Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hitched: Hawaiian Honeymoon, Maui

Hello ladies! Today for the Hitched series, we're discussing the five days Corey and I spent in Maui on our honeymoon. After our visit to Pearl Harbor, we hopped on a commuter plane and headed to Maui. We picked up our rental car and headed to our resort, the Hyatt Maui at Kaanapali. We chose to stay there because there's a lot to do in the Lahaina area and we heard the Hyatt was the nicest hotel along "hotel row" in Kaanapali - and boy was it!
We were greeted with honeymooner lei's and a really cute photo album as a gift from the hotel. Then, we freshened up and changed for dinner. We went to Pineapple Grill, which we'd heard was amazing. We shared some appetizers and had salads with pineapple vinegarette, which was delish. The real treat was the pineapple upside down cake. If you're ever in the area, you should go to Pineapple Grill just for the pineapple upside down cake. Amazing!
The next day we did a snorkeling cruise. This was so.much.fun! We took a boat out to a bay with a coral reef where we were able to snorkel for a couple hours. I wish I had an underwater camera because the fish were amazing. There were so many different types in really neat colors. Then, we were served lunch and endless drinks for the afternoon.
We headed to Wailea for dinner at Capische? If you go to Maui, you must have dinner here. You should eat early so you can watch the sunset because it has just the prettiest view. And the food is great.  Corey and I weren't sure we wanted to do any Italian because we have such good Italian restaurants here in NYC but this restaurant came highly recommended. We started with the mushroom truffle risotto (Corey and I aren't risotto people but we'd heard to try this) and the caprese salad with maui onions. SO GOOD! Our entrees were really delicious, too.
The next day, we woke up bright and early, stocked up on snacks and dramamine and set off on the Road to Hana. The scenery was gorgeous!
It was really really neat how the island goes from lush rainforest with gorgeous waterfalls and black sand beaches to volcanic ruins in just a couple miles. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves on this one.
lush rainforest with a gorgeous waterfall
 to volcanic dryland a few miles away

When we got back, we found a bottle of champagne waiting in our room, which we toasted and enjoyed before heading to dinner at our hotel's poolside restaurant. We enjoyed live music and a pretty view.
After such a long day on the Road to Hana, we spent the next day relaxing by the pool and of course enjoying some adult beverages. For dinner, we ate at a nice local spot, Aloha Mixed Plate, which I recommend if you want to try something more casual and authentic.
The next morning, we took a long walk and then headed back to the pool to finish up our tans! That evening we went to the Drums of the Pacific Luau, which was pretty neat. A little cheesy, but I feel like a luau is something you just must do when in Hawaii!
Our final morning, day ten in Hawaii, we checked out of the Hyatt and drove up to Haleakala, Maui's volcano. It is 10,000 feet high and about 45 degrees in daylight but what a sight to see! The volcanic crater is so cool and you can see the whole island from the top. Truly amazing!

Then, we headed to the airport and flew overnight to New York, where we were reunited with our sweet pup. If we hadn't missed Riley so terribly we would have never come home. We had just the best time on our honeymoon.

Our wedding pictures arrived last week from our awesome photographer so we'll move on to recapping the actual wedding next week!!! Have a great day lovelies! And don't forget to follow Life with Elizabeth on twitter. @dearelizabeth4

5 comments:

  1. Looks like a gorgeous honeymoon!
    I can't wait to one day visit Hawaii!

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  2. You look fabulous in all these pictures! Love the recap, girl!

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