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S: MAUI, 2010

BC: Thank you, Uncle Rich, for sharing in our vacation. We had a BLAST... Love, Sis Ty, Lee & Cam

FC: MAUI, 2010

1: ALOHA love, affection

2: It was hard to stay home (as beautiful as home was) when there was so much to see and do on the island.

3: Now, WHERE do you want to drive today?

4: This book was our "Bible"for our explorations around the island... We found "hidden jewel" beaches, waterfalls, and snorkeling fun. Must have.

5: Maui is named after the demigod that drew the Hawaiian Islands up from the ocean and is the Valley Isle. Legend says that "Maui captured the Sun and secured the promise of long days for the enjoyment of the people and visitors of these islands."Maui is the second largest island in the Hawaiian chain. Beautiful beaches, wonderful snorkeling, and stunning upcountry complete with horses and a dormant volcano... Did you know- Maui has been voted Best Hawaiian Island".

6: Getting Around Our Island... We quickly realized that the only way to really see Maui was by car. Everything is very spread out and because we were staying in Hula (upcountry), most days we spent at least a couple of hours driving. Also, Maui has only a handful of major roads. Two of the roads follow the coastline around the two volcanoes that form the island, Haleakala and Puu Kukui (the West Maui Mountains), one road goes up to Haleakala's summit, one road goes to Hana, one goes to Wailea, and one goes to Lahaina. It sounds simple, right? Well, it isn't because the names of the few roads change en route. eventually we learned to rely on the "Mile Markers", Rit phone, and "Bible" to find our way.

7: -Plants and Foods of Maui- We enjoyed finding many different plants that are native to Hawaii (some exclusive to only Maui). Trying new foods and fruits was also an experience we won't soon forget. We all still crave the "fast (hot) food" Hawaiian style from the "Superette" market. These are a few foods new to us... poi — a starchy paste made from mashing cooked taro with a little bit of water. kalua pig — a whole pig cooked in an imu, or underground oven. laulau — pork, salted fish and taro leaves wrapped in ti or banana leaves and baked in an imu, steamed or broiled. | Haleakala silverswords ('ahinahina) | Lychee

8: Baldwin Beach Park Baldwin beach has a long, beautiful, sandy beach with waves that have a harsh shore break. The waves and currents, can be pretty dangerous. We called this the "wave smashing" beach.

10: Continued...

11: Baldwin Beach Park | The Smashing Wave Beach

13: TURTLE BAY | Every day was a new adventure. Each beach more beautiful than the last. Pack some lunch, mix some Tang, and we were off.

15: Twin Falls | The first and closest set of falls has a rope swing that drops into the natural pool below. | The second set of falls is about another mile up Ho'olawanui Stream. Can you believe Tyler jumped from the top of these falls (30-40 ft.) into the pool below?

16: Black Rock Beach

17: The large, black lava rock divides Ka'anapali Beach in half. Snorkeling around the rock is legendary. It is almost completely encrusted in coral with a large assortment of fish and the friendliest sea turtles (The turtles actually swam right up to us.) Black Rock is the site where ancient Hawaiians believed that their spirits "jumped off or left this world. Each island has such a spot. It was believed that a spirit left this world to join its ancestors. If there were no ancestors to greet the spirit, it would wander the earth causing mischief.

18: Haleakala ("House of the Sun") National Park is Maui's main natural attraction. It is the world's largest dormant volcano. Topping out at 10,023 feet (3,055 meters), it is the third highest volcano in the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiians recognized the mountain as a sacred site. Ancient chants tell of Pele, the volcano goddess, and one of her siblings doing battle on the crater floor where Kawilinau (Bottomless Pit) now stands. We couldn't see much more than clouds and dirt but going up the mountain was an experience in itself. We drove from sea level to 10,000 feet in just 37 miles. As usual on vacations, the most random things become most memorable: We got to pet horses...!Is what the boys remember most.! | Silverswords grow only in Hawaii & take from 4 to 50 years to bloom.

