I was blessed to be able to take my best friend Christine on a trip to Maui! It ended up being an incredible girls week filled with adventure, relaxation, rejuvenation, and FUN!
Arriving on the island of Maui, two wonderful things happened. First we were leied with the beautiful Hawaiian tradition that dates back to early settlers. The lei custom was introduced to the Hawaiian Islands by early Polynesian voyagers, who took an incredible journey from Tahiti, navigating by the stars in sailing canoes. With these early settlers, the lei tradition in Hawaii was born. Leis were constructed of flowers, leaves, shells, seeds, nuts, feathers, and even bone and teeth of various animals. Today, lei's are mostly made out of flowers like the plumeria.
The second thing that happened on arrival was a beautiful rainbow covered the sky as we made our way to the beach to take in the amazing views and put our toes in the the soft sands.
Known as the “Valley Isle,” Maui is dotted with quaint towns, artist communities and local favorites that have been around for generations. Head to Wailuku for pastries from a “mom and pop” bakery, or head to Lahaina for a taste of Maui’s famed farm to table cuisine. Indulge in the Hawaiian Mai Tai or try a coconut mojito to cool your taste buds as you relax on the beach.
There is so much to do on the island of Maui. It is one of my favorite places to visit! Stand above a sea of clouds high atop the 9,740 feet Haleakala Crater (Make sure to go early in the morning for the sunrise over the clouds. It is an awe-inspiring sight!).
Lose count of the waterfalls along the road as you maneuver the hairpin turns of the Hana highway. I LOVE driving this road. Just be prepared to go slow as in many places it is one way traffic!! There is so much to see: waterfalls, beaches, jungle, and of course...the locals!
Maui has a little bit of everything. The next time you need a break, a place to relax and unwind. Think MAUI!!
Hawaii Flower Lei: https://www.hawaiiflowerlei.com/leitradition.aspx
Hawaii Tourism Authority: https://www.gohawaii.com/maui/