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.


(Double click photos to enlarge)