Maui – Jan 3 – Feb 18, 2022

I may eventually post more on Maui, when I’m not traveling. We have been going there for about 23 years and purchased a condo there about 16 years ago. Over the years we’ve been spending more and more time there, with the exception of 2019 and 2020, due to the pandemic,

This year we decided to spend only 6 weeks there. Since I retired, we can spend as much time as we want to, except for during Dave’s pre-holiday busy season. We had made reservations for a spring southern camping trip, in case the pandemic prevented us from going again. We decided to follow that plan, cutting the maui trip short and recouping some lost rental revenue in Hawaii. Rental rates on Maui are more than double what they have ever been.

We were extremely happy to be there again. Many things have changed. A lot of people have left the island, some have passed away, many happy hours have been discontinued, prices for everything are much higher, places have closed and people have changed jobs. We have gotten used to not going out much and cooking, so we continued that. We had the best winter weather we have ever experienced there, with no rain and very little wind. It was wonderful. We saw more whales than ever, icluding the birth of a baby, all from our condo. We also saw monk seals, turtles and dolphins. We were also happy to see friends again.

Maui morning view of Molokai from our lanai
With our long-time friends Ron and Rhowena in Lahaina. We actually met them through SUP racing in Michigan, but they live in Kihei. We met up with them¬† this trip, but didn’t take photos. They made some awesome fish tacos for us.¬† (photo taken April 2017)
Sightseeing northwest Maui
Finally having a beer at Hula Grill with Kawika again! A local musician, he was our first friend on Maui, over 20 years ago, and the first person to know we were engaged. The name Kawika in equivalent to David. Their birthdays are a couple of days apart, so it’s an excuse to celebrate together.
Honolua Bay
Happy hour at the Hula Grill with our friend, Jeffrey. I call him “my twin brother from another mother and another year”, as we have the same birthday. (photo taken April 2018)
Maui sunset view from The Kaanapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar in 2018. The Tiki Bar is gone and there is a new restaurant where the palm trees are. We miss the casual atmosphere, great live hawaiian music, hula dancing and much aloha from the staff.
Dave with lengendary bartender, Uncle Dale, at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel Tiki Bar, aka “Tiki”. Several days ago, he left this world. RIL, Uncle. You are dearly missed by so many. Your Aloha lives on. (Photo taken March 2018)
Maui sunset view of island Lanai from our lanai