Thursday, March 5, 2009

Hawaii - Day three

It's about time that I completed posting the accounts of our adventures in Hawaii last November!

Thursday, October 30
We did a little better at sleeping last night, waking up this morning at 6:30 instead of 6:00 a.m. Just about the time we’ve totally adjusted to Hawaii time we’ll be changing time zones again!

We ate breakfast at the Phillips house, then traveled the Hana Highway back toward Kahului and across the flat isthmus that spans the distance between the two high volcanic peaks that form the island of Maui. Skirting the town of Kihei we got off the highway and turned toward the beach resort area. Since coastlines of islands are irregular and curve back upon themselves, directions in Hawaii are apt to contain the phrases “makai” and “mauka”, which mean “toward the ocean” and “toward the mountain” respectively.

More often than not, that’s much more useful in finding your way than the more traditional north, south, east, and west.

We found our way, with the help of a not-very-detailed tourist map to Ulua Beach, where the snorkeling was reported to be pretty good. There we swam along black lava rocks, and saw lots of fish.
We walked maybe a mile along a winding pathway that meandered along between the posh hotels and condos.

We stopped on the way back for a beer. We moved on to Little Beach (nude but no nudes), and then to Big Beach where hundreds of people were leaving ahead of rainstorm sweeping in from Kahoolawe, and finally on to La Perouse Bay. By the time we got back to the P’s house it was dark.

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