19 Mar A Week in Maui
Just another week in paradise. Maui was quite a contrast after a relatively sleepy week on Kaua’i. More people, more cars, more strip malls (especially in Kihei, where we were staying).
But the beaches are beautiful and much safer to swim at, and there is no shortage of things to do and see. We drove up Haleakala, saw the crater for about three minutes before the mist rolled in, and then did some determined hiking in the cold and rain.
We eloped at Keawakapu Beach, at 4:30pm on December 21. It was clear and sunny, our feet were bare, the sand was warm. It was perfect, of course.
On Christmas Eve, we went snorkeling at Molokini and saw a whale performing her joyous ritual on the way back – leaping out of the water, smacking her tail, sending plumes of water into the air – it was awe-inspiring. The snorkeling at Molokini was alright, but not as good as other places we went – Maluaka Beach and Po’olenalena Beach, especially, where we saw lots of sea turtles. My spirit animal!
We also got a surf lesson in with Goofy Foot in Lahaina. Our instructor was great and we both caught a bunch of waves. No photographic evidence, but it’s true, I swear.
Somewhere in there we also did the infamous Road to Hana and rat-raced around with hundreds of other tourists to photograph a zillion waterfalls. It’s a competitive sport, don’t you know. Past the Seven Sacred Pools, the point at which 98% of people turn around and drive all the way back, the trip became much more enjoyable. (It’s true the road is much narrower, but it’s nothing compared to the roads in Tobago, for instance.) After a day of overgrown lush jungle, the landscape opens up with rolling plains on one side of the road and the ocean on the other. The sun shone, our road trip soundtrack was playing, and we had nowhere to be and nothing we had to do.
It was paradise.