Wow…Things have been so busy around here, I feel like I haven’t done any daily life updates in a long time. (not that you’re missing them too much!)
And really–Since we are already in week four of homeschooling (can you believe it!?), our daily life is pretty much what you read about here.
But when something especially fun comes up, it’s worth a blog post! Even if the blog post consists of a random mix of bad iPhone photos. Right? (yes. just say yes.)
If you follow along on social media (Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter) you know that Luke, Levi and I spent a long weekend on Maui last weekend. Luke had one of two big NSSA contests of the year at Lahaina Harbor, and Dave and I always kind of fight over (not really, but a little really,) who gets to go. This time Dave had to work, so I was the lucky one!
And we all agree, right? Maui is awesome! I love this particular surf contest weekend because we’ve done it so much, we’ve got the whole weekend dialed in. From the flights, to to the motel, to the General store perfect for
candy runs healthy snacks! It’s all familiar and so much fun.
So I thought I would have some fun and give a little photo journal of our weekend on Maui. Keep in mind: This is not a “vacation on Maui” kind of weekend. It’s a surf contest weekend. And also keep in mind, I wasn’t planning a blog post when we took these pictures. Next time I go (if I win the ro-sham-bo,) I’ll try to capture a bit more.
First of all, we love flying with Luke’s sponsor airline, Mokulele. They have the friendliest staff, and they take really good care of us. As soon as I got over being in the small plane (we were the only passengers one way this trip!!) I was absolutely overwhelmed with the beautiful views. It’s like a private helicopter tour of the Hawaiian Islands. So awesome!
Leaving Oahu…The North Shore of Molokai. WOW. Just WOW.
Another bonus of flying Mokulele, is that you can land in the small airport in Kapalua, which is just outside of Lahaina. So convenient!
We took a little shuttle to our favorite little motel, The Pioneer Inn, located right on Lahaina Harbor. This place feels like home to all of us. And I love it because it’s like a step back in time…like the old Lahaina Fishing town days. The rooms are small, but they have AC, Wifi, and coffee (what else do you need?) Plus a nice balcony that either looks out at Front Street, Lahaina, or in our case: The swimming pool…
…Where friends taunt you because your mom is making you do school before you can swim.
We love the little restaurant downstairs which offers guests a discount. Absolutely justifying pancakes every morning.
And a talking parrot in the restaurant is always an added bonus …
(or not, depends if you are above or below 12 years old.)
Lahaina Harbor is just steps away…
^^That’s the island of Lana’i just out in front. Breathtaking.
Luke surfed in a total of eight heats last weekend. That meant lots of colorful jerseys, and even more hard work.
He ended with fourth place finish in the finals.
Oh, and it was HOT. And humid. I heard it was the hottest day of the year in Lahaina, which means the spectators probably should get the real medals, thankyouverymuch.
Now here’s what I love about boys: When the contest is all said and done, the boys that just battled it out in the water, competing against one another…go back to being kids, and jump in the pool for a big game of monkey-in-the-middle.
^^Levi, wanting so bad to be one of the big boys…
(oh, and note that cute middle-age couple sitting pool-side. They were totally having a peaceful afternoon about eight minutes before this scene. And bless their hearts they just laughed and enjoyed the whole wild mess of boys!)
Then we had friends visit with a little boy just Levi’s size. Which really helped because you can only be a five-year old trying to be fifteen for so long.
So here’s the winning package, if I might suggest:
(get out your pen and paper…I’m giving you a plan.)
Travel to Oahu (or if you live here, great, :)) Then take a flight on Mokulele Airlines to the Kapalua Airport on Maui. Forget the rental car and get a shuttle to the Pioneer Inn. Spend a couple of days right in the heart of Lahaina town. Not shown here: Great art shops, restaurants, fun surf shops and all kinds of things to do and see.
You’ll love it!
And make sure to enjoy the always awesome Maui sunsets!
I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
COMMENT! It’s always fun to TALK HAWAII! So use the comments below to tell me your favorite place to visit on the islands…If you love Maui, where have you stayed? Best memory? Honeymoon? Maybe you’ve never been to Hawaii but dream of coming? Let me know! And by the way–I’m hoping to gather a list of “Favorite places” for each of the main Hawaiian Islands, so I can keep it in my menu bar along with my NS favorites–Just for your future vacation planning.
PS Stay tuned for a big announcement coming here soon! (hoping for Monday, give or take a day! :)) And of course another post in my new series next week as well. 😉