Thursday, August 16, 2007

Aloha from Maui - Post 1

Aloha...we made it on Tuesday, August 7, about noon Hawaii time on Aloha Airlines. Once we landed at Kahului, we got our rental car and stopped at Costco on the way to the condo.

Our condo is the Valley Isle Resort, a 12-story building (10 units per floor) in Kahana, about 5 miles north of Lahaina on the west coast of Maui. We are on the second floor, looking north to Molokai and west to Lanai - about 40 feet from the ocean. The surf sound stays "on" all night! It's warm with trade winds - the condo has screens on the lanai door and the front door, and fans in the living room and bedroom, so there is always a breeze in the living room and bedroom. It is beautiful!

The first photo is a view from our deck to the north - you can see Molokai in the background.


This view is to the south from our balcony - the beach here is about half a mile long. There are condominiums and time share places all along the coast and there is another set just across the road.


This is a view from the beach toward the Valley Isle Resort. Our room is on the far end on the second floor.



We went down to Lahaina on Tuesday night for shopping and dinner. We ate at Kimo's right on the beach in downtown Lahaina - great atmosphere, great food. This picture is on Kimo's veranda right on the ocean.



The condo owners said there was wireless internet - I hooked up the laptop the first night and found a weak signal from a neighboring hotel - for $10 a day. I was going to sign up, but Linda said "did you see the notice about the internet hookup on the end table?" I hadn't, but it said that there was a phone cable hookup available for free. I found the cable, hooked it up on Wednesday morning, and voila!


On Wednesday, we left at 9 AM and rented snorkel gear at the Boss Frog shop ($9 for a week for two sets) and signed up for a 5 hour snorkel tour of Molokini (a submerged volcano crater) and Turtleland (wherever that is). Then we went looking for a snorkel beach, and finally picked Kapalua Beach and found a parking place and hiked down to the beach. We spent about an hour in the water- there were not many fish on the coral near shore, and more further out near the reef. Then it was to lunch at Dollie's (across from the condo) and back to the room. Linda went to the pool and swam and talked to folks.

UPDATE: Here are links to the other four posts:

Post 2: http://randysbusylife.blogspot.com/2007/08/aloha-from-maui-post-2.html

Post 3: http://randysbusylife.blogspot.com/2007/08/aloha-from-maui-post-3.html

Post 4: http://randysbusylife.blogspot.com/2007/08/aloha-from-maui-post-4.html

Post 5: http://randysbusylife.blogspot.com/2007/08/aloha-from-maui-post-5.html

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Great pictures Randy. I enjoyed them all. I've never been to Hawaii... Pacific ocean, palm trees, sandy beaches... are you sure these pictures weren't taken in San Diego? ;-)

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