19: Haleakala Crater

20: Makena (Big) Beach

21: Makena (Big) beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Maui... No hotels, pristine waters, velvet soft sand, and Makena (Little) Beach to keep everyone wondering- What is it like over there? | Little Beach?

22: Wialea and Makena Beach | Wailea, and the smaller Makena to the south, are resort areas on the south side of Maui, immediately south of the town of Kihei. They are known for their luxury resorts, upscale restaurants, fancy shopping center and expensive golf courses. | Tyler worked here at Capische-- a VERY nice restaurant.

23: This daytrip started off in Kula and went around the northwest coast of Maui. After passing through Kahului (where the airport is), we passed through the town of Wailuku. | Then we took Hwy 30 (a winding two-lane road) through the West Maui mountains. These mountains are older than Haleakala - more eroded, lush, and alive. | Wailuku

24: Kahakuloa Village Traveling along the West Coast is one of the most scenic drives on the island. Just before the Nakelele Blowhole and the Olivine Pools (going south) the NARROW Highway 340 descends the mountain and enters Kahakuloa Village. This community is one of the most isolated spots on Maui and most of the residents work in and around the village. | YUMMY...

25: This 636-foot high hill is on a point east of Kahakuloa. Part of this hill is called Kahekili's Leap. In the 18th Century a Maui king, Kahekili, use to spend time in this area. Legend says that before breakfast, the King would climb 200-feet up the hill and "leap" into the water below.

26: Kapalua | We continued our tour around the northwest coastline. Driving toward Kapalua from the north, we started off snorkleing in Honoloa Bay just outside of Kapalua.

27: Honolua Bay is a Marine Life Conservation District. Because no fishing of is allowed here, the sea life is dense and diverse/ The walk itself down through the trees to Honolua Bay is beautiful. The path emerges from the trees right at the center of the bay. We took frozen peas and attracted sooo many fish to us. A school of HUGE fish became best buddies with Rich and would not leave his side. Actually, It was a bit scary to have them so close and uninhibited. We swam with the turtles too.

28: After snorkeling in Honolua Bay, we headed back north on Highway 30, We stopped next at Nakalele Point. The drive is extraordinary, the views so diverse, and the one lane road keeps you on your toes. | Nakalele Point | Cam decided it was time for him to do some meditative walking, Lee enjoyed the worship, while Rich donned his Flying Nun costume and took to the cliffs.

29: Wonderful

30: The Olivine Pools were named for a semi-precious gem found encrusted in the surrounding lava and sandstone. The naturally-formed swimming pools are on a lava shelf stretching along the coastline. Rich and Ty went down the dangerous ladder to look around and swim.

31: Olivine Pools

32: One day, as we past mile marker 35 and before the town of Kaupo, we stumbled upon Hui Aloha Church and cemetery. We parked along the road and then walked onto the beautiful grounds.

33: The church, grave sites, and surrounding property were magical. | At the edge of the site, we enjoyed incredible views of the southeast Maui coastline.

34: Hamoa Beach

35: As we continued and left civilization far behind, the road deteriorated to dirt... We were twisting and turning and bouncing over potholes, Well worth the drive to idyllic Hamoa Beach/ Described as - “one of the most beautiful curves of sand in the world.”

36: Seven Sacred Pools | The Seven Sacred Pools are a collection of lovely waterfalls and tranquil pools. The water flows through the O'heo Gulch and into the ocean nearby. The easiest to reach and the nicest pools we visited were located near the shoreline. The Seven Sacred Pools are part of Haleakala National Park... of which we are now proud card carrying members.

37: We all had so much fun jumping here... (There was even an underground tunnel that went from this pool to the next over.) Don't worry Mom, we didn't try it.

38: Lahaina started as an ancient Hawaiian fishing village. Then westerns and their tall ships began sailing to the islands and Lahaina became a popular town due to it's natural harbor. Several of the buildings and much of the history of the area revolves around those early years of the 1800's. | Old Lahina Jail

39: Banyan Tree Park Front Street, Lahina | It's more than 50 feet tall, has 12 major trunks, and shades two-thirds of an acre in Courthouse Square.

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