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When you are planning your vacation to Hawaii, you can’t leave without going to a luau, specially if it is your first time traveling to Hawaii. So we went ahead and booked our Luau dinner show at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Maui, it was a pretty great show. The thing that I really enjoyed in the beginning of the show was that it starts a little before sunset and could watch the sunset of the ocean, ahh.. oh how I could watch the sunset every day in Hawaii.


Sara and I walked over to my parents room to have a little breakfast on the balcony and watched the ocean and families walking on the beach. After breakfast we drove around to find a music shop that someone told us about because I wanted to buy a ukulele while I was In Hawaii. It just felt like something I needed to do while I was here and also because I play the guitar and thought I could pick it up easy. After I bought my ukulele we walked over to subway to pick up some subs for lunch that we had in the garden under a few palm trees, ahh what a cool breeze. After lunch, Sara and I went to the beach for some snorkeling at black rock which Sara got to jump off of. She has been talking about wanting to jump off of black rock since we left for our vacation to Hawaii. You will see the video of Sara jumping off of black rock below.

After our snorkeling we went back to our room to get cleaned up before we headed downstairs for our lei making class which was a lot of fun to learn. Then it was time to drive to Keihi, Maui to meet up with Michael Andrew – michaelthemaven.com. Michael sells instructional videos to help professional photographers and anyone that is starting into photography. If you want to learn about your new camera like the canon T3i, Canon 5D, 7D or would like to learn lighting, business and much, much more, you will want to check him out! I started watching his YouTube videos when I was starting into photography. After talking to Michael through email, Facebook, his website or his forum, Michael found out that I would be taking a vacation to Maui so he told me to let him know when I get to Maui so we could meet up for dinner. Sara and I met up with Michael and his assistant at a restaurant called Oceans, we had a pretty great time and learned some great tips about what we need to do for our business to take it to the next level. Oh did I tell you about the fish tacos and the Mai Mai? Yum, it was some really great food at Oceans. We then, headed to Tuitti Frutti for some frozen yogurt which was awesome! You pick your yogurt and put anything that you can imagine on it. If you wanted it, they had it, Twix, Oreos, chocolate syrup etc… After you were done loading up your yogurt, you would take it to the counter to have it weighed to get you your price. It was a fantastic time.

Like I said earlier, Sara wanted to jump off of black rock. Here is the video, I wish I could have got a snap shot of her jumping but could only get video or picture. As you will see in the video, the rock was quit slippy so you really need to be careful that you don’t fall and kill yourself. So here she goes…

The video is a little quiet because I have a underwater case around my Canon S95.

This morning we had a free breakfast at the Royal Lahaina Resort so they can show us all the different excursions that they offer on the island. Just remember if anyone tells you that they will give you something for free, there is a catch. There was a girl that came around to our table and said did you want to get $100 off? If someone asks you, do you want to learn how to receive $100 off just say no… The girl started saying that she will just give $100 off. Sara said what is the catch? Then she started to smile as she said there is nothing for free in this world. Lol… Then we left because they wanted us to go see a hotel and waste more of our vacation time to see a time share that we would buy into.

Now it was time to go for our whale watch tour that started around 1:30 in the afternoon. I think the next time we go to Hawaii we will go a little earlier in the year, maybe January because we didn’t see very many whales on our tour. After the whale watch we took a swim in the pool at the hotel and then we left for dinner at the Aloha Mixed Plate which was very nice and we watched the sunset right after dinner. The Aloha Mixed Plate has a large outside deck which reminds me of some Key West restaurants right by the beach.

After we drove back to our hotel at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Sara and I took a late stroll on the beach to look at the stars and listen to the ocean waves, oh how nice it was. What a relaxing vacation.

We headed over to the Pioneer Inn for our first morning breakfast in Maui, Hawaii.  When I first thought about Hawaii years ago, I always thought it would be really hot and humid but it is not.  There is so much breeze all around the island that it doesn’t even feel very hot, the weather is perfect!  After we had a nice relaxing breakfast at the Pioneer Inn we headed for some shopping in all the shops they have around Laihina, Hawaii.  After a few hours of shopping it was time for some ice cream so we bought some ice cream and headed over to some nice shade under a tree for some more relaxation ah god is good….  After that I took a few pictures of Sara, my mom, dad and I, and am so glad that I brought my trigger so that we could be all in some of the pictures.  Now it is time to head over to the banyan tree, wow now that is one big tree.

After our shopping time, we went back to our hotel at the Ka’anapali Becah Hotel and had dinner at the Tiki Grille and watched the hula show that they had at the stage at our hotel.  They usually have entertainment at the stage every night after sunset.  We had some hawaiian pizza, wings and drinks.  You can say that we never wanted to come home.  In Maui, people wake up early and go to sleep around 10:00 at night to get ready for the next day.  We asked a few restaurants/bars what time they close and they said around 10:30 or 11:00 pm usually, wow.  I don’t mind, I like the early mornings…

Is it vacation time already? It seems like just yesterday when we were booking our vacation with our travel agent at Run Away Travel. Well it looks like it is here and Sara and I are ready for some soaking in the sun. So first off, we stayed at the quality inn in Pittsburgh Pa so that we didn’t have to wake up even earlier that we already have to since we needed to be at the airport at 5:00 am since our flight was at 7:00 am. We were planing on leaving the car at a garage for the 12 days that we were going to be gone. It was only a little bit more then the price of the hotel room that we stayed at in Pittsburgh if we wanted to leave the car there, so that is what we did.

Most of our first day would be spent traveling on a plane since it takes about 12 hours to get to Hawaii. I am really glad that we didn’t have a direct flight from Pittsburgh to Hawaii, if they even have a direct flight for that far. It is nice to get to walk around a little before your next flight so you can get the blood circulating. When we arrived to the San Francisco International Airport we had a 3 hour layover so we decided to have some lunch at the Buena Vista restaurant.  Now it is time for 6 more hours in the air to our destination.  Once we landed in Hawaii we were shuttled over to our car rental and then our drive to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel the most hawaiian hotel.  Oh what a wonderful place to live for 12 days!

Flying above our destination Hawaii.. Oh I love the sound of that!

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