So what is one of the first things you do after getting married? How about running a half marathon up at Haleakala in Maui? haha. Seven days after tying the knot Kate and I went up and did the Haleakala Crater Grand Loop, but more on that later as I think a few comments on the wedding would be fun.
We wanted a unique destination wedding and decided for many reasons that Maui was the place for us. We chose a beautiful big house up in the hills of Lahaina as the spot—big yard, view, pool, hot tub and lots of space. We love hanging out with our friends and family and this was the perfect location to do just that. In the days leading up to the Friday wedding most everyone came by for the random ‘pool parties’ that popped up. Drinks, bocce, food, tanning and just all out general fun! It was so enjoyable to catch up with old friends from other cities and see everyone we hang with in Vancouver—all in one spot and getting a chance to meet one another. Check out the photos from this all.
I imagine most couples would say their wedding day was perfect?? So I’ll join them. Perfect day for us! I told everyone to come for 2:30pm and that the bar would be open then; wedding at 3pm. The first people arrived at 2:05—free drinks!! The ceremony was run by a Hawaiian (see photo) who was dressed in some traditional gear and blew the conch etc. Afterwards was casual socializing around the pool followed by dinner (seafood paia) and speeches. Then we got into the party—before we knew it, it was 1am and we were all in the hot tub.
Kate and I spent another 11 days in Maui after the wedding and did a number of fun things one of which was the Haleakala Crater Grand Loop. Highly recommended for anyone with a decent fitness level. It is a 22 km loop from the top of the crater passing through a bunch of different landscapes—you feel like you are on Mars at some points and in a flowery field at others. It’s really worth the effort and culminates in a 4 km climb out at the end where you hitchhike back to your car. We ran most of it and it took us approx 3:45 (our Garmin battery died part way through!) I also recommend buying the Haleakala Gypsy App for the drive up and back as it speaks to you via iphone and informs you of lots of neat stuff along the drive.