Arrival to Paradise
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Our trip started in Houston airport at about 5 in the morning. We had booked our flight, hotel, and rental car through orbitz a while ago. Our flight was with US Airways. I don't know how the staff is around the other parts of the U.S. but they really bite the big one here. People were missing their flights because the staff wouldn't let the people check in and get their boarding passes. Then when it came down to the wire the staff had the audasity to blame the customers saying they should've just walked up and cut infront of everyone to check in even though they were the ones telling them they couldn't check in. Fortunately for us, we arrived super early and got into our departing gate with 30 minutes to spare.
We arrive to the Lihue airport around 1:30 pm. It was a total of about 14 hours worth of traveling including lay overs but we finally made it. We were caught a little off guard by the airport simply because most of it is outdoors. Just not what we were used to. The temperature was lovely so it wasn't terrible to hang out outside waiting for the bags to get onto the carosel. Especially since we had been cooped up on a plane for so long.
After the bags were collected we headed across the street where the rental car buses were located. If you already have a reservation, you don't have to go to the window to talk to anyone. You just have to get on the bus and let the driver take you to the location. We used Hertz to rent our car. We got a ford focus which was fine. Now that I look back, we should've sprung for the extra money to get the jeep. Some of the roads are not small car friendly. From there we headed to the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel. We normally would stay in a cheap hotel or hostel, but because this was our wedding/honeymoon week we decided to spring for something a little nicer. Especially since family insisted to stay at the same hotel as us.
The check into the hotel was pretty much painless. The rooms were nice, clean and big. The only complaint that I would have is that the showers weren't big enough. For someone who is the slightest bit uneasy in tight spaces, it's a little uncomfortable. The view from the sliding doors was georgeous. I think that they used to have balconies but maybe the last hurricane destroyed them. At least that would be my guess because it looked as though there used to be balconies.
After checking in we went straight to the beach. It was just a two to three minute walk from the hotel. The beach that we discovered was Lydgate beach. Which also happened to be our wedding site. We walked the beach to check it out. It wasn't crowded at all. I'm used to places being so crowded you have to scour for a place to put your things but the beach was practically empty. It made it more serene.
After we discovered the beach, we decided to go grocery shopping thinking that it would be cheaper than eating out. FYI that's incorrect. You end up spending about the same amount of money. It's better if you just buy water, gatorade and snacks. For the meals just go out. It's cheaper.
Everything after that was just picking people up from the airport and settling everyone else in.