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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului February 14th 2012

Sure the Big Island is the biggest, but you can't have a biggest without a second biggest. Step up to the plate Maui. While she's less than a quarter the size of the Big Island, some of the driving times are extensive enough that you still get the sensation of a road trip whilst navigating the rental around the island. I mentioned in the previous blog how all sealife should be high tailing it straight to Hawaii due to its temperate aqua living conditions. Whales, specifically Humpbacks, being smarter than your average ocean dweller, have tuned in to the message, if the numbers we bore witness to are any indication. The body of water between Maui, Lanai and Molokai plays host to God knows how many of these doyens of the deep. At any time of ... read more
Haleakala crater
Paia
Haleakala crater

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului October 1st 2011

Oct 1-4 We arrived in Maui pretty early, arount 9:30 am since the flight was only 1/2 hour from Oahu. About a 1/2 drive to get to our hotel in Wailea on the South side of the island. We were staying at the Fairmont at Wailea, a Moroccan looking hotel with an Arabian Nights motif. The rooms were all suites so they were quite spacious. The hotel was awesome and had we not had a ton of activities planned it would have been great to just chill at the pools and beach. But no relaxing here, we needed to be up at 2 am to get up to the top of Haleakala Volcano watch the sunrise a 10,000 feet. Needless to say we did get up at 2am but our van was an hour late picking ... read more
Sunrise on Haleakala
Sunrise on Haleakala
Silversword Plant

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului May 17th 2010

Whoopee! We are finally on our way. Becky turns and looks at me with a giggle and a grin "We're going to Hawaii!" Like i didn't know that. But i laughed and said "Yes, at last we are." After a 5 hour flight we landed without incident. I'd like to pause a second to thank the kind and generous flight attendant who moved us to 4 empty seats so that i could accomodate my particular needs, have more leg room, and eventaully take a nap. I was very grateful for the preferential treatment. Through security, down this ramp, and around that bend we, and other groups of travellers, were all finally spit out into bright sunshine and very blue skies with white puffy clouds. Humid air wrapped around me immediately and though not uncomfortably hot, it ... read more
Lettie
Fun on Wheels
"Da Kitchen"

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului April 21st 2010

Before arriving in Hawaii, I’d asked a lot of friends who’d gone before what were the not-miss things to do. Everyone I spoke to said I had to see the sunrise at Haleakala Volcano in Maui. Yesterday, I did the drive along the Road to Hana followed by an evening at a Luau. After the Luau and some visiting, we returned to the ship to nap. I tried tricking my body into thinking I was going to bed for the night, rather than just 2 ½ hours. Not sure how well that worked, but at 3:15am, the alarm went off and me and my roomie (Emina) were getting up and ready to go. By 4am, six of us were packed into the van and heading off towards Haleakala National Park. The drive from the ship took ... read more
Bundled Up
Waiting for the Sun
Above the Clouds

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului April 20th 2010

Today’s Hawaiian adventure was set in Maui. A car (well, van) load of us set off to explore the Road to Hana. Again, I was the driver. The Road to Hana is 42 miles long and is literally carved into the North-Eastern side of the island. Friends who had been to Maui before recommended this trip and I’d read a lot about it. The Road to Hana has been called the Road to Heaven. The drive was meant to be both beautiful and challenging - 50 one lane bridges, cliffs crashing down to the sea, countless hairpin turns - we were up for it! I’d managed to borrow a copy of an audio guide for the Road to Hana. It was quite good - you timed it with different spots and mile markers and it provided ... read more
Along the Road to Hana
Twin Falls
Twin Falls

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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului January 23rd 2009

Today we decided to go on a Whale - Watching Cruise with the Pacific Whale Foundation. The weather was beautiful and clear and we had been hearing all about many whale sightings from shore. We took the bus to Ma'alaea Harbor and boarded the catamaran boat for our cruise. The water was great and we could see the Maui wind farm on the hill in the distance. I saw approximately 2 spoutings and 3 curved black backs slip into the water, but no spectacular breaches or tail-up dives. Of course one would have to be watching all day or more to perhaps see those. We did see a mother and her baby whale (a calf) swimming together. The glare from the bright sunshine sometimes made it difficult to spot whales in the distance. When we (Ray ... read more
The Maui Wind farm
Maui Ocean Center
Hawai'i's Sate Fish

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului January 23rd 2009

Ann took it easy. I was the one with an adventure, but it wasn't any that Susan had suggested. Because the program did not include the first two meals and because Ann was not up to walking someplace to eat, especially given the circuitous route required to get from our room to the street, I went over to a nearby grocery store and bought some portable edibles for our breakfast. The clerk at the store suggested I sign up for their store's card. Despite letting her know I was leaving the next day, she insisted and promptly saved me three dollars! Pleased with my cheap plunder (we still had more than a week and less than a third of our cash supply), I returned to the hotel by the route I'd followed to get to the ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului January 22nd 2009

Ann was up early and ready to go up the volcano. Our bus had to leave at 8 in order to make the summit and give us time to tour before the road was to be closed for repair work. She bustled me to get ready and, with bags on our shoulders and warm clothes on, we grabbed breakfast on the fly (it was continental) and were on the bus in plenty of time. I dreaded the idea of not being able to breathe when we got to the top of Hale'akala. As the bus slowly wound around the hairpin curves, going higher and higher, we took deep breaths and found that even above the tree line, we were not getting light-headed. I took hope from that. One of the things pre-occupying us was trying to ... read more
Catchng the rainbow
At the summit
Panarama

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului January 22nd 2009

We get our continental breakfast "to go " this AM from the dinning room and quickly board the bus (Duane's Bus) to ascend from sea level to Haleakala at 10,000 ft. We are all prepared with warm clothing (rain coats)and told to walk slowly and breathe deeply to guard against altitude sickness. So we all settled in and ate our breakfasts and dozed. It is a 2 hour bus ride and we got to the top about 8:30 am. Susan had been told by park rangers that the road would be closed from 9:00 am on for road maintenance and repairs so we needed to be there before 9:00 and be ready to descend by then too! So it seems we were on a tight early morning schedule. Once we arrived, we were told that the ... read more
Haleakala Crator
Haleakala Crator - the other side
John at Haleakala

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului January 21st 2009

After a "continental " breakfast, we visit Lahaina - the Whalers Village - by motorcoach. Our first stop is the Lahainaluna School Hale Pa'i Printing Press Museum. We see the importance of the printing press to Hawai'ians. In spite of the fact that many diseases were introduced to the Hawai'ians, Susan says the missonaries did the Hawaiians a favor by introducing the Printing Press. Before the printing press, Hawai'ian history was all verbal, passed from one generation to the next. Our guide gave us a demonstration on the printing press and explained how the press helps to teach the students of today by giving them a view of the past. While we were there, suddenly a siren sounded and then students started coming out of all the classrooms. It was the signal for the changing of ... read more
printing press demonstration
The Printing Press
straight Royal Palms




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