Thursday, June 12, 2008

Memories of Maui

Family vacations were abundant over the years. Fred and I always managed to expose our children to exciting sights and experiences. We made countless trips to Disney World over the years. Marco Island was a favorite spot for three years in a roll. Numerous beach vacations were great fun. We celebrated Steven's graduation from high school with a Caribbean cruise, and visited Fred's family and our exchange student's family in The Netherlands. All were fabulous times with a lifetime of memories. The one family vacation that was right at the top of my list was our Hawaiian vacation in 2006.
In a rented condo directly on the beachfront, the four of us spent real quality time together. We vacationed with our adult children, Erika 29 and Steven 25. From whale watching to luau's, we managed to cram all of the expected outings into our time. Of course, we frequented all of the great restaurants on the island such as Longhi's, Roy's, Kimo's, Mama's Fish House, Hula Grille and more. Trained in culinary arts, Steven was sure to comment on the many dishes he had and overall, gave two thumbs up on almost every dining experience.
One of the most interesting spots on Maui is the Maui Winery at the Ulupalakua Ranch. Click Here
Ulupalakua (this word reminds me so much of the Umpa Lumpas that I have to giggle) is considered Upcountry on the Island of Maui. Upcountry is located between the beaches and under the ledge of Haleakala. At this point, you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. Right across the street from the historic Ulupalakua Ranch, is the quaintest Post Office/General Store I've ever seen. It is here, that we purchased a simple picnic lunch. After the winery tour, we drove through the winding roads surrounded by farms. These farms produce over 25 different cheeses, all sold on the Island.

If ever I am fortunate enough to live in Hawaii, I would definetly settle in the Ulupalukua area. There is a calmness that overcomes you, a gentle peacefullness that I can recall to this day.

1 comment:

Jamie Payne said...

How beautiful! I loved the Hawiian Cruise mom and I went on in 2007 but would love to go back again sometime with Jason and the kids. Your children are very fortunate to have traveled to so many exciting places with you:)