Thursday, August 30, 2007


Hawaiian Journal - If There's One Night Left, Spend it with Mama

Day 5

Whew! Day 4 sure was long, wasn't it? Well worth it, from dawn till dusk, but long nonetheless. So when Day 5 hit - our last day in Maui - Our Woman in L.A. and I decided we needed to take a well-deserved vacation. You know, from our vacation.

What's that mean? We woke up early (but not with the alarm - that's just how we roll), we got some coffee (decaf, because who cares if we take a mid-day nap), and we walked the beach. Nobody was out. It was just us. It looked kinda like this . . .

And this . . .

When we were all done walking about, taking in the natural beauty, and drinking coffee, we got our snorkel gear on and took a closer look at one of the reefs close to the hotel. We don't have any pictures of the snorkeling, so you'll have to take my word for it: it was sweet.

For one thing, we saw sea turtles. They're cool little animals.

Once the snorkeling ended, we headed up to the adult pool, where wait staff brought us whatever we wanted. Use your imagination. We don't have any pictures of that, either, but I'll add that there is a swim-up bar at the hotel. It's near a water slide that's pretty fun, and who doesn't like to drink and slide?

Since we're low on pictures from this day, and our day pretty much focused on chilling, we'll give you this: the last sunset we saw in Maui from our balcony. Don't worry. This isn't the end of the posting. This is just where the sunset falls chronologically. Get it? Sunset falls? Anyone? Is this thing on?

After the sun went down, we headed back to the head of the Hana Road for a final dinner on Maui. We went to Mama's Fish House - described as "yum-my" by guidebooks all across the land. It's an open air restaurant with a view of the beach. So beautiful.

The food was fantastic - macadamia-encrusted crab cakes, Mahi-Mahi, pork and poi, coconuts - it was out of control. Not just great food, but great service as well. We spent a good half hour kicking back at the bar, talking about what it's like to live in a place like Maui.

Don't worry. We're not moving there (though it crossed our minds). The bartender gave us a lot of perspective about the Aloha isles. For example . . .

Quote of the Day #1: "I'm a transplant. I came over here from Denver, but you know, I got really tired of all the hustle and bustle." (Bartender Guy, 2007)

That's right, Chicago, New York, and L.A. readers. The hustle and bustle. Of Denver.

Doesn't matter. We ordered another round, listened to the surf, and enjoyed that final night.

Tomorrow: Kauai ho! And look out for the wild chickens!

Ok, unless you've got a real gem up your sleeve for later in the trip, I think we have a quote winner with "They might attack!" under the picture of the cow. Hysterical.

You guys haven't really mentioned whether you enjoyed Hawaii or not. Tough to tell so far!
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