Day 7 of our Maui Vacation: Aloha Blue Hawai'i

We're home now-- took the red eye out yesterday from Kahului to L.A., from L.A to Vancouver, and from Vancouver to Comox (with a brief stop in Campbell River). It's good to be home but that is definitely a little slice of Heaven on Earth... thought I would end the Maui holiday blog with the old Elvis "Blue Hawai'i" song (and some lovely hula dancing too)



Day 6 in Maui: Tomorrow's Blues


We spent most of today at the Maui Ocean Center, the massive aquarium by the ocean not far from here. Ed and/or I have been to quite a few aquariums in our day-- Hong Kong's "Ocean Park", Vancouver, etc., but this was pretty much a splendiferous one! The main structure takes one on a journey starting with the usual gorgeous little tropical fish leading to the bigger scarier ones (rays and sharks) and with a heavy eco-cultural Hawaiian component. Impressive to me were the stunning natural coral displays in all of the smaller tanks... coral that is alive and growing. I finally get what it must be like to scuba dive. We also saw the sea turtles fed and heard about the form of herpes that plagues that species in the waters of Hawaii (did people spread it?)and watched and interacted wtih a scuba diver in a huge tank with sharks and rays and other fish. We also went through the (probably famous)glass tunnel where you could look up and see the big fishes swimming above you. Of course we also ate in the restaurant there (overlooking the sea-- next time we will dine out more in these beach restaurants)and bought a couple of items in the gift store (I am proud of myself for putting back a number of items I am sure I can find for much less expensive tomorrow in shops about town). There were so many little children in the Maui Ocean Center that I couldn't help thinking a lot (a LOT) about my little granddaughters and how much they would enjoy this place.

Tomorrow we check out of this nice condo and go meet with a fellow over at the lab again, and then do some last shopping, sight-seeing, whatever, before taking the red-eye home through LA and Vancouver... Con is meeting us at the Airport, thankfully. It's a kind of sad time, but we have had a wonderful time and everything else is gravy, as they say. Ed just went for one last swim in the ocean and I just finished up a box of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts-- life doesn't get much better! lol

THIS JUST IN: Ed just got back from his swim... he was swimming in and heard a loud crash behind him and turned around. There was a giant gush of dark blue water spewing up from the ocean. As he was trying to figure out what had happened a huge humpback whale emerged from the water with the sun setting behind it, reflecting off the ocean, the most beautiful sight he had seen all week here. Right behind it appeared a smaller hump-back whale. They repeated the display of grandeur three or four times (no camera, drat!) and when they came up a final time they were quite far out in the ocean.  He hurried back here to tell me.

Day 5 in Maui: Sabbath Blessings

Just another day in Paradise... we decided to try the local "church" that was listed as happening in a local elementary school auditorium, but when we got there there was a Kehei Apartment Owners' meeting instead. So we drove to Kahului and caught the sermon there with an animated Pastor Juan Rivera. The church is being renovated and will have a stained glass waterfall above the baptistry-- beautiful!

I watched a fascinating presentation on Christian Zionism, its beginnings and how it has been supported by the likes of Jerry Falwell, Orel Roberts, Tim LaHaye, Hal Lindsey, Jimmy Swaggart, David Wilkinson, Jim Bakker, etc. The DVD series was by thefriendsofsebeel.com

While I had a rest (because it is such a hard life...hehehe) Ed took a drive somewhere... went in and heard an ad hoc organ concert in an old church c.1832 in Wailea. Blessings everyone!

"Everything that is,is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, grandparents, life and death— it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say thanks; thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
—Henri Nouwen


"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Day 3 in Maui: The Road to Hana

Headed out this lovely morning to drive to Hana on the northeast coast of Maui... had to take quite a lengthy route to get there. Our first stop was for gas, and then after that we pulled into one of the beaches we could see from the crater yesterday (we could see the surf, that is how amazing it was, from several miles away and 10,000+ feet in the air we could see that surf, like white streaks on the aquamarine waters). We took a walk in the sugary sand of the beach... felt so good. We watched as a fisherman pulled a good-size fish out of the tidal pool there, and we were mesmerized and thrilled by the crash of huge waves against the rocks of the shore.

The "Road to Hana" is notoriously narrow with something like 60 one-lane bridges along unbelievable hairpin curves. Ed didn't tell me the drive included ascending pretty high on these narrow roads, and for good reason. I'm glad he didn't. I'm a notorious coward around white-knuckle mountain roads. This route was one that I am so happy I didn't miss. The verdant jungle growth (think: all the tropical plants you grow in pots at home, tree-size), bananas, acacia, coconut palms and every other tree you can imagine. At places along the way there were piles of red flowers like oversize confetti along the roadside. We saw a couple of cases of road rage (impatient tourists) but the general feeling was one of calm and intense, overwhelming beauty.

In Hana we checked out the wharf beach and bought sandwiches and 'tropical granola' at the Organic growers' Market in the grounds of Hana Health. We also stopped at the ONO stand to buy some more organic fruit for our smoothies. The drive there and back took around six hours...(including stops for pictures and little walks). This is my favourite part of the trip so far. I recommend it to anyone coming to Maui.

It really is too bad that we forgot our cable to the camera, but there are lots of professional-quality pictures online, so have fun! The sea and sun really does look like every painting done by any beginning oil painter...that marine blue is just riveting!




