After a lazy morning at the Sugar Inn, we packed up Betty White for the last time. Saying goodbye was bittersweet - she was our home for 5 days and enabled us to do so many amazing things we just wouldn't have been able to do in a rental car... but we were ready for some good old fashioned resort time. Dreams of fruity drinks poolside, an air conditioned room, a bed, fresh towels, and sleeping in carried us all the way to Ka'anapali. We were a bit early for check-in so we drove in Lahaina for lunch at Aloha Mixed Plate. The service was a bit slow, but the food was delicious. Back at the hotel, not only was our room ready - but they'd upgraded us to a Deluxe Ocean Front Suite! Thanks Starwood! We knew from the website that this was one of the nicest rooms at the whole resort, but imagine our excitement when we discovered that it was pretty much the polar opposite of Betty White. (No offense, B-dubs.) The shower alone was bigger than the Westie. Here's a little 3 minute tour of our room, in case you're interested:
After unpacking, we went for a quick dip in the ocean, had some girly drinks at the Cliff Dive bar, and headed back to our room to watch the sunset cliff diving ceremony at Black Rock from our lenai. The twice weekly luau was taking place on the lawn below our room so we got to take in some traditional Hawaiian dancing before leaving for dinner in Whalers Village. We ate at Cane & Taro, which was pretty good but still not the mind-blowing island seafood experience we'd been hoping to find in West Maui.
On our way back to the hotel, we noticed that the full moon had a multi-colored halo around it, but sadly didn't have our camera with us to document the strange sight. It turns out it was a lunar corona, and looked very similar to this (but ours was more colorful):
We ended the night with some wine, beer, cards and tunes out on the lenai. I know what you're thinking... how did they endure such hardship, such stress? Well it wasn't easy, but we managed. ;)
Up next for Day 7... snorkeling, sea turtles, and sun.