Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hawaii - Day 2

I woke up around 3 am Hawaii time due to the time difference between here and Chicago. I looked out the lanai window and there was a big full moon illuminating the ocean. It was something you don’t see in Chicago.

We got up around 5 am and got read to tackle the road to Hana. We stopped at the Kihei Cafe for breakfast. It isn’t much to look at but has good breakfast food. We also chatted with one of the locals. Even people that live on Maui say you need to go see Kauai. We will in a couple more days.

We headed out for the Hana Highway. I didn’t expect to make it all the way to Hana since we had to be back for a Luau but I did want to see as much as possible along the way. This road is very curvy. If you are prone to getting car sick then definitely take something before you go on this road. There are a lot of single lane bridges to be aware of and it’s best to pull over and let the locals pass. There are plenty of places to pull off to the side. There is a lot of great scenery too be had on this road. We stopped at the Halfway to Hana road side stand and picked up some Banana bread. This was recommended in the guide book Maui Revealed. I also made the slippery rock climb down to see the Three Bears waterfall. This is three waterfalls that empty into a pool but you have to climb down and over slippery rocks to get to it. I carried my Nikon D50 with me and took a bunch of pictures. We’ll see if any of them are good.

The return trip on the Hana Highway was a little tedious. It didn’t seem like we had driven that far. After all the twisting and turing I (as well as Beth) was ready for some straight pavement. I went there and back without scratching up the rental car though.

We had reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau this evening. This Luau came highly recommended. This was also our actual anniversary day so we wanted to do the Luau this evening. We picked the conventional table and chair seating since we weren’t sure how long we could sit on the ground with the traditional seating. We ended up at a table with a family from Wisconsin so it was interesting talking with them.

They serve food buffet style that includes the traditional pig cooked in an Imu oven. The pork was very juicy and the steak they had was good as well. They served deserts with a Hawaiian flair and all drinks were included. The wait staff was very friendly and was eager to get you more of anything they had.

The performance consisted of story telling of ancient Hawaiian beliefs and traditional hula dancing. Since they strive for traditional there are no fire twirlers here. I would recommend this Luau if you are in Maui. It’s a permanent facility so they don’t setup plastic chairs on a multi use area like the resorts do. They also have native Hawaiian people demonstrating some Hawaiian crafts.

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