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1st Place Share Your Story Winner September 2015
"Hawai'i has been on my list of must-see places since I was young. I remember how peaceful and happy my parents were when they returned from their trip; with pictures full of beauty and culture. I dreamed of visiting and experiencing this place I’ve heard others talk about so fondly. Finally, in October of last year, my husband and I ventured out on our dream vacation to Maui!
We stayed at the WorldMark Kihei resort in a one-bedroom unit. The resort is in a great location, within walking distance of the beautiful clear-blue beach. The friendly staff greeted us and recommended a great restaurant nearby, Café O’Lei. I had mahi-mahi and my husband ordered crab cakes. We were impressed with the food and the mai tais were delicious! The resort is also near other great food including the Kihei Café, which we couldn’t get enough of! They have excellent breakfast options including banana bread French toast and a traditional Hawaiian dish called the Loco Moco. My husband now craves this and we have been trying different Hawaiian restaurants and food trucks locally in Oregon, hoping for a similar taste!
Another memorable part of our trip was a six-hour snorkeling excursion to Molokini Crater. We couldn't have asked for better weather. We booked with a great charter service, AIii Nui, and sailed with a group of people (not too crowded) to two different snorkeling sites. I purchased an underwater camera for the trip and took some great pictures. The waters were crystal-clear blue and you could clearly see schools of vibrantly colored fish under the water. On the way back to shore, my husband and I had a front-row seat to an incredible experience — a family of dolphins caught a ride next to our boat! It was an amazing day.
Along with the memorable beauty came some unforgettable excitement. As we were packing for our flight to Maui, I noticed a hurricane was moving near Hawai‘i at that very moment! I thought to myself, 'I'm sure it will miss us.' To our surprise, we received a notice on our door from WorldMark letting us know which precautions to take and what to expect. I really appreciated the communication from the resort. Luckily Hurricane Ana diverted the island, taking a different path.
In addition to the food and snorkeling, we also drove the scenic road to Hana and hiked near Kipahulu in Haleakala National Park. The one-lane highway was a little treacherous, but was also kind of exhilarating. We visited O’heo Gulch (also known as the Seven Sacred Pools) and hiked the trail toward Waimoku Falls. The beauty was breathtaking the entire drive with the lush green, crystal-blue skies and water, surrounded by colorful flowers. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience overall."
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