Lahaina – Maui, Hawaii

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Aloha one final time!


The following contains photos and information from my recent trip to Maui the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. I have been home awhile now and so I am happy to share with you what I experienced. Mahalo.Also check out my wife’s post about Hawaiian culture!

It also includes some great info on The Road to Hana!

Or my other two Hawaiian Posts:

Welcome to Hawaii – A Look Back

The Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii

 


Today I am going to share with you a bit of our time we spent in Lahaina!

Here are some pictures that I snapped along the way with a little story thrown in for fun!

“Lāhainā is the largest census-designated place (CDP) in West Maui.”

It also “was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1820 to 1845”.

The city was a great place to go and we spent a good amount of time there visiting different shops, eating at multiple restaurants over the course of our trip, and taking in the great views that I am going to share with you today!


Welcome to Lahaina!
Welcome to Lahaina!
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Lahaina Surrounding Area
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One evening we decided to try out Aloha Mixed Plate.


Aloha Mixed Plate
Aloha Mixed Plate
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We had to park a short walk away and wait a bit for a table, but it was a great place to go!

The food was good and the views were fantastic!


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Shore Side Walk
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Wall Art - Turtle
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Sarah at Aloha Mixed Plate
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As you can see by the smile of my wife’s face, we had a great time!

Then after dinner we took in a beautiful sunset!


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Sunset
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One day we spent time at Whalers Village and another day we went to The Outlets of Maui.


Street Views Near The Outlets of Maui
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We of course stopped by the banyan tree in Courthouse Square which “is the largest banyan tree in the United States.”


The Banyan Tree in Courthouse Square
The Banyan Tree in Courthouse Square
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Right next to the Courthouse was also the Old Lahaina Fort Walls made of Coral!


Old Lahaina Fort Walls made of Coral
Old Lahaina Fort Walls made of Coral
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After all that walking and sightseeing we were hungry and so we decided to grab a bite to eat at Down the Hatch.


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I had the amazing Sampler Platter that had Lava Shrimp, Kalua Pig Quesadilla, and delicious Crispy Calamari!

Needless to say, it was fantastic!

After that we took a short walk back to The Outlets of Maui where we took in a free Hula Show.


Hula Show
Hula Show
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My wife shares more informatioin and fantastic pictures of the Hula Show in her post: My New Take on the Hawaiian Culture!

After the show, we went walking the sea side again and took in the sights as the night drew near.


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As we walked around I noticed they had some fun and unique store front signs and so I snapped shots of them as we walked.


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As the night drew to a close we took in the sunset again and then headed home!


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This trip to Hawaii was a ton of fun and I would recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to travel!

That’s all for now! Mahalo!


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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The Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii

This post originally appeared on my other blog that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

 

Aloha again!


The following contains photos and information from my recent trip to Maui the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. I have now returned and so I am happy to share with you what I experienced. Mahalo.Also check out my wife’s post about Hawaiian culture!
It also includes some great info on The Road to Hana!


Today I am going to share with you a trip we took called The Road to Hana!

There is no shortage of tourists sites that will give you a guide to this fantastic journey, so I am not going to do the same.

Instead, I am going to share with you some of the pictures that I snapped along the way with a little story thrown in for fun!

To begin, for the uninitiated, which was me before my trip, “the Road to Hana is world famous for the natural beauty of its unblemished landscapes and towering waterfalls.”.

Also, it is comprised of a road full of “curves that hug the coast and gaze over an ocean that stretches uninterrupted all the way to the Alaskan coastline. Couple that with black, red, and white sand beaches, a multitude of trails, and beautiful gardens.

And:

The Hāna Highway is a 64.4-mile (103.6 km) long stretch of Hawaii Routes 36 and 360 which connects Kahului with the town of Hāna in east Maui. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kīpahulu as Hawaii Route 31 (the Piilani Highway). Although Hāna is only about 52 miles (84 km) from Kahului, it takes about 2.5 hours to drive when no stops are made as the highway is very winding and narrow and passes over 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide.[5] There are approximately 620 curves along Route 360 from just east of Kahului to Hāna, virtually all of it through lush, tropical rainforest. Many of the concrete and steel bridges date back to 1910 and all but one are still in use.

Here is a map, although it says “interactive”, you’d have to visit the site to find out for sure, this is just a link to their picture.


Road to Hana Map
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First off I’m thankful that my friend, Bill, drove and I didn’t have to!!

Being the case, I was able to snap several shots while we were in rout. Here is a view as we were headed out from the surrounding area of Kahului.


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During the trip we had an app connected to the car speakers that narrated the drive.

The app used our GPS location and let us know about different sights along the way. It also gave us stories and some history of Hawaii.

It was a great way to help us along our Road to Hana trip.

The way we did it was to drive out to Hana first and then beyond to get to Haleakala National Park for an unforgettable hike, but more on that later.

Then on our way back we stopped by some amazing sites that I will get to below.


A View From The Road
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After a little bit of driving and a last stop in Pa’ia for some fuel, we finally got to where I could get the above shot of the coast!

Soon we had a brief stop at the Kaumahina State Wayside Parkyes to use the bathroom, and took in a nice view!

Somewhere about this time, I forget the exact details, because c’mon I was on vacation!, we stopped by a little road side trail and saw the most beautiful Rainbow Eucalyptus trees!


Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees
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Then we pretty much drove straight through, to Hana, and beyond to get to the Haleakala National Park!

