A stunning rainbow stretched across a clear blue sky when we arrived in Maui a week ago. “Aloha and welcome!” it seemed to announce. It didn’t take long for Frank and I to feel welcome — to acclimate to the weather and settle into our new place.
Weather? It couldn’t be nicer, 82 and sunny every day. Our place? It couldn’t be more comfortable. The furnished apartment is the entire lower level of our landlady’s home. We have two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a private porch that spans the length of the house. It sits in the midst of the rainforest just off the Hana Highway, about a half mile from the ocean. Every night, the temperature pleasantly dips into the sixties with intermittent showers — perfect for lulling us to sleep.
When we were in Vancouver, we played “travel roulette” to find inexpensive, last-minute flight destinations. I can’t say we were disappointed when a non-stop flight to Maui popped up. Hawaii has always been one of Frank’s favorite places. We have visited the islands twice, once for our honeymoon and once, with the boys, around our fifteenth anniversary.
Flash forward 15+ years and here we are again. Maui remains as beautiful but much busier than before. Our plan is to live here a couple months. How will it be different from previous visits? Resort versus house. Island hopping vacation versus more of a “staycation.” We’re anxious to see if life in paradise lives up to our dream of life in paradise. Stay tuned.