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Kahului to Wailea - Hold Your Nose in Ma'alaea

Our first day in Hawaii was mainly a travel day. We arrived in Kahului mid-afternoon. After stopping by the Alamo rental car to pick up our Sebring convertible, we started the short trip to our hotel in Wailea. The highway stretch from the airport to Wailea was a lovely drive (with the exception of that off-putting sugar mill and landfill around Ma’alaea). With the Pacific Ocean on our right and the heights of Haleakala on our left, we enjoyed the crisp cool air offset by the hot sun through our open roofed vehicle.

Upon arrival in Wailea, we turned into the Marriott, which was located oceanfront between Wailea and Ulua Beach. We took a look around the hotel before heading to an early dinner.

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