How to Have a Successful Grad Trip to Maui

Step 1: Buy a ticket and pack your bags

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Step 2: Arrive at the airport with silly, overexcited smiles (hats are optional, but strongly recommended)

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meet Courtney, isn’t she cute?

Step 3: Go on a run at 5:30 in the morning because your body will still be on California time. Or whatever time zone you’re from.DSCF0091Step 4: Go to Fred’s for breakfast (in Kihei)DSCF0116

And make sure to order the pineapple (you are in Hawaii, after all).

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Step 5: Take surf lessons (Maui Waveriders is where it’s at)

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Step 6: Take awesome pictures

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Helpful hint: jump on “go”, not “set”. Or else you will end up with an awkward, just beginning to jump friend in the background

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Note: Underwater camera would probably be helpful in making this one a reality

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Handstands for days

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Heart? Yeah, I tried…

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Step 7: Drive to Hana (be wary if you get easily carsick), take pictures of the pretty drive up there (if you do get carsick, have someone else do this part for you), and make the hike all the way up to the big waterfall

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Limbo in the Bamboo Forest

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Step 8: Find the hip, happening shindigs, such as local flea markets that happen once a month and play rockin Hawaiian music

DSCF0291Step 9: Stop by this awesome place in Kihei (be aware that they close at 4pm, so trying to get one as an after dinner dessert will result in a momentary state of depression)

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Ignore the Chinese Cuisine sign, that was a place above it haha

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Step 10: Drink lots of fresh coconut water and POG

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What more do you need?

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Step 11: Spend a morning like this–in God’s word celebrating His lovely creation

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Step 12: Get shave ice at the randomest shack you can find

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Step 13: Get hennas and reconsider your decision to not get a tattoo

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Step 14: Snorkel, a BUNCH. Spend as much time at the  beach as possible. And don’t miss a single sunset.

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Step 15: Pack up and return home with a bunch of new bracelets, and a smile that suddenly looks 10 times brighter due to your insanely bronzed skin.

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Kat had to leave early 😦

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Hope you all are enjoying your summers as much as we are!

With love, Kat and Jo

5 thoughts on “How to Have a Successful Grad Trip to Maui

  1. Pingback: How To Keep That Summer Feeling Going: Review on Lush Beach Box | Weeknight Whimsies

    • Honestly, I think the most important thing is just to take several days to simply hang out on the beach. We did a lot of traveling to various touristy places, and at the end, it was really nice to just sleep on the beach for a couple days! We made a decision to not get into a car for the last two days, and it really paid off. Walking around and hanging out on the beach was the perfect end to the vacation! Hope you guys have a wonderful time!

  2. We stay at Lahaina Shores each time, and on our last trip (my sister’s first) we parked the car on arrival on Monday and didn’t drive again until Friday. My best advice is to keep your trip as unscheduled as possible; leave room for serendipity. Thank you for following me at Triggershorse. – Fawn

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