We got the to the airport in ample time with no stress taking the hotel shuttle. Then, we went to the American Express lounge and had breakfast, just chilled out and relaxed. What we didn’t realize, is that we needed to do our COVID forms and get a special bracelet from the United people prior to boarding our flight. So, we leisurely walked to our flight right as they were getting ready to board, and then were told that they didn’t do the bracelets at that gate, only at a gate 1/2 way down the concourse....so we ran! We ran down there, butted in line with our stuff that we had pre-filled out, got our bracelets, and ran back to the flight. It was tight, but we made it just in time to board with our bracelets. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but there were a dozen retired people trying to figure out how to use their phones and do the online forms.... painful.
Once on board, we were only delayed for just a bit. They had to de-ice the wings before we took off. Since we were sitting right next to the wings, we got to watch the entire thing. It was fascinating. The flight itself wasn’t too bad for a long flight, although it was on a rather small plane for such a long flight. As we came close to Maui, we circled around the volcano, and it was amazing to see the lush tropical coastline. Just earlier that day, we were in a blizzard, freezing in Denver. It was refreshing to step off the plane and be bombarded with warm, humid hair. Sara’s hair immediately curled up like a perm, and my skin rehydrated instantly. It felt wonderful.
We grabbed all our bags and then sat in line for our minivan at the least organized car rental place on the earth. It was a disaster. We waited for 45 minutes just to get to the counter even though we had a preferred reservation through Avis. I got there, and then the lady said that they didn’t have the minivan and it would be a two hour wait till it was ready. I told her that we had somewhere to be and had already paid for the car, and the reservation was guaranteed, and I would be fine if they upgraded us at no charge to an SUV. So, they gave us a big ol’ Ford Expedition and we were comfy for the rest of the trip.
We headed from the airport to Costco (as I think everyone does) got our food and meals and towels and snorkel gear for the week, then headed across the island to our condo. It was a really pleasant drive and not stressful like Honolulu can be at times. We got to our awesome little condo at the resort, unpacked, had dinner, and then walked down to the beach for sunset. It was awesome. Maui, I love you!