A Sandy Winter Wonderland

January 2012

We took another excursion around the west side of the island in early January.  We started in Launiupoko this time (we usually go the backside).
Looking at the map below, we started from Kihei (where we live) and drove through Ma'alaea and then around the coast of the West Maui Mountains through Lahaina, Kaanapali, Kapalua, and so on...and we end in Wailuku.

 We absolutely love this adventure because it has a few of the perks of the Road to Hana without the sharp and crazy turns, and without being 8 hours away from any civilization.  Don't get me wrong, though, the road is plenty scary and narrow in some parts, much like the Road to Hana.  Be extremely cautious if you take on this journey.

1st stop...Launiupoko (mauka side)

2nd stop...Kaapalua

3rd stop...Honolua Bay

4th stop...secluded beach

back on the road

5th stop...Nakalele Blowhole

thar she blows!

6th stop...Olivine Pools 

truly looks like Mars

the sea was extremely rough that day

here is a vid from Olivine Pools!

We also had the privilege of seeing a beach we had never been to before!  Kanaha Beach in Kahului near the airport.

 Kanaha Beach is known for wind surfing and kite surfing, and there were plenty out there that day!

We then ventured to Paia to Ho'okipa to watch more surfers...

...was Larry (Lar Bear)'s Birthday!!
we celebrated with some Fat Daddy's!!
 it was the closest thing to home-cooking and true bbq we've found on the island!

We also had a few friend nights...you know, with Cranium and such.

Since I have been nannying (for the most precious and amazing little girl, might i add), I have been trying to get out of the house every night to either get some exercise or see sunset.  It seems to soothe both Sophia and myself! Therapy for the soul! 

captured by Sophia and Me
One night while enjoying some Sansei sushi, friends, and karaoke, I found out that our dear friend, Tedo Stone, is downloadable!  (his music, that is)  He is good!! look him up! 
[this is from my droid...the MP3 player app]

and lastly, but certainly not least(ly?), was sweet Sophia's 1st birthday!

and i'll leave you with this one...
sunset in Wailea!

Aloha, January and E Komo Mai February!!

here is to more whales,

Lacey and Pat.


The Smiths

Many, many people travelled far and wide to arrive in Maui for Ley and Steve's nuptials on 1*2*12!  A lot of people came early in order to celebrate the New Year Maui style!  

We spent NYE at Ho'olei with all of the Englanders and Mississippians!


happppy New Year!

Nick, Ley, and Pat

Shaunte (MOH) and Gennie (SMOB)

The Smiths!

Happy 2012!

Shaunte, Me, Ley, Katie

Ashley and Pat


on the way from the rehearsal to the dinner...this is what we saw...

Ley and Steve's video that Kelli Miller did for them!! It was so amazing!

then came the speeches...

...and games...

...and musical entertainment...


Gennie getting her hair did

Gabrielle doing the bride's makeup

Ley's Mom's gorgeous veil

the Sugarman Estate...

the men's flowers

the ladies' flowers

getting ready to send her off

ring bearer

bride's dad and step-mom

groom's mom and dad

look at the dolphins!!  :)

getting ready for the down and dirty first dance

the first dance

Ley's cake tablecloth was made from her mom's old wedding dress! so sweet!

Everyone loved the music and dancing...things got a little crazy...

Shaunte and her brother, Matt

Pat and Mrs. Hutch

the Hutchisons and Pat

It was a gorgeous ceremony and amazing couple of weeks with all of the family and friends in town!  Mahalo for letting us celebrate with you!!
Congratulations to Steve and Ley Smith!!

Lacey and Patrick.