We had to travel for about twelve hours to reach Hawaii. The flight was quite boring but we were able to see brilliant views of the landscape of Hawaii towards the end of the flight. We landed in Maui, at the Kahului airport, and drove to Lahaina from there. We arrived at our hotel and walked along the grounds and the beach. At our first hotel it became kind of a ritual to wake up early in the morning, get ready for the day, and then walk the shore of the beach while the sun rose. The sunrises and the sunsets are quite beautiful in Hawaii. The bright rays of the sun tinge the clouds a light yellowish peach. Often near sunset, the air is humid, and small raindrops and a bursting yellow sun result in vibrant colored rainbow.
There was a high surf alert, so the waves were quite high. Where we were, it wasn't that bad, but I heard from someone who visited Wailea around this time, that over there were ten to fifteen foot waves. But, as we walked along the beach, more than one or two rogue waves got the better of us, meaning, sometimes by the ends of our walks, we were drenched.
We visited a kind of town in Lahaina, and saw this extraordinarily large banyan tree. It was large enough that it had trees growing off of it. There were many stands near the banyan tree, where people were selling all kinds of different products.
After exploring the town for a few hours, we headed to Iao Valley to see the "needle." It was a very scenic drive up the mountain, surrounded by a lush green. There are a few short walks you can complete at the valley, which lead to scenic lookouts.
I wanted to share the above pictures to illustrate the sheer beauty and powerfulness of the Pacific Ocean. I've seen the Atlantic Ocean many times as I live on the east coast, but the pure blueness of the water in the Pacific took my breath away. But what's most amazing is the various different shades of blue shown.
After this, we headed back to the small Lahaina town for parasailing. I'd never been parasailing before, so for obvious reasons, I was quite nervous. We put on life jackets and some other gear. We were hooked to the parachute by some clasps, and as the boat moved, the parachute slowly lifted up. It was a nice view from above, we saw the tiny town, the lush green mountains, the wide expanse of the pacific, etc. However, I actually didn't particularly like it. But, that's fine. I'm glad I got to have the experience and at least find out what it feels like, even if I didn't necessarily like it. It was really a meh experience for me but if you ever get the opportunity to parasail I suggest that you try it out. You may like it!!
That same day, we went to a Luau. I don't have pictures of it, though. While we were eating, it started raining. The interesting thing about Maui though, is that it rains pretty frequently but the rain only lasts about 2 of 3 minutes before it stops. And, the rain, always, always, results in a rainbow. The rainbows in Maui are the most beautiful rainbows I've seen by far. Where I live, we don't get very many rainbows at all, and the rainbows we do get are so dull that you can hardly see them. But, in Maui, you can see each individual color of the rainbow clearly, and the rainbows actually make semi circles.
The next day we went to a plantation. In the town in Lahaina, my family all ended up buying Hawaiian style shirts, which we wore on this day. We first walked through the visitor center/gift shop. They had but up pineapple on a plate that was from the plantation. It was the most juicy and flavorful pineapple I've ever tasted. I've always found the pineapples that we buy from the store chewy, dry, and not very flavorful. But the pineapples in Maui are wonderful. Not just the one that I had on the plantation- we had pineapples from several roadside stands and they were delicious, too. The same roadside stands that we got pineapple from, we also got coconuts from. We just stuck a straw down the coconut and drank. We got to drink sugarcane juice at these various roadside stands, too.
The grounds of the plantation were really pretty, and we were able to walk around them before we took a tour of the plantation. It was a really interesting tour and we got to learn about a lot of the different plants they're growing plus how to husk a coconut.
The next day, we went to Wailea. The above is I think, Little Beach. the waves were huge, and lots of people were surfing.
All in all, I had lots of fun. I'll be publishing another post soon, about the second half of my trip.