Next stop Maui! (Well…not quite)

Today we are headed to Maui!

The only problem is we have quite the journey to get there.  We leave Grandma and Grandpa’s house and drive two hours to Nashville.  Then we fly about two hours to Denver, have a 40 minute layover, followed by a 2 hour flight to San Diego.  From there we take a shuttle to a hotel, spend the night, wake up at about 4:30am, take a shuttle back to the airport, and have a six hour flight to Kahului.  Then we will be in Maui!

Kahului is the biggest town in Maui.  That’s the town that has the only hospital on the island.  We are going to be living in a town called Kihei, which is about 20 minutes away.  It is considered to be “south Maui.”

The good news is we are going to be living within a 15 minute walk to the beach.  In fact, our housing looks like it is in a really nice place with lots of shops and restaurants around us.  The bad news is Beth will be about 20 minutes away from her work, so she will be taking our one and only car.  This whole time I’ve been a stay at home dad, I’ve had the freedom to pack the kids in the car and do what I want.  I’m not looking forward to losing that.

We might end up renting a second car.  Perhaps, the Maui bus system will be good enough for the kids and I to get around.  We are going to play it by ear when we get there.  Hopefully since we have a lot of stuff around us, we will be able to keep ourselves busy.

It was quite a task packing our suitcases with what we are going to live with over the next four months.  It helps that our apartment will already have the furniture and normal household things – cups, plates, pots, linens, etc.  But there are still lots of things to bring and not much space.  We tried to bring a decent amount of toys for the kids, but unfortunately some cuts had to be made.  Hopefully we spend enough time outside doing fun things so they won’t miss the toys we weren’t able to bring.

Ever since we picked Maui as our next stop, I’ve been reading a guidebook that talks about all the things to do.  Going in, I didn’t know very much about the island.  I just knew it was Hawaii and that was good enough for me.  Now that I know a bit more, it sounds like it should be beautiful and I can’t wait to start exploring the island!

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