There are a few things that we consider you must do while visiting Maui. One is driving up Haleakela, the volcano that makes up the eastern side of the island but you should also walk through the Iao (Eee-ouw) Valley, go diving, observe the famous north shore surfing beaches and drive the winding north shore road at least part way to
There are a few things that we consider you must do while visiting Maui. One is driving up Haleakela, the volcano that makes up the eastern side of the island but you should also walk through the Iao (Eee-ouw) Valley, go diving, observe the famous north shore surfing beaches and drive the winding north shore road at least part way to Hanna. This road to Hanna is so winding that if you're prone to motion sickness you better take your preventive medication before departure, but the scenery on the way is phenomenal. We managed to fit all that in plus a walk to the Twin Falls which was completely anti-climactic but the botanical wonders we encountered on the trail in, were well worth the time spent.
At the top of Haleakela you'll need your sweatshirt or jacket to fully enjoy the fabulous scenery, as without, you'll just be shivering in the chilly breeze. While looking over the enormous, surreal crater you can see the Big Island off in the distance and a special feature is one of the few plants growing up there. It's the Ahinahina in Hawaian, also known as the Silversword, which was once nearly extinct.
The Iao Valley is spectacularly green, lush, steep and wet. Take along an umbrella but don't miss it. As valleys go, this one is certainly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful we've seen.
While watching weather and waiting for a hurricane to blast itself apart by hitting Hawai'i we also had ample opportunity to explore the lovely old settlement of Lahaina and walk beneath the most enormous Banyan Tree I've ever seen. In fact, it's the largest known Banyan Tree in the United States, shading almost an acre of parkland. It was planted April 24, 1873 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Protestant Mission in Lahaina which was started at the request of the sacred wife and widow of King Kamehameha the Great, Queen Keopuolani.
Astrid and Bjoern did a fun little dive at the Black Rocks, while anchored off a nearby beach, Rene and I prepared a nice lunch.
One evening a group of 4 small Eagle Rays spent some time milling around the boat at the surface. It looked a little like they were dancing with each other. One of the strangest things I've ever seen rays doing... hmmm
When we had the all clear on the weather front, we said goodbye to charming Maui and set sail for Oahu.