Spent most of the day at the beach walking and looking for shells and sea glass. Although I didn’t find much of either, I did see flowers, sea creatures, dogs, turtles, a rainbow, and wild boar!
Just amazing! Hawaiians have a long tradition of respecting the land, its people and all living things. This Hawaiian proverb says it beautifully:
“He ali‘i nō ka ‘āina, ke kauwā wale ke kanaka”
(The land is the chief; the people merely servants.)
Today was a light day, which included a long morning stroll for some coffee and shopping. Along the way we saw many beautiful flowers.
After a leisurely morning, we decided to explore the Big Beach at Makena State Park. We walked along the beach before settling in for some reading and a few visitors!
We returned to the condo before heading to Maui Tacos for dinner – fish tacos! Yummy. After which, we decided to walk to Kamaole Beach Park to watch the sunset!
Love the swap meet in Kahului – where artists, vendors, and farmers set up shop to sell their goods. We returned to find our two artist “friends” – Kai Chow and Jes Murthi – and purchased honu necklaces from Kai! And, of course, we purchased apple bananas!
Then we were on our way to the Iao Valley! We walked around the grounds of the state park and enjoyed the foliage and rushing streams of mountain water.
We returned to the condo for a late afternoon meal before walking to the beach for the sunset!
The northwest portion of Maui offers beautiful vistas, as well as opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and surfing. On our way, we noticed another brush fire on Honoapiilani Highway near Olowalu.
We stopped at Honolulu Bay for some snorkeling, although it was not as clear and robust as Lana’i. After a little bit of snorkeling we headed further north to the Nakalele Point and Blowhole. Our hike out to the point was short but rugged; well worth the trip.
We headed south to find the Kapalua Coastal Trail for a 3+ mile hike along the rugged northwest coast. Below are some of the pictures from yesterday’s adventure.
On our way home to Kihei, the brush fire was still burning, even more area was burning and smoldering! It’s been dry in this area, and when the fires cross the highway, there is no other way to get in or out of West Maui!
We decided to have dinner out at Da Kitchen, a casual joint with traditional Hawaiian style grinds such as Kalua pork.
Tomorrow, it’s back to the Swap Meet and then to ‘Iao Valley.
What a great day of snorkeling! Despite the early hour – arriving for parking and check-in by 6:00am, the boat ride to the island of Lana’i was beautiful and the snorkeling even better!
I didn’t have an underwater camera (next time), so you’ll have to take my word for it, but I saw several fish:
- Raccoon Butterfly
- Bluestripe Butterfly
- Moorish Idol (only 1)
- Flying fish
- Teardrop Butterfly
- Hawaiian Sergeant
- Convict Tang
I may have seen other fish – there were so many – but these are the ones I remember!
After snorkeling I returned to the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Sanctuary.
On this day we decided to take a respite from being on-the-go, so we enjoyed a leisurely and late breakfast followed by pool time at the condo. Prior to an early dinner at Mama’s Fish House in Pa’ia, we made a short visit to the upper viewing area of the Ho’okipa Beach Park. As we were leaving the Fish House, we were greeted with a rainbow!
We’re headed upcountry…
First stop Kula Lodge for breakfast and a breathtaking view.
Second stop was the privately-owned Kula Botanical Garden. Below is a collage of an up-close look at a few of the flowers in the garden.
Next, we visited the Kula Country Farms to purchase some of their delicious strawberries – some of the best I’ve ever tasted!
From strawberries to lavender at the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm! What a beautiful farm – much more than lavender – flowers galore, birds, statues, and views.
Japanese White Eye
The Surfing Goat Dairy was the next and final stop of the day. We took a short walking tour to learn about the farm and the goats and had a chance to sample some of the goat cheese that they make on the farm – delicious!
Ryan – our tour guide
Marking curds & whey
It was a good day in Maui; I’m grateful. Mahalo!