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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)

Maui and Kaua’i Day 4: Tricks and Treats

all seasons in one day 91 °F

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We got up and went straight to Julia’s Best Banana Bread stand. Last time we were here we loved their bread, and we had to go back. The man at the stand told us he was going to show us “a trick and a treat.” The treat was banana bread samples.
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The trick was that he yells “hup hup hup” and throws pieces of bread, which causes a mongoose feeding frenzy. One of our fellow customers at the stand had never seen a mongoose, and thought they were rats. The man at the stand explained that they’re “like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.” We bought two loaves of banana bread, some passionfruit lemonade, some passionfruit butter, and some dried mango slices with li hing mui powder. Then we headed for the blowhole.
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We went a bit too far, and saw some beautiful places beyond the blowhole.
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Our Jeep.
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The wind at the blowhole is always incredible, and so are the views. We didn’t stay too long, having seen it before, but we were glad we went.
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Next we went to Honolua Bay, where after a short hike through the forest we arrived...
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...at the most amazing snorkeling location we’ve found. There were three diving boats in the bay, and lots of people snorkeling from the shore. We saw a lot of fish and, most amazingly, a small sea turtle! We’ve never snorkeled here without seeing a turtle.
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We went back to our room and had lunch after snorkeling. We had our leftover musubi, chips, some Julia’s banana bread, and the passionfruit lemonade. After that we headed to Upcountry!
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We stopped at Maui Wine for wine tasting and admiring the beautiful views from the cottage where King Kalakaua stayed. While there we had a nice conversation with a couple who had moved to Maui from Chicago, as well as an employee who was studying to become a teacher. Catherine recognized his surname as a Portuguese name, and he said his ancestors were from Madeira. We talked a bit with him and then headed back to Ka’anapali.
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Some Upcountry Maui views. It looks a lot like the Azores, and in fact many of the Portuguese people who came to Hawaii seem to have settled in this area.
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As we drove we talked to Catherine’s parents and got an update on Flora, who is doing very well and playing happily at their house like she does at ours.
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On our way back we stopped at the Maui Pineapple Store in Lahaina. Catherine went in, and the cashier asked her if, in addition to the pineapples we were buying we would like some fresh cut pineapple. Catherine accepted the offer, and we ate this delicious pineapple. After that, we went to have dessert at our hotel.

Posted by danielcatherine 01:25 Archived in USA Tagged turtles king wine pineapples snorkeling lahaina honolua bread portuguese kalakaua upcountry julia’s Comments (4)

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