Maui Wowie (PICS)!

Our long awaited retreat to Maui started off with great excitement and hilarity. Since Grant has prime time parking at the airport, he picked us all up in his Tacoma. As I’ve traveled with him many times before, normally, this plan works out perfectly. This time, however, we had a full house. Seven of us were getting on the bus for this getaway so eventually, someone’s @$$ would have to get kicked to the curb. That would be second class citizens Kelv and I. Again, normally, this ain’t too bad, but this wondrous day decides to bless us with a virtual blizzard. Combined with Grant’s Mario Andretti-like driving on the H1, the tiny, sweet and innocent droplets of moisture felt like stone rocks slamming off of our faces. Poor, poor Kelv had to feel the wrath of mother nature…

Second class Kelv gets hammered by the rain
Second class Kelv gets hammered by the rain

Finally, we get to the airport and check in. You would think that the treatment of us as peasants is finally over. Nooooooooo! We board the plane and find out that we’re sitting behind that curtain in coach class, in handicapped seating no less! Speaking of which, why do they even have that stupid curtain? You can see everything in front of it (like the caviar and champagne being toasted) anyway! No, I’m not bitter…

The view of the back of Grantlau's First Class head (notice the non-existent curtain!?)
The view of the back of Grantlau’s First Class head (notice the non-existent curtain!?)

Kelv's bag didn't even fit underneath the seat in front of him
Kelv’s bag didn’t even fit underneath the seat in front of him

So we land in Maui and in addition to seeing some strange things…

Sexy nose flute pic at Maui Airport. WTH?
Sexy nose flute pic at Maui Airport. WTH?

our first task is to pick up our rental van. So we walk…

Over the shoulder shot of the gang. Not bad aim eh?
Over the shoulder shot of the gang. Not bad aim eh?

and walk…

Still friggen raining...
Still friggen raining…

until we get to the shuttle that takes us over to Dollar. Inside Dollar, they, for some strange reason, had Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection playing over the speakers. WTH? We jet outta there as quick as we can, pick up our van and make our way over to Krispy Kreme.

The Pimpmobile
The Pimpmobile

Yay! We made it, though I still don't know what the big deal is... It's just doughnuts people!
Yay! We made it, though I still don’t know what the big deal is… It’s just doughnuts people!

On the factory line...On the factory line...
On the factory line…

THE selection
THE selection

Siblings Lau Ming and Sistah Shari getting in the way of my attempt to shoot the menuSiblings Lau Ming and Sistah Shari getting in the way of my attempt to shoot the menu
Siblings Lau Ming and Sistah Shari getting in the way of my attempt to shoot the menu

TIP: If you’re hungry and don’t have any cash, go to this Krispy Kreme! They were feeding us sample doughnuts by the truckload! LOL! By the time, we were outta there, we’ve had our fill and the dozen doughnuts we bought (thanks Sistah Shari!) were left untouched until the next day. In any case, we decided that glucose was not the way to go for breakfast and that we needed real grub in our bellies. So off to Camile Velasco’s rents’ IHOP in the Maui Mall we go.

IHOP GrubIHOP GrubIHOP Grub
IHOP Grub

After breakfast (good job with the steak omelette Kelv!), we made our way over to the Maui Hill in Kihei, our place for the next two nights.

Threesome! Hills, Nolls and Shars breaking the bed in.
Threesome! Hills, Nolls and Shars breaking the bed in.

After unwinding for a bit at the crib, we’re off to the Maui Ocean Center. There were like a billion photos here (mostly of the little fishies), but I’ll just handpick the gems for y’all…

Maui Ocean Center sign (duh!)
Maui Ocean Center sign (duh!)

Just one of Grant's many beatuiful looks
Just one of Grant’s many beatuiful looks

*whistle*
*whistle*

Yes, I'm a ham... What of it?
Yes, I’m a ham… What of it?

I hate you cousin of wana
I hate you cousin of wana

Kelv the big, fat, juicy stud!
Kelv the big, fat, juicy stud!

Waiting for the show to begin
Waiting for the show to begin

Pretty cool ah?
Pretty cool ah?

