Sunday, September 16, 2012
We had a wonderful day in Maui! It was about 80 degrees, sunny and no humidity...loved it! We rented a car with another couple and drove partway around the Island. What a beautiful place! We docked outside of Lahina and tendered in....this little town is so sweet. Looked like the 1950's....little sidewalks and lots of shops. We saw the second largest Banyan tree in the U.S. , covered nearly 2 acres! We picked up our rental car and away we went! The beaches were amazing, lots of surfers in the water, and we saw some huge waves come in...it was amazing to see as there were lots of rocky areas, and the surfers sorta threaded the needle....I looked for sea glass, but only found one piece....not my best day..lol
After about an hour we turned inland and drove thru a valley, with huge mountains on each side and about 10 miles of flat valley between them..lots of sugar cane and of all things, cattle! WHAT A SIGHT! we reached the other side and headed for the IOA valley, to see the famous rock formations. We visited the IONA needle, a tall volcanic rock formation where in ancient Hawaiian days, they held human sacrifices. Apparently in ancient Hawaii, if you broke the rules, you were SACRIFICED...NO IFS ANDS OR BUTS! No second chances, if you were non compliant with the rules...off with you head! However, the needle is most famous for the battle where King Kamamah won against the Maui warriors, and united all of the Hawaiian Islands. It was very impressive, and I was very careful not to break any rules! haha
We hiked around and then drove off to the famous road to Hana.....We called it ....THE HELL ROAD TO HANA!..The further we drove, the more narrow and curved the road became...many one lane bridges, on a curve, and you had to hold your breath as you crossed! we nearly got sideswiped twice,,( very scary) and finally Michael couldn't take any more and he found a place to turn around....I thought we were heading off the edge of the mountain, and gave the famous Selleck girls gasp....scared the crap out of everyone....we laughed all the way back, but had to change our underwear when we got back to the ship! lololololol
It was a fun day....On the way back we found a Costco.....( of all places) and loaded up on wine and Gin.....Best souvenirs we found all day! We ate lunch and had a few beers at Bubba Gumps on the water, where we could see our ship out in the bay.....We loved Maui!