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May 8, 2018 - Lahaina, Maui

Our last cruise stop before 5 days at sea to get home. We went on a jeep tour of western Maui. Another rainy day and we were never able to put the roof down on the jeep. We started north of Lahaina at Kaanapali and then on to Kapalea, Napilli Beach, Mokuleia Beach, Honolua Bay, Honokohau Bay, and Nakalele Pt. We stopped at Auntie Lorraine's in Wailuku for some banana bread and juice. A really sweet and friendly lady. Then it was off to the Iao Valley in the pouring rain before stopping at the Maui Tropical Plantation. An interesting place...

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May 8, 2018 - Lahaina

While parts of Maui are as dry as Arizona, its mountains attract rain clouds generating over 200 " of rain annually. We should have expected the cloudy skies we experienced on the west coast today. This was to be the fourth and last snorkeling tour on this trip. It was fortunate that our other experiences have been so good, since this one was a real let down. We were supposed to take a catamaran near Lanai, a nearby island known for pineapple cultivation. But the captain said that it was too windy and the waves too high to make the crossing...

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Mar 17, 2017 - Lahaina Maui

We flew out of Molokai at 7:30 in the morning and arrived in Maui at 8:30. We arrived too early in Lahaina to check in, so we went out for a two hour breakfast in a beautiful spot right on the ocean. It was so great to have more than two restaurants to choose from. After unpacking we set off on a self-guided walking tour. Lahaina was a whaling down with a long history of marauding through town, followed by conflicts with the missionaries. We had to do a little shopping in this tourist trap, which was especially crowded because a cruise ship...

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ALOHA 2017

Jan 20, 2016 - A Beach of a Day

Lahaina, Maui, HI Maui is a "volcanic doublet," formed from two shield volcanoes that overlapped one another to form an isthmus between them. Maui is 48 miles long, 26 miles wide, and six miles at the narrowest point of the valley between the bays. The older, western volcano has been eroded considerably and is cut by numerous drainages, forming the peaks of the West Maui Mountains. Puʻu Kukui is the highest of the peaks at 5,788’. The larger, younger volcano to the east, Haleakalā, rises to more than 10,000’ above sea level, and measures 5...

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Hawaii 5-0

Jan 19, 2016 - The Color Purple

Lahaina, Maui, HI We wandered toward the south end of the island, enjoying the ever changing landscape and the incredible blue of the water contrasting with the white of the breaking waves. Always willing to expand our minds, we visited Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm on the slopes of Haleakala. Lavender can be either an annual or a perennial. It is used for medical, cosmetic and culinary purposes. They even make tea and lemonade from it. Plus it smells good. This 13.5-acre farm is at an elevation of roughly 4000 ft. and is home to approximately...

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Jan 18, 2016 - Mt. Haleakala

Lahaina, Maui, HI As we started our adventures for the day we drove along the coast, so we often saw signs of whales – huge splashes of water or water spraying high in the sky. The whales have arrived in great numbers and are easy to see from shore. We deserted the whales for Komoda Bakery in Makawao. A local tradition since 1916, this bakery sells out regularly. They are known for their cream puffs, pies, donuts on a stick, butter rolls & other pastries. Much of their selection was gone by the time we got there so we settled for donuts on...

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Jan 17, 2016 - Thar she blows

Lahaina, Maui, HI Our goal was to go to the bottom end of the island today. We never made it. Instead we poked along, spending a little time at the Kealia National Wildlife Refuge, a serene 700-acre home for 30 species of birds, including the endangered ae'o (Hawaiian stilt) and 'alae ke'oke'o (Hawaiian coot). We walked the 2,200-foot-long wooden boardwalk and then strolled along Sugar Beach. The sand was very soft and it was a very attractive beach. Unlike most beaches in Hawaii, it was not rocky at all. Then it was time for the big event...

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Jan 16, 2016 - Into the deep

Lahaina, Maui, HI We were off today on an Atlantis Adventure submarine tour. About 20 of us were shuttled out to the submarine. We descended and explored the reef as well as an old shipwreck, a Carthaginian replica of a 19th century supply vessel. The ship was sunk in 2005 and already fish are using it like a reef. We saw spiny puffer fish, moray eels, whitetip reef sharks and many more species of fish. We dove to 130 feet and actually sat on the sandy bottom. It was quite an experience. There is no feeling of motion when under the water....

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Hawaii 5-0

Jan 15, 2016 - Lahaina

Lahaina, Maui, HI It is said that you can’t go back. That seems to be true. When we were in Hawaii 23 years ago, Maui looked quite different. Now, except for the Hana area which time (and modern conveniences) has passed by, Maui is all city and resorts. All the sugar cane fields are gone as are the pineapple plantations. Maui has Krispy Kreme, Costco and Target. It has bumper to bumper traffic. It has incredibly inadequate parking. It has very high prices (bananas are $1.69 lb and they grow them here!) When we were here in 1993, we stayed...

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Jan 14, 2016 - Seven Sacred Pools

Lahaina, Maui, HI We have already been to beaches with green sand and black sand while on this trip. Although we had to hike to reach it, we found a red sand beach today. It was not a sanctioned trail so it is not marked at all and it was a little challenging in places but we managed. To round things out we then stopped at Hamoa Beach – a beach James Michener (author of the popular novel Hawaii) supposedly called the most perfect beach in the North Pacific. It looked like a regular sand beach to us. Apparently we are not literary. We...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Trip around West Maui

another nice day here in Maui so after breakfast it is off to the west side of the island checking out some more beaches and a couple small towns, Lahaina a old whaling town and now a big tourist town LOL where cruise ship drop anchor and ferry the people ashore. one was there when I got into town so lots of people wandering around. On around the coast is Kaanapali and Kapalua and a bit farther is where the road goes to a one lane but a two way road for 9 miles, very interesting drive. LOL Map says narrow road drive at your own risk. Wow...

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Off to Hawaii

Feb 20, 2015 - Lahaina

We had a leisurely start to the day and ate breakfast at our usual spot in the Neptune Lounge. We went down and got the tender to the dock where we were greeted by the Lahaina Seniors Hula Dancers. We passed the old Pioneer Inn and went into the old Court House which is now a museum with interesting artefacts tracing the development of Lahaina from whalers and missionaries to the present day. We went out the back door into the square which is covered by an enormous banyan tree. AT the corner of the square is the ruined wall of the fort...

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