On the day of the big reveal Robb and I got to Maui first. We gathered our luggage and went to pick up our rental van. By the time we had our van ready, everyone else had landed. Briana was sneaking around the airport so she wouldn’t run into Mom and Dad. I called Bri and we managed to meet up; we kept low and spotted Mom and Dad in a corner waiting for their luggage. We ran up to Mom screaming Happy Birthday and the surprise was revealed. I wish we had one of our husbands taking pictures; it was so much fun! We managed to fit all six of us in the mini-van, along with all of our luggage (it was a little tight) and headed to the resort.
One of the many reasons we decided on Maui for our Hawaii vacation was that it was the best island and the perfect season for humpback whale watching. As we drove along the coastline towards our hotel the first whales were spotted. There was not a single day of our trip that we did not see the majestic creatures. We arrived at the Hyatt and were overwhelmed at the beauty. My Dad graciously paid for all expenses for the trip and Robb and I got to experience a luxury that we’ve never been able to see before and probably won’t see again for a long time. The hotel was amazing – open air lobby, a variety of birds on display, the biggest pool I’ve ever seen, and rooms with views of the ocean and countryside. We had breakfast every morning in an open-air room, overlooking a waterfall.
The next morning we had signed up for a sunrise whale watching tour. We all woke up entirely too early and headed to the docks in Lahaina. We got on a boat before the sun was up and headed out with our eyes looking out for whales. As the sun came up over the island we saw a ton of whale activity; they were slapping their fins on the water, breaching the water and babies were sticking close to their mama’s. It was really quite spectacular, and a great start for the morning.