Sunday, August 9, 2009

Maui spring break

So I am way behind, but better late than never right? 

I went to Maui, Molokai, and Lanai with Christine over spring break the first week of April. We stayed at the Historic Lahaina Inn in downtown Lahaina and it was very quaint. Funny story though- one night the room next to us had the alarm clock going off at like midnight, so I knocked on the door but no answer. We went down to the lobby and saw that it was a late/early check-in so the key was on the counter, we took the key, broke into the room and turned off the alarm haha problem solved!  
In town we found the best shave ice place ever! Ululani shave ice makes all their own flavors and we made good friends with the owner David and his wife, they were so sweet.  
We also woke up at 3am one morning so that we could make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the Haleakala volcano for sunrise. It was freezing and a little damp, but seriously worth it! I have never had such an awe inspiring experience in my life. Afterward we had breakfast at a little place called Grandma's Coffee House and it was wonderful! Fresh, homemade, and hit the spot! 

We took a day tour of Lanai which was awesome! We saw a whole pod a dolphins that came and played right in front of the boat, a baby whale breached right next to us, we made great friends with captain Brian, and the sunset was  amazing. The island is tiny with only one town and lots of left over pineapple fields since Dole left about 10 years ago. 

We also took the ferry over to Molokai and drove from end to end. We went to the Kalaupapa outlook to see the peninsula where a leper colony was located in the 1800-1900's . There is also the largest phallic rock in the pacific. Tradition says if you touch it is will bring you fertility...can't go against tradition now can we. Molokai also has some of the world's highest sea cliffs which are so majestic. The island is small and we had the beaches all to our self. I loved it there and wish we could have spent more time there. 

Overall it was a great trip and we had tons of cool experiences, I even got searched at the airport...I am very suspicious :)