This was our first visit to Hawaii. What a paradise! We spent time on both Maui and the Big Island. I’ll start with Maui.
After picking up a rental car at the airport, we drove to our condo in Kaanapali, up the road from Lahaina, where we had arranged to take diving lessons from Lahaina Divers. Over a week’s time, Kathy succeeded at getting her Open Water certification, but I injured my ear early on, and had to quit.
I went fishing on one of the days Kathy was diving. I caught a small member of the tuna family, which Kathy and I later ate as sashimi.
Our next objective was to hike into the crater of Haleakala. Haleakala is a volcanic mountain that tops out at 10,023′, and has a road to the summit crater rim. The mountain and much surrounding terrain (down to the coast on the east) is a National Park. The Halemau’u Trail starts at one of the switchbacks on the road to the summit, at 7990′. The trail is located at the wet end of the crater rim. Each Hawaiian island is dominated by volcanic mountains, and has a windward and a lee side, with the former, the wet side, and the latter, which is in the rain shadow of the central mountains, the dry side.
It rained on us a bunch on the first night! The next day, we hiked over to the dry side of the crater.
The endemic Silversword enlivens the crater.
Next, we drove the road to Hana, located at the far eastern end of the island. The pavement was, in spots, slick, by virtue of cars squashing the guava fruits that fell onto the road, while the air was permeated with the sweet smell of the squashed fruit. Guava is not native to Hawaii.
We stopped at Waianapanapa State Park, where we were lucky to find a cabin for the night. It was a house-keeping cabin, surrounded by lush vegetation, and with a papaya tree right outside. The steep and rocky coast was 50 yds. away. We fished from the rocks with Japanese dried fish and caught a beautiful all-red fish. And we hiked the few miles along the coast from the State Park to the town of Hana.
We drove farther south along the coast from Hana, to the Kipahulu Valley area (in the National Park), the site of the Seven Pools and the hike to Waimoku Falls
The hike along the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls:
Our trip to Maui was followed by a visit to the Big Island, which will be seen in the following post: