Today is the big day, the big 6-0, for my hubby. I asked him what he wanted to do for his birthday (a safe question for which I already knew the answer :D), and he said, "Go to Maui!"
Since it's low season in Maui for us, with corresponding low plane fares, and high season for humpback whales, on their annual vacation trek from the frigid waters of Alaska...it was pretty much a no-brainer, and fly off to Maui we did, today.
It's also a business trip as we need to do a lot of little jobs getting ready for our realtors to sell two of our condo units. So we have our work cut out for us!
We weren't within view of the ocean for five minutes after arriving when we saw our first whale breaching. Dave was itching to get his hands on his new camera and lens and start hunting for the perfect whale shot! That's the best way to take your mind off turning 60 that I can think of...
Tonight I took him to Merriman's for dinner, up on the point by Kapalua Bay. The restaurant is situated on a cliff with the bar overlooking Kapalua, one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. The other side of the restaurant overlooks the ocean towards the islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i. You can sit at tables up above for dinner, or sit in lounge chairs down on the rocky point with a drink and await the sunset. That gave Dave an opportunity to work on his Maui sunset photos...
The dinner was fabulous, featuring the finest Mauka (mountain side) and Makai (ocean side), freshest foods that Maui has to offer. It was topped off with a gooey, melted chocolate confection served with homemade vanilla bean ice cream, just enough to share.
What a way to bring in the next decade!! Happy birthday, Hubby.
And thank you so much for the surprise lei presentation at the airport!!
Aloha wau ia' oe, ku'u ipo.