View from the lobby out to the ocean

Goodbye Oahu!

The fourth day of our Hawaii visit began with conference wrap-up for Craig.  I actually was able to attend part of a

This was part of Craig's lunch, NOT mine.

This was part of Craig's lunch, NOT mine.

session on autism which was really interesting.   We had some confusion over the start time for the conference wrap-up brunch, and ended up showing up an hour late (we weren’t the only ones who came late).  Luckily, they still fed us, and it was wonderful.  We had our first taste of Lychee fruit, which looks really strange, kind of like a tiny little bee hive, but it was yummy! Free meals are especially good in Hawaii, because the meals that aren’t free cost A LOT!  We ate several breakfasts and lunches on a shoestring by purchasing items at ABC stores which are convenience stores, that at least in Waikiki, have locations about every half block or so.

After the conference wrap up, while we were waiting for our taxi back to the airport for a short flight to Maui, I ran around and snapped some pictures of the resort.

One of the many garden pools

One of the many garden pools

The Rainbow Tower - this is where our room was.

The Rainbow Tower - this is where our room was.

The Aston

The Aston

The trip to Maui was a fun little flight, as we were able to see some beautiful views of the islands from the air, including a wind farm with huge turbines on a mountain ridge. Once in Maui, we picked up a rental car, and headed to our lodgings at Aston Ka’ anapali Shores.  We had booked a studio condo through a special on TravelZoo.com (thanks Travel Zoo!), but were upgraded to a one bedroom.  The resort was in a great location (ocean front, with two swimming pools), and would be an excellent option if we ever visit Maui with the kids. There was a grocery store across the street, so we bought a few breakfast and lunch items to stock our kitchen.  Then, we explored the resort before heading out for dinner, and then returned home to rest up for our big Road to Hana excursion the next day.

Welcome to Maui!

Welcome to Maui!

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