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Old 05-18-2011   #16 (permalink)
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Day 4

We finally slept in a little bit, getting up around 6:00am. I know that is still early, but my body just never really got use to the 5 hour time difference.

When we were eating a little breakfast on the Lanai, I looked up and saw a beautiful rainbow over the ocean. This is such a cool place.





After breakfast we decided to drive around the NW part of the island.

Our first stop was a place called the Dragon’s teeth. This was a neat spot where the lava is more gray colored. I guess it is that way because of the lava mixing with the sand when it was flowing out.








We then drove north to a place where we hiked in to see the Nakalele Blowhole. We first came to a smaller blowhole that was near a light beacon.






We then hiked on and came to the Nakalele Blowhole. I had read that it was best to check the tides as it really blows best when the tide is high. This morning must have been low tide as there really wasn’t much to it. Oh well, it was still a pretty cool hike along the coast.








We then drove on to where we hiked in to find something called the Olivine pools. We were a little confused at the directions we had, but eventually found the correct spot. The pools didn’t really look like they did in the pictures we had seen, but again it was a really cool hike on a really neat part of the island.





Dee Dee reading the book to see if we were is the right spot



Yep, this is the spot as the book said to look for the heart shaped pool








Our next stop was Julia’s. The Maui Revealed book said they have the best banana bread on the planet there, so we had to stop and get some. As we were driving on the narrow road, we had to drive just past Julia’s on a corner to find a place to park. As we drove by, Julia said “hello, stop here for some banana bread”. Since we were in a convertible and driving really slow by her it was easy to hear her. She had samples of everything there for us to try. We got a loaf of banana bread and a bag of fresh homemade taro chips. We had tried a sample, but it wasn’t until later when we cut into the banana bread that we realized that we should have bought at least two loaves. It really is the best banana bread on the planet!!!!!








After that we drove on to Wailuku to get some gas for the car. We stopped at a Shell station. As I gassed up the car, Dee Dee went in to use the restroom. The attendant there said that they didn’t have a bathroom and that there was a public one just down the street. Dee Dee walked to where the gal said to go and found a bathroom with a sign on it that said it was NOT a public restroom. I have never been to a gas station in the United States before that didn’t have a restroom to use.

Since we still needed to find a bathroom we decided to stop at the McDonalds we had just passed by. So we went to McDonalds and got some ice cream and used their restrooms. That was all normal, but then Dee Dee noticed that they had a sign up that said “No Loitering, please eat your food and leave within 20 minutes” What the heck is going on here???? This all of a sudden didn’t seem like the friendliest place we have been.

We then went to the Iao Needle State Park. This was a really beautiful peaceful lush deep valley.
The Iao Needle is a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater.

Iao Valley is the site of one of the most famous battles that occurred in 1790 and changed Hawaii history forever when King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in an effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

Here's the view down to the coast


Iao Needle






We also found a geocache very close to where we parked. I was able to exchange a travel bug there. If you aren’t familiar with geocaching you can read up on it here: http://www.geocaching.com if you are interested. This really wasn’t a geocaching vacation, but we did manage to find eight of them to add Hawaii to the states we have found geocaches in.

We then drove back to the condo with a quick stop at the Safeway store for a couple things.

Back at the condo we had a light lunch and a margaritas on the lanai. This is when I found out how good the banana bread was. The margaritas turned out pretty good too.





After lunch we went out to get some sun by the pool, but that was cut short as it started raining and rained pretty hard for an hour or so.

We cleaned up and drove to Lahaina to go see Warren and Annabelle’s magic and comedy show. http://www.warrenandannabelles.com
I had read how good this was so we decided since we were here, to give it a try. We were very glad that we went. The drinks, food and show were all excellent. We really had a great time.




Annabelle's magic piano


Warren


After the show we walked around Lahaina a bit and then called it a night.
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Great report & gorgeous pictures -- can't wait to see the rest !! Thanks for posting !! And, I'm so glad you decided to go commando (I laughed out loud at that one) !!
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I don't care that you went commando... in my mind, the story will always be that you wore Dee Dee's purple panties

This is a very different trip. Not nearly as many food pictures! And not a single mention of bacon.

Happy Anniversary!
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Thanks all for the happy anniversary wishes . We wanted to do something different to celebrate and this was a perfect combination of tourist activities and relaxation .

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the funny thing is that I can't believe he remembered what color they were (I would actually say they were lavender).
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the funny thing is that I can't believe he remembered what color they were (I would actually say they were lavender).
To guys (and many women!)... lavender is purple.
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Happy Anniversary!

I love this photo. Beautiful!

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Happy Anniversary!

I love this photo. Beautiful!

Tim took all the photos so he gets the credit but I had to post to say that I love your new avatar!
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Tim took all the photos so he gets the credit but I had to post to say that I love your new avatar!
Thank You!

Just want to say, I also loved the shot of the little waterfall on one of your hikes Looks so tranquil! Perfect spot for a dip!
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Great report & gorgeous pictures -- can't wait to see the rest !! Thanks for posting !! And, I'm so glad you decided to go commando (I laughed out loud at that one) !!
Thanks Jackie, looking back on it I can't believe I even considered the other option.....


