Day 12: Swap Meet & Iao Valley

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.

Day 12 collage

We returned to the condo for a late afternoon meal before walking to the beach for the sunset!

sunset collage


Day 11: A Day of Bays & More Fires!

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.

Day 11 collage

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!

Day 11 fire collage

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.

Day 10: Snorkeling at Lana’i

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
  • Parrotfish
  • Hawaiian Sergeant
  • Surgeonfish
  • Convict Tang

I may have seen other fish – there were so many – but these are the ones I remember!

Snorkel collage

After snorkeling I returned to the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kealia collage

Day 9: Rest & Mama’s Fish House

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!

Mama's & More collage





Day 8: Kula, Lavender, & Dairy Goats!

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.

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!

It was a good day in Maui; I’m grateful.  Mahalo!


Day 7: Green Sea Turtles or Honu

A windy beach day turned into a great turtle day. No matter how often I see them, I am in awe! Each time is a gift. I love these prehistoric-looking creatures from the sea! There is a cordoned off area of the beach where the Honu come in to rest after months at sea. We talked with a volunteer from the Hawaii Wildlife Fund to learn more about their work with the Honu!

I could have spent hours just watching the turtles! Instead we opted for a late lunch at the Pa’ia Fish Market.



Day 6: Snorkel Practice & Lahaina

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: