Day 26 – Wailea Coastal Walk

Yikes, I’m at the halfway point of learning how to have fun – 26 days to go. 🙂

After a week of rain here in Haiku, I decided to head over to the sun and enjoy the Wailea side of the island.

 Depending on the time of year, you may see whales, turtles, or movie stars.                  Music by Donald Kaulia                                                                                                    Click here to view on YouTube – WAILEA COASTAL WALK

The Wailea Coastal Walk is perfect place to stroll, jog, or power walk along the south shore of Maui. Starting at the Keawakapu Beach, it is 3 miles round trip. (Though we normally park at the Shops of Wailea and cut through the Marriot Hotel.)

On one side of the path you have the beautiful Pacific Ocean and on the other some of the most luxurious resorts that you can find on Maui.

Al Schwartz – Four Seasons Resort

Depending on the day of the week, the different hotels showcase Maui artists; it’s a great venue, where you can meet the artists as well as purchase their creations. Everyone is welcome to stroll through the lobbies and check them out.

Cathy Detrick – Four Seasons Resort

After passing the Kea Lani Resort you’ll come to the end of the walkway; there is a public restroom, picnic table and bar-b-q. You’ll see a short trail through the trees that leads to a lovely beach.

 

Just above the restrooms is a public parking lot; so you have the option of starting at this end of the coastal walk.

Cameron Nelson – Four Seasons Resort

 

 

By the way, if you get hungry, at the Shops of Wailea you’ll find a number of restaurants, as well as at the hotels.

Ingrid Boutin – Kea Lani Resort

 

And be sure to jump in the ocean, the water is great! During the whale season, go under water and listen to their song.

 

 

 

The Wailea Artist Venues include:

Steven Lee Smeltzer – Four Seasons Resort

 Four Seasons Resort – Daily 8:00 am – 1:30 pm   (Of course the Four Seasons is my favorite; you’ll find Steven there every Saturday :))

Grand Wailea – Tues & Fri  9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wailea Beach Marriott – Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays   8:00 am – 2:00pm

The Kea Lani Resort – Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

(Each artist displays their art just one day a week)

 

 

 

For more information on Maui artists go to

Art Guide Maui http://www.artguidemaui.com/

And when on island, be sure to pick up a copy—it’s free!

For a bit more info on the Wailea Coast Walk, click here  http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/blogs/hawaii_today/2009/12/28/taking_stroll_Wailea_Coastal_Walk_Maui

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Day 17 ~ Happy New Year from Maui, Hawaii

Since this is the last week of 2011, when it came time to put my little slide show together I was compelled to remind myself (and that also means everyone that watches the slide show) about the past four months of my life.

One thing I’ve learned is that having fun can be a lot of work, and working can be a lot of fun.

Twice a year my friend Prapata and I hook up on our birthdays for a walk up Holomua Road and lunch in Paia.

Holomua Road, near Ho’okipa Beach. It’s a lovely walk, ending at the old Maui High School.

Prapata lives in Kihei, which is a long 40-minute drive from my home in Haiku. (I’m being sarcastic; yes we do only see each other on our birthdays, but it’s not because she lives too far away, it’s because I’m a pathetic workaholic.)

This year our birthdays slipped by without celebration…until last week 🙂

Prapata & me at Fresh Mint Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a few days it will be 2012. I’m looking forward to it; we have a lot of projects we’re working on…. ooh I guess I’m not cured of being a workaholic yet. I’m also looking forward to what the next 35 weeks of fun will bring; more hiking, visiting the island of Molokai, swimming with turtles, maybe paragliding…time will tell.

See you next year.

Day 6 of Writer Take Five ~ Kula, Thompson Road

Here we are, day six of week six, still working at learning how to have fun :).

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana'i in the distance.

View of Kihei from Thompson Road. You can see the island of Lana’i in the distance

We were feeling quieter and more contemplative this week (with a desire to have our heads in the clouds), so Steven and I opted to walk Thompson Road. Rolling along the leeward slopes of Haleakala at an elevation of approximate 3,000 feet, the 3 2/3 mile round trip walk has a long steep hill at the end that rewards you with magnificent views of the island. Well, actually the entire walk has magnificent views of Kihei, Ma’alaea, Lana’i, Kaho’olawe and Molokini.

As for the video, well it’s obvious that even novice video blogging workaholics have outtakes. (Steven insisted that I include them.) And I do want to correct myself; I stated on the video that we were going to hike Thompson Road. But it’s not actually a hike. It’s more of a peaceful trek along a narrow, paved road that starts diagonally across from Grandma’s Coffee House. If you end up at the Tedeschi Vineyards, Maui’s Winery at Ulupalakua Ranch, you blinked and missed the Coffee House and Thompson Road.

For those of you that have never been to Maui, driving up to Kula makes you realize what a diverse microcosm of climate and landscapes this island has; from Kihei, which is dry and dusty, and the town is steadily sprawling out along the clear blue coastal water; to the tropical rain showers and lush foliage in Haiku; to Kula, where you could swear you were in the mountains somewhere on the mainland, but the eye-popping views remind you that you’re on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The top of Haleakala is still another 7,000 feet up; I’m planning a full moon hike through the crater sometime during my year of learning how to have fun.

KulaThompRdI have to admit that trekking along Thompson Road made me rethink why I like living in Haiku. (Though even with mosquitoes, centipedes and flying cockroaches I’m not ready to move.)

Hope you have a great day!

 

When you get a chance to take five, here’s something to hum.
A few of the verses from the Beatles song, All You Need Is Love, by Lennon/McCartney

Love, love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy.
All you need is love, love.
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
It’s easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,