Category: Maui to-do

Rain!

Today is the last day of our visit with my parents. As always, it’s been nice having them here.

It seemed like a fitting occasion to go out for lunch to Gannon’s at the Emerald Course in Wailea. We love going there. The view is beautiful, the food is good (breakfast, lunch and happy hour are quite reasonable, dinner is pricier).

While we were waiting for our food, it started to pour! We were sitting on a covered part of the lanai and stayed nicely dry. While everyone else scrambled to stay dry, I busied myself taking pictures of the rain. You know you’ve been living on Maui for a while when you are taking pictures of a rare rainfall!

As we were driving home, we wondered how much it had rained at our house (yes, Sig had the rain gauge out – once a farmer, always a farmer). Just as we crossed the border into Kihei (near Kihei Surfside), the road was completely dry. An hour later it is now raining in Kihei. Hooray! It won’t last long, it never does. And if it is raining where you are, get in the car and go for a drive. You can usually find sunshine somewhere on Maui.

By the way, it’s not a good day to go swimming at the beach because…. (have you been reading my blog at all??)…. murky water! Don’t be shark bait!

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Dragon’s Teeth at Kapalua!

Today’s mission was to see something new-to-us. A bit of research (courtesy of Maui Revealed and Tripadvisor) and we found a few interesting places to check out. Our first stop was the Olowalu Petroglyphs. We weren’t exactly sure where we were going and ended up passing that up (we’ll try again).

Our next destination was the Dragon’s Teeth rock formation at the Kapalua golf course. Wow. We have, of course, been to the lava fields at La Perousse Bay. These were totally different and so cool!

Our plan was to explore the Kapalua Coastal Trail. We parked at the public parking near the Ritz-Carlton to be closest to Dragon’s Teeth (turn left on Office Road and park at the end by the t-intersection). Then walk towards the ocean (alongside the golf course). You will pass an ancient Hawaiian burial site (it is clearly marked, please stay clear).

Here are a few pictures for you! The drive is over an hour from Kihei, but if you’re up there anyway, check it out!

map of the Kapalua Coastal Trail next to a Hala tree
Dragon’s Teeth!

looking back towards the beach at the Ritz
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Sunset walk along the Wailea Beach Walk

How was your (American) Thanksgiving yesterday? We enjoyed our day. My sister and I got the turkey into the oven before 9am (very impressive, isn’t it). Then she and hubby went paddle boarding while I guarded the oven and enjoyed the smells. Have you noticed how sometimes you can fill up just on smells (okay and a little tasting along the way)? We had our family dinner at as a late lunch, napped (you do have to let the turkey work its magic, after all), and then went for a family walk along the Wailea Beach Walk. We parked at Polo Beach (just to the left of the Fairmont resort) and walked for almost two hours. It was beautiful. To top it off – one of the early humpback whales was splashing in the distance. Perfect!

Here are a few of my (cell phone) sunset shots!

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First time paddle boarding!

Today was the day – my first day of stand up paddle-boarding (SUP)! It was awesome! My sister and brother-in-law are really into SUP and brought their inflatable boards along (more on that in another post).

I’ve always wanted to try, but have been too chicken to try on my own. I’m not a great swimmer and figure going with a stronger swimmer and near life guards can only be a win-win situation for me.

Look what we saw!

Just joking! I took this picture when we stopped at Eskimo Candy after for an ahi poke bowl (so good). We did have 5 turtle and 3 spotted ray sightings though! How cool is that! (though I suspect it was just one ray that we crossed paths with several times).

Getting ready to come in! I paddled from Kamaole 1 to 3 beach, on the way back my sister gave me a ride! Next time I’ll try standing!

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On Maui and looking for something to do!

What to do when you’re bored of the beach? Well… the internet is a fabulous resource for to-do ideas.

at one of the ends of Kamaole II beach in Kihei

Here are a few informative websites – with many more to be found!

Calendar Maui – has a rather extensive list of all sorts of activities. They are sorted by date, you’d be surprised what you find! This website is geared towards locals, which you might enjoy if you want a break from doing the “tourist-thing”!

Maui Arts and Cultural Center – located in Kahului across from the University of Hawaii campus (near the docks). There’s a list of concerts, exhibitions, film festivals.

Go Hawaii’s Maui Events Calendar – more geared towards tourists

Have you seen the 101 Things To Do On Maui magazine (you can find a free copy in those free magazine stands you pass when going for walks in touristy areas)? It’s also available online….

Maui Goodness has a list of ‘fun things to do on Maui to give our viewers locally preferred options’

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Free Coral Reef Information Station at Ulua Beach

Ever wonder just what kind of fish that was you saw snorkeling? Check out the free coral reef information station at Ulua Beach, hosted by the Pacific Whale Foundation. They are there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays between 8 and 11:30am.

Ulua is a great beach for beginner snorkelers. We have friends who call this their ‘afternoon beach’. Afternoons can be windy at Kihei beaches (free exfoliation, anyone?). Ulua Beach offers some shelter from the winds. This beach is in front of the new Andaz Hotel and the Wailea Elua condo complex. Remember, all beaches in Hawaii are open to the public. There is a beach access right past the Andaz Hotel with some parking.

Have fun!

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