Airplanes, food and guava juice!

Trip Start Aug 17, 2003
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Trip End Sep 03, 2003


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Sunday, August 17, 2003

Hello everyone. This is Sze. My girlfriend, Nadine and I will be updating this travelogue in tandem. :) This is the first "real" vacation that Nadine and I are embarking on since we've been together as a couple. She had originally had plans to come out here because of her best friend's wedding, but it was more of a spontaneous decision on my part to come out to Maui with her. I've always wanted to see Hawaii, and what better way to see it than with my favourite person in the world (who also happens to have access to a timeshare for a week in Maui ;)) Our plan was to camp all around the island for the first week, and then condo it up for the final week in Maui.

Enough of a goofy intro from me, onwards to more travel tales! Both of us got pretty good deals on airline tickets to fly non-stop out of San Diego into Kahului, Maui on Hawaiian Airlines. (US$300-$350) I'll have to say the service isn't the best on Hawaiian Air (also the lack of a choice for vegetarian food was disappointing.. Nadine ended up with three bowls of lettuce as a meal and I ended up with some really nasty chicken that I paid dearly for upon arrival in Maui via the hotel bathroom. I'll spare you the details but we'll call it chicken karma.)



A rather lengthy 5 hour plane ride later, we bumpily landed in Kahului around 2pm. Humidity and warmth, yip! We decided that we'll take it easy the first day in Maui and just do menial tasks such as picking up our rental from Kihei Rentals (a spiffy little Jeep) and check in into our hotwire'd motel of choice. (Hotwire.com is a great place for hotels if you need to book short term hotel rooms for cheap and don't care where you'll be staying at). We got a relatively nice room at the Maui Seaside Inn. (One of two decent places to stay in Kahului). There's nothing much in Kahului since its pretty much just an airport town for stopper-bys and newly arrived people. You get your usual restaurants, tourist stores and such, and that's bout it. We found ourselves back in Kahului alot during this trip since it had the only Borders with wireless internet access. More about that later.




Maui Seaside Inn was a decent place for the price we paid. Clean rooms, a small little pool, rather motel-like. :) I guess the whole airplane ride really tired us out (not to mention I had to battle a bout of bad airplane food upon arrival) as all we really did for the first day was pass out on the motel bed. I think we slept for almost 12 hours prior to some vague planning of heading out to West Maui and camp out at this private Episcopalian camp ground in Olowalu called Camp Pecusa tomorrow.

We saw little of Maui the first day but that will change soon. More later!

Sze
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Maui Seaside inn

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