On to my Maui review:
The places we stayed were awesome. We ate breakfast and lunch in using the full kitchens in the places we rented. We were shocked at the prices for food at the grocery store - $7.99/half gallon for Organic milk, same for OJ. Amazing! We spent every morning exploring some part of the island and spent the afternoons on the beach. The most incredible part of our trip was when we went kayaking with humpback whales! We joined a small tour group and spent an entire morning cruising around the waters off of the southern side of Maui in kayaks. Eric and I shared a kayak and actually did very well. We no longer call them "divorce boats" :-) The whales swam right near our boats. I knew they were huge, but until you're next to one, you don't realize how big they actually are. We didn't bring our camera on the kayaks, but there are some shots on Flickr taken by folks who've done similar trips click here to see.
I'll upload a few pictures from the rest of our trip:
We drove 1.5 hours to the top of Mt. Haleakala at 4:00am to watch the sunrise. It was awesome and well worth the early morning.
This is the NeNe bird. There are only 250 left in Hawaii. We saw three of them!
The Iao Needle in the middle of West Maui.
Some beach near Ka'anapali in West Maui.
The blowhole created by a hole in the roof of a sea cave. The waves splash in and poof up through the hole.
A pretty bay, also in West Maui.