Lessons learned #1: Never book a rental car from a company you don’t know or investigate in reading customer review!
We booked a rental car from Fox Car Rental. Unlike all other rental car companies Fox car requires you to call in for the pick up at the airport. Unfortunate, I was not aware and it took me some time to figure this out. Trying to reach the given phone number, I only got hold of their answering machine. After several attempts and calls to the Expedia support line, we decided to cancel the booking and rent a car at the counter of a well known car rental compay! Finally, after 2 hours at the airport, our adventure continues… and we got to our condo in Kihei.
On Maui we relaxed, enjoyed the beautiful beaches and sunsets and made few daytrips (e.g. Lahaina and to the Haleakala National Park). At the visitor center in the National Park, Elin and Mara became Junior Ranger!
Mara and Elin will enjoy Thursday and Friday at school and daycare before we finally head down south on highway 101 on Monday!
The island hopper Mokulele Airlinies brought us from Big Island to Maui. The flight on a 9 seat airplane was a great experience for all os us. It already started at the open air check in counter. Every single peace of luggage needed to be weighted… After take off, we got a gorgeous view over the island and it’s beautiful beaches followed by a rather rough flight (windy weather conditions).
Today, we went out to find new Beaches and encountered a lovely and peaceful place at Mahaiula bay where we spent all day. We also got some curious visitors – lovely sea turtles – swimming with us! What an experience for the Kids! The access to the beach was a bit of an adventure along a bumpy road but most of us enjoyed it!
The drive from Kaliua Kona to the Volcano National Park was lob but beautiful. We drove thru a fabulous and diverse landscape along the coast, across Lava stone fields as well as thru the rain forest. Mara and Elin enjoyed the introduction by the ranger at the visitor center as well as the other highlights such as creating an earthquake at the Jaggar Museum, the view of the crater, the Thurston Lava tube and the Holei Sea Arch. On the way back home we also discovered an amazing beach – the Black Sand Beach and were super happy to see again Sea Turtles on the be
Kona coffee is the market name for coffee cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Only coffee from the Kona Districts can be described as „Kona“. The weather of sunny mornings, cloud or rain in the afternoon, little wind, and mild nights combined with porous, mineral-rich volcanic soil create favorable coffee growing conditions. During the self guided tour we learned about the growing and processing of this fabulous coffee on Big Island and ended up sampling the different roasting techniques.
We arrived at our destination in Kailua – Kona! What a great condo and infrastructure, including big BBQ area with ocean view, salt- and fresh water pool – exactly what we need to wind down. Mara and Elin enjoy the pool. Both can stay in the water for hours in the water and they wouldn’t mind just staying here for the whole week. We are still working on our plan what to do and see on Big Island!
On May 4th we started our trip to Hawaii. We got the chance to stay at some friends mom’s house for the first week in Kailua (O’ahu). This was an amazing experience and awesome hospitality provided by Jolene from the pick up thru drop off at the Airport – just incredible! Our girls loved Jolene. Unfortunate the week was quite rainy but luckily O’ahu is a small island and the weather varies between the east, north, west and south cost varies. We were able to travel with the sun and explore the island and it’s beautiful beaches (e.g. Kaliua, Lanikai, Hanauma Bay, Waikiki, Wailua…) ! Another highlight was the diamond head trail with an incredible view down to Waikiki beach and the dole plantation where the great pineapple grow that you all know.