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Old 05-21-2011   #31 (permalink)
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We did the 25th in Hawaii thing too 5 yrs ago. Yeah, the Macadamia Banana pancakes! We went to Ome's to get ours.

Great report!

What is the significance of the magic piano part? I went to their site, but couldn't fid anything about it.
The hostess says that Annabelle was married to the captain of a ship. When she could see his ship returning, she would play the piano until he reached land. Of course at some point, his ship does not return and Annabelle plays the piano until she wastes away and dies. Her ghost now plays the piano and even takes requests from the guests . The food, drinks and piano entertainment was in the lounge before the magic show. It was very nice and very well done from beginning to end. Loved it!

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Day 6


We are finally into full relax mode now, so this probably won’t be as interesting from here on out. This was our last full day in Maui. We got up and went for a walk on the beach boardwalk. This time we followed it to the north all the way to the end of it. It was another beautiful morning .




A picture I took on our walk this that morning




Back at the condo I put in a new Hawaiian CD. The condo owner has a great selection of Hawaiian CDs. We really enjoyed listening to them when we were there, so much that I never even got out my ipod.

We had another nice breakfast on the lanai.

After breakfast we walked down to the beach and did some snorkeling. Dee Dee even did a little snorkeling this time. I really enjoyed the snorkeling again and seeing all the cool fish, including many Humus.

After that we went to the main pool and hung out for a couple hours. It was a very nice pool, but we kind of liked the small pool that was near the building we were in a little more.





Back at the condo we had lunch and margaritas again.

In the afternoon we hung out around the small pool for a few hours. I think that was the afternoon that we had it all to ourselves. Pretty cool to have our own private pool.

Later on, we had the last two margaritas of the trip as we were now out of mix. We also had a little snack.





In the evening we drove down to Whaler's village. We decided to have dinner at Leilani’s as we had read and heard good things about it. That turned out to be a great choice, as we had an excellent meal and service with a great view.


A whale skeleton at Whaler's Village


One of the things that the waiter recommended was Monchong fish. Apparently Monchong are a native fish in the area. I decided to go with that and was very happy that I did, as it was delicious.

Dee Dee with a lava flow.




Dee Dee ordered shrimp pasta.


The Monchong fish







We shared a hula pie for dessert.



After supper we walked around for a while on the beach boardwalk and enjoyed the sunset.



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What a great trip and trip report!!

Our 25th anniversary trip was our first trip to the Yucatan, in 2003. You two will have such great memories!
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What a great trip and trip report!!

Our 25th anniversary trip was our first trip to the Yucatan, in 2003. You two will have such great memories!
Thanks Roni, we will have great memories, but for now Playa will be the place we return to every year

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It looks like Hawaii blows Playa out of the water in one area: desserts!
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We then went to the Cool Cat Cafe for supper. It was kind of a 50's diner type of place. We split a Bogy burger, a Mahi Mahi burger and a basket of onion rings and french fries. It was all excellent. I'd say the burger was one of the best that I have had in a long time. I had a Wailea wheat beer and it was also very good. Dee Dee had a lava flow. We really enjoyed the Cool Cat Cafe as the food, drinks and service was all excellent.
Our family vacationed on Kaanapali last summer (the Maui Marriott) and ate at the Cool Cat Cafe. I can vouch that those burgers were outstanding!

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Another outstanding restaurant. My wife and I ate there on our honeymoon back in the early 90's, and we were so impressed, that we made a point to go back there with the kids last summer. Our memories of the place hadn't failed us, as it was excellent once again.

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It looks like Hawaii blows Playa out of the water in one area: desserts!
You got that right, I sure did enjoy the desserts there, as I love chocolate


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Our family vacationed on Kaanapali last summer (the Maui Marriott) and ate at the Cool Cat Cafe. I can vouch that those burgers were outstanding!

Another outstanding restaurant. My wife and I ate there on our honeymoon back in the early 90's, and we were so impressed, that we made a point to go back there with the kids last summer. Our memories of the place hadn't failed us, as it was excellent once again.

That's funny that we ate at two of the same places you did. Glad we had the same great results.

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Day 7

Today we had to leave for home. We got up and went for a walk on the beach boardwalk again today. The weather this morning was a little gloomy and it was sprinkling on and off.


Here a picture I took from on top of Black Rock looking north.




Today we decided to have breakfast at the resort restaurant. The breakfast was quite good. Dee Dee’s banana macadamia nut pancakes were excellent.




We packed up and hung out at the pool for a while before we had to change and checkout.

Here are some cool flowers that were on the grounds there.






We had some time to kill before our flight, so we drove to the SW part of the island as that was really the only area that we hadn’t had a chance to check out yet.

We drove down and explored the Kihei and Wailea area. I think that also would have been a good area to have stayed in. The beaches seemed nice to me and it had a little different vibe than the Kaanapali-Lahaina area.

Here’s a pic of one of the beaches near Kihei.



Since we both really liked the Paia area, we drove over there for lunch. We ended up back at Milagro’s. Dee Dee ordered a margarita and some chips and guacamole. We shared their special of the day, which was an Ono fish sandwich and fries. Everything was very good, especially the fish sandwich.





After lunch, we walked around Paia a bit and I had some chocolate gelato. We then drove down and checked out Baldwin beach.

Wow, what a beautiful beach. The color of the water here was more of what we are use to seeing in Playa del Carmen.







After hanging out there for a while, we decided that it was time to return the rental car and get to the airport.

For the most part, the flights home were fine. I just hated that it took so long to get home. First we had an 8 hour flight to Dallas, then a 3 hour layover and finally a 2 hour flight to Minneapolis.


All in all it was a great trip
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Awww. Happy Anniversary!! Looks like an amazing trip! I want to go to Hawaii now! It's so beautiful!
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Awww. Happy Anniversary!! Looks like an amazing trip! I want to go to Hawaii now! It's so beautiful!
Thanks policegirl. One of the things I liked about this trip was finding all the beautiful places on the island.

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Great trip report and Happy Anniversary!
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Loved your report. Happy Anniversary!!
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Just stumbled upon this report- great job, Tim! Beautiful pictures, too- Hawaii is definitely on our list.
Oh, and happy 25th anniversary!
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Just stumbled upon this report- great job, Tim! Beautiful pictures, too- Hawaii is definitely on our list.
Oh, and happy 25th anniversary!
Hi Anne, thanks and I think you guys would like Hawaii as there is so much to see there
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