I think Grant's showing us his O face
I think Grant’s showing us his O face

After getting over the excitement of the Ocean Center, we headed back to our place to get ready for dinner. In the car ride on the way back, I guess I got pretty bored/restless ’cause I got carried away with taking random, retarded shots.

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful
Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

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Hillsdale! You’re lucky I didn’t post this one showing me making faces behind you when you were out cold 😛

Gas was more than 3 friggen bucks!
Gas was more than 3 friggen bucks!

A native riding his bike
A native riding his bike

Kelv trying his darndest to freshen up the dead fish smell in our car
Kelv trying his darndest to freshen up the dead fish smell in our car

So we get back to our place and have some time before dinner. We decide to take a quick dip into their pool as the sun starts to set.

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Kelv and I underwater in the dark

We then come back to the room to dry off and get ready for dinner at Bada Bing!

I got nekkid, but some troublemaker didn't wanna pass me my shorts from the other room. WTH is Kelv smiling behind me???
I got nekkid, but some troublemaker didn’t wanna pass me my shorts from the other room. WTH is Kelv smiling behind me???

Bada Bing's fancy menu
Bada Bing’s fancy menu


“Kelv, try hold the bread”


“Spaghetto” always hits the spot!

The Lasagna was the bomb!
The Lasagna was the bomb!

We acted like old folks and went straight home after dinner to go to sleep. Well, it was probably for the better because Grandpappy would be ordering us to wake up at like 3AM!!! Why you ask? Well, our naive, warm @$$e$ would take us to the wonderful mountaintops of Haleakala Crater to watch the sunrise. Yes, it was a gorgeous site to see, but FRIGGEN FREEEEEEEEEEEZING!!!

Where's Noelle (her version of staying warm)?
Where’s Noelle (her version of staying warm)?

Catching a glimpse of the moon before the sun comes
Catching a glimpse of the moon before the sun comes

The expensive seats a.k.a. The psychos who came earlier than us!
The expensive seats a.k.a. The psychos who came earlier than us!

Thar she blows!
Thar she blows!

Joonyah and his fellow hoodrats
Joonyah and his fellow hoodrats

When we were done with the North Pole, we defrosted in the car for a bit before heading down the hill, back into town… Damn those bicyclists! BTW, Joonyah, stop riding those brakes so hard! *grin*

AHHHH! Nolls and Shar DEFROSTING!
AHHHH! Nolls and Shar DEFROSTING!

Nolls showing us where we are: Sunrise Protea Gift Shop and Market
Nolls showing us where we are: Sunrise Protea Gift Shop and Market

3 Stooges
3 Stooges

What's so funny?
What’s so funny?

In the Protea Farm
In the Protea Farm

This one's cool! Kars caught a bird in mid-hop!
This one’s cool! A bird caught in mid-hop!

Next, we alcoholics headed towards Tedeschi Vineyard to get our wine on… at 9 in the morning! Haha!


“Get away! I can’t concentrate!”

Hills, Shar, Nolls and Lau contemplating their choices
Hills, Shar, Nolls and Lau contemplating their choices

In our drunken state, we decided to make our way to Homemade Bakery. Da buggah was hard to find at first. Hmm… was it really hard to find or could it have been the wine? *grin* We then had a lunch appointment with Grant’s unc at Alexander’s. Pretty greasy ish, but ono nonetheless.

Alexander's for lunch
Alexander’s for lunch

After a quick trip to Unc’s timeshare, we headed back to our crib for more fun in the sun.

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Grant, Hills and Kelv looking natural as ever under water

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Me, Kelv and Grant flexing our brains out (great aim photographer lady 😛 )

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Joonyah trying his best to look as buff as me (though it’s not working). I actually elbowed him in the head in this one and drank some pool juice after cracking up underwater

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Kelv and Kars from below (what a great photographer!)

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Pooltime at the Maui Hill

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Da Girls

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Everyone (yes, I’m running out of smart things to say…)

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Wot!?

Back to work yet again… be back to update again later… Next stop: Dinner in Lahaina…

Breakfast on our last day
Breakfast on our last day

Connecting the dots... HILARIOUS!!!
Connecting the dots… HILARIOUS!!!

Guri guri for our tummy tummies
Guri guri for our tummy tummies

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