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Trip Report As visions of sugarcane danced in her head....

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Maui Hawaii Sept. 20-27, 2011
Seattle to Maui nonstop on Alaska Air..
Rental car from Enterprise.

We stayed in this condo in Kahana.. www.vrbo.com/87172
It was very nice, decorated in bamboo/rattan/cane, and wicker furnishings. I would recommend it. It was clean and had a nice lanai to sit on.
The management was accomidating and everything was as they had depicted the condo to be. Onsite person Terry was very nice and she helped when we had problems with the kitchen light. She is the one that recommended Pacific tattoo.

We loved the area. The beaches were good. We loved Fleming and Honokowai Beach the most.

We didnt care for the beaches at Ka'anapali. We never could find public access with parking in that area. we wanted to go to Black Rock but no place to park. Actually each time we drove by that area we thought the whole area smelled of something bad... sulfur maybe...

All else was A1 !! OMG..... we drove all over the island and saw such incredible sites. The Plantation, Ioa Needle, the bamboo forest, the lava fields....it was sooooo incredible. oh i forget the blow holes ... So many memories.. the guy that jumped out in the road and demanding we buy his pineapple. (well worth the few bucks we gave him... Sweet, juicy and ice cold...) the lady at Turnbull gallery that was so pleasant and told us about the area.... and Curley with Howie the Hawaiian hog. Both, true originals...

Our best decisions of the trip was to keep driving when it said Highway ends here... that is were the real Maui begins... we took it slow and easy and easily made the journeys. (we have driven the Amalfi too) It is impossible to describe the lava fields to anyone that hasnt seen it. Unbelievable. Massive. Unworldly. A MUST SEE.

As is the bamboo forest on the way to Haha. It can be described as the words above. You cant imagine it until you see it with your own eyes.

We didnt go all the way to Hana....didnt plan too.

We also love Makewao, even though bakery was closed. We bought earrings and some veggies from the little outdoor market.

We loved the windsurfers outside of Paia. We loved the Alii Kula lavendar farm and the Holy Ghost Church. We also found the miracle coral church.. Our lady of Fatima...

In Lahaina area we shopped until we dropped and got tattoos at Pacific Tattoo. I highly recommend this clean, well run, safe place where a middle aged woman can go and feel comfortable. The owners Tommy and Lisa have made this shop a winner. (I will post pics of my tattoo) We also went to Jodo mission. The Buddah was really cool with mountains in background. The ceiling inside the church was painted with all different flowers.

Speaking of flowers. We were so amazed at all the flowers everywhere. My new favorite is the Plumeria. I got some perfume and one is on my tattoo. The hisbisus were everywhere. I have lots of pics and will post them on here. The Bougainvillea were in every color....and all the houseplants we have here are outside plants there.

I will write reviews on Planation and Lavender farm, and Surfing Goat Dairy. We thought all 3 were wonderful.

Things we observed and joked about during the trip. We had never seen so many jeeps and convertable mustangs (red and electric turquoise)... so we were contantly saying "guess whats behind us?" We also joked about "look there's kids standing in the middle of the ocean" With those new surf boards with the paddle they are standing, not laying as on a regular surfboard. So they literally seem as they are standing in the middle of the ocean!! They stand there for hours!!!

I found my way to the fabric story. I died and went to heaven. I got 3 different ones. Now I am making pillows, sachets, coin purses and hotpads for christmas gifts. The patterns are so beautiful, bright and makes you smile.

We did the Old Lahaina Luau and was very pleased. The food was not good but the Hula, storytelling and atmosphere made up for it...

we only went to one restaurant. See my review for Pioneer in Lahaina. We shopped at farmers market and at the Times grocery store. We ate at our condo, except for snacks. We LOVED the candied coconut, especially from Curley's. We got shave ice at tom's Mini mart and like it alot. We bought flavored spam and many little jams, honeys, and mustards.

We will return to Maui and i would like to go to other islands too. I love the aloha spirit and there is something magnetic that pulls me to its soul. I dream of plumeria's, coconuts, and sugarcane.

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