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 50 – Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

Yes! I finally made it to Red Sand Beach in Hana. Though in reality there is no sand, so I don’t understand why it’s not called Red Pebble Beach.

Michelle, Monika, & Wray at Honomanu Bay

Michelle, Monika, & Wray at Honomanu Bay

 

On the drive we stopped at Honomanu Bay…of course I’d never been there. We didn’t stay long, wanted to get back on the road to Hana.

 

 

 

Steven & Robert, Honomanu Bay

Steven & Robert, Honomanu Bay

Steve goes to Honomanu Bay, from time to time to surf, and our friend Peter suggested we hike from there, up the streambed to the waterfall. (Sorry Peter, I checked it out and it just didn’t look like it would be fun.)

 

 

Almost there

Almost there

But I loved Red Sand Beach!

 

We had a great time with our friends, Monika, Robert and Michelle. The hike down wasn’t bad at all.

After the hike to the Na’ili’ili-haele Waterfalls, I was anticipating climbing down a sheer cliff and swing from a rope.

 

There were a few slippery parts where you had to hold onto roots of trees and guide yourself down, but otherwise, even wearing beach walks it was very doable.

Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

Red Sand Beach, Hana Maui

 

We were some of the first people to arrive; eventually there were maybe 16-20 people.

Lava rocks shelter the beach from the sea

Lava rocks shelter the beach from the sea

 

 

 

 

 

The rock formations were dramatic. Didn’t expect it to be so beautiful, which is saying a lot, being that I live on Maui.

 

 

Afterwards we headed off to try the Café Romantica that our friends, Rayne and Mark, have so highly recommended.

Cafe Romantica...closed. Will try it next time.

Cafe Romantica…closed. Will try it next time.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately they were closed, so we headed over the Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food.

 

 

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food - open for lunch only

Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food – open for lunch only

 

It was EXCELLENT! The prices were great and the staff lovely (they serve lunch only). I highly recommend it if you are heading to Hana. It is located 5050 Uakea Rd, Hana, Hawaii 96713; you can Google it for directions.

 

Someday…can’t say when, but I assume during this lifetime, I will return to Red Sand Beach.

Robert & Monika

Robert & Monika

 

Can you believe it, two days of fun to go & my year will be up.

 

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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 🙂

RedBch

 

 

 

 

 

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

Day 42 – Hana Caves

I did it! I finally went into a cave.

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I can hear you now, moaning about what a wimp I am.

Steven is a natural born cave dweller. How could he not be, he makes his living playing with clay.

And away I go...

And away I go…

I, on the other hand, am not. I stare up at the sky and think about stories to write.

Love this sign - but I think there should be one on the ground too, since that's where you are shining your light :)

Love this sign – but I think there should be one on the ground too, since that’s where you are shining your light 🙂

Climbing down into a cave is not something I’ve ever looked forward to doing, and I can’t guarantee that I’ll ever do it again.

But since Steven loves caves, and our “fun days” are for him too, I willing jumped at the opportunity :).

Our first stop was the HANA LAVA TUBE. The place is easy to find, there is a sign on Hana Hwy. Once you get there you connect with Jess to pay and get your flashlights. Since it’s nearly impossible to get good photos in a dark cave, you may want to check out their site for decent pictures.

Never thought something would be growing down there!

Never thought something would be growing down there!

I was told if ever I was going to go into a cave, the Hana Lava Tube was a great way to start…I guess it’s a beginners cave.

Fortunately they have recently added hand-railings, which helps you to remember you aren’t heading into a world of no return. And flashlights so you can find your way out and to read the plaques explaining what you can only see if you shine the flashlight on it.

Caroline & Terrie - under hole leading to surface, about 3/4's of the way into the cave

Caroline & Terrie – under hole leading to surface, about 3/4’s of the way into the cave

 

 

 

We did meet Caroline & Terri down in the cave, and while connecting with them I forgot about the fact that I was heading about a quarter mile into the earth.

Then some very young kids came frolicking along. Obviously, they’d been in a cave before, they weren’t the least bit afraid of having it come crashing down on them.

Steven said that I squealed, “RAPPELLING,” like Minnie Mouse on helium, when I read the sign that described the cave worms (see photo) that hang from the ceiling, stretching down 20 inches.

Rappel Planarian Flat Worms. They don't look so creepy on the ground. But I'm glad I didn't see any hanging from the ceiling

Rappel Planarian Flat Worms. They don’t look so creepy on the ground. But I’m glad I didn’t see any hanging from the ceiling

 

NOTE:  He also said he’s never heard me do that before. I just want to clarify that I am not normally a squealer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double click on the photo to read the write-up.

Double click on the photo to read the write-up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Hana Lava Tubes, we drove 5 minutes to the Wai’anapanapa State Park to check out the caves there.

The water was pretty funky at the first set of caves we came to.

The water was pretty funky at the first set of caves we came to.

 

Now these caves were a breeze; you never actually climb down into a dark hole in the earth; you can see the sky the entire time.

 

 

 

 

They are carved into the rock, and if you want to get back into the actual cave area you have to jump into the pools and swim under an over hang. We considered it, but a boy that jumped into the water said it was freezing….Steven and I declined. Maybe another time.

As you can see, at this one, the water was crystal clear.

As you can see, at this one, the water was crystal clear.

 

If you are a die-hard spelunker, you may want to pass on both of these Hana cave sites. But, if you are a cave wimp like me, you should check them out next time you are in Hana.

I have to admit, we had fun!

