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Hawaii Revisited-Maui & Kauai

A Return to the Hawaiian Islands brings Information and Enlightenment

My first visit to Hawaii and the island of Oahu was and wonderful 7 day vacation with my husband. My return to Hawaii on this trip was a solo sojourn for the purpose of seeing what the islands of Maui and Kauai had to offer. As a meeting planner and travel consultant for my company Meetings & Events Unlimited, it is often my responsibility to recommend a meeting or vacation destination to my clients. Before I make any recommendations on a destination, I always try to learn everything I can about that destination, including the hotels and accommodations, culture and activities available for visitors. With this responsibility in mind, I eagerly accepted an invitation from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Successful Meetings Magazine to visit the islands of Maui and Kauai with other planners and travel consultants for a week on a Hawaii familiarization trip.

Two weeks after receiving the invite, I found myself on a American Airlines flight to Maui, Hawaii. After 10 hours of travel from Alabama, I met fellow planners at the Maui airport where we all became acquainted on the drive to our hotel. While I enjoyed the scenery and the conversation, I was beginning to feel the effects of the long trip. Upon finally arriving at our destination, I found my accommodations at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa on Ka’anapali Beach well worth the all effort it took to get there.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
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Located at the end of the beach at historic Pu'u Keka'a (Black Rock), the Sheraton Maui Resort has 23 oceanfront acres and the hotel is part of the Ka'anapali Beach Resort community which includes the Ka'anapali Golf Courses and Whaler’s Village Shops and Restaurants. The resort is located 45 minutes from Kahului Airport and is a short ten minute drive from historic Lahaina. Noting that our schedule for the rest of the day included an outdoor reception in less than 2 hours time, I immediately headed for my room right after checking in. My "room" turned out to be a lovely 2 room suite with a fantastic view of the resort grounds and the beach. The afternoon sun was starting to set so I got my camera out to record the gorgeous view and the amenities of my suite.

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View from my balcony
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After taking a short time to relax on my balcony, I changed clothes and headed downstairs to the outdoor area near the beach where the Welcome Reception was about to start. It was a lovely event! The weather was warm and there was a breeze off the ocean. Our hosts for our visit made sure that we all had a chance to relax with some great food, music and tropical drinks. I thoroughly enjoyed myself networking with my new friends. A couple of hours later, I found the long day catching up with me, so I decided to turn in for the night. My first day on the island of Maui ended with the sound of the ocean coming in from my open balcony door, lulling me to sleep. The next day we would explore several Maui hotels and resorts and find out from our hosts what made this island special. I was looking forward to it!

Welcome Reception preparations
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Reception in full swing, a good time was had by all!
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Next up, more of my visit to the island of Maui. To be continued.......

Gerrilyn Grant Gipson Esq.
Owner & Travel Consultant
Meetings & Events Unlimited

Posted by Gerriv 13:33

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