6 Days of Fun on Maui – October 2012 Blog

I’m back.

Can’t believe it’s already been four weeks since my last posting. Time flies…and thanks to my sister and brother-in-law, I’m still having fun 🙂

Some of you reading this may already be aware that my sister, Robin, and her husband, Ed, surprised me for my birthday. It was a quick trip; they arrived on a Wed (thank goodness the house was pretty clean), and they left the following Monday.

Robin & Ed

Robin & Ed

But during that time we PLAYED!

With only four full days on Maui, each day was packed.

Apparently while following my blog, Ed realized that he had a “bucket list” and that flying in a glider plane was number one on his list.

 

Ed, preparing for take-off

Ed, preparing for take-off

 

So the day after their arrival, Robin, Ed, and I, headed to Hana and Ed met up with Hans Pieters at Skyview Soaring.

Where as I flew along the coastline, Ed went farther and higher, and not only enjoyed the coastal views, but glided over Haleakala Crater.

Ed, Robin & Hans

Ed, Robin & Hans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nutcharee's Authentic Thai Food ~ in Hana

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food ~ in Hana

We also stopped at my favorite Hana eatery, Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food. Again, the meals were great! Their coconut soup is especially tasty.

 

The next day Steven joined us and we went up to Piiholo Ranch, in Olinda, for a two-hour horseback ride. Now this is some kind of a record for me, horseback riding twice in one year. Steven says the last time he was on a horse was back in the 1970’s…he’s more into riding waves.

Look at the size of the horses that Ed & Steven rode. Mine looks like a toy :)

Look at the size of the horses that Ed & Steven rode. Mine looks like a toy 🙂

Our guide, Lori, was great. Told her that I wanted a small, slow, horse and that’s what I got; & I loved it! 

Olinda had been having a lot of rain, so I was a bit concerned what the trails would be like, but the day that we went it was sunny, and there were only a few spots with mud. There are some great views from the trails, not so closed in as when I went riding at the Makawao Forest Reserve.

It was a really fun family day!

The third day we headed over to Wailea; checked out the artist’s displays, had lunch, and did some shopping.

On their last day we finally made it into the ocean. Well, at least Ed and I did. Robin has always been more of a horse kind of gal, than a water babe (unless she’s on a sailboat).

Ed & Wray - Baldwin/Baby Beach

Ed & Wray – Baldwin/Baby Beach

And then the next day they left. As I said, it was a quick trip.

And in the blink of an eye, it was time for Steven and me to get back to work…but, as I’ve always said, Steven and I love what we do, and are grateful we can do it for a living.

 

Robin & Wray with their father, Cal. circa. a while back :)

Robin & Wray with their father, Cal.
circa. a while back 🙂

 

A friend recently made me aware that you can tell a persons general age by whether or not their childhood pictures are in color or black-&-white.

Good thing I rather like black-&-white photos.

I still haven’t convinced Steven to do the home improvement blog, but I’m hopeful.

 

I’d like to thank Robin and Ed for the fun filled days. We really enjoyed the chance to share Maui with them.

Wray with Apache, at Piiholo Ranch

Wray with Apache, at Piiholo Ranch

Until next month, ALOHA

Day 45 – Soaring in a Glider Plane

What a great day!


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Wray with Hans Pieters - Skyview Soaring Hana

Wray with Hans Pieters – Skyview Soaring Hana

Steven’s lovely daughter, Kelle, gifted us the experience of gliding over Hana, via, Skyview Soaring with Hans Pieters.

We’ve been waiting for a sunny day and one finally appeared, so we jumped at the opportunity and called Hans; he had an opening so we trucked out to Hana before the weather changed.

What a great way to appreciate Hana and the island of Maui; the flight was smooth, Hans is very personable, which is a plus, since you are together in close quarters.

This is the Wai'anapanapa Coastal Trail that Rayne and I hiked on back in April.

This is the Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail that Rayne and I hiked on back in April.

 

I especially loved it once the motor was turned off and we were gliding in the air like a bird 🙂

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For the first time I saw Red Sand Beach, which I’ll be going to with our friends from Germany this August.

Apparently there are two ways to get to the beach, climbing down the cliffs or by kayak; I’ll be scaling the cliffs 🙁

 

Great seeing Seven Sacred Pools from above…great seeing everything from above.

Two of the pools at Seven Sacred Pools.

Two of the pools at Seven Sacred Pools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When driving around the backside of the island, I’ve always found the lay of the land and terrain change interesting, but to see it from the air was spectacular.

Leaving Hana, heading to Kaupo; the island of Kahoolawe is in the distance.

Leaving Hana, heading to Kaupo; the island of Kahoolawe is in the distance.

Wall of clouds rapidly moving towards Kaupo.

Wall of clouds rapidly moving towards Kaupo.

The one and only negative of the flight was that as Hans and I were soaring above Kaupo, which is further east of Hana, the next storm was swiftly making its way to Maui, so Steven’s flight had to be postponed for another day.

I know he’s going to love it too!

 

 

 

To contact Hans, you can click HERE to get to his website, or if you are heading out to Hana, while on   the hwy, right after you see the sign to the Lava Tube, the next corner on your left you will see the Glider sign. Turn onto that road and follow it down to the Hana Airport, you can’t miss it! If it’s a last minute decision, don’t hesitate to give Hans a call (ph 808.248.7070), you never know, he may have an opening.

Hans Pieters, Skyview Soaring...what a job :)

Hans Pieters, Skyview Soaring…what a job 🙂

 

What an incredible experience!

Thank you to Hans, & THANK YOU KELLE!!! 

 

 

 

Click for more info about the Pi’ilanihale Heiau 

Pi`ilanihale Heiau - the largest ancient temple in the Hawaiian Islands

Pi`ilanihale Heiau – the largest ancient temple in the Hawaiian Islands

Since my “fun” days are numbered (7 left), and it’s still pretty rainy on this side of the island, I may have to surrender to going on a slip-sliding hike in the mud next week.

Don’t worry, if you are thinking about visiting Maui, don’t be scared off by all of our wet weather, there is plenty of sun on the southern and western shores. And I’m sure that any day now, summer will arrive to Haiku 🙂

By the way, if you are heading over to the Big Island of Hawaii, check out VOLCANO GARDEN ARTS, owned by artist Ira Ono. You’ll find a great selection of art, a veggie restaurant, even rental cottages…and if you’re thinking of purchasing a business in Hawaii, Volcano Garden Arts is for sale. Check it out, it really is a great spot to visit.

Aloha ~ Wray