Please, when driving to Hana, pull to the side and let cars pass if you are poking along. Mahalo

Please, when driving to Hana, pull to the side and let cars pass if you are poking along. Mahalo

 

Day 33 – Hiking Wai’anapanapa, Hana Maui

A few hours in Hana and its essence seeped into my pores. The days following the hike I experienced a sense of serenity that I have not felt after any of the other hikes I have gone on so far.

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The song on the video is my new anthem! Thank you Jason Mraz; Living in the Moment, is available on iTunes.

ArchRck2My friend Rayne and I did the Wai`anapanapa Coast Hike (pronounced, why-a-nah-pah-nah-pah). I just looked the word up in my Hawaiian language dictionary and it means “glistening water” which is the perfect name for it.

From my house it is about an hours drive east (depending on how many waterfalls you stop to admire along the way). It was the perfect day for the hike, sunny, light trade winds, and with all of the rain we have had, the waterfalls were going off.

The park is just before you enter Hana, you turn into it at the 32-mile marker. We parked at the Black Sands beach parking lot, walked the paved pathway which transitions into a dirt trail, which changes into a lava rock trail. I do want to mention that if you decide to do this hike, you need to look for the “hikers” sign (see photo); or you’ll end up on a loop that only takes you on a 10-minute walk. We thought it rather funny that starting out there are two hikers shown on the sign, but coming back, after a strenuous hike, from the other direction only one is shown on the sign…and it’s right before the cemetery. (OK, guess you had to be there.)

If you see this sign you are hiking in the right direction

If you see this sign you are hiking in the right direction

 

The hikers sign is up near a small cemetery where a very hefty mongoose lives. Have to admit, the mongooses on our side of the island appear to be malnourished in comparison.

 

 

 

Mongoose

Mongoose

I’m very happy that I recently bought hiking boots. The trail reminded me of the King’s Highway Steven and I hiked last winter; on that one I wore tennis shoes and it was hard on my ankles.

 

 

This hike was fantastic. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, with a small Hala tree grove, dramatic sea cliffs, and a view of a side of Haleakala that I rarely get to see. Round trip it is about 7 miles, so take water and a snack.

Even if you aren’t into as intense of a hike as we went on, the Wai`anapanapa State Park offers the Black Sand beach, a freshwater cave (which we didn’t take the time to venture into) restrooms, showers, picnic facilities, camping area as well as cabins (the cabins need to be booked well in advance), and you are only a short drive from Hana.

Looking forward to my next Hana adventure!

Rwray3

 

Reminder – EARTH DAY is this Sunday, the 22nd of April. We only have one Earth; lets respect her! http://www.earthday.org/programs

 

 

 

 

For more info on Wai’anapanapa and other Hawaii State Parks  click here – http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/parks/maui/waianapanapa.cfm

For info on Heavenly Hana  http://www.hanamaui.com

A bit of info about my friend Rayne:
Tav Rayne has been an Integrated Healing practitioner with great success for over 10 years.  Most recently Rayne has founded OpenSource Healing <http://www.opensourcehealing.com/blog> , an online resource for those interested in learning about and receiving a heart-centred approach to integrated healing. enlightenarts.com <http://enlightenarts.com>

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Day – 32 Kapalua Coastal Trail Walk

Steven and I headed over to Kapalua this week for the Coastal Trail walk. (OK, our real motivation was that we had to deliver art at Maui Hands in Kaanapali, but it was a good excuse to also have some fun.)

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The Kapalua Coastal Trail is similar to the Wailea Coast Walk; as you may have guessed, it runs along the ocean. It starts at the Kapalua Bay Beach, and ends at D.T. Fleming Beach Park; round trip it is 3.5 miles. 

Hiking boots are definitely not needed. Good tennis shoes are perfect, but flip-flops would also suffice. There is a small bird sanctuary that you can walk through. We went on a weekday, in the late afternoon, and it wasn’t crowded.

Newlyweds that we met

Newlyweds that we met

 

 

We briefly met a lovely newly wed couple and then farther down, came across a wedding on the beach.

Love is in the air in Kapalua.

 

 

Wedding ceremony near Flemings Beach

Wedding ceremony near Flemings Beach

At the end of our walk, we stopped at Merriam’s Restaurant that is perched right above the Kapalua Bay Beach; was looking forward for their Smoked Taro Hummus pupu (pupu is not what it sounds like, it is Hawaiian for appetizer) Don’t worry, if you aren’t vegetarian, the restaurant is quite carnivore friendly. We sat out on their patio to enjoy the view, but after waiting 15 minutes, when no one bothered to acknowledge us we decided to head home. I have heard the food is great, so if you are over in the area you may want to check it out.  (Remember, my year long journey is learning to have fun, I never said anything about learning patience too)

Sign at the head of the trail

Sign at the head of the trail

If you’d like more info, click on the Kapalua activities site – www.kapalua.com/activities. It’s the same site I posted on Day 29 for the Mahana Ridge Hike that Kathy and I did. Though as you can see on the video, compared to that one, today’s was pretty basic; park in beach parking lot, walk on concrete path that overlooks ocean…walk back. Hard to get lost. 
It was a very pleasant outing. And actually I may return one day in the summer to go boogie boarding at Fleming’s Beach. OcfromRitz

Also for those of you visiting or living on Maui, the weekend of April 21st  & 22nd is the Taro Festival in Hana; not sure we are going to make it, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up. Here’s a link to the site for more info www.tarofestival.org  

And I should mention that I also did not attend the Easter egg hunt up in Makawao last weekend. The thought of hanging out with 500+ kids just didn’t seem wise to me. But for those of you with little ones, think about it for next year – click here for more info http://makawaocommunity.org

Aloha. See you next week.