Today was a combo between total beach day, relaxation, and planning ahead.
This morning I made the kids breakfast and after that I spend a good hour or two planning out our week and talking to the homeowner of the AirBnb we are staying at who has lived here for four years and knows everything one should try to do.
After our somewhat lazy morning at the house, we put on our swim suits and headed out to find a beach. We drove down S. Kihei Road and once I was sure we had gone far enough, we turned around and went back north again and landed at Kamaole Beach Park 3.
We parked the car and grabbed our one beach towel each and headed down the ramp to the sand. My kids have been in the Pacific Ocean before, but never warm waters. We picked a spot and dropped our stuff and made a bee-line for the ocean. I’m not going to “sugar” coat this, it was pretty incredible.
We spend more than an hour jumping waves and letting the flow of the water crash onto us and cary us closer to the shore. We would get out a little to far, where the toes just barely touch, and then wait for a wave to ride and cary us in. Most people around us had little float boards they were using, but we didn’t have anything like that.
Most people also had umbrellas to sit under and we didn’t have that either so we had to stop and re-apply the sunscreen a couple of times. There is no way I’m going to risk ruining any time on this vacation with a sunburn or a child in pain because of a sunburn. It’s actually probably good that we quit when we did.
Our next stop was lunch because apparently the ocean makes people feel like they are starving. We elected to go to a burger place the host of the AirBnb told us about, Stewz. The food was good, as advertised, and if I have time for more writing, it really does deserve a post/review all it’s own.
After that it was back to the house for a little after lunch siesta. I was somehow worn out from the small amount of time we spent outside and actually fell asleep. I’m not sure how long I slept. I was woken up by Zoey asking when we were going to leave again. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to beach it up again, considering we had dinner plans with Ken at 6, but that is exactly what we ended up doing.
This time, we drove further down south to Makena beach. We did a repeat of the earlier wave jumping/riding right up to the point the sun was starting to set. I preferred this beach over the first one but I am not sure why. We had to leave before sunset to make dinner on time, which is totally against what I am all about, but meeting up with Ken and his family is a rare opportunity.
At about 6:30PM we met them at a restaurant called Coconuts. It’s a casual seafood place with top-notch fish tacos. The kids aren’t much into fish so they were not as excited about it as I was. We ate and chatted for a little bit and then they had to take off to do last minute prep for their own vacation. I could only eat one taco, by the way, because they were so loaded up with pure awesomeness.
Now we are back at the house. Our second and last night at this location. Tomorrow we migrate to Ken’s house. In my planning this morning, I earmarked tomorrow for spending more time down south at the resorts and beaches and potentially doing some snorkelling or kayak. Nothing is set in stone, of course, but based on my research I’m going to need to be extra diligent with time in order to fit seeing everything we can while also eating good food and taking plenty of naps.