Sunday, January 27, 2013

Maui day 7

 Along the road to Hana is Ho'okipa beach. This is a fantastic vantage point for viewing the people crazy enough to surf.  You can just see them ... little specks out there.
Not much parking available along the beach... and mostly taken by surfers.  Don't want to get in their way!
 These rugged rocks surround the famous black sand beach.  It's located on the famous road to Hana  - if you've never taken the drive it is so worth it.  Here's a brief description for you: 
Along Maui's rugged eastern coastline is the peaceful town of Hana, considered one of the last unspoiled Hawaiian frontiers. The legendary road to Hana is only 52 miles from Kahului, however the drive can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete since it's fraught with narrow one-lane bridges, hairpin turns and incredible island views.

The Hana Highway (HI-360) has 620 curves and 59 bridges. The road leads you through flourishing rain forests, flowing waterfalls, plunging pools and dramatic seascapes. 

 Rugged just doesn't do it justice.
 The black sand is really the finest smoothest black pebbles you've ever seen... and no... of course I didn't bring any home with me... 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Maui day 6

 Our adventures today took us to the Maui Tropical Plantation - the only working plantation left on the island. We took a tram ride around the 60 acre plantation with a wonderful guide come conductor, coconut peeler, comedian who named every plant and threw in tidbits of little known facts along the way. 
 As she explained the three eyes and demonstrated a amazing husking technique she told us about the dangers of coconut trees.  Who Knew!
 It took Lelani under 60 seconds to peel a coconut - not a world record but cool all the same.
 The plantation sits on the northern end of the island at the base of the mountains, and comes complete with a lagoon.
 Plumeria trees are the tropical trees famous for their lovely flowers used to make leis.
 Between the Country store and the plantation fields are some pretty astounding plants.
 If I was at all paying attention I would say these are the coffee plants.
 Nothing says tropical to me like the bird of paradise plant
except maybe seeing a pineapple growing two feet from the ground!
After sunset is almost as beautiful as during...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Maui, day 5

 Sweetie and I made a deal... one day driving... one day at the pool... so far that hasn't happened.  Who in their right mind could miss this for a pool?   We are deep in the heart of Iao Valley State Park - the vegetation is luscious.  
A snippet of a history lesson if you will indulge me: 
Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui's army in his quest to unite the islands. Even with Iao Needle serving as a lookout point, Kamehameha defeated Maui's forces in a ferocious battle that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history."
 standing at the bottom of this peak it's very difficult to imagine warriors scaling it to use as a lookout.
I often imagined gardening in Hawaii as ideal... however... I am getting a sense it would be more like beating back the ferocious beast of growth these plants all contain.
sunset from Hookipa Park lookout.  amazing surf beach

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Maui, day 4

 Heading towards Paia and Makawao we pass this gorgeous church.  Maui has an abundance of churches, all very picturesque. 
 love these funny little fat palms
 in a gallery at Makawao - a lovely lady tells us the Paia Fish Market is the place to eat!
as someone who orders fish tacos everywhere she goes in Maui.... I must attest, the lady was right.  We are definitely coming back here!
Sunset at the PUPU lounge

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Maui, day 3

 Lahaina calls to us.... great shopping.... great water sports... a real tourist draw (but in a good way)
 the shops and restaurants jut out into the surf all along the main street.
 there's Sweetie - hiding behind some beverages at Bubba Gump.

Rugged shore lines and blue blue waters. what's not to love!
yes, this happens every night!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Maui, day 2

 Kamole Beach II - just a few steps from our front door. The surf was up but that didn't stop lots of folks from enjoying the water. Perfect way to start our vacation.
 this amazing white corral was on display in a gallery in Kihei - our favorite part of Maui
 I've decided to show a sunset a day.... it just doesn't get old.
 There are lots of gated homes on this island... makes you wonder who lives there ?   this one is lovely
just a bit north of our condo right along side the highway somebody planted a coconut husk with an amazing orchid. Isn't that divine.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Maui, day 1

 This October Sweetie and I spent two weeks on Maui.  I really wanted to keep up with posting my photos - firstly to share the beauty, and secondly to keep a diary of our trip.  It only took 1 day and I was on island time... way too laid back to care. This is the first sunset we saw from our lanai. Pretty wonderful.
 From the same lanai, the next morning, looking towards the West Maui mountains..... really, just hills..  I am from BC after all!
 All around the property were the most amazing hibiscus plants. Breathtaking.
This piece of art was inside our rental condo. I found it mesmerizing.  I wish I could give tribute to the artist but I have no idea who it was.