I'm not sure if anyone is interested in more Maui posts but, bad luck, I'm writing some. Feel free to skip anything with the words 'Aloha', 'Hawaii', 'Maui', etc in the title if I'm boring you to the point that pulling out your own fingernails is a more enjoyable way to pass ten minutes.
Day Two dawned grey and drizzly. Thanks for that, weather gods. We were up early again as the time difference of GMT -10 hours was playing havoc with our body clocks; but at least it meant we were up and about in plenty of time to make the most of our day. We started with breakfast in the hotel's cafe-cum-grocery store, quite a neat idea as it was open all day and well into the evening and gave hotel guests a very relaxed option when it came to food and drink - you could eat in or take away a variety of items including Starbucks coffee (guess who was rather pleased?), croissants, muffins, cereal, fruit, bagels, pizzas, cold drinks (including alcohol), crisps, ice cream, and much more. Of course, it all came at a price ($6+ for a coffee) but luckily we had the money from hubby's company to cover it.
Then we collected our brand spanking new Oakley sunglasses
After an hour or so (there may also have been a stop for coffee...) we finally got the show on the road and set off for Pa'ia. Once we'd managed to find a parking spot (not an easy task), we headed straight for the beach. It was nice to finally enjoy the coast, even if the weather was still a little on the grey side. We walked from mid point to the far end and back again, watching some of the surf dudes doing their thing.
The Flatbread Company which serves some very interesting takes on pizza, all cooked in a massive wood-fired oven right in the middle of the dining area. Luckily we weren't sitting too close as I can imagine it might get a tad toasty.
We set off with such great intentions, looking forward to a road trip along the coast. However, what we didn't realise is that mostly the road is inland and, to be perfect frank, once you've seen a few tall trees and been round more than a few bends, it all starts to feel and look pretty same-y. Not to mention a bit annoying.
And then we turned round and did it all again. Poor hubby was VERY pleased when we reached the unbendy road back near Pa'ia.
We pulled in at the Ho'okipa Beach Park just before reaching Pa'ia, to admire the views and watch even more craaaazy surf dudes doing their thing out in the waves. Apparently this spot boasts some of the best waves on the Maui coastline and is the "home of contemporary surfing" (whatever that is.)
After all of this we were feeling rather weary so, after dropping off the rental car and having a quick bite to eat in a restaurant near the hotel (the class-ily named Chesseburger Island Style, where I went for the Hot Dog, of course)
But before we could, look what we found on the bed...