It's probably no secret by now that I love Hawaii. I've been to Maui before, back in 2002, and the Big Island earlier this year. So when another assignment sent me to Maui, I was thrilled. My husband had a break between semesters, so I dragged him along (trust me - there was no kicking or screaming, unless you count his Homer Simpson-esque "Woo Hoo" when I told him that he was coming with me!)

I had a lot of ground to cover for the story and we bounced around the island like ping-pong balls but hey, you're in Hawaii, can't complain, right? We spent a few days at the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. After that, we moved from West Maui over to South Maui and spent a couple nights at the Grand Wailea then the Fairmont Kea Lani before heading home (boy, was that a sad moment!) I'm always amazed at the luxury accommodations that I end up in during some of these assignments - I'm more of a Holiday Inn girl when it's on my dime!

Keep an eye on the blog for tearsheets from the assignments in the coming months! In the meantime, here's a little sneak peek showcasing some of the incredible things we saw and did during this trip!

The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar concert at the Napili Kai Beach Resort. The guy in the red is George Kahumoku Jr., a pretty famous Slack Key guitarist.

A beautiful sunset from the Sea House Restaurant at the Napili Kai

A pretty detail from Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

One of the residents of the Surfing Goat Dairy

Humuhumunukunukuapua'a's at the Grand Wailea. Best. Meal. Ever!

One of the new Luxury Cabanas at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. This thing is pimped out! It's got a fridge, a flat screen tv, an ipod dock station, and a butler!

The Ritz was originally going to be a beach front property, but when construction began, they found an old Hawaiian burial site on the land. Out of respect for the history and culture, the site was left untouched (and is seen here fenced in by the hedge) and the resort is now set back from the ocean.

A cool tree with nice light on the property

Lahaina's famous Banyan Tree at night

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal grabbing a few rays on the beach near the new Merriman's Kapalua

We did some hiking in the West Maui mountains near Kapalua

Mmm... beach flare