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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 24th 2019

Several pods outside of the immediate beach area. Playing, I assume, tails in the air, like Super Bowl coin flip? One was only about 75 yards from shore, near Malaaea Harbor. I thought the wind would bother them. Not at all. Wonderful start to another week in paradise. Sadly, they found a women's body at the Wailua golf course over on Kauai. I played it many times in the past. Imagine the shock of hunting birdies and eagles and finding a dead human? They actually found a second body, male 26 years old. Perhaps a crime scene? Two years since our last visit, so the new bypass around Lahaina is operational. But I miss the iconic view of this town, Lahaina, as we get closer to our digs. May have to rent a road bike and ... read more
Birds of paradise
Kauai sunset

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 23rd 2019

This is a great way to spend a day on Maui. Het away form the crowds. Breakfast at Kula Lodge After catching a magnificent sunrise at Haleakala (one of our favorite Maui traditions) we headed for a hearty breakfast at nearby Kula Lodge and Restaurant, an Upcountry landmark since 1949. At a 3,200-feet elevation, the lodge and restaurant offer spectacular sweeping views from mountain (mauka) to ocean (makai) and the property itself is cradled in beautiful private gardens. The house specialty is the Haleakala Mountain of a Meal, featuring two buttermilk pancakes, two eggs any style, and choice of ham, bacon, or Portuguese sausage piled high on the plate. My hubby loved it. For me, it had to be Macadamia Nut Pancakes. And yes, everything was delectable. Tour Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm ... read more
Lush and pretty!!
Balloons???

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 9th 2019

I am reading a book about The Blind Traveler, a Lieutenant James Holman, of Her Majesty's Royal Navy. He traveled the world after he became blind. He then proceeded to write several books about travel that were better than books by authors who could see. He relied on the observations of others, and used his other tactile senses to describe famous works of art and architectural gems. Perhaps nowhere I have been has the unique smells, or more delicately, fragrances of the Hawaiian Islands. As soon as you step off of the plane, you can smell the native flora and feel the heat and humidity, where the "air is so dewy sweet, you do not have to lick postage stamps". They say people from the Midwest, who have never seen an ocean, smell the warm, blue ... read more
Monk seals and the beach have a unique smell
Spam musubi smells great!
Lava tubes are cool!

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 6th 2019

While we no longer dine on the expensive side here, Hawaii does boast some of the best chefs in the world. And we have been to a few, over the years. If you have not tried at least one of these chef's delights, I would go at least once. What exactly is Hawaiian Regional cuisine? It blends Hawaii's unique flavors with the cuisine of the world. These twelve founding chefs decided to feature the freshest island ingredients, such as cattle raised on the Big Island, fruit and vegetables from their rich,volcanic soil, and the fresh fish from the Pacific. You will have to read the rest of my blogs form this trip to learn the secrets to island dining. My personal favorite is Roy Yamaguchi, who heads up the world wide chain of Roy's. His outpost ... read more
The great Bev Gannon
Roy can be found world wide!!!

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 14th 2016

Today we made the drive up to the top of Haleakala. It was a perfect day for it. There weren't even the normal clouds around the mountain. As a matter of fact, it was quite warm for this elevation...59 degrees. Normally it's in the 30's or 40's. From the floor of the ocean, the total height of Haleakala is over 29,000 ft, which would make it taller than Mt. Everest. Haleakala is the dormant volcano that comprises all of the largest section of the island of Maui. It is humongous, rising to just over 10,000 ft above sea level. It's a pretty long drive up to the summit from sea level at the base, something like 38 miles. Climbing 10,000 ft from sea level requires a lot of twists and turns, but this is much easier ... read more
Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Crater
Haleakala Summit

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry February 12th 2016

We left our resort on Kaanapali Beach around 9:00 AM. I warned Jackie that it would end up being a 12 hour day and I was pretty darn close. Our first stop was Charley's in Paia. Paia is the town that is at the beginning of the Hana Highway. Jan and I just stopped there on probably our second drive to Hana quite a few years ago. Way back then we learned that Charley's was a favorite hangout for Willie Nelson, who has a home near there. The story goes that he comes in and plays whenever he's around. There have been many other famous musicians that have played there, too. They serve a great breakfast there and also some great Bloody Marys. You have to be fortified for the long drive ahead. It's a mere ... read more
Bloddy Mary Toast at Charley's
Charley's
Charley's

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry October 22nd 2014

Today I check out of Old Lahaina House and head off to the retreat that I came for. Dont have to check in until 5pm so thought I would take a drive to Hana which is one of the things to do while you are here and it will fill in the day, and because I so like to drive on the wrong side of the road! So it is 50 miles to Hana which is on the far east side of Maui, I was staying on the west side. The travel guide says "You have never experienced anything quite like the twisting, turning, spectacular road to Hana." Yep, I agree. I thought the Great Ocean road had a lot of twists and turns, then NZ beat that, well the road to Hana beats them ALL!!! ... read more
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North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry October 21st 2014

Dinner at Fleetwood's was great last night. A rooftop restaurant only open 2 years. Mick Fleetwood lives on Hawaii now. Was sitting at the bar having a drink and in comes a bagpiper! There are 2 pipe bands in Hawaii, who would have thought? Anyway she was there to pipe in the evening or something, but it was cool. Next came in a Hawaiian who did a traditional welcome to the evening and told a bit of a story, all very interesting and a fun thing to see. While having dinner (local fish with lobster and yummy sauce) a guy got up with his guitar and sang requests of 60's and 70's songs, all in all a really lovely place and great atmosphere. This morning headed back over to Kahului to meet up with Marilyn from ... read more
Maui welcome
Dinner at Fleetwood's
Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry March 18th 2014

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Upcountry June 2nd 2013

Maui Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on this earth. When you go be ready to have a blast in and out of the water. Now one of the main reason to go to Mai is for the water but there are plenty of things to do out of the water that are just as fun. Going to Maui there are some expenses that you just can't get away from, like plane tickets, and a place to stay. We were able to get our round trip tickets from Portland International airport with Alaskan airlines round trip for $417.00 dollars per person. Now we also started looking 9 months in advance. It is amazing how often the prices changed, they were up and down just like the stock market. So we recommend setting a date ... read more
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