When we showed up at the house and she took us in, I almost gasped out loud. It was called Maikai Hale through Lahaina Oceanfront Estates. www.lahainaoceanfrontestate.com
It didn't look that impressive from the outside, but the inside was fabulous.
Stained glass in the front door. Chandelier above the curved staircase. Antiques everywhere. Hardwood floors. A covered porch out of the kitchen. A breakfast nook with a bay window overlooking the ocean. Huge kitchen. Built in china closet with leaded glass. A big veranda on the second floor overlooking the ocean. Wow!Our room was adequate, but since we had the run of the rest of the house (no one else was staying there), it was amazing! Especially for $99!!!!!!! When the manager took us upstairs to our room, she said, "Oh, there isn't a refrigerator in the rooms inside the house, so I guess you can use the one down in the kitchen." I asked if we could use the microwave and she said, "Yes. That would be OK. Oh, I guess you can use the kitchen, just clean up after yourselves so I don't have to pay the maid to come clean it." Wow!
We noticed that a couple of the other rooms in the wings were locked, but one was open, with the key in the door. We assumed that would have been our room, had it not been for the "regular guest". We checked it out and found it to be nice, but small, with a small refrigerator, bathroom and door to the outside hot tub and pool.
We unpacked our things, then had a nice stop in the hot tub. We picked dinner up at Thai Chef then took it home to eat on the back porch. We poured our milk in goblets and served our meal on china with real silver. It was delicious! We had Pad Thai and Peanut Curry. They were out of Mango with Sticky Rice, much to our dismay. Mangos are out of season right now. Too bad. But the rest was SO good! And great ambience.
We watched the news and the weather for awhile, then went upstairs and watched the moon come up over Lahaina Bay.
Sigh. Our last day. We ate breakfast Multi Grain Cheerios in the breakfast nook overlooking the bay, then stopped by Maui Dive Shop to pick up snorkel gear. Then we were off to Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach. Lovely beach. Best snorkeling of the trip. It really does look like this! Tons of fish, lots of different colors, and TWO turtles. When the first one swam beneath us, I almost died. It was HUGE! Wow! Then I accidentally "fed the fish". Oops. I felt like I needed to burp, but other stuff came up. Multi Grain Cheerios. After the third or fourth eruption, I looked down and saw a whole bunch of fish right near me!!!! Feeding frenzy!!!!!!! After floating on my back for awhile, I felt better and we snorkeled back to shore. It was still worth it.
Then we returned to the estate to pack for the trip home. I laid down on the veranda and watched the waves for a few minutes til I felt better. Then we packed up and took a shower (with an ocean view) and took one last longing look around the house. Sigh. Amazing. We drove away sadly.
Stopped in Old Lahaina Town. We really like that place. I don't think we would have even visited there, but ended up really feeling something there. Also saw a lovely church that was called "Hale Aloha", or "House of Love". The Hawaiians built it to thank God when their island was spared from the great smallpox epidemic that killed 5,000 to 6,000 people on the island of Oahu.
Another interesting spot, the Pioneer Inn, (where we could have gotten a room for $120) was fascinating. It had big whale teeth inside, old ship's wheels, etc. Supposed to be really old and antique.
Next stop: Big Beach at the south end of South Maui. Huge beach 100 feet wide and long. Beautiful! But not good boogie boarding. Or snorkeling. So went to Makena Beach in front of the Maui Prince. Bingo. Found some great snorkeling–a huge school of big fish. Also the best boogie boarding of the trip.
I had to drag David out at 6:30 because it was getting dark.
Had to return our snorkel gear to Maui Dive Shop, then went to Jawz Tacos for Mahi mahi Tacos. Not too filling. Tasty, though. Headed up to Costco to return our unused boogie boards and snorkel gear. (Thought we'd be using them more than two or three days. Renting snorkel gear at Maui Dive Shop and buying boogie boards at Salvation Army was cheaper.) We also bought pineapples and chocolate macadamia nuts to take home. Yum.
Then had pizza and a berry sundae at Costco. (Much more filling than the tacos.) A trip to Kmart for souvenirs, then off to check in and return the car, repack the bags, and go through "agricultural inspection". We checked our "new to us" boogie boards and umbrella and sadly bid the island of Maui good-bye. Then it was home. We were greeted by 18 degree weather and snow. Brrr......
I told my husband it was the best vacation of my whole entire life. We hope to return someday!