A Visit to Almost Heaven
Submitted: October 11, 2012
Stayed: September 2012
Wow! Where do I begin? My husband grew up in West Virginia, known as "Almost Heaven, West Virginia" from the song. However, Kili's piece of Paradise would be a close second. Our Cuban born daughter-in-law knew she was in the land of plenty when she saw the papaya trees and the basket of fresh fruit awaiting our arrival.
We had come to Hawaii for our daughter's wedding in Honolulu on August 31st. After a week of 'city life', we were ready for a slower, more relaxed time, so we headed to Maui and Kili's piece of heaven. The pictures do not do justice to her home. We were welcomed by fresh flower arrangements, a basket of fresh fruit, enough breakfast items to feed a small army, a serene setting, and a cool mountain breeze to cocoon ourselves in while we enjoyed the chorus of the birds. The house was beautiful with enough room to accommodate my husband and me, our son and daughter-in-law, our three and a half year grandson, and our eleven month old granddaughter. We were fortunate enough to meet Kili and Michael our first night there when they delivered gas for the grill. What a wonderful couple who provided us with helpful information for our excursions during our stay.
Our most memorable ones were the complete loop of "The Road to Hana", which included beautiful cascading waters, a visit to the Black Sand Beach, a hike into the bamboo forest, and the return trip on the back road where we experienced a completely different view of the island. The Maui Ocean Center and the baby beach both were instant hits with the little ones. Lahaina was such an interesting town that we had to visit it twice. Our last morning, we arose at 4:00 AM and made the drive to Haleakala Crater to see the sunrise. As Kili suggested, we took a trail beyond the Visitor's Center and hiked to the rim of the crater for a better view. To sit serenely, bundled in Kili's blankets, and watch the sunrise above the clouds was an unforgettable experience- a God-filled moment.
After a brief stay of three nights, we sadly bid farewell to Kili's corner of heaven and headed home to Minnesota and Virginia. Would we return here? In a heartbeat! I pray we can all experience this paradise again in the near future.
We have told all of our friends about this wonderful house and friendly couple. Thank you Michael and Kili for a refreshing, recharging, and peaceful vacation spot..
Fondly, The Hawses, John & Barbara, VA ; John, Gresin, John & Olivia, MN
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