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Continuing on in Maui…
We, of course, wanted to go to a traditional Luau, “When in Rome” right? So after lots of research Ryan had booked us with Old Lahaina Luau, which we suggest for anyone staying on Maui. Apparently, there are several, but this one is supposed to be the best and after having gone I can say everything was awesome from the show and food, to the atmosphere and beachfront property.
the stage where all the dancers perform Ryan picked up a pretty nifty souvenir that now rests on our bookshelf. It was made by these Maui wood carving artisans and made from a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree. We like it more knowing it’s authentic it wasn’t made in China 🙂
The unveiling of the pig! Less exciting than it seemed. A buffet of food was set upBeing able to watch the sunset from our dinner table created the perfect ambiance
our server who also performed
We went Snorkeling at Molokini Crater and Turtle Town which was amazing. Having never snorkeled myself, it took me a little while to get comfortable with the fact that I could take a breath in with my face in the water. After a few freak outs, I was finally getting the hang of it. There were lots of fish to look at as well as coral. I rented a water camera but it was harder than it seemed to take a picture of fish that moved out of the frame before I could snap the picture, so we ended up taking a lot of pictures of ourselves 🙂
After Molokini Crater, the boat headed to Turtle town (this area actually has a proper name but I can’t remember what it is). I had kind of expected to see lots of sea turtles, but then quickly realized that with all the tours that come through that area, most of the turtles don’t hang out long before getting disturbed and swimming away from the boats. After some time in the water, we were finally able to see a few sea turtles and this is the one and only good picture I was able to capture. This turtle had swam in between Ryan and I, so we were within a few feet of him. It was the most exciting thing for me 🙂
Don’t touch it Ryan…$10,000 fine if you do 🙂 Another must see is sunrise from Mount Haleakala. We all (2 year old Nephew included) woke up at 2am to make the drive from sea level to 10,000 feet. We were above the clouds when we got to the summit and it was breathtaking. Still, quiet, and serene, not to mention it was about 40 degrees. Sunrise began around 5am. After sunrise, we drove back down to the lower elevation look-outs and hung out for a while. The sites were beautiful in all directions.
Part 3 will be devoted to the Road to Hana Trip, which was a 12 hour road trip around the island so I have LOTS of picture to share. Until next time…