Here is a view of the Maui East Coast from the park’s visitors center:


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After a brief look around, we set out on the trail to see the waterfall!


E Komo Mai – Pipiwai Trail Map
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It was going to be about a 2 mile moderate hike to get to Waimoku Falls, but well worth it!

Here is a cool mountian view we saw along the trail:


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Along this awesome hike there were a ton of great things to see!

A super wild banyan tree, awesome greenery, flowers, and at one point a remarkable bamboo forest.

Here is a peek at a creek from the bamboo forest:


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Finally at the end of the trail we reaached the Waimoku Falls!


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Once we got back from the hike, I was hungry!

But we couldn’t eat just yet…

We had brought a picnic lunch and needed a great view for our setting, because we were in Maui after all!

So we packed back in the car and took off for Wai’anapanapa State Park.

Once we got there and ate, it was time to see the black sands of Pa‘iloa Beach!


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Pa‘iloa Black Sand Beach
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Along the side of the beach there was a little cave!

Of course we had to go in it!


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After getting our fill of beautiful shore sites, we had to hit the road back!

Along the way we took a pit stop at a place Cafe Coffee that had some killer coffee and unbelieveably tasty snacks!

We got some delicious pineapple coconut cake and a yummy lemon bar along with delicious cold macadamia nut iced coffee drink to power us up for the journey home.


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Our next stop would be the Ke’anae Peninsula.


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“Just past the Keanae Arboretum along the Hana Highway, you’ll find a road on the left past mile marker 16 down to the village of Keanae.”

We stood on and took in the view the fantastic rocky coast.

Also we saw the “only remaining building after the devastating tsunami of 1946”.

It is the Kaulanapueo Church which was built out of stone in 1853 and still stands today!


The Church That Stood Its Ground
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This Road to Hana trip took up an entire day, but was well worth it!

That’s all for now! Mahalo!


Stay tuned. Stay interesting. Stay Strange.


Michael


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Welcome to Hawaii – A Look Back

This post originally appeared on my other blog that pays me, and you if you want, to post and to comment @ https://steemit.com/@strangerarray.

Aloha!


The following contains photos and information from my recent trip to Maui the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. For safety and security reasons, I have waited until I returned and so now I will post my story and pictures over the coming days and weeks. Mahalo.


Let’s jump right in!


My Wife and I arrive in Hawaii!
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We bought some vacation hats to make it fun and cover us from the sun!

We stayed on the West Coast in Kapalua where there are great beaches and bays for swimming and snorkeling!


Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands! 

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One day of our trip we spent going to Hana and beyond on the East Coast!

For now we are going to save Hana and beyond a different day.

Below is one picture for a taste of what’s to come!


A Sneak Peak On the Road to Hana
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Being on an island, we spent a ton of time on the beach!


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We spent time visiting local hangouts and seeing the city life!

I took a ton of pictures of our time in Lahaina and will share more of them later, but enjoy these epic shots for now!


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What is a vacation without taking in a sunset (or two…)?

Here are a few night shots to cap us off for today!


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That’s all for now! Mahalo!


Stay tuned. Stay interesting. Stay Strange.


Michael


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Can we kill each other quickly?

If not having insurance for everything is living dangerously then just kill me. I once pooped my pants at a party when I was about 4 or 5.The van ride home seemed to take forever.

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It starts with our children. I don’t have any. The other day I heard someone talking about having children and heard her say, “how are we going to protect them from everything.” We’re not. They are going to be exposed to something we rather they not be at some point.

The goal being at that point they are comfortable enough to approach you to make sense of it all.

I love Gever Tulley for his talk on 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do. Life is dangerous and finding that line between safety and danger is what kids need to be able to do in order to self-regulate as they grow up.

After childhood we go to schools where mistakes are counted as deductions against our grades. Making mistakes is a great way to learn. Stepping out of line is bad. Sitting still and silent = good. I hate that. Now the only time I sit still is when I choose to do so. The point is I don’t like to be told what to do. And then I do what I want.

What do I want to do?

I have no idea most of the time. But things I plan never turn out exactly like I thought. I think I just want to do more. To be awesome! I think you have to have a positive self-image to even drive you to greatness.

So you don’t love yourself? How can you love yourself more? Eat right. Exercise. And then love others as you love yourself. You probably don’t do anything for anyone else if you don’t love yourself. I should find ways to help more people. Let me know of any way you think I can help you live more dangerously.

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What is safety anyways?

I used to listen to this music group called Thrice. They had an album titled “The Illusion of Safety” It starts with a powerful “Can we, can we kill each other quickly? Quick enough so I won’t feel it?” Think about it. We drift through life like zombies. And not the cool kind from I Am Legend. The dull kind. What am I doing with my life?

Safety probably has some definition of avoidance of getting hurt. You know how to google. We get jobs and are too afraid to do things that might risk our future. We save for retirement by working 20+ years at some job that we may or may not even like. The stocks you are invested in could all go to zero tomorrow. Maybe there will be another great depression. Maybe the stock market will keep going higher than ever. That would be good for all of us who are saving up our money.

We plan on not being able to work when we are older. We should plan on working longer. Stop thinking of retirement as some final vacation or last world tour. Go places. Travel if that’s your thing. We can’t expect to live off our laurels for 20+ years as we medicate ourselves into the sunset.

This is all stuff I need to listen to. What can I do to help you? What risk am I willing to take? What insurance can I drop?