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I’m up at 1.15am for the second time in two days in the hope that this time the bus that‘s supposed to take me up Mount Haleakala won’t leave me behind. It’s a full load, and our guide introduces himself as Trevor. I appear to be one of the younger members of the party. The email that came with the booking confirmation included “you must be able to hike a 1/2 mile at elevation and over uneven surfaces”; a few of these guys seem to be struggling to even get up the steps into the bus. They all finally manage to get seated. We haven’t rolled away from the hotel yet, but some them are now telling Trevor that they’re feeling a bit motion sick and ask him if he’s got any bags. I’m sensing we ... read more
Looking north west from Mount Haleakala
“View” from the summit of Mount Haleakala
Garden, Kula Lodge

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina June 13th 2022

I’m woken by my alarm at the obscene time of 1.15am for today’s little exercise, a tour to the top of Mount Haleakala to watch the sunrise. Issy’s decided to give this one a miss, and perhaps unsurprisingly didn’t seem overly interested in my suggestion that she get up to cook me a nice Hawaiian breakfast before I head off. The Mount is an impressive 3,055 metres high. We read that it‘s thought to have last erupted back in 1790, and volcanologists “think” that it’s now dormant. I assume this means they think it probably won’t blow its top today, which of course means that it still might. I hope Issy doesn’t know something that I don’t and that’s why she’s still tucked up in bed as I head off into the night. I’ve been instructed ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina June 12th 2022

We head off for a leisurely morning stroll along the Kapalua Coastal Trail which winds its way along the shore north of here. The Trail takes us past the calm, sandy and clearly very popular Kapalua Bay Beach. We pass a building hanging off the cliff face, which, if Google Maps is to be believed, is the Kapalua Cliff House. Apparently it’s a wedding venue, and it seems it’s been here since the 1940s. The reviews don’t however seem to mention anything about weddings, most just noting that it’s a good place to jump off the cliff from. I suppose you could include this in the ceremony, but I think the bride might want to have a few lifeguards on hand if she’s wearing any of the wedding dresses I’m used to seeing. One review says ... read more
Kapalua Beach
Kapalua Bay
Kapalua Beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui June 11th 2022

It’s Issy’s birthday, again, as it was yesterday, or was that the day before, when it was today. This is very confusing. I woke up in a cold sweat a few night ago thinking that I’d booked our accommodation here for the wrong nights. I then remembered the thing about the dateline, which meant that we got here before we left home …. I think. My head spun for a long time before I managed to get back to sleep again. Perhaps unsurprisingly we sleep in after a completely sleepless night on the plane the night before. I wonder why they don’t put bunk beds on planes. I’m sure they could fit just as many people in, they’d just be stacked vertically instead of horizontally. I’m sure there must be a good reason for this, I ... read more
Napili Bay Beach
Napili Bay Beach
Looking very relaxed, Napili Bay

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina June 10th 2022

So we head off on our first venture beyond our shores since the dreaded COVID hit back in early 2020. The main reason is of course to go to Canada to visit our beloved daughter Emma, who we haven’t seen for going on three years. We’ll then be continuing on to Europe, for all up nearly three months away from the cold and gloom of Melbourne in winter. Organising travel seems to have become a lot more complicated in the intervening period. Every country now seems to have developed its own unique rules for managing its visitors in times of the dreaded virus. We discover that the EU tried to introduce some uniformity amongst its 27 member states by developing an entry form that all its visitors could use. This seemed like a good idea until ... read more
Issy looking very relaxed
Napili Bay
I’m looking fairly relaxed too…

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui December 27th 2021

Monday: Haleakala!! Well, after much mulling and checking of weather forecasts, we decided to go ahead and make this the day we drive up to the 10,000’ dormant volcano. We headed out around 9 am, and stopped at our usual whale spotting place where we did see some, and Megan and Andrew got to hike a bit. We stopped at Makawao’s famous bakery just into the foothills – it’s where the Haleakala bikers pass through from their starting point at 6500’ up the mountain (no longer allowed to leave from the Park). We counted over 100 bikers descending. A really cute bohemian town with lovely shops – but no time! We worried about the clouds, but they stayed mostly off, and while the crater was a bit covered in wispy clouds, we got some great views, ... read more
1more whales
2enjoying the day
3Chukar

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Kahului December 15th 2021

On our way to New Zealand we had quick stop over in Hawaii. It was actually cheaper to fly via Mauii and Honululu than flying straight from LA to Auckland. Someone recommended to stay at the Banana Bungalow Hostel in Mauii, so we thought we check it out. Best decision ever. The hostel was so chilled and for around 30$ a night all the day tours were included as well. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm, but we got the room all to ourselves for 5 days. Everyone from staff to other guest were super nice. They had a small back yard with a hot tub and a kitchen. Everyone hu g out in the evening over a few beers and we met a lot of very interesting, mainly surfer dudes from California, but also ... read more
Enjoying my Mai Tai
Beach day
Catching the sunset

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Halekala National Park December 15th 2021

Amazing sunset Mauii is one of the most beautiful places I have visited so far. We stayed at the Banana Bungalow Hostel for 5 days. One of the perks staying here was that they offered free tours with different activities. One of the days we joined a tour that was supposed to take us up the Haleakala, one of the biggest crater volcanos, that is now dormant. The plan was to hike through the crater, which would have been an 8h hike. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions that day it was not possible to do the hike. When we arrived at the visitor center the winds were very strong and due to the fog you were not able to see anything. Instead we went to a lavender farm, which was probably equally as exciting. Not ... read more
Views from the volcano
Lavender farm

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina June 16th 2021

We decided to go back to Slappy Cakes again for the kids to make pancakes because they love doing it so much, this time with Jerry and Nancy. Then we made a quick drive up to Kapalua to see the golf course before heading back to the room and getting ready for a fun day at the resort. We all went out to the beach to play in the sand and ocean with whatever the kids came up with. Nathan wanted to build a volcano of sand with Steve and Vivian that would erupt, while Rosie swam as much as possible in the ocean with Nancy and Tory. The girls came up with a fun idea to lay on their bellies pretending to be mermaids as the waves came and crashed on them, then Nathan joined ... read more
3 buds in the tub
Slappy cakes part 2
Nancy reading to the girls

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina January 30th 2020

What else can go wrong? I accidenally published this blog entry withut the photo captions. Sigh. The rest of the tet is the same. The saga continues… I was in considerable pain from the left hip down to my ankle. Barb and Dianne drove me to the ER at Maui Memorial Hospital where I got to hurry up and wait for someone to talk to. The triage nurse was hilarious. After asking all the important questions he turned with a serious look on his face and asked if I had considered that it might just be "old man's disease". I'm pretty sure he knew his audience and wouldn't have said that to just anyone. They did x-ray my hip area and assured me that wasn’t a problem (I was concerned after my fall a few years ... read more
A view from the resort
Relaxing
Banana plant




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