Today was a casual, relaxing day. We started with a little near-shore snorkeling to test out the rented equipment at Ulua Beach. After a couple of hours we headed back to the condo for showers before driving to Lahaina in West Maui. On the way to Lahaina we noticed firetrucks, emergency vehicles, helicopters with water buckets, and lots of smoke on Honoapiʻilani Highway. Today I discovered that a brush fire, which started on Friday, July 2, had not been completely contained. Recent reports stated that over 4700 acres had been burned.
When we arrived in Lahaina, we were lucky enough to find a parking place within minutes. We walked around Front Street and decided to have a late lunch at the Lahaina Fish Company before heading back toward the harbor and the 140-year old banyan tree! (Most weekends artists, vendors, and craftsmen display and sell goods.) The picture below doesn’t do it justice.
On the trip back to Kihei, and just minutes from our next stop, we spotted a rainbow. (According to legend, seeing a rainbow could be a hoailona, or a good omen; yet others suggest it means misfortune. I prefer the former!)
That next stop was at the family-owned Olowalu General Store, which sells many Hawaiian-made goods and goodies! Another stop included the Papawai Point – a popular spot for whale watching during the winter months.
The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge was our final early evening stop, albeit a quick one. This warrants a return visit earlier on another day! Below are a couple of the birds that we saw: