My brother purchased a time share in Maui, and our weeklong trip to there, as I mentioned, was the first time for him to use it and our first family vacation since I-don't-know-when. It's still quite a feat to get all six of us together, but it happened--plus Jax (and Little1) -- and it was a treat! It was the two younger bros' first time to Hawaii, and the folks' and mine to Maui. We snorkeled with fish, eels, and sea turtles; cooked fabulous meals (spam n' eggs, anyone?!), and relaxed -- something that each of us needed.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:
[k'anapali beach, 50 steps from our room]
[napili -- aka 'turtle' -- bay]
[wai'anapanapa -- black sand -- beach]
[shoreline on the Road to Hana drive]
[our home away from home]
[looking into the lobby at night]
[inland view: lush and gorgeous]
[sunrise at haleakala summit]
The week went by just quickly enough; will we be ready to go again next year?! Perhaps in turns, and pull everyone together every few years. In any case, it was a wonderful gift--my brother even surrendered his first-class seat for me on the return! I'm sure my folks were very proud, and we younger siblings both proud and grateful. Very-very thank you!