Trip Report: Maui and Oahu Hawaii
Aloha! It’s been a little over a month since our trip to Hawaii and we’re sorely missing the island vibes, so we thought we’d finally post our trip report. Hawaii was on our wishlist of places to visit in 2017, and we’re so glad that we visited. There is just something that is so magical about the islands of Hawaii and we did not want to come back home. Maybe it was the delicious food or maybe it was the postcard picture sunsets, a visit to Hawaii will leave you wanting more! In this Trip Report: Maui and Oahu Hawaii, we’ll give you a quick look at why Hawaii is one of our favorite places in the world.
Hawaii isn’t the cheapest to get to with points or cash. Luckily, we were able to snag a decent deal from Delta airlines this past fall for economy tickets. Delta had a flash sale this past fall for round-trip tickets for 45k Skymiles per person for economy. Delta’s Skymiles program has seen some changes for the worst in the past year and it has become increasingly difficult to find decent award tickets. While this wasn’t the best deal, we wanted to get some use of our Skymiles. In total, the flights costed is 90k Skymiles and $22.40 for two round-trip tickets with a open jaw departure flight (we flew to Maui and flew home from Honolulu). Not bad right?
Hawaii has a plethora of lodging options, ranging from ultra luxurious resorts to simple B&Bs. We opted for something in between those two options. On Maui, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui on Ka’anapali Beach. We used Chase Ultimate Reward points transferred to the World of Hyatt program for the stay. The five night stay at the Hyatt costed us 100k points. The resort was beautiful and was in a great location. We’ll have a deeper dive review of the Hyatt Regency coming soon.
In Oahu, we stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki. We used our SPG points for this redemption and it costed us 80k points for four nights. We’ll also have a review of this hotel soon.
The Hawaiian weather was simply perfection on both islands. Hawaiian islands all tend to have their own little micro climates depending on the part of the island that you’re on. In Maui, we stay on the west side of the island which is much dryer than the rest of the island. There were passing rain showers or sprinkles but they usually lasted 5 minutes max. Other areas, such as the north shore, had more rain but not ever enough to ruin your day.
Hawaii has a mixture of everything. The different islands all have their own vibes and you can definitely find something that fits along your pace. For us, we wanted to relax but also have the ability to get out and about. Maui provided the connection to nature and the environment while Oahu provided us the bigger city feel. We wanted to hike, eat, relax on the beach, and eat some more. We were able to get all of that on both islands without feeling repetitive.
The food in Hawaii was amazing! There is surprisingly a ton of variety from Polynesian, Asian, and America. There are even restaurants that do a fusion of all three! We love seafood and Hawaii has plenty of it. Poke was pretty much a meal for us everyday. There is also a huge food truck scene in Hawaii. If you love Japanese style ramen, you can find some of the best in Hawaii.
Oh, we didn’t forget about desserts either! Hawaiian shaved ice was also part of our daily diet.
Hawaii has become one of our favorite places…in the world! There’s great food, beautiful beaches, lovely people, and the most beautiful sunsets. We love everything about Maui and Oahu. If we had to pick one thing that we don’t like, it’s probably the cost of living. Hawaii is pretty expensive but for a taste of paradise, it’s well worth it. We are already planning our next trip to this beautiful state.