Thursday, June 09, 2011

Maui's tacos are delicious

On Monday morning Matt and my mom took Iris snorkeling with the turtles. I stayed behind in our room with Eloise, but I heard a turtle came right up to Iris. I can't say enough how amazed I was at the girls' snorkeling abilities. Because they were able to snorkel they could see so many more amazing things than they ever would have seen from above the water. I really wish we would have at least taken pictures of the girls snorkeling in the ocean. Guess we'll have to go back!

At lunch time Matt and the girls drove my mom and I up to the Honolua Store in Kapalua, which was just north of Napili where we were staying. While Napili has a more old-school Hawaiian vibe (read: lower rent) Kapalua is home of the Ritz-Carlton resort. Need I say more?

We had a yummy lunch and headed out to hike back to Napili Village (where we were staying) on the Kapalua Coastal Trail, which I wrote about in my first post. The sites from the trail were beautiful.

One interesting bit of information is that the Ritz-Carlton is built back away from the ocean a bit with a sprawling golf course like lawn stretching between the resort and the beach. Why the lawn? Well, apparently when the R-C was supposed to be on the water. When they began construction it was discovered they were on top of a burial ground. Hawaiians protested the excavation of their ancestors bodies and R-C didn't concede until they had unearthed 500 bodies. Really R-C? You didn't think it would be a good idea to stop digging up dead people after the first, I don't know, 200 or so?

But anyways! The view of the ocean from the Kapalua Coastal Trail is amazing.

The Honolua Store. Delicious sandwiches. 10 outta 10.

Part of the trail.

These three pictures above were from a beautiful part of the south end of Oneloa Bay.

Oneloa Bay. I thought it was so interesting that you could find a beach like this (big waves, not too hospitable) just a bit away from a beach like this one below, which is Kapalua Bay/Kapalua Beach. We never got to spend time on Kapalua Beach, much to my dismay, but it looked lovely from the trail!

Coming up on Napili Bay.

Later in the day my mom and I went back to snorkel in the turtle cove. The tide had come in and several of the turtles were up feeding on the edge of a rock ledge that was under water, but previously was exposed enough to walk on. There weren't too many turtles to be found on the bottom of the cove, but it was so much fun watching the sea turtles bob and roll in the waves as they tried to stay on the edge. We tried our hardest to get pictures and video but didn't come up with anything too terribly extraordinary. Clearly, plenty of beautiful sea turtle pictures could be found elsewhere, but we were proud our measly shots!

Oh hi honu!

You know what we had for dinner that night? Maui Tacos! Yum yum.

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