We stayed in three beautiful locations on the island so we could make the most of our visit. Maui is so much more that a coastline of beaches and we did a pretty good job of balancing lazing around and exploring.
We spent our first evening exploring Lahaina, the former capital of Hawaii. We saw the crazy big banyan tree that has 12 trunks, which form when the roots, which grow from the branches, touch the ground. It covers 2/3 of an acre.
The flat rock in this photo is the "birthing chair", used by Hawaiian royalty when in labor- not quite as comforable as a hospital bed.
Our first day visit ended with a beautiful sunset. Then it was off to the hotel where we shared a bottle of wine on the beach and managed to spy in on the last half of a luau.
The next morning we woke up to this beautiful view from our third floor suite...
...Fueled up for the day at a cute little restaurant right on the beach
...then did some exploring around the northwest corner of the island.
I had to take a photo op by the heart shaped hole in the rock
The lava rock provides a pretty surreal landscape
We checked out the offerings at the grocery store. Quid in ink or broiled eels?
I think I'll pass.
On Thursday we said goodbye to the west coast and headed for the opposite side of the island via the Hana Highway. We stopped for lunch in Paia and took a stroll.
I was not expecting cacti in Hawaii, but it's everywhere. These were soooooo tall.
Then drove some more, and stopped for a hike once we got to the lush and green part of the island.
It's pretty magical to walk through a tropical rainforest.
Our next detour led us to Keanae, a tiny town where we met a couple tiny horses.
Then a short storm blew in as we were checking out this old church and graveyard.
Next stop Hana!