Monday, April 13, 2009

Mahalo Maui !

Aloha...

We just got back from a beautiful, relaxing and refreshing Hawaiian vacation last week...

Needless to say, it was pretty difficult bringing ourselves back to work and to the world of mundane daily chores after spending five days in what seemed like paradise…

We were visiting Maui, the lovely Hawaiian island bang in the middle of the Pacific and eons away from the mainland…the land of beautiful sunsets...swaying palm trees...acres of sugarcane fields...miles of gorgeous white, black and red sand beaches...land of kula coffee and mai tais...the Haleakala volcano...hula dancing...laulau...poi...luaus...leis...beautiful beed and shell jewellery...amazing hand carved wood trinkets...adorable Polynesian people and culture...

It was an unplanned trip and was hence all the more exciting...the beach bums that D and I are, a major portion of our five day vacation on this gorgeous island was spent beach hopping, sun bathing and engaging in a variety of water sport activities. We drove up the Haleakala volcano and hiked a couple of miles down...walked above the clouds at the crater summit...drove along the unpredictable pacific coastline forming the island ... explored part of the sometimes rocky ,sometimes serene pacific landscape/terrain on car as well on foot...and of course sipped more than our fair share of 'mai tais' as we watched the sun go down everyday ...

It was a different kind of sunset each of those five days...the sun would go down, filling the sky in a splatter of soothing and daunting colors(I know for sure now that it's definitely possible for an experience to be soothing and daunting at the same time:-)).

I am an ardent nature lover...but that aside, my fascination and love for sunsets is augmented by the fact that I spend most of my pre and post twilight hours negotiating the notorious Washington DC traffic, thus rarely getting a chance to just sit down and watch the sun go down :-)...what else...we got a birds eye view of a clothing optional beach...and of course not to forget hogged on local Hawaiian food and drinks...

Here are a few pics of this piece of paradise on earth...Maui...
















10 comments:

Rush said...

Wow! An unplanned Hawaii trip.. that's awesome!!!! Lovely pictures too!!!

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

Thanks Rush :-))

GN said...

Awww man! The pics are amazing..a nd your description of the place.. is making me crave some sun and sand now!!!

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

Thanks yaar Garima...hmmm...now I know the trigger for your updated gtalk status this afternoon... "I want a vacation...NOW"...that's what it said, I think...he he he...jokes apart, Chicago weather must be cheering up as well at this time of the year, right ...

But guess there cannot be any commensurate substitute to satiate the longing for the the white sands and the turqoise blue waters of the Caribbean and the Pacific Hawaiian islands...:-))

GN said...

urgh!!!!! No Fair.. no more describing faraway things.. especially when its warm 48F outside!

But yes, it slowly (Very slowly) warming up in Chicago..

SBora said...

another trip?? you guys are globetrotting ha? i am green with envy....travel now as much as you can before you start a family.

great pics...looks like you had fun and yes, unplanned trips are far more exciting.

Priyanka said...

that sounds like a lot of fun....didnt know you guys had taken a vacation last week...been too busy with exams:(

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

Rhimjhim ba /Priyanka: Thanks for checking in girls...

Amateur Blogger said...

Nice! I've been nostalgic about Maui ever since I got back from there last December. :(.
The bright blue waters, the warm sun, mai-tais, Kauai coffee and just being in the ocean all the time!
I need to get to a beach again soon!

Priyanka Rajkhowa said...

Tushar, thanks for checking in dude...

Yep, Maui was awesome...

Having already had two beach vacations in a row, we've kinda decided not to head out to the beach for vacation next time around so as to add more variety to our vacation destinations
:-))...but I just have the feeling that the longing for the tropical warmth and the ocean may be too hard to resist:-))...all for the love of the ocean and the sun!!!