Hawaii

[On the Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii]

September 23, 2015

Day 2 – Maui Wowweee

We got up at 4 am again. This whole 3 hrs from SF and 6 hrs from NY time confusion is making me hungry all the time. Well, I might just be hungry all the time.

With that said it was breakfast time! After several days of eating a diet purely consisting of different starchy foods we looked up something good for us. I give you Choice Health Bar. Don’t let the name discourage you, we had a lovely time eating Acai bowls and coconut Kefir yogurts made with tons of local fruit. We were full and had no sides of rice. We also took one more spin at our nearby beach…

Mmm Acaiiii bowl with bee pollen

Mmm Acaiiii bowl with bee pollen

Good morning Maui! Wish we had time for a snorkel

Good morning Maui! Wish we had time for a snorkel

 

As our next hotel was on the North side of the island, we decided to stop by a plantation. For those who dream of Macadamia picking and chocolate sampling…here comes the hard truth. The Maui gold plantation which only has pineapples, seems to be the best but as the only U.S. based pineapple farmer, it costs $65 a tour and we were scared off by the sticker shock. We opted for the Maui Tropical Plantation. Greeted by buses filled with local tour groups that had clearly robbed a Tommy Bahamas. This is for us a vacation worst case scenario. Instead we gave ourselves a self guided tour of the five gift shops and called that a time save. [note: I still took pictures]

 

It was picture school day and I didn't know what else to do

It was picture school day and I didn’t know what else to do

Things we did not purchase

Things we did not purchase

But I still smelled everything

But I still smelled everything

 

Finally we made our way to the Lumeria Maui. This hotel was beyond amazing and as with past trips was our free hotel.com night. What we failed to look up in our search on Instagram of lovely hotels to try out was that this was a full yoga retreat like stay. The hotel included free classes ranging from Happy Hour Acupuncture to Morning Meditation. Also there is a resident cat named Lou.

Taking a walk to our room

Taking a walk to our room

Hello Buddha

Hello Buddha

Hello random overlook intot he abbys

Hello random overlook into the abyss

We made a mess as soon as we arrived

We made a mess as soon as we arrived

Hello my new cat who is mine

Hello my new cat who is mine

Alright, think that was enough hotel for now

Alright, think that was enough hotel for now

 

Feeling a terrible need to not miss out on things, I made Ben sit for a quick astrological reading and we headed back out to our self guided tour of the Road to Hana. Everything here is by mile markers. We stopped by Twin Falls (Mile Marker #2) and Waikamoi Ridge Trail (Mile 9.5) as well as a few stops for photos. I wish we’d had more time to fully explore this side of the island…next time!

Coconut Water Emergencies only

Coconut Water Emergencies only

taking a little walk up to the falls

taking a little walk up to the falls

The fall overlook! (this will not be followed by pictures of the actual falls because mine were blurry and it was muddy, you're welcome)

The fall overlook! (this will not be followed by pictures of the actual falls because mine were blurry and it was muddy, you’re welcome)

And then…we hit mile marker 9.5

This sign says to be quiet

More roots

Me following up the steps behind Ben. So thankful for steps.

Me following up the steps behind Ben. So thankful for steps.

Spotted

Spotted

there were nice trees to hug

there were nice trees to hug

Also trees for leaning

Also trees for leaning

 

Being quite tired and muddy we decided to stop by the town of Paia to grab some food before dropping things off at the hotel and heading back to the beach. This town had a much more small town, Callistoga feel then Lahaina. We stopped by Flatbread Pizza Company. What seems like an odd choice resulted in an amazing Kalua Pork pizza.

Finally, food.

Finally, food.

 

After dropping our things off at the hotel we headed to Ho’okipa beach, famous for the many sea turtles that rest there. Also it is a known surf spot but let’s focus on the turtles. This was also an occasion to use our terrible Amazon.com purchase of waterproof cases that are unsurprisingly really difficult to work underwater.

Beach!

Beach!

More beach, yes these are the best pictures I could find

More beach, yes these are the best pictures I could find

There were turtles on the beach

There were turtles on the beach

There were turtles in the water

There were turtles in the water

Goodbye beach

Goodbye beach

 

We stopped back in Paia on the way back and haggled over shirts and candles before driving home. Back at the hotel, we ate a truly delicious organic and vegan dinner.

 

 

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