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Aloha!! Here’s a seldom-seen twist on an Adventure Family Adventure – all the participants are actually related, at least by marriage. Four adventurers are headed to Maui to spend a week enjoying an island adventure of the less wildernessy type. Among the activities planned are:

Sea kayaking and snorkeling on the south Maui coast.

Catching a theatre show called ‘Ulalena (envision a Cirque Du Soleil show about Hawaiian mythology).

Mountain biking down a volcano, in a tropical rainforest, at the beach – all in one trip!.

Enjoying the Old Lahaina Luau.

A visit to ONO Farm, a certified organic tropical fruit farm.

A helicopter tour of Maui.

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Here are some info links of interest.

A page of Maui webcams

Kahului, Maui weather It seems Tropical Depression Cosme might circle the islands this week. Wahooo!!!!

May the Adventure continue !!!!!

July 23, 2007

After getting up at 3:15am, flying from RDU to Charlotte to Phoenix to Kahului, we finally made it to Maui. About 17 hours of sitting and waiting. We crammed us and our stuff in the convertible and found our condo. The view from the lanai was awful, see below:

lanaiview1.jpg

After grabbing a bite to eat and hitting a few stores for some basic supplies, we finally decided to get some sleep (not sitting up). It had only been 25 hours since we got up in Raleigh.

July 24, 2007

5:00am – Ok, my internal clock is on vacation time (and EST) so it’s time to get up and see Maui! I can sleep at home. This morning’s plan is to go on a kayak/snorkel trip. Later this evening we plan to drive over to Lahaina and catch the ‘Ulalena show.

Aloha from Maui!

Don and Sandy on the lanai

Brian and Donna on the lanai

3:30 pm – Great morning kayaking and snorkeling. Having now done the headboats and a more individualized snorkeling excursion, I definitely prefer the smaller groups. Deja was great guide – full of local info and naturalist knowledge, and she was a nice person to hang out with. Deja works for Makena Kayaks.
Don and Sandy on the water

Brian and Donna on the water

Our gang with Deja, our kayak guide/naturalist

After returning from the kayak/snorkel trip, we had a snack lunch at the condo, enjoyed the daytime view from the lanai …

daytime view from our lanai

and then headed to the pool to baste for a couple of hours before we cleaned up and headed out for an evening in Lahaina.

view from the pool

Our evening plans were centered around seeing ‘Ulalena, a theatrical/dance/acrobatic production that told the story of the Maui mythology. The show ran about 1.5 hours and was very impressive. We all enjoyed it and left a little more culturized. 🙂

July 25, 2007

9:49pm – Today’s adventure was driving the road to Hana. For those that don’t know, the Hana Highway is a narrow two-lane road that snakes 37 miles along the north shore of Maui to the small town of Hana. Lots of curves, one-lane bridges, cliffs, and traffic along the way. Here are some pictures:

– Pulled over at an overlook

our rental car

– View of the road winding along a sea cliff

view of curves along a cliff

– group self-portrait

group self-portrait

coastline at Keanea Peninsula

– Don and Sandy at a waterfall and pool

Don and Sandy by a waterfall

– Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

Donna and Brian on the black sand beach at Hana Bay

This continues in Maui – Part 2

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