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Maui - a little slice of heaven

After a crazy few years of not traveling, I didn't expect to go to two of my favorite spots on this planet! Wow—Italy in May and Hawaii in July. I know I am so blessed and believe me, gratitude pours out when I'm in these places as I am just in awe of all the beauty.


Mark booked this Hawaiian family trip and made all the travel arrangements! Yay for me. He chose to stay on Napili Coast in Maui (up above the popular Lanhani and Kaanapali shores) and we also broke the trip into two condos, but both places were in the same town which worked out great.

The first night - a rainbow-filled moonlit sky!

And did we hit the jackpot, no pun intended (get it - a pot of gold under the rainbow!)


Our first spot at Napili Point had incredible views, and we were literally on the water. And the timing was amazing as the south shores of Maui were experiencing the biggest swell they've had in a decade. So all along the west side of the island, the waves were incredible to look at (but a little too big to surf!)

I am happy getting up before everyone else, gazing at the turquoise waters, enjoying the breeze, and finding rainbows in the sky. Looking past our private lanai onto the ocean with Molokai in the distance. I can hear the birdsong, palms rustling, and the waves coming up. What could be better and more relaxing?

Besides searching the sky for all sorts of beauty - sunrises, sunsets, rainbows, clouds, and blue skies, I also love looking down at the ground. Especially in Hawaii with strewn about petals in gorgeous colors (great idea for future color palettes!)

The flowers. Enough of a reason that Hawaii keeps pulling me back. Always in bloom with beautiful scents, filling me with inspiration for future paintings. I created a Lake Como palette in May, and made one for Maui too!

Indigo blue, sky blue, turquoise blue - I would be happy with only blues, but green and pink were a must as well. I can't wait to show you some art that I am creating with these colors - they make me so happy! Here's a sneak peek:

The hidden grove of trees on the way down to Honolua Bay was magical (I could have stayed there all day!) This is one of my favorite photos as you can see how big the trees are, spot Sienna walking amongst this sweet little jungle!


Incredible view from our lanai, Molokai in the distance

Even though I brought enough watercolors, brushes and paper to last while (haha) - I really spent the most time creating in my little sketchbook which I enjoyed so much!


Every day I found time to sketch in it, even if it was for a few minutes. I loved carrying around this Moleskine pocket-sized journal as it was easy to stick in the beach bag and pull out (healthier than grabbing the phone to scroll!) When I had only had a little time, I'd do a quick outline and then later in the day, I'd add on to it with shading and more lines.


I decided to bring the accordion fold/Japanese style one on this trip and created a horizon line from the ocean on most of the pages. I love how it turned out! Check out this quick video I made to see all the sketches opened up as well.


Oneloa Bay, a fun sandy beach at the end of the road by our place

A little montage of yumminess; rainbows, ferns, and plumeria

Slaughterhouse beach - our favorite spot!

Speaking of beaches - our favorites were Slaughterhouse and Honolua Beach, up at the top of Napili Coast. We saw a lot of turtles on both beaches, which was incredible. We found a lot of the beaches that we loved on this site - "25 great snorkel beaches"

Slaughterhouse Beach, Maui

Honolua Bay

From the web:

Slaughterhouse Beach, or "Mokuleʻia Beach," is a sand beach in Maui. It is located off of Rte. 30 in Mokuleʻia Bay, directly east of Fleming Beach and directly west of Honolua Bay. The beach is a part of the Honolua-Mokuleʻia Bay Marine Life Conservation District.


The name "slaughterhouse" derives from the Honolua Ranch slaughterhouse and tanning/storage shed that were located on the cliff's edge above the ocean. The buildings were torn down in the 1960s, but the name remains. In contrast, the Hawaiian name Mokule'ia means "district of abundance."


Honolua Bay consists of a rocky shoreline with a small beach, coral reefs in a marine preserve, and a world-renowned surf break.

 

I was so happy to spend some time with my sweet friend Sande Green - we had "pupus" and an amazing drink, "Painkiller" - Bob and Sande's favorite recipe from the Caribbean. All I remember is that it had pineapple and rum in it, and it was delicious! Sande exudes such love and kindness, it was such a treat to be in her gorgeous home on the beach filled with all her incredible art!

Going to Hawaii was an incredible family trip, and it's a place we all love so much. It was a time to slow down and enjoy each other and soak in the beauty of it all. Be grateful and appreciative. Get inspired and share kindness. You can't help but do that when you are on the island!


Ahola!

Andrea



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Lynne Davey
Lynne Davey
Aug 10, 2022

This was so much fun. We are bringing our family to Maui next year for our 40th wedding anniversary. I felt like I was already there, looking at your photos.I could smell the plumeria and hear the waves crashing. Maui is our favorite place on earth. Best place to totally unwind and have family time. Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Gorgeous art on top of it!!

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Oh what fun! I love that the whole family will go to celebrate with you! Hawaii is so special, I think more so for creatives like us as all the senses come alive!

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Roslind Sherman
Roslind Sherman
Aug 10, 2022

HEAVEN ON EARTH ... Your beautiful trip brings back past memories ... even Hawaiian location names are beautiful( except Slaughter House) ..We have never been there ( HAHA) I so enjoyed seeing your Japanese Travel Journal . That little turtle page was so endearing. Those balmy Hawaiian breezes are so relaxing and I can see that you made the most of the vacation with your family( Super photos) ... Who could ask for anything more!!! Now I’m inspired ...THANKS

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Those balmy breezes are a natural stress reliever… I could have easily turned into a daily napper! I’m glad you enjoyed the travel journal, it was so much fun to create!

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MaryBeth Shaw
MaryBeth Shaw
Aug 10, 2022

What a wonderful trip! We stayed at Napili Bay last time we were in Hawaii although that’s been years ago. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go back :) your Moleskine is fab!!! Love how you connected the horizon line, how Clever.

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I hadn’t been up there before and it was much quieter and remote, thoroughly enjoyed it that way! Thanks for your sweet comment on the journal, it was so much fun to work on it each day - easy to travel with!

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H Woodmansee
H Woodmansee
Aug 09, 2022

Hi Andrea,

Your trip looks like it truly was heaven on earth! I haven’t been to Hawaii in almost 20 years. Hard to believe. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, and I absolutely love your sketchbook. The horizon line running throughout is so great, it ties every page together. I’m impressed with your pen sketching skills, too.

Thanks for sharing these lovely photos! (Also, thank you so much for dropping by Filoli and for your support in my artistic journey, it means a lot to me!)

xo Heidi

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Aww thank you Heidi! It was 20 years since I was in Maui, we’ve been to Kauai more but wanted to try a new spot with the boys. They loved it! Glad you like the travel journal - I loved spending time each day to just draw! And it was great to see you at Filoli - your booth was gorgeous!

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