My little brother got married in Maui this November. I got to spend six nights there with my family, and Andy stayed home with the boys. Not too shabby!!
It was gorgeous and peaceful and wonderful. Obviously! It was a pretty quiet week, with a lot of quality family time and relaxed hanging out.
This was the view when we walked into our condo. Our jaws literally dropped.
The wedding was simple, sweet, and beautiful. It was at a beachside/cliffside restaurant at Kanalua Bay, late afternoon just before sunset. My little brother and his new bride looked amazing and so, so happy. We were all so thrilled for them, and to be there to celebrate them.
We went snorkeling a few times: by my brother’s hotel, at Black Rock, at Honolua Bay. (I tried to snorkel by our hotel but got caught in a riptide.) Just like the last time I snorkeled (in Australia), it took me awhile to catch my breath and also try to float. But after the first outing, I got used to it and fell in love and felt right at home. It’s so quiet and peaceful and colorful gazing under the surface, while floating effortlessly. Just magical. It is absolutely my new favorite thing and now I can’t wait to find another vacation as an excuse to snorkel. And take underwater photos–I quickly became a little obsessed.
My sister and I went ziplining! I had so many things on my to-do list but the week didn’t really turn out to be too much of a tourist-activity kind of time. However, I knew I would be mad at myself if I didn’t do a zipline. (I’ve also done them in Guatemala and Costa Rica, and sort of in Australia.) We went with Skyline Zipline, on a hill overlooking the ocean with views of other islands. It was incredible, and I was so glad we did it.
We did wander Lahaina a couple times, and hang out by a pool or beach.
I read three books over the course of the week! My brain did not allow me to sleep in past 6am, which sucked. So I would just get up and read on the balcony listening to the ocean. And that definitely did not suck.
Overall it was just so beautiful, and a really special family time together.