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Maui and Kauai Day 6: Here Be Dragons

Whosoever shall complete this labyrinth shall get a Fig Newton. -Catherine

rain 88 °F

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Started our day by snorkeling near our hotel. We saw a lot of interesting fish. The waves started to get a bit choppy as we swam, possibly due to the hurricanes nearby (which are predicted to go north and south of the islands, respectively.) There were also strong winds and dark clouds in the sky.
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Us at the beach.
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A coconut tree by the beach. We couldn’t ascertain whether it was hostile or not.
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After snorkeling we went up to our room for a lunch on our balcony.
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We then drove up to Kapalua for a rugged hike...
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...which began with a harrowing journey across the Ritz-Carlton property.
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And then proceeded along a golf course before actually becoming at all rugged.
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A palm tree and its shadow.
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We hiked out along one of the peninsulas that guards Kapalua Bay.
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This area is called the Dragon’s Teeth. Catherine thought it looked more like a dragon’s spine.
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Us during the hike.
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Some views along the way.
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It was very windy.
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We found this labyrinth, which Daniel completed and Catherine also “completed” by stepping over the barriers into the middle of the maze.
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The end of the peninsula.
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Us at the edge.
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Some pictures of the waves breaking on the rocks.
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This one really shows the “dragon’s teeth” effect of the rocks.
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Some pictures around the resort.
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We then went in to Lahaina and had dinner at Lahainaluna Café. Catherine got a grilled cheese with bacon and Daniel tried the kalua pork sandwich. We shared fries and Maui onion straws. Both were delicious.
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No trip to Lahaina is complete without a visit to Lahaina Printsellers. Two years ago we bought a beautiful map of the Hawaiian Islands, a reproduction of one made by the Lahainaluna printing press which was the first map of Hawaii in Hawaiian. We had also had a long conversation with Bob, the salesman there who is an expert on maps. This time was almost exactly the same, except that this time we bought a map of the Azores made by the Society for the Dissemination of Useful Knowledge. They were dedicated to providing accurate information, and thus avoid adding any dragons, Sea-monsters, etc.
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We ended our night at Kimo’s, where a few employees seemed to be hanging out at the end of the day, and we had the opportunity to hear the bartender’s increasingly improbable suggestions for how to avoid large corporate chains and eat, drink, and buy local.

We have loved our time here in Maui but can’t wait to join our family in Kaua’i tomorrow.

Posted by danielcatherine 02:13 Archived in USA Tagged maps snorkeling storms lahaina dragons teeth hurricanes kimo’s lahainaluna_cafe Comments (0)

Hawaii Day 9: A Hole New World

semi-overcast 83 °F

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Today we slept in, having gotten back from the Road to Hana fairly late and needing sleep. Here are some pictures of the resort, which we haven't yet shown in great detail. It's very large, and the architecture is very open allowing the breeze to come through. We decided to head to the Nakalele Blowhole, north-east of the resort. In addition to the interesting nature of the blowhole itself, we heard that Julia's banana bread stand, said to be the best on the island, has a "pop-up stand" near the blowhole.
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We did find Julia's stand, but they had just run out of banana bread. We talked with the two men who were working there, and they advised A. That we come back tomorrow when they would have bread and B. That we not hike all the way down to the blowhole before first confirming that it was "going."
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Some views of the beautiful cliffs near the blowhole.
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It was extremely windy. The blowhole is at the very northern tip of the west side of Maui, which exposes it to the trade winds and makes this part of the island very windy. It was so intense that you could feel yourself almost being pushed back. We minded the edges and walked very carefully.
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The blowhole, which is emphatically not a water park. It is essentially a tube that waves go into, which then shoots water up like a geyser. We saw many people walking close to the blowhole. We had read an article saying that people die every year by being sucked into the blowhole, so we stayed well clear of it.
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We had some spam musubi in the car. This is a food, popular in Hawaii, which is essentially a piece of marinated spam with rice and a seaweed wrap. It was actually very good, and made a very decent lunch.
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A beautiful view on our drive back.
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Dessert: shave ice!
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Half guava and half lilikoi (passionfruit).
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The old fort in Lahaina, built by the Kingdom of Hawaii after a group of whalers fired cannons at a missionary settlement.
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Some views of the banyan tree, a huge tree planted in the late 19th century. It's as multiple trunks, which descent from the branches as vines and then attach to the ground. It is an amazing tree, providing shade for the space of an entire small park.
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Some of the historic district of Lahaina, including the Baldwin house, where a missionary/ physician named Baldwin lived.
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Kukui nut trees. These nuts were historically used to make torches, as they have a great deal of oil. They are also used to make leis.
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Some views of the beautiful sunset in Lahaina.
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We had plans to go to Lahainaluna Cafe at Front Street and Lahainaluna, so we parked by the banyan tree and walked down Front Street. It was beautiful. The "Lahaina Store" was an interesting historic building, and the street itself was very picturesque.
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On our way, we noticed this store selling prints of old art and maps. We went in...
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We bought this map and frame. It is the first map to be published in Hawaii and in the Hawaiian language, thus rendering, for instance, Molokai as "Molokai" rather than "Morotoi" as it had been on previous maps.
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We didn't buy this one. It cost over $20,000 because it is an original from the first publication of Captain Cook's map. It seems to have been written by Tahitian speakers (thus "Morotoi" and "Ranai"). While we didn't decide to buy it, it was thrilling to look over it and hold it. We also had a long and interesting conversation with Bob, who works there. We discussed maps, linguistics, and the various groups of people who settled in Hawaii.
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Delicious food at the Lahainaluna Cafe. The POG juice was very good, despite Daniel's objection to the mid-nineties children's game of POGs, which was named for the juice. We had a very nice evening, and were very happy to have found the Lahaina Printsellers shop.

Posted by danielcatherine 00:00 Archived in USA Tagged sunset park maps historic banyan blowhole prints shave_ice musubi lahaina_printsellers Comments (0)

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