honeymoon part 1: upcountry maui

Keith and I were engaged for almost 3 years before we got married. We had tossed out some honeymoon ideas early on (I was pulling for Greece), but then kind of forgot about it. Until it was announced that the Pitt basketball team would be taking part in the Maui Invitational.

Keith has always wanted to go to Hawaii. I would never turn down a trip, but it wasn’t really on the top of my list…but when this happened, it was settled. It might be Keith’s only chance to see Pitt play in Hawaii. (I actually did complain for a little bit at first until Keith said, “You do realize you are complaining about a trip to Hawaii?” Whoops. #firstworldproblems).

I told Keith that he had to plan the honeymoon since I planned the wedding but then once the wedding was over, I just took over. About a week before we bought our airline tickets, it was announced that Pitt was going to play the University of Hawaii a few days before the tournament started, so luckily we had time to tack a few extra days on.

We flew into Maui on November 20th. We left Pittsburgh around noon and had two layovers, one in Minneapolis and one in LAX. We landed in Maui at 9:30 p.m. their time…which was ~2:00 a.m. Pittsburgh time. For 14 hours of travel, it really wasn’t bad. We were excited and the two layovers helped. We had time to get some food, go to the bathroom, (I have never used an airplane bathroom – I am afraid) stretch our legs, etc. Once we landed in Maui, we collected our bags and went to pick up our rental car. And I found out Keith had rented us a convertible! Woo!

For the first few days of our trip, we were staying in an AirBnB in Haiku, which is upcountry Maui. It was about ~30 minutes from the airport. As we drove there the first night…my first thoughts were “Wow, it’s dark!” “Wow, it’s flat!” “Look at all those stars!” The stars were incredible. I had fully planned on taking some sort of time-lapse star photo but never got around to it.

Woke up bright and early (I think 6:00 a.m.?) due to a rooster crowing merrily. Decided to get up and not waste the day. Our first stop was breakfast. We headed to Colleen’s  and it was great. Keith ordered a smoothie which was the best smoothie I’ve ever had in my life. He had a breakfast burrito and I had a breakfast scramble and it was all top notch. Super cute place too.

After that, we hit the beach. We had been on the island for almost 12 hours now, it was imperative to get to a beach! It was actually pretty difficult to find beach towels, our host didn’t provide them and I didn’t want to take her bath towels to the beach. We tried 3-4 shops before spending $20 per towel. Yikes. But then…beach!

And were greeted by this sight:



And then greeted by some rain. It was sprinkling on and off the entire time we were at the beach, but who cares! We were at the beach! In Maui! And I met a dog!



After a while, we left and headed back to the house to get ready, we had a basketball game to go to!

Keith and I are big fans of Three Sheets and Drinking Made Easy and one of the DME episodes was in Maui. They went a kava bar and so that was at the top of Keith’s list. Luckily, it was right near the basketball game. So we headed to Wow-Wee Maui’s Kava Bar


From wikipedia on kava:

The roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia. (See canoe plants.) Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.


From Katrina on kava:

It tastes like dirt. And makes your mouth numb.



Needless to say, I was not a fan. Keith was though, so more for him. Instead, I got excited about trying loco moco. Loco moco is rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and drenched in gravy. It was delicious. Keith was not really a fan. I said I liked it so much I wanted to make it at home. But then I said “I’d probably leave out the egg. I’d probably even leave off the burger.” Keith said, “Then you’d be eating a bowl of rice + gravy.” “Exactly.”


We left there and headed to the gym for basketball. Pitt lost. It was sad. I had to use a port-o-potty in the dark. That was even more sad.

The next day was a day Keith will never forget….

We traveled the Road to Hana.

I did basically no research on this, I just knew it was a big thing to do. The GPS said it was ~30 miles to Hana and would take 2 hours. Which seems insane until you start the drive. Lets just say you see a lot of these:

We drove all the way to the black sand beach at Waianapanapa State Park. There was supposed to be some kind of lava tube tour but I never found it, so we just checked out the beach for a bit. It was a tiny beach and the waves were super intense so we didn’t go in the water. But it was incredible to see.






We left there and traveled to what was supposed to be a red sand beach…but it didn’t look red at all. There was some kind of festival going on so there was nowhere to park…so we left and tried to get lunch. Drove up and the place was closed. Decided to keep going and find somewhere else to eat…and never found anywhere. But we did find our next stop….Oheo Gulch. We paid $10 to get into the park and then started our hike to the gulch. Except I just sort of followed people and after ~15 minutes of hiking up a mountain…we realized the pools were probably not up there. So we turned around and went the other way…and found the pools.





It was gorgeous here, and not really crowded at all, but the bottom was all rocks. It really hurt to walk around…Keith got all the way to the bottom waterfall, I only got partway there since I knew as far as I went, I’d have to go back. The water was also pretty shallow in the pool in the foreground so it wasn’t really possible to swim. I would highly recommend going there but I would highly highly highly recommend water shoes. But the rocks were also mossy and slippery so I saw a lot of people fall, regardless. Still gorgeous though. At this point it was late afternoon and we were starving thanks to missing lunch, so we decided to leave.

And then the real adventure began.

…to be continued.


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