Maui Not Nowy – Episode 195: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

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Today on the podcast I’m talking through our recent trip to Maui and how it didn’t work out exactly as I had hoped. And I’m also revisiting the topic of toxic positivity, honesty, and why it sometimes (meaning often times) feels like I’m letting people down.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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9 thoughts on “Maui Not Nowy – Episode 195: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast”

  1. Love your radical honesty! You are so authentically you, and that’s what keeps me coming back. It’s actually refreshing to hear that not every trip to a beautiful place is totally magical…that is real life right there. But you also managed to make me laugh with the stories of your failed experiences, so there’s that silver lining!

  2. I also appreciate your honesty! Who among us can’t relate to having been super excited for a trip/vacay and then have it fall short of expectations. It’s hella disappointing! You’re not ungrateful for being disappointed. It was your anniversary trip to a place you’ve always wanted to go, and you couldn’t experience most of what you wanted to experience. I’m sorry COVID threw such a wrench into your plans.

    And we listeners also think of you as a friend, which is why we listen and feel your joys and pains with you!

  3. So sorry to hear about your experience! I live on Oahu and can understand; its a bit tricky over here right now. I think you would love Kauai or even North Shore here on Oahu.

  4. Hi Juli! Just listened to your podcast and I think you had a remarkably good attitude about your trip to Maui given how it turned out. Man, I would have been super bummed. Glad you haven’t written off Hawaii completely as I have had many amazing trips there – sounds like covid is just screwing things up (as usual!). I highly recommend the big island where there is more of an “old hawaii” feel…plenty of room to explore, cars to rent (at least in January of this year) and great restaurants (Roy’s and Merriman’s are our two favs). Enjoy your next adventure!

  5. I just wanted to say that your honest review of your experience is refreshing. I dream of getting to go to Hawaii and even though the flights are still cheap I’ve been really concerned what I’d even be able to experience since COVID hasn’t gone away yet. Hearing your experience of feeling stuck in your hotel room and not getting to experience the things that matter, shows an honest view of what travel looks like right now. I think the only thing I would suggest for your potential round 2 to Hawaii is to aim for places less well known and definitely try visiting during fall since most people don’t typically have vacation to take then.

  6. I know you view most through a positive lens, so I will be mad for you. As a cocktail bar owner who hosts mixology classes as well as whiskey and tequila tastings, what you attended was 100% not a mixology class. Going in thinking you are going to learn about mixing cocktails and enjoying one or two, is not the same as tasting room temp tequila at 10am. Those experiences are not interchangeable, and I honestly feel you should have been refunded. If I paid for a snorkeling class but instead they just kept dunking my head under water, I’d be out. You are very gracious.
    Also, it is terrible business for a hotel to book to capacity, if they can only provide “amenities” like chairs and a restaurant seating to a small percentage of their guests. As a business owner who was forced to be closed six months last year, I am empathetic to trying to make up sales, but it isn’t right to do that at your guest’s expense. You are not being selfish or ungrateful, that experience was a real bummer and I’m glad you are giving yourself some grace and acknowledging that.

  7. Listening to this podcast kind of late.. but I wish we knew each other personally so I could have given you the low down on Hawaii personally! Husband and I are around the same age as you two – we lived there 2016-2020. It can be very hard to do everything on your bucket list in Hawaii unless you plan WAY in advance and have a strict itinerary all laid out. We did lots of island hops on our weekends but learned to just plan 1-2 adventures per trip. We spent the rest of the time just relaxing at the resort or Airbnb we were staying at. I tell everyone Maui=good for just hanging out at the resort and golfing. Kauai=good for exploring and hiking. Your comments about the ATV tour is spot on LOL. We also had a similar experience with a mixology class at a resort. We only have 2 restaurants that we loved during our 3.5 years living there. Restaurants there can be kind of disappointing.. it’s mostly about the ambiance. Our favorite restaurants that we would no doubt go back to are Tommy Bahama restaurant in Waikiki and Merrimans in Kapalua, Maui. Hope you make it to Kauai one day. Don’t do spring break again and don’t do winter.. it’s COLD and often rainy!

  8. Sorry you didn’t have a great trip, but thanks for being honest about it! Def better than pretending everything is perfect! Our first trip to Hawaii was in March 2020, and I was so excited about it, but then it just…sucked. I guess my omen was getting the norovirus ON THE FLIGHT TO Kauai. And then everything was getting shut down due to COVID, so we couldn’t do much in Maui. We couldn’t even enjoy the beach/water very much because it was cloudy and felt cold every single day. We came home a couple days early, too. I really want a do-over, because it does seem like it could be amazing! Thinking about trying it again for our anniversary for August…

    1. omg that’s so brutal!! everyone says it’s AMAZING so i definitely feel like we need to give it another try…once covid restrictions have calmed a bit

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