"Everything that is,is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, grandparents, life and death— it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say thanks; thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
—Henri Nouwen
<http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/





day 2 in Maui- Up to the Volcano

This morning we headed up to Haleakala National Park on a huge volcanic mountain (10,000+ ft summit). We drove a hairpin route up the mountain, past some small farms and villages. When we got to the Visitors' Center there was a nice cooling breeze blowing that was very welcome... I had anticipated laser-focused heat...whew! We climbed up a rock path to the summit from there, so that this old non-mountaineer could actually say that I had climbed to the summit of a mountain. People in their 80s lapped me, but that's beside the point right? lol

On the way back we stopped at the largest health food store on the Island (I think) called "Down to Earth" and picked up lunch and some fresh fruit, etc. for the next few breakfasts... Maui's food prices (with taxes) are pretty high in general. Interesting that we can buy Maui Gold pineapples for almost the same cost in Canada (or at least on Vancouver Island) as they cost here. But we know that there are other sources for good organic fruit and veggies... just takes some research and driving around. We feel ever so blessed to have a great condo kitchen and take some extra time to find the fruit and greens we want so that we can prepare our own foods. Green smoothie again tonight! Ed just got back from a swim... didn't even need to towel down after he climbed out of the ocean because the tropical breeze just air-dried him in no time at all.

Talk again later! Aloha!


"Everything that is,is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, grandparents, life and death— it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say thanks; thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
—Henri Nouwen


"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Day 1 in Maui,

Maybe a combo of chocolate and different time zones (it's two hours 'earlier' here than at home) but we were both awake around 4:30am this time. Ed went for a walk. I looked at my email. I was excited to find this information about a free Mp3 download for aspiring eternal optimists: Brian Johnson's Zaad's Notes on Learned Optimism... see what you can learn while you go out for your morning run?

In the meantime, Ed is out for his morning walk (still and it's over an hour later...hmm... should I be starting to get nervous?)and I'm thinking a shower would be a good start to the day... and it's going to be a warm day too! And a green smoothie would be lovely, but no fruit, no greens, unless the walking husband is scouring about for an early-open grocery store? (haha) Oh, he is back with some Mango Lemonade-- no organic fruit at Foodland. He said there are lots of seniors out riding bikes, etc. in the dark (he figures they are likely from Saskatchewan? hehehe)

Later: what a typical Maui day-- bright sunny day with blue blue skies, marine blue sea, palms of every variety against the skyline... people in various stages of undress frollicking everywhere, everything from sunrise to sunset an event in which to gather... reminds me of my early adulthood in West End, Vancouver... the dream lives on. On my way with Ed to walk from the condo to the ocean we saw palms shaped like fans, a huge black bumblebee in one of the flower bushes (everywhere! so...so...so...Hawaiian?)There was exotic birdsong all over the condo grounds... songs I couldn't identify and little birds, like Budgies or turtledoves making very aggressive loud noises for their diminutive status. As we drove down the highway I was reminded to those bright blue-filtered Elvis movies like "Blue Hawaii"... like a dream. We saw fields of scrubby ex-sugar cane, cattle, lush golf courses (surprisingly little populated... maybe people can't afford to golf here? maybe it was too hot? maybe it is siesta time?)

In LaHaina, the shopping district for this part of the island, we decided to stop and have lunch. Ed and I have very different ideas about adventures... I prefer to drag along in the shade, looking at pictures in the galleries... he likes to walk in the sun and question all the hucksters about their wares. I think he sticks out as "Super Tourist". I'm sure he has just about had it with my whining about the heat. Lunch helps to bring us back to some mutual good will. Genuine American Mexican food. In Maui. (yes, the irony is not lost on me)

We stop briefly to hear a man reading from Isaiah at the top of his lungs in front of the world's largest banyon tree (remember the baobao trees in The Little Prince? Same thing I think... we saw them in the Philippines when we were there... they are massive, taking up lots of space, but on the lawn of the "old" Court House in LaHaina they offer surprising cool shade. Ed takes pictures of some tourists having their picture taken with parrots on their shoulders (see what I mean about Super Tourist?)

We watch some amazing kids surfing towards the most north-westerly part of the coast of Maui, across from the Island of Molokai (remember the story in our elementary school readers about Father Damien who ministered to the lepers on Molokai and then died himself of leprosy?) Then we bought 3 organic, unsprayed pineapples from a roadside stand. The scent of sun-warmed ripe pineapple was so healing... nothing like those phytonutrients and essential oils to make up for any junk food we ate last night (I hope). We have a fantastic pineapple-parsley-black cherry-coconut smoothie for supper...I'm amazed at how well the cheap-ish blender works to liquify everything. I am so thirsty. I pause to think about the plight of our brothers and sisters in Haiti where not being able to get hold of drinking water is one of the highlighted tragedies of the news reports. I get it.

We stop to see the sun set over the blazing blue of Auau Channel, just over from our condo. Crowds are gathered.

Tonight we watch Susan Boyle and some other mindless crap on TV-- we don't have TV at home so this is part of our mindless holiday bliss and blessing.

God is good! Talk to you again tomorrow! ~Cynthia


"Everything that is,is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, grandparents, life and death— it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say thanks; thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
—Henri Nouwen
<http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/





Popping down in Maui

We landed in Maui after a very relaxed plane trip-- maybe more relaxing because our tummies were relatively empty since we didn't realize that the planes didn't offer regular meals (they are now more like paid snacks). In any case, we were ravenous, got our rental car and went to the nearest open place that looked like it might have a good food selection (one of those drugstores open until midnight) and stocked up on junk... yes, chocolate covered macadamia nuts, corn chips (organic, but chips nonetheless) and salsa, etc. We passed a bunch of open-late grocery stores that would have been better places to pick up fresh produce, but hey, it's holiday time, right? So we drove and then came to our lovely rented condo. It is warm here-- 22C around 10 pm. All is well, God is good!


"Everything that is,is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, grandparents, life and death— it is all given to us. Why? So that we can say thanks; thanks to God, thanks to each other, thanks to all and everyone.”
—Henri Nouwen
<http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/