Sunday, December 10, 2017
Sunday morning, we got up and made sure we were all packed and ready to check out by 10:00 AM. With the resort at 100% capacity, there were no late check outs available, so we had some time to kill before our 3:30 PM flight home.
As if in a final, glorious farewell, that morning we were greeted with a massive and full rainbow just outside of our window. This is one of those moments that photographs will never do justice to how magical it was.
Heading a few establishments down, we opted for brunch at Duke’s, another beach front restaurant at a nearby condominium resort. The food was AMAZING. I had a Bikini Bellini with Applewood smoked bacon and homestyle potatoes while Todd went for the incredible banana and macadamia nut pancakes. A perfect last meal, and I highly recommended if you are in the area.
We had extra time before our flight, but all of the activities we were interested in and in the proximity of the airport were closed on Sunday. I suggest planning ahead to avoid a similar scenario, as the Kahului Airport is not the most thrilling to kill time at.
Searching for dinner in the koi pond
Overall, it was a wonderful trip. I think everyone should take a nice week-long time out, especially during a traditionally hectic time like the holiday season, to just relax, connect with nature and/or your loved ones, and disconnect from the hustle and hurry of your day-to-day. Fly Hawaiian Airlines if you can. They treat you like you are on vacation from the moment you step on the plane. Their premium seating is FANTASTIC—we had our own little alcove with enormous leg room and it was fairly secluded; not quite first class, but certainly a major upgrade from economy. They also provided warm sandwiches on par with Starbucks paninis and those Hawaiian Sweet Maui Onion chips for meals, with complimentary rum punch. It’s like the Happy Hour just continued on the plane! I would say certainly a step up from traditional plane food I've had in the past on other airlines.
Things on our list for next time:
- Hidden petroglyphs and village ruins over on the Hana side
- Makena Beach
- Bamboo Forest
- Koki Beach