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Maui and Honolulu

Maui and Honolulu

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve updated the blog so bear with us while we catch you up on the last few weeks of our lives.

It already feels like forever and ever since we were on Maui with my and Luke’s parents but I suppose it’s only been a few weeks since we left. Our final few weeks on the island were characteristically laid back and relaxing. We spent a lot of time hanging out on our favorite beaches from last year, discovering new beaches, enjoying the company of family, and indulging in daily sunset pina coloda sessions on the lanai. I’d like to tell you all about some exciting

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There and back again

There and back again

Our first few weeks back in Maui have come and gone in a flash. It really feels like we just got here even though it’s already been three weeks. We spent the first week reuniting with the beautiful island and more importantly with Kendall’s parents, whom we have not seen for a year. It was great seeing them again and receiving some nice comforts from home (Timmy’s coffee and Winnipeg Jets gear). To add to the homely feeling, this year, my parents came to join us for one week. After roughly 4 years, the two sets of parents were finally going to get the chance to meet!

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Sea creatures and a volcano

Sea creatures and a volcano

We are now only three days away from our departure from Maui. It’s incredible to think that these six weeks have gone by so quickly, but I guess January and February don’t necessary need to drag on and on when it’s not -35 degrees outside! Beyond enjoying the beautiful tropical weather, we’ve had such a fantastic time exploring as much of what this island has to offer that we possibly could. This past week in particular we were able to check some final must-dos off of our list that really capped off our time here with some unforgettable experiences.

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Missing Photos

Missing Photos

For some reason the photos from the last post did not upload properly. I have been trying to get them up here for the last couple of days, anyways here they are! I also have a couple of videos to upload, but with the internet being so slow that will take some time. As well I will fix the font issue and try to make all of the posts uniform. :)

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Exploring Maui

Over the last couple of days, Kendall and I have continued to explore the natural beauty of Maui. We first travelled to the most southern end of Maui to hike a couple of miles over solid lava rock. The hike is called the “Kings Highway” and the full length of the trail is roughly 17miles round trip. We were not really prepared to do the full length so we walked a couple of miles and got to see some interesting landscapes. Hiking on lava rock is pretty cool, it kind of crumbles underneath your feet and it is easy to traverse over. I loved looking up at the now dormant volcano and tracing the path that the lava flowed down in the late 1700s (Haleakala’s last eruption).

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Above the clouds

Above the clouds

The other day we had the pleasure of being invited on a hike through a normally restricted zone in Haleakala National Park with the National Nature Conservatory. It was a short 3 mile hike through a cloud forest at Hosmer Grove at an elevation of around 6000 feet (1.8km). It was quite an interesting hike as our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to teach us alot about Maui’s forests. It was great to be able to see, and learn about a side of the island that very few people are allowed access to. After the hike we decided to drive up to the summit of Haleakala, which for those of you who don’t know, is a dormant volcano which also happens to be the highest point on Maui (10,000 feet / 3km).

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The Next Step!

The Next Step!

Yesterday we finally decided to confront the reality that we will not be able to stay in Maui forever. Maybe we would if we were wealthy, or American citizens, but alas we are neither of those things and must leave this beautiful island once the condo rental is up March 5th. The consolation is that we don’t have to head back home to jobs or winter like every other Canadian who leaves Hawaii has to do. We’ve decided that our next stop after Maui will be Papeete, Tahiti (ahhhhh I’m so excited just writing that!). We booked our flight from Honolulu yesterday and we couldn’t be more excited about this chance to visit French Polynesia.

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Maui Week two, Part two: Road to Hana

Maui Week two, Part two: Road to Hana

Every guidebook, or every list of things you must do before you die has the Road to Hana listed as a MUST do. Our expectations were naturally high when the three of us; Kendall, Kendall’s Mom Roberta and myself, set off towards Hana one morning 2 days ago.http://www.free-wheelin.ca/testwp/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

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Maui week two, part one: road trip upcountry

Week two in Maui has come and gone and it’s hard to believe we only have a month left here (I know, poor us haha). That said, we’ve had a great, action-packed week and we’re excited to tell you all about it.

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Getting to know the Island

We have been in Maui for nearly a week now and are starting to feel more and more at home here. As all of you can guess, Maui is a very beautiful island and really has a lot to offer.

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