roro wearing his father's day shirt. s, w, and b wearing the clothes that roro and cathy brought out for them!
roro trying to see the big island from haleakala. so luck on the day we were there--too many clouds.
at the obon festival in wailuku. it was nice and cool out, and we got to eat delicious japanese foods.
and then, of course, there was the dancing at the obon festival. brian and i immediately joined in on that fun.
we looked around in the tide pools. we found a baby eel, an octopus (roro and b saw this one), and lots of other cool little critters.
we ate sunday dinner with our friend one. the dinner was amazing! i loved the breaded and fried marlin and giant shrimp.
oh! the blacksand beach in hana. this is b's favorite beach in all of maui. we all swam there and had a good time. the weather was as gorgeous as the pictures make it look. the last time we were there, it was rainy and gray. and the waves were really big.
we tried to find a beach that would have good body surfing (near hana), but no luck. the waves weren't too big, but we were still able to play around. this is the beach were i got caught in a riptide. i was able to get out of it with b's help (it wasn't too bad), but it scared me.
b looking very proud at the timeshare hotel. we went to a timeshare meeting to get discounted tickets to the luau. we listened to their message and kindly declined to spend $20k on a timeshare.
playing in the water. we tried to find a good body surfing beach but to avail. but we still had a good time.
we took the 6:45am ferry over to lana'i. it took about 45 minutes. we saw lots of little flying fish as we boated over.
this was the beach we walked to from the ferry terminal. the waves were big near the shore, but we were still able to get out and snorkel. it was a beautiful snorkeling spot. we all snorkeled together for the first 1.5 hours, and then roro, b, and i went back out. we found gorgeous underwater valleys with tons of fish. we also found a big triton's trumpet and a cool octopus. i love seeing octopuses!
there was a great tide pool area for us to explore, but we only had about 15 minutes. we had to catch our bus into lana'i city, but the water was also coming in quickly. after 15 minutes the areas to walk on seen below were disappearing.
we found a really great thrift store in town. while i was trying on clothes (i found an amazing dress for 50 cents!), the boys put on matching shirts.
waiting for the ferry to go back to maui. we had a great time on lana'i. we spent a day there and loved it.
what!? we found a sign about roro's tilley hat. remember how an elephant ate a tilley hat 3 times? this was such an exciting find.
on our last day, we went to lahaina's jail. there were some mangoes that had fallen from the tree. b peeled them by hand, and then we ate them by hand! they were so, so good.
some of our other favorite things that didn't make it into pictures were snorkeling. we went snorkeling nearly every day and loved it. we saw tons of sea turtles, lots of cool fish, several eels, two octopuses, and a triton's trumpet. cathy and roro gave us a fish of hawaii book that made it fun to id fish.
we ate lots of great fruit while we were there. we had an amazing papaya--it was big, fresh, and so good (all of us agreed that usually papayas are not that great). we had some really good pineapple and mangoes too. we did get some passion fruit, but it wasn't the super special.
our condo was in kihei right by kameole III beach, which we took full advantage of and enjoyed. we swam, snorkeled, body surfed, played in the sand, went on beach walks, etc. our last morning in maui we went there thinking we'd snorkel, but the waves were so big we opted to body surf. some of the waves were true crushers. i got carried by one i tried to dive under!
our first day we went to the salvation army and found a lovely print called "hula girl" from the 1940s. once we realized we could take it back with us, we bought it. it's now hanging on our living room wall. so nice.
we all had a great time, and we weren't tired of being together by the end, which was a nice way to end things. our 10 days worked out perfectly. if/when we got back to hawaii, we've decided that going to kaua'i or the big island could be fun to try!