I thought there was nothing in the world I wanted to do less than move again – but then I visited Maui over Thanksgiving and I haven’t stopped dreaming of moving to Hawaii. It was, simply, paradise. Perfect weather, beautiful scenery, great food, and equal amounts of relaxation and adventure.

I think I could go on for days about all we did and saw and ate – and how wonderful all of it was. But, since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll stick to mostly photos!

Around the hotel

We stayed at the Ritz in Kapalua. It was gorgeous. The food was amazing. The spa was divine. But, I spent almost no time in my room, so the ocean view upgrade probably wasn’t worth it.

Old Lahaina Luau

Locals and tour books say this is the best luau – and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

Snorkeling at Molokini

This was by far my favorite snorkeling experience (given that it’s the only time I didn’t have a panic attack, it’s pretty clearly the winner). We even saw some whales during the boat ride back to Maui!

Sunrise at Haleakala and the Road to Hana

The 3 am wake-up call was totally worth it to get to the top of Haleakala for sunrise – even though fog rolled in after about 3 minutes. And combining Haleakala and the Road to Hana into one day was do-able, even though all of the tour books and websites said they weren’t. And, the tour books said there’s no food along the Road to Hana – another lie. There was great fruit, banana bread, tacos, and even Pad Thai.


Gorgeous views of Maui and the ocean. So glad we did ziplining – but not something I’ll do on my next visit to Hawaii.

It was such a great trip – I can’t wait to go back for another visit (or find a job and move there!)

2 Comments on Beautiful, Wonderful Maui

  1. Emily Orman
    December 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM (5 years ago)

    Ju, love this post! The photos are amazing. So glad you had a great time! xoxo

  2. Anna
    December 5, 2012 at 10:32 PM (5 years ago)

    BEAUTIFUL pictures, Ju! Thanks for sharing.


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