Especially when you’re returning to COVID-central

By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva

Reentry to the Mainland from Maui is no piece of poi

Two  last swims at Keawakapu Beach

Two last swims in the blue Pacific. Breakfast on our lanai looking at graceful swaying palms, a white sand beach and the ocean.  That’s how it went the morning before flying back to Los Angeles.

We drove slowly to the airport wishing we could stay even longer. But we did have three glorious weeks. However, the thought of going home to what is now COVID-central wasn’t pleasant.

Reentry into LA from Maui isn't easy

Lie-flat seats in Hawaiian Airline’s first class

It did help that Hawaiian had  a last minute equipment change and we were now on a wide body Air Bus in first class lie-flat seats. The friendliness and efficiency of the flight attendants also heightened the mood.

The plane was spotless. Everyone in sight wore masks and kept their distance.

Taking off from Kahului Airport

The pilot dips the wings toward the sea. You catch a glimpse of Maui’s shoreline and white caps while trying to spot whales. It’s the mammal’s time in Hawaii now.

Reentry to the Mainland from Magical Maui

Drinks served on Hawaiian Airlines

Shortly after the lovely attendant serves us drinks (wine for me a Mai Tai for Richard).  Then comes dinner. A tasty meal of chicken, rice, vegetables, a roll, salad and chiffon dessert.

Dinner on Hawaiian Airlines flight from Maui to Los Angeles

Nice chicken dish

The flight is smooth with just a few bumps here and there. We shift our seats to full recline and nap. Hawaiian offers iPads  for entertainment but we had books to read instead.

Landing at LAX

Here’s where it got a little dicey. Since the spike in COVID19 in the area they moved airport shuttle pickup to the Departure area. However this was news to us so we went as usual to Arrivals. Then of course back up to Departures.

The weather’s chilly, not balmy like Maui. Traffic is slim as we drive away from The ParkingSpot. But then it’s around midnight.

Home sweet home

There is no place like home except when you also own a condo in Maui. We miss it as  we snuggled into our electric-blanket heated beds in our LA home as visions of Maui dance in our heads.  We return in April and pray there will be a vaccine and relief from this evil life-threatening virus by then.

Since  there are few cases of COVID19 in Maui there are fewer restrictions than in Los Angeles Our governor Newsome is threatening to shut us down again. But for now there’s the usual mask wearing, stay at home if you can advice, hygiene and distancing.  Of course Indoor restaurant  dining and bars are no longer an option but take-out is available.

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