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December 19, 2014

A Very Hawaiian Christmas

Mele Kalikimaka, y'all!
 I can't believe I haven't told you about our impending holiday adventure!

 The Evans family is heading to Maui for a very tropical Christmas!
I can hardly handle the anticipation. Here's a little glimpse into the excitement...

We are looking forward to staying at the gorgeous West Maui Resort & Spa in Ka'anapali. I've been there once before and it was the most incredible place I've ever stayed. The hotel itself is a mini 

While the 6 of us (my MIL, FIL, SIL, BIL, hubby, and me) are in Maui, we've planned some pretty epic adventures with lots of exploring to be had.

Early morning guided hike up Haleakala volcano to see the sunrise. Best moment of our vacation.
✯ Colorful cinder cones within Haleakala Crater on Maui, Hawaii - Amazing and Beautiful!

We can't wait to hike up Haleakala volcano to see the deserted crater and watch the sunrise. Then bike our way down until we run into the famous bakery + donut shop at the bottom! ;)

Seven Sacred Pools, Maui, Hawaii
Black Sand Beach Hana Maui Hawaii. Maui. Wai‘anapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii.  Love this place!  Heck of a drive to get there but a beautiful one :) and worth it...
Hana Highway Bamboo Forest, Maui
The Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii.This was the scarest car ride I have ever been on but it was WELL WORTH the stress..Beautiful waterfalls all the way through the rain forest..
The rainbow eucalyptus, which grows throughout the South Pacific, is prized for both the colorful patches left by its shedding bark and for its pulpwood, which is used to make paper.

I am counting down the minutes until we get to drive the Road to Hana around Maui's north edge. The terrain changes from volcano black sand beaches to bamboo forrests and rainbow eucalyptus trees along the windy road that takes all day to conquer. At the end is the Sever Sacred Pools that are crystal clear pebble lined natural pools overlooking a lush forest and beach.

Along the way there are mile markers, tons of places to hike and explore, gorgeous waterfalls, and famous fresh fruit and banana bread stands. Holy heck, I am so ready!

Molokini, Maui, Hawaii ( Or the Mermaid's Secret Lagoon ) need to go back some day!
Maui lavender farm is on my list of things to do.
Maui Whale Watching Tours | Humpback Whale Watch Cruises

Other highlights will include a boating/snorkeling trip, a visit to the luscious lavender farm, attend a luau, and hopefully spotting a few humpback whales along the way. We can't wait to relax daily on the beaches, sip tropical drinks, and spend time together.

At first I was so excited to go on such an incredible trip, but thought it might feel weird to do Christmas in Hawaii. The more I think about it, what better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus and God's gift to us than by surrounded and in awe of His amazing creation! So thankful for this gift.

Have you ever been to Maui?
What were your favorite must-do things?

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  1. I am so jealous! Have an absolutely magical time! I can't wait to hear about all your adventures! :) Safe travels, friend!

  2. OMG amazing!! have the BEST time! im so jealous haha xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. Thanks Jules!! Why don't we just bring you guys with us? Pina coladas on the beach? Mmmkay! :) Merry Christmas, dear friend!

  4. Thanks Jillian! I can hardly focus at work all week... just daydreaming and mild panicking because I haven't started packing yet! :)

  5. Man, this is going to be AWESOME!! I am so jealous!! We went on a cruise as a family one Christmas, and it was awesome to be basking in the sun when everyone else was at home freezing:) Have the best time!!

  6. Have such a great time!!! I am so jealous

  7. I want to go to there! I've never been to Hawaii, but it's definitely on my list! Have the most amazing time ever (as if I need to tell you that!)

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  9. That's so exciting! I may be getting the chance to go to Hawaii next summer. Have fun!

  10. Hahaha! Good call on that thought process, Kari! I will focus on that sunshine making Christmas feel extra special!

  11. Thank you so much! I will definitely send some island sun and good weather your way, Mae! :)

  12. Ahh thanks friend! Dang girl, maybe you need to take your babymoon to Hawaii?! CONGRATS again!!! :)

  13. Elle, that would be amazing! I feel very lucky to have been twice when I was much younger and it's still the most amazing place I've ever been. I'm ready to move! Wishing you a Merry Christmas - enjoy having that hubby of yours home! :)

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