By Laura Loomis | Staff ReporterAlicia and Joe Bali are in the process of closing their honeymoon destination in Maui, Hawaii, which they say has been “in need of some work.”
Bali, 34, and Joe, 36, both live in Mauhi, Hawaii and are vacationing there with their children and grandchildren this year.
They’ve been married for 11 years, and the couple has three children.
“We are taking a break from Hawaii for a while and we’ve decided to go home,” Joe said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
“We are planning on getting back in Mauios home town on November 15.”
Maui, which sits at the southern tip of Hawaii, is popular for its pristine beaches, lush tropical rainforests and pristine water.
“This is the first place I’ve ever been where I’ve had a child stay for the whole summer,” Joe told the AP.
“I really love the weather.
I think I’ll just go back home and take a break.”
Balis business partner, the family’s longtime chef, has been on the payroll of Bali for years, starting as a dishwasher at the resort in 2008.
Bali has been involved in the couple’s business since the mid-1990s, and has been in charge of catering and catering services at Bali, Bali’s mainstay resort.
“Joe is so passionate about this, and this is something that he’s passionate about,” Alicia said in an email.
“He and I were married for three years and he is still the only person I can call and talk to every day.”
Mauritania, where Bali and his wife moved to after they were married, has had a long and difficult history with honeymoon destinations.
Alicias father was convicted of smuggling drugs in the early 1990s and later was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison.
The couple fled from the country when Bali was sentenced and were eventually granted asylum in France.