Saturday, January 9, 2010

January 9, 2010

On Saturday we woke up leisurely and packed all of our luggage so we could maximize our carry-on allotment and avoid the baggage fees for additional checked bags. We went back through Pa’ia and had breakfast at a cool restaurant called Charley’s where the locals enjoy the night-life (it appeared to us that several of them had spent the whole night there partying away and were still there for breakfast). After breakfast we went back to the surfer beach and finally saw some surfers on massive 20ft waves. One guy was paddle surfing through the mountains of water like it was no big deal; and a couple of surfers were brave enough to drop-in and catch some monster waves!

After the beach we headed to K-Mart to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before we headed out, then headed to Borders to get a book to read since we were pretty much planning to get to the airport 4 hours before our flight took off, due to A.) the flight take off was pushed back a few hours since the departing winds were favorable, and B.) our rental car was due by 6 and our flight was at 10PM. As we headed for the airport we saw a beautiful sunset over the West Maui Mountains that needed some pictures taken of it, then we headed off to the airport.

While waiting at the airport we overheard some flight attendants talking about some bolts missing from the passenger door and how the “missing bolt” allotment was 2, and they were missing 4, therefore, in their words “this plane ain’t leavin tonight”. Of course 4 hours later the airline finally came to the same conclusion leaving every last passenger in a scramble to make new arrangements to get off the island. Meagan was able to get through to the airline customer service before many customers and was able to get us on a flight directly to Chicago (with a short stop-over at Kona, on the big island of Hawaii) the next afternoon. The airline kindly put us up at the Hyatt Regency for the night along with food vouchers and a taxi voucher – all of which was very nice except that we didn’t get to the room until 3AM and they ran out of food vouchers before they got to us.

Posted By Matt