early and rode up Haleakala from the coast.  It was pretty brutal, but luckily Gary and Heidi were my support and made it much easier.  The weather was also perfect with almost no wind and perfect temperatures.  Most of the ride was a perfect 5% grade, except between 4000 and 5000 feet, where it was in the 9% range.  That was really tough and once that ended, I was only half way up the mountain.

Haleakala Strava Link

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I was planning on riding both up and down, but once I summited and started heading down, my knees were in serious pain from the ride and the cold temperatures at 10,000 feet.  I decided to jump in the car and ride down.  We had a much needed meal at Polli’s Mexican in Makawao.  It was awesome.

The next day we played around the resort- snorkeling on beach and playing by the pool.  I was an idiot and went swimming with my iPhone, so that was it for all the photos I had taken and buying a new one wasn’t cheap.  Oh, well.  It was kind of peaceful not being connected for the next week!

 

Heidi took a liking to Mai Tais and we took advantage of some really nice bars on the beach and their fresh POG juice!IMG_2378

 

There was a very nice beach walk just south of our resort that led to Whaler’s Village.  We ran the path daily in the morning, followed by gym workouts.  In the evenings we walked up and down the beach and path and went to different restaurants and bars.

IMG_2380I got the opportunity one day to play golf in the GAME at the Kapalua Bay course.  It was awesome.  I shot a 78 and they used my score in the points game on 14 out of 18 holes, so that was good.  I did miss an important birdie on the last hole that would have won us all a bunch of money, but as it was we only lost $7.  Not bad! IMG_2387

On on of the last days of our trip, I did a ride from Kaanapali to Kahakuloa and back.  It was one of the best rides I’ve ever done.  Very little traffic, warm temperatures, incredible roads, beautiful views.  Yep, almost perfect.  There was a lot of elevation change, though.  4600 feet in 36 miles.  Whew!

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The last full day we drove up to Kapalua and spent the day at Honokahua Bay.  The beach and sand were perfect and the surf was a blast to play in.  I totally sunburned my face, though.

 

One of the highlights of our trip was going to Shiso Phat, an excellent sushi restaurant just north of Kaanapali.  We ended up going their twice since it was so good.  I highly recommend it.  We also went to a great taco truck called the Shark Pit.  It was incredible.

 

Our luggage barely fit in the Ford Flex, but it did!  The flight home was great- fast and smooth.  Arriving in 35 degree weather was a downer, though!

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