Aloha – Part 2 

As our Hawaiian adventure enters the home stretch, Maui continues to impress me.

It turns out that starting each day with a beach walk in the morning and finishing it with a beautiful sunset does not get old.

A morning adventure near Makena:

Beth relaxing and taking in the views of the Pacific:


A typical sunset from Kamaole Beach:
There’s something about Hawaii that brings out the chill in everyone. I think deep down, everyone just wants to “hang loose”, and time in Hawaii encourages you to do just that.

I was privleged enough to take in my first ever Luau experience. We attended one at the Grand Wailea Resort. We heard mixed reviews of the Luau’s in Hawaii, some expressing that they’ve become a bit commercialized relative to their roots. I’m sure this is true to an extent, but it still felt like an authentic Hawaiian experience in a modern capacity. Maybe it was the open Mai Tai bar, but I had a great time. The pig they cooked in the ground and the fire dancers did not disappoint. The Luau was a unique experience for me, and one I would recommend experiencing. We were able to get a good deal on tickets through Costco – is there anything you can’t get at Costco?

Maui Wailea Grand Luau

The golf has continued to impress. We’ve teed it up three more times since the last update – at the Kai and Royal courses of Kannapali Resort, and the Plantation Course at Kapalua. Matt and I have had some more good money matches, and the cash exchanged doesn’t seem to stay in either of our wallets for too long. The way it should be.

I didn’t know a ton about the Kaanapali golf courses going in, and it’s safe to say they exceeded any expectations I may have had.

The Royal Course, which hosted the Big Break in 2008, was a tough but fun challenge. It’s a perfect resort course – they give you tons of room to drive the golf ball which makes it very playable, yet the well protected and sloped greens make it a challenge for any skill level to score.

Matt rolling a long putt on the 4th green: 
The Kai course is the easier of the two, but is still rated over par from the tips where we played, and provided a lot of fun, challenging holes.

Approach to the 10th hole on Kai:

Throw in high-end customer service with a down-to-earth feel and I wouldn’t hesitate recommending anyone to tee it up there. Full course reviews will be coming within a few weeks.

Our latest round was at the Kapalua Plantation Course. It was pretty cool — and extremely humbling — playing it after watching the PGA Tour play there just last weekend. The views at this course simply don’t stop. Stay tuned for my full course review and how the experience stacked up to some other big ticket courses we’ve played over the years.

Beth piping a drive on the Plantation Course:

The rest of our time has been filled enjoying fresh seafood, scoping out the best happy hours, frolicking at the beach/pool and experimenting with different Mai Tai recipes.

A front-runner for best happy hour so far has been at Three’s Bar and Grill, located along South Kihei Road. With a wide selection of appetizer specials, $3.50 cocktails, and live acoustic music on the patio, it’s a good thing it’s only a short walk from the condo.

Another solid contender is Moose Mcgillycuddy’s in Kihei, where all night Tuesday taco specials and half price cocktails till 7pm may be one of the best deals in town. With how weak the Candian dollar is right now, good happy hours are crucial to our survival.

With a few more days left to enjoy the island of Maui, the award for best happy hour, and maybe even best golf experience, is still up for grabs.

Mahalo!
Josh

(Published from my iPhone)

  6 comments for “Aloha – Part 2 

  1. January 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Josh

    Sounds like your trip is awesome! Keep us updated, it helps pass the cold winters here in Canada!

    Cheers
    Jim

    • January 22, 2016 at 1:10 am

      Thanks, Jim! It’s been awesome, can’t believe we’ll be back to the cold Canadian winter in a few days! Hope all is well.

      Cheers
      Josh

  2. January 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

    You and Beth take the best golf vacations, Josh! The courses look amazing. Enjoy the rest of your trip before coming back home.

    • January 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks, CG! It’s been another great trip. Some great golf to be played here.

      Cheers!
      Josh

  3. January 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Aloha Josh,

    It does my heart good to hear that you are still enjoying the islands. I had to smile as I remembered you and Matt working on each other. Have fun – and come back.

    A Hui Hou,
    Wayne

    • January 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      Aloha Wayne,

      We will definitely come back. And next time, we will make sure we have time for the 19th hole.

      Cheers!
      Josh

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