Monday, May 28, 2012

Maui- Part 2

So, Thursday, after we spent some last minute hours on Wailea Beach, we headed over to Kaanapali Beach to the beautiful Hyatt Regency.  The hotel was gorgeous and had so much to look at...flamingos, penguins, swans, a fabulous atrium and many other birds on display.



The Hyatt was the location for the Valic Top Advisor Conference which is how we were so fortunate to come back to Maui!  I cannot say enough about the organizers of the events.  Everything was run so smoothly, the events were top notch, and I know everyone there was like us and and enjoyed it all.  Thursday evening started off with a "Welcome Reception" on the beach.  We were all treated to a beach cover-ups for the ladies and Hawaiian shirts for the men as our "favors", a traditional Hawaiian meal, yummy Mai Tais, and great entertainment!

Yes, I'm the goofy wife who made her "Top Advisor" pose by the conference sign.  But I was so proud of him :)




Me & Greg at the Welcome Luau     


Me & my beautiful ladies, Britney & Leigh

When we got back to our room that night, we found an awesome surprise!  As a conference gift, we were invited to come the next morning to pick our our very own Maui Jim sunglasses, which are made nearby in Lahaina.

 
The guys had general meetings both Friday & Saturday mornings, but we all still had plenty of time to spend in the Hawaiian sun!


Friday evening we were hosted by the Central region for a dinner at Longhi's in Lahaina.  The food was delish and we enjoyed hanging out and watching the sun set.  

The guys with the Vice President of their department

Saturday morning, the spouses were invited to join the general session to listen to the keynote speaker.  We were honored to hear Aron Ralston speak about his trials and experiences depicted in the movie "127 Hours".  Wow!  What an amazing experience for all of us!  His story is so moving and it was hard to choke back the tears as he shared what he learned about himself while he was stuck under that boulder.  We all learned so much about overcoming challenges in our lives from the experiences he shared.  Each employee was lucky enough to get an autographed copy of his memoir.

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Saturday night, was the awards dinner for the Valic advisors.  It was fun to dress up in our fancies and get treated to a delicious steak dinner.  I told Greg that it felt like we were at the Golden Globes!  The awards were over-the-top with music and all sorts of fanfare.  It was a wonderful ending to an amazing week in paradise!  I am so grateful for all of Greg's hard work to get us to Maui and loved every minute of our vacation in Hawaii!




Ready for the Top Advisor Dinner & Awards Banquet






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