Ug! First day back to work. need a couple more Maui days. I'm not ready for this. Plus I'm trying to not rub it in that I got to go to Maui and it was wonderful. I don't want to be a jerk to my coworkers.
Sacramento Maui aka SMF to OGG has only 1 direct flight. Alaska Airlines flies it using a smallish 737 straight out of Sacramento Terminal B. A decently early flight that gets you into Maui early afternoon. Just the right time to get off and hit the beach before checking in.
I downloaded the Alaska Air App and checked in the night before and triggered electronic boarding passes. Though the app I noticed two premium coach seats available for and additional $75 each and pulled the trigger to get 4 Inches more legroom and a little snack. Plus i reserved us a Fruit and Cheese Plate. The only downside of the app was paying through the app. it didn't work for me so I had to go to the ticket counter to pay. Luckily it didn't take long at all. SMF to OGG was 2401 miles and 5 hours and 45 minutes away.
So this time around we bought a Costco package deal that put us right on Kaanapali Beach in a resort with an Ocean View. Soon as we checked in we changed and this the beach.
Then of course evening sunset rolled around and so did some exotic drinks. Our vacation is just beginning as we wind down our travels for the day sipping exotic drinks and watching the sun go down
SMF to OGG just landed
So we made it to Kahului airport aka OGG. A few bumps and the usual wind landing through the Maui Valley. But being on a smaller plane the pilots didn't have to hit the brakes too hard touching down on the OGG runway.
As an Anniversary surprise for my darling wife I ordered her a Lei Greeting. I remember in the past when one would arrive in Hawaii and the Hula Girls were at the gate handing them out but that was years ago. This time I had to pay and we met up with the person down by the baggage claim.
We are going back to Maui. Sacramento to Maui on Alaska airlines and this time staying in Kaanapali. We decided to pull the trigger for our Wedding Anniversary and bought a Costco Package deal. Today we got to SMF board the jet said goodbye to California and got ready to experience Maui again. Aloha from the Randall Ohana.
Alaska Airlines SMF to OGG
We are getting close to going back to Maui again. This time we booked direct from Sacramento to Maui. So convenient but definitely more expensive. On the flip side a shorter commute taken to the airport by our sister in law. So we will be at SMF to OGG soon enough. Alaska is a bit more expensive and uses a smaller plane. A Boeing 737-800 with fewer seats than the Hawaiian Air A350 we took last time from OAK to OGG.
Alaska Airlines has a cell phone app so I downloaded it to check in remotely and see if we an upgrade or move our seats forward. Also already pre-ordered some snacks right from my phone. So soon enough we will be airborne and posting pics on Sacramento to Maui. Be ready. We are.
Maui for President 2017
We decided to vote Pineapple and will be going back to Maui in 2017. After hemming and hawing and checking our list twice we decided we've been good enough to have a Mauiversary. Normally we like doing things ourselves and in our own weirder way. I mean our trip in 2016 was funky and a bit off the beaten path, but since it's a Mauiversary we went resorty. Costco had a pretty decent packaged priced competively so we will be doing the un us like thing and go full resort just like most everybody else. We would have preferred Kihei but Kaanapali is not to shabby. Here's to sitting on the beach in 2017. Certainly more to come.
The Randall house is abuzz with talk of going back to Maui. It's been too long but we're looking into returning. We have a week or two window in feb. with flights still looking good and prices being good. But, then there is a sharp price increase. Or do we wait till early May and go in a different season and experience a slightly different Maui? We'll need to pull the trigger very quickly if we go for Feb.
We loved the tasty morsel known as the Spam Musubi. Great for a snack or breakfast. Think a spam sushi roll but slightly different. We've gone to a few Hawaiian restaurant since returning to Sacramento and chronicled it here. Then I had a brilliant idea.....
Order a kit online! So i had the Spam, bought the Nori seaweed, used some microwave rice and bout musubi mold or musubi press. Whichever you wan to call it.
The end result was tasty and I had fun making it but the rice fell apart. I'll need to get different rice next time and a rice cooker to try to make the rice stickier since I just used microwaveable rice to start with for convenience. My Musubi experiment still needs some hammering out but a delicious first attempt.
The Randalls. Neil who is married to Cheryl have been planning a Maui vacation for months. We are sharing a few things to do in Maui on this Maui Travel Blog