FC: Maui, Hawaii October 2010
1: "Maui no ka oi" - Maui is the best! Legends say the demigod Maui pulled the Hawaiian Islands from the sea and lassoed the sun atop Haleakala, the island’s highest peak. The island of Maui was named after this mythological being, perhaps because the shape of the island is said to resemble his head and body. | Aloha means affection, love, peace, compassion, and mercy, as well as hello and goodbye.
2: ALOHA MAUI October 2010 Our trip to paradise! The Valley Isle | We arrived in Maui and were greeted with beautiful lei's at the airport in Kahului. On our way to our hotel in Wailea we drove past fields of sugar cane and the only sugar cane mill on Maui. We didn't get to see much of Haleakala since it was covered in clouds most of the time.
3: Fairmont Kea Lani - Wailea
4: Our stay at the Fairmont Kea Lani was amazing! It was right on the beach, everything was open to the outside, there were 3 pools, several restaurants, wonderful food, a full spa, shops...
5: Our room was amazing! It had an entry way, a marble bathroom with h&h sinks, a separate living room from the bedroom, h&h closets, and a serene view of the gardens! | Relax
7: What's not to love about the beach?
8: We had lots of fun - we spent the day in Lahaina and took a submarine tour under water, we walked around Front Street, saw the old Banyan tree planted in 1873, and went to the Royal Lahaina Luau.
9: Royal Lahaina Luau
11: We visited 'Iao Valley & Maui Tropical Plantation, and took a walk along a walking trail along the shoreline from our hotel.
12: More of our walk along a trail along the shoreline from our hotel at Polo Beach past the Grand Wailea Resort, and the Four Seasons. We had a lot of clouds, but 80 degrees every day with a nice warm breeze. It rained only a couple of times. The sunsets were incredible!
14: The animals on exhibit had to be collected under special permit with the Hawaii State Department of Land & Natural Resources | The Maui Ocean Center in Ma'alea Harbor
15: HONU In Hawaii, legend tells about a green sea turtle, Kauila, who could change herself into a girl to watch over the children playing at Punalu'u Beach on the Big Island. When Kauila's mother dug her nest, a fresh water spring surged upward, quenching the children's thirst. Kauila is the "mythical mother" of all turtles, and perhaps of our children as well. It's also said that turtles were the guides for the first voyagers to Hawaii. | HULA There are various legends surrounding the origins of hula. According to one Hawaiian legend Laka, goddess of the hula, gave birth to the dance on the island of Molokai, at a sacred place in Kaana. After Laka died, her remains were hidden beneath the hill Puu Nana. Another story tells of Hiiaka, who danced to appease her fiery sister, the volcano goddess Pele. This story locates the source of the hula on Hawaii, in the Puna district at the Hena shoreline. The ancient hula Ke Haa Ala Puna describes this event. Another story is when Pele, the goddess of fire was trying to find a home for herself running away from her sister Namakaokaha'i (the goddess of the oceans) when she finally found an island where she couldn't be touched by the waves. There at chain of craters on the island of Hawai'i she danced the first dance of hula signifying that she finally won. One story is that Pele asked Laka to amuse her because Pele was bored. So right away Laka got up and began to move gracefully, acting out silently events they both knew. Pele enjoyed this and was fascinated thus Hula was born.
16: ~ aloha ~
17: The sunsets were so amazingly beautiful - like you were seeing the sun set for the first time! | We were driving back to the hotel and saw cars lined up along side the road, people lining the beach - just to watch the sun slowly set behind the waves. It was as if everything and everyone stopped long enough to take it all in. My heart sank a little along with the sun.
19: Aloha, Maui ~ until we meet again...