I turned 50 years old on March 2, 2018. My sweet husband planned our annual trip to Hawaii around my birthday so we could celebrate in (quite possibly) my favorite place ever. We traveled with our good friends Tony and Karyn Alamo and spent 9 days (8 nights) at The Honua Kai in Kaanapali, Maui.
We started off the trip with an impromptu Reese Family Reunion. (My mom's side of the family.) It just so happened that my brother Curtis (and his wife Linda,) my cousin Dale (and his wife Trudy,) and another cousin Kathy (and her husband Rob) were staying in Kihei. We met at my (absolute) favorite restaurant on Maui, The Kihei Caffe. (The lady behind the counter even gifted me with a free, macadamia topped cinnamon roll but I still had to order the Loco Moco. (It's a tradition.)
We spent the whole day on Kama'ole Beach Park I snorkeling, stand-up-paddle boarding, swimming in the ocean and harassing each other on the beach. It was a great (although brief) visit with some of my favorite people.
On the actual day of my birthday, Leroy planned a whale watching trip. He had booked it weeks in advanced and the timing was perfect because it was a beautiful day on the water.
We always go with the same whale watching company (Ultimate Whale Watching) out of the Lahaina Harbor. We didn't know it when we boarded the boat, but we were in for a real treat. For almost the entire two hour trip, we followed a group of approximately 15-20 whales (all males and one female.) Since the males were all fighting under the water (to be the closest to the female,) they were surfacing quite often to catch their breath. It was incredible to witness.
Each and every time we've gone on a whale-watching trip, we've witnessed different behaviors. These guys were swimming fast and changing direction constantly. This behavior is explained really well in the documentary Humpback Whales (available on Netflix.)
The rest of the trip (before and after playing with the whales) was spent relaxing on the beach, near the pool and lots of snorkeling (which actually is my favorite activity.) One day in Kapalua Bay, we found a sea turtle sleeping in the coral. While we were watching him, he surfaced, took approximately 10 breaths, swam back down and tucked himself back into his sleeping spot.
On our last day, we relaxed in a pool-side cabana (which was a really good idea,) reading books, swimming and napping. It was a great end to an absolutely fabulous vacation. If this is the way the next 50 years are going to be, I say bring it on!