Hawaii Escape: Maui

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I learned a new professional trick recently, take a vacation two weeks after starting a new job. You might think, you don't need a vacation so soon, but my first two weeks were hard. I met hundreds of people whose names I couldn't remember as they walked away, attended too many database trainings, lunched almost daily at the fancy clubhouse on campus and ate tacos at a party. Grueling. 

So in two weeks, I was ready for some R&R, in Hawaii. Our first trip to Maui and Kauai, five years ago, was less relaxing. We were eager to see, do, absorb. This time, we ate, drank and relaxed, with no expectations, and despite my efforts to have an itinerary, we only had two restaurant reservations and no other agenda.

It is nearly impossible to have a bad time on the Islands. You have to try really hard put yourself in a bad mood, because the weather, water and people are all working together to ensure your days are filled with sunshine and cocktails. 
 Airport to Aloha Mixed Plate, where we started the trip off right with passion fruit margaritas.
 Pork belly steamed buns at Star Noodle.
 A hearty breakfast before spending the day in the mountains and driving roads not allowed by Hertz.

 Short hike (my favorite kind!) and nature lunch.
Tasting pineapple wines at Maui Winery. Five tastes later, the husband thinks he's a super model.
 The forbidden road!
 Shaved ice with a view.
 Blowhole danger. The husband's not afraid.
 Banyan trees fascinate and scare me.
 Beach and beer day.
 Best sushi on the island at Koiso.
Pre-Kauai meal at Leoda's Kitchen and Pie Shop -- spicy tuna salad sandwich, carnitas hand pie and chocolate macadamia cream pie.

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