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I don't care that you went commando... in my mind, the story will always be that you wore Dee Dee's purple panties

This is a very different trip. Not nearly as many food pictures! And not a single mention of bacon.

Happy Anniversary!

OMG Z, you had me rolling when I read your reply. I'm not sure why, but I kept forgetting to take pictures of our main meals. There should be a few more food pics the next couple days though..... and good news, I think there is even some bacon

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Happy Anniversary!

I love this photo. Beautiful!

Thanks Erica, that is one of my favorite from the trip too

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Just want to say, I also loved the shot of the little waterfall on one of your hikes Looks so tranquil! Perfect spot for a dip!

The waterfall that I wanted to take a dip at was this one.



We hiked in a ways to it and we were the only ones there. I told Dee Dee that we could go skinny dipping and not even have to get our suits wet. It might have been a good thing we didn't though, as when we climbed out, there was a gal sitting up on top looking down in.

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Day 5

We had no real plans for today. It was time to move the vacation a little more into relax mode.

We got up and went for a walk down to Whalers Village on the beach boardwalk and then back on the beach. One really nice thing they have here is a boardwalk that runs along the beach in front of and through the hotels and resorts. There were lots of walkers and runners using it everyday.





Some morning beach walk pics






looking toward Black Rock





almost back to the condo





This is the condo building we were in. Our unit was on the ground level, the second one from the right.







We ate a simple breakfast on the lanai. After that, we went down to the beach. I did some snorkeling. I had read that there was good snorkeling right from shore here. What I didn’t know was that the good snorkeling was a 150 yards or so to the north of where we entered the beach. So it took me a while to figure that out. Once I did, the snorkeling was great. There were tons of fish there and all over the place, even many very close to shore. I loved seeing all the different kinds of fish. One that I really liked was the Hawaiian state fish called humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Or often called a humuhumu or even just humu for short. I didn't have a waterproof camera case with me so here is a photo that I got off of the internet of one.




Here's a picture of me snorkeling nowhere near the coral and fish



Here's a picture of a Monk seal that was sleeping on the beach. After a few hours he waddled down into the water and swam away.



One thing that Dee Dee really wanted to do when we were there was to try stand up paddle boarding. I have a cousin that is really into it and she even sells stand up paddle boards in Minnesota.

We were able to get her a lesson and board rental at the Westin Hotel just to the north of where we were staying.

Here are some pics of Dee Dee doing the stand up paddleboard thing.









After Dee Dee was done, I got back in the water and did some more snorkeling.

For lunch, we just went back to the condo and had a nice simple lunch on the lanai with margaritas. It was so peaceful there, we just loved it.

After lunch, we hung out at the small pool that was just outside our door. We got some sun, some shade and enjoyed a little swimming. It was a really nice afternoon.




In the evening, we drove down to Lahaina again. We wanted to get some souvenirs and see the big banyan tree. We got lucky and found a spot in the free parking lot again. First, we walked to Banyan Tree Park and saw the huge banyan tree. It was pretty cool. The only downfall was that they were having a flee market of some sort there that day, so there were a lot of people around the park when we were there.




We then went to the Cool Cat Cafe for supper. It was kind of a 50's diner type of place. We split a Bogy burger, a Mahi Mahi burger and a basket of onion rings and french fries. It was all excellent. I'd say the burger was one of the best that I have had in a long time. I had a Wailea wheat beer and it was also very good. Dee Dee had a lava flow. We really enjoyed the Cool Cat Cafe as the food, drinks and service was all excellent.





our supper -if you look close you will see there was bacon on the awesome burger



After supper, we walked around a while and bought some tee shirts and souvenirs.

We drove back to the condo with the top down on the convertible. Have I mentioned that I love having a convertible in Hawaii?????



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Hi Tim and Dee Dee! Happy Anniversary! I am so glad I logged in and saw your trip report - the report and pictures are amazing!! And you guys geocache?? That is cool - we've only done it at state parks, but love it! Okay, I am showing my husband this trip report and convincing him that we MUST go to Hawaii!
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Hi Tim and Dee Dee! Happy Anniversary! I am so glad I logged in and saw your trip report - the report and pictures are amazing!! And you guys geocache?? That is cool - we've only done it at state parks, but love it! Okay, I am showing my husband this trip report and convincing him that we MUST go to Hawaii!
Thanks and yep, we like geocaching, I think we have a little over 500 finds. It's kind of fun and has taken us to some pretty cool spots that we wouldn't have found had we not been looking for a cache. Good luck convincing your husband to go to Hawaii. Hopefully we will get to see you guys again sometime either in Minnesota or Playa

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Love this report! Beautiful pictures!
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We did the 25th in Hawaii thing too 5 yrs ago. Yeah, the Macadamia Banana pancakes! We went to Ome's to get ours.

Great report!

What is the significance of the magic piano part? I went to their site, but couldn't fid anything about it.
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