Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Day Five - Ulua Beach

Today was another day Mike had to travel for work, this time heading to Oahu. I decided to take advantage of being near another good snorkeling beach, Ulua. First, we ate breakfast at the hotel. They have a huge, very good quality, complimentary breakfast so we took advantage of that each day. After breakfast, we packed up a beach bag and our snorkel gear and had the shuttle driver drop us off at Ulua Beach.

The beach was similar to Napili, in that it was a cove and each end was bordered by rocks. Ulua flowed into another beach, though, so the rocks on the one side were bordered by great shade trees and then the beach continued, easily walkable from Ulua Beach. Skylar wasn't interested in snorkeling, so I headed out with Braden and Ava.

Snorkeling Ulua Beach

Ava was soon over the snorkeling, she just wasn't into it today. Braden and I spent a good hour and a half out there. We saw similar fish to what we had seen at Napili a few days before, but this time also a Moray Eel. I'm not a fan of eels, they are too similar to snakes, but thankfully it stayed low on the floor of the ocean. Braden and I were on the hunt for sea turtles but sadly never saw any that day nor the whole time we were in Hawaii. We joked that they lure visitors to Hawaii with the promise of seeing sea turtles but they don't really exist in Hawaii ;)

After about two hours we decided we had had enough fun in the sun and called the shuttle driver to take us back to the hotel. We ate lunch in the room and then swam for a bit again. I also did some laundry. We grilled out some delicious steaks for dinner after Mike got home. Another glorious Hawaiian day done!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Day Four - Moving to Wailea

One of the reasons we were able to travel to Hawaii was also because Mike has some work operations here. He flew here for work so I built a family trip around that. Today and the next two days he needed to travel to each of the main Hawaiian islands for work while the kids and I hung out at the Residence Inn in Wailea. We had to get up early this morning and pack up and drive the 45 minutes to Wailea so Mike could unload us and then drive back up to the airport to catch his flight to the Big Island.

The Residence Inn had only been open a week. Everything was brand new, clean, and smelled of new carpet and paint. I hauled our luggage up to our room and unpacked. It was a good size for our family, two queen beds and a large pull out sofa. We also had a full kitchen which was nice! There is a Whole Foods on Maui right near the airport so I had Mike stop there on his way back this day to stock us up on food to grill as well as some produce and other items we needed for the next couple of days.
The Residence Inn, Wailea

After the kids and I unpacked, we had the hotel shuttle driver drive us to Monkeypod Kitchen, an ecclectic restaurant I had read about and had been wanting to try. It was a short distance from the hotel but it was also uphill and very hot so we opted for the comfy ride!

I loved my meal of pork tacos and the kids raved about the fries and chicken wings. The kids also enjoyed "real" sodas, made with natural cane sugar. I also had to try the pie that is raved about so I got a slice of coconut pie to go. It was delicious!
Lunch at Monkeypod,delicious!

Once back, we swam for a bit in the large pool - compared to the other resort this pool was very quiet! After a while we tried the putting green and then Mike came home and we grilled out for dinner.
Playing on the putting green

Once we were settled for the night, we realized our air conditioner wasn't working! So, late at night, we had to pack everything up and move to a new room. It was a pain, of course, but at least we had a/c!