Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekend Adventure in Maui

Over the past month, daddy's been working once a week at a place called Maui. He had to work there again this past Friday. But this time, we met him there and stayed for the weekend. Kung Kung, Grandma, mommy, and Aki came along too.

Aki and I went to school as usual on Friday. After school, Kung Kung, Grandma, and mama picked us up and we went straight to the airport. The adults really like the new "drive-through" check-in.

Although it was a short flight... by the time we got our minivan and grabbed a quick dinner at Costco in Kahului, it was super dark out. Aki fell asleep on the way to the hotel. Mama kept me up by letting watch an Elmo movie on her phone. Mama found a great Kama'aina deal at this nice hotel. We didn't do much the rest of the night, but I got to stay up and watch TV!

The next day, I woke everyone up at the crack of dawn. Then we went downstairs for the buffet breakfast and explored the hotel. They had a koi pond, penguins, flamingos, swans, and even talking parrots!

Swan court
Beautiful white swan

Keiki pool
I was most excited by the keiki pool.

Later that morning, mommy and daddy took us to ride on the Sugar Cane Train.

Waiting for the Sugar Cane Train
We were early, so we waited at the station for the train to come.

Here comes our train!
It had a real steam engine!

Conductor gave Aki an autographed postcard
During the ride, the conductor (Uncle Terry) told us more about the train and the history of the area. He also gave Aki and me an autographed postcard as a keepsake!

View of Lana'i
The train took us from Puukolii to Lahaina. And we saw another island, Lanai, from the train!

Myrtle at the end of the line
Once we got to Lahaina, the engineers turned the engine around on a turn table so that the train can take us back to Puukolii. At Puukolii, the end of the line, the engineer had to turn Myrtle around one more time to take the passengers back to Lahaina.

Aki and I had a lot of fun on this long train ride. Then we went to meet Kung Kung and Grandma at the Lahaina Cannery Mall for lunch. At the mall, we were treated to a nice surprise. They had an ice carving competition! I didn't want to go to lunch when I saw the artists working.

Ice Sculptures at Lahaina Cannery Mall
Cool fishies!

Free hula show at Lahaina Cannery Mall
After we had lunch, we saw part of the free Keiki Hula Show.... wait a minute, this lady is no keiki?! But her performance was very beautiful.

Owen and daddy in the pool
I spent the rest of the afternoon playing in the keiki pool while mommy and daddy took turns going down the 150-foot lava tube water slide. Too bad Aki missed out since she had to take a nap.

Sunset dinner at Kimo's in Lahaina
For dinner that night, we drove down to Lahaina to Kimo's just in time for the sunset. Notice how famished I was... I was stuffing my face with the warm sourdough rolls smothered with butter.

Sunset over Lana'i
Sun setting over Lana'i

Fire Dancer at Drums of Pacific Luau
We got back to our hotel rooms just in time for the luau show. We could see the show from the balcony of our rooms. I had such an adventurous day, I fell asleep on mama's lap right before the fire dancer came out.

Kung Kung admiring the water feature at the keiki pool
This morning, Aki and mama decided to sleep in, so daddy took me and Kung Kung for a walk. Kung Kung really like the water feature of the keiki pool. Then daddy and I went swimming some more before we had to leave for lunch and the airport.

Tasaka guri guri!
But we couldn't leave Maui without having Guri Guri! Daddy ordered 2 scoops to share with mommy, Aki, and me... but Aki and I each polished off a scoop, so daddy had to go back and order 3 more scoops for us.

We had a super fun adventure. I hope we get to go back to Maui again since we didn't get to see I'ao Valley or the Maui Ocean Center on this trip.


Jen said...

what a nice weekend trip for you guys! great deal-finding nan :)

Steven Tsuchida said...

Guri Guri is da best!