Maui Wowee

Wowee…it has been too long since we have posted anything!  Sorry about that, we have finally made it back to the US and have been busy seeing a lot of friends and family.

Our flight out of Manila was direct to Honolulu where we switched planes and made our way to Maui.  My brother Josh picked us up from the airport and greeted us with the customary Hawaiian “lei”.  We quickly made our way to his house in Kihei and discussed the best way to surprise my Mom who didn’t know we were back yet.  My Mom and Dad were staying at a nice condo down the road from my brother’s house and with some help from my Dad, Jason and I slowly rounded the corner on their patio and entered in the back siding door.  Immediately my Mom looked up and screamed “oh my gosh, what are you guys going here?!!”  After some hugs and a few tears, we settled in with my parents and my Mom explained that she actually already knew that I was coming to Hawaii.  After months of lying to her and many of our friends, she knew along!  She didn’t know that Jason was coming though and she thought that we were going back to The Philippines after a few weeks.  She was excited to have us both home and even more ecstatic to find out we were home for good!

Even though she knew we were coming and the surprise didn’t work out as well as we had planned, it was so great seeing my family again and to be there in person to celebrate my parent’s anniversary.  Our time in Maui was a great way to transition back to the US.  We kept busy with so many different things.  Josh and his girlfriend Heather took us out several times to teach us how to do stand-up paddle boarding, we did several hikes as a family, we drove the road to Hana and even enjoyed a sunset cocktail cruise to celebrate my parent’s 30th anniversary.  We did so much, we thought we would let our photos tell the story…enjoy!

Arriving in the US - Josh picking us up in Maui!
Suprising my Mom and seeing my parents for the first time
Enjoying some drinks with Josh and his girlfriend Heather
Beach time and stand-up paddleboarding with the family
Jason getting the hang of SUP
Dad looking great on his board!
Josh and Heather showing off their SUP skills
So many amazing views!
Enjoying some sunset cocktails
Swinging bridges hike with the family
Celebrating my parents 30th anniversary on the sunset cruise
Love seeing the American flag!
After the sunset cruise
Hiking the Haleakala crater
Mom and Dad taking in the spectacular crater views
More family time
Love my Dad!
Black sand beach on the road to Hana
Jason enjoying the 400 ft Waimoku waterfall
Falling in love does rock...doesn't it?