Monday, May 28, 2012

Maui - Part 1

On Saturday morning we arrived on the island of Maui! We are staying with Cory's grandparents at the best location on the island, and in a very nice condo (The Whalers)  with a amazing view....


On our way to the condo we stopped at Kimo's Restaurant for lunch and a slice of hula pie.  It was delicious, and we had a great view of the ocean.

Later that evening we relaxed in the lanai to watch the waves and people diving off the "black rock" in the distance.  We saw dozens of rainbows that seemed to last forever!

If you look closely you will see that this is a double rainbow!

In the morning Grandma made us omelets for breakfast. Yum!  Then we went to the Iau Valley Needle.  Here is what says about the attraction:

"The lovely, deep valley of 'Iao features the 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the 'Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Pu'u Kukui Crater. Once used as a natural altar, the 2,250-foot stone pillar, covered in green foliage, is really a basaltic core that has survived eons of swirling water. 'Iao Valley is a peaceful lush area with easy hikes, exotic tropical plants, and clear, natural pools. The ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbor.'Iao Valley is the site of one of the most famous and bloody battles that changed Hawaii history forever. On this site, In 1790, King Kamehameha I destroyed the Maui army in his effort to unite the Hawaiian Islands."

 The Needle

 We couldn't believe how big the tree trunk was!

 Beautiful valley.

Later that afternoon we had a picnic lunch at a nice Chinese themed garden in the valley.  It was packed!  We are thinking that everyone may have been out for Memorial Day weekend.

On our way back to the condo we went around the north corner of the island.  It was quite an adventure.  The road was one-lane at many points, extremely twisty, and on the edge of a cliff for most of the way.  Of course the view was great for the passengers.  Thank you to Grandpa for driving! :)

We went snorkeling today at the black rock at the Ka'anapali beach and it was crystal clear! We have never seen such clarity in Hawaii except for at Oahu's Kailua Beach.  This location happens to be in the same location as the world famous turtle story my Dad always tells when he went snorkeling in Maui.  I think I found that same turtle, or a relative. There were at least two or three turtles out there today, some interesting fish, and the water was shark free. After doing some snorkeling I decided that I would jump off the black rock too...

- Cory and Emilie

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