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

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