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Dec 29, 2017 - 20 Laps a Day: Surviving the first 5 Days on Maui

20 Laps a Day: Surviving the first 5 Days on Maui (Dec 25-29, 2017) After 4 days on Maui I let the horse run free ... oh, wait, that’s from a different song. The first 2 months of my 3-month sabbatical break this year were spent in SE Asia last winter. For the final month, we are only going as far west as Maui - about ½ the distance to Hong Kong, which was our starting place in February. During the coming month we’ll juggle family, who will come & go. Juggling family is not easy. You tend to drop one or two once you reach a critical mass...

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Mar 19, 2017 - Kihei Maui

We left from Lahaina by bus to Kihei. It was a 1 hour ride between the Ocean and the beautiful mountains we had seen on our whale watching excursion. Our condo was nice with a view of the Kalepolepo beach across the street and the pool and hot tub right outside our condo door. The only problem was that our balcony also overlooked a very busy and very noisy road. It was so loud we couldn't talk easily and couldn't make phone calls from the balcony. This was disappointing and overall, we didn't like Kihei as much as Lahaina. There isn't much...

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ALOHA 2017

Apr 18, 2014 - Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

We have had a wonderful week at this island paradise. We flew from Tucson to Portland with our son Jon Jr. (“Jonnie” to the family). There, our daughter Shari met us for the five-hour flight to Kahului, Maui. We all stayed in a condo at the Maui Sunset in Kihei. Of course, our main reason for being here was to see our grandson Trevor (Shari’s son) and his beloved Janice get married. However, there was much to see and do before and after that happy event. Our very first day there, we went on a “Wild Side” whale-watching and snorkeling boat...

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2014-Australia

Apr 13, 2014 - Beach bums

Today we decided to head down to the southern shore and check out the beaches. Along the way, we stopped and took a few pictures at a scenic lookout and I think I spotted a whale in the water! We rode down to Kihei and followed the shoreline south past several large resorts and golf communities. We finally came to the end of the road and saw a sign that said "Big Beach"! Well, okay, let's see what ya got! It was a big beach for sure, surrounded by a rocky wall. The sand was fine and brown, and there were no stones on the walk in (like many...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Sunrise at the Haleakala Crater

This morning we awoke at 1:00 a.m. to get ready for our ride to the Haleakala Crater to see the sunrise. Some of you may wonder why we would want to get up at such an ungodly hour on our vacation. Well, we actually planned to get up at 2:00 but happened to wake up a 1:00 instead. But seriously, viewing the sunrise at the Haleakala Crater was on our "must do" list during our visit to Maui and here is a little background on why. The Haleakala is the world's largest dormant volcano, the floor of which is 7.5 miles wide. It is 2.5 miles long...

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Mar 27, 2014 - Maui day 2 MOLOKINI!!!

Molokini Crater snorkel day!!! come to me my precious little fishies! i would love to sneak of and poke you! did i mention snuba... my new favorite activity... Killing time until evening flight at beach... chatting with flight attendant local girl walks up... lovely girl time... (2 yr old boy, marine dad PTSD came back 2 days prior, what ever happens happens. no resentment. that's his dad) Crazy outlooks on life! I am way to focused on my 'vacation' need more culture next time!

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Mar 4, 2014 - Maui - Sunset and Surfing Feb 24

As I was driving back to Kahului to head back to Kihei on my first day on the Road to Hana I realized I was driving into a beautiful sunset. The light was streaming down from the clouds. I pulled over at the Ho'okipa Beach Park Overlook to get some pictures. And I was lucky to also get pictures of surfers and green turtles warming up on the beach. The pictures did not come close to capturing how beautiful the sunset was but I posted them anyway. Ho'okipa is one of the best beaches of Maui to surf. The best surfing conditions are in the...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Maui - Feb. 24 and 25 - Road to Hana #6

Next I came to the Kipahulu section of Haleakala National Park. The National Park runs from the top of the volcano down to the ocean. This beach section is in Kipahulu. This section of the park is very difficult to reach but is well worth the trouble. Coming from Kahului on SR 36 through Hana to SR 37 and on to Kipahulu is about 60 miles but takes about 3.5 hours with no stopping. Coming on SR37 from Kahului through the Upcountry is about 40 miles but takes about 2.5 hours with no stopping (and about 10 miles of VERY BAD roads). If one...

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Mar 3, 2014 - Maui - Feb. 24 and 25 - Road to Hana #7

These are mostly pictures showing the Road from Hana or the surrounding countryside. This side of Haleakala is the "dry" side of the island. The mountain keeps the rains carried by the trade winds isolated on the other side of the island and creates the rainforest on that side and parched, dry conditions on this side. The winter is always wetter than the summer and this was an unusually wet winter there so the mountain is more green than normal. This area is used for cattle ranching. I passed over several cattle-grates across the road...

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Mar 2, 2014 - Maui - Feb. 24 and 25 - Road to Hana #5

I finally made it to Hana. The Road to Hana is much more about the journey than the destination. There really isn't a whole lot to see in Hana. It's more the very laid back attitude. When I got to Hana I stopped in at the Hana Cultural Center. It was very small. I thought the most interesting things there were the old woven hats, a couple of which are posted here. The old Hana Courthouse is also on the property. The curator of the Cultural Center told me they would be holding Traffic Court in that Courthouse within the month. It is also...

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Feb 27, 2014 - Maui - Feb. 24 and 25 - Road to Hana #3

Just past the 31 mile marker, off to the left, runs Ulainao Road. With some planning you could spend half a day right here in this area. Maui Cave Adventures is about 1/4 mile off the Hana Road on Ulainao Road. It offers a hike through a lava tube AND a maze to attempt to solve. To date the tube has been cleared for 1.5 miles making it the 8th longest lava tube in the world. The public can only hike to the end of the Maui Cave Adventures' property, which is about 3/4 of a mile. The "cave" has informational signs along the tube but no...

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Feb 27, 2014 - Maui - Feb. 24 and 25 - Road to Hana #4

I had a lot of fun here at the Waianapanapa State Park. I could have spent much more time here. It had several hiking trails. One trail was a half mile loop that went to two caves with fresh water pools. It had a sandy beach, rocky ledges, bird watching and most importantly, a nice bathroom. It also had a shower to clean off the sand from the beach. There was plenty of parking here. There is a story about the Pools at the Caves. Supposedly a princess was killed there and the pools turn red once a year to commemorate that. Actually the water...

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