Hawaii part 2

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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. DSC_0734 DSC_0735

DSC_0905 the stage where all the dancers performDSC_0915 DSC_0917 DSC_0921 DSC_0925 DSC_0929Ryan 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 🙂
DSC_0936 DSC_0937 The unveiling of the pig! Less exciting than it seemed. DSC_0955 DSC_0964A buffet of food was set upDSC_0974Being able to watch the sunset from our dinner table created the perfect ambiance
DSC_0981 our server who also performedDSC_1013

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 🙂
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter 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 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Don’t touch it Ryan…$10,000 fine if you do 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DSC_0029_2 DSC_0035_2Another 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. DSC_0988_2 DSC_0992_2 DSC_0005_3 DSC_0011_3 DSC_0033_3 IMG_1447DSC_0062_3 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. DSC_0114_3 DSC_0130_3 DSC_0157_3

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…

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  1. Pingback: Hawaii Part 3- The Road to Hana | carterscupatea

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