United States of America · 4 Days · 9 Moments · May 2017

Maui, Hawaii 2017

23 May 2017

Day 5- We bid adieu to Maui with a heavy heart but a promise to return back to Hawaii soon. Papa πŸ‘΄πŸΌwishes to visit Big Island soon to see the active volcano! Mahalo Hawaii πŸ™πŸΌπŸŒΊ

22 May 2017

Day 4 - After our drive from Hana, we headed to Sheraton's Maui Nui Luau cocktail ceremony. Mamma & I wore our Lei's which we bought from one of the stores at Front St, Lahaina and posed for pics with it. We enjoyed the evening drinking Mai Tais & Pina Coladas while watching the sunset and the Luau & Hula Dances
Day 4- Road to Hana: today we drove around the Hana rainforest and stopped along the route to catch sights of some panoramic views of the Pacific along with the rainforest, waterfalls and some beaches. The road to Hana is approximately 48 miles long, although as we're pressed for time we only completed about 36 miles, making a turnabout for our hotel after the Black Sand Beach (Wainapanapa)

21 May 2017

Day 3 (contd)- After our chopper ride, we again headed into Lahaina, Front St for some more sunset gazing, shopping and dinner. We walked on Front st hunting for souvenirs for friends back home and watched the sunset from the same spot as Monday. We then strolled along Front St to spot some of the historical sights along the way. We ended up at the Lahaina Banyan court which housed one of the biggest Banyan trees. Followed by dinner at Lahaina Pizza Co.
Day 3 - Today, we started the day on a relaxed note with a good breakfast and a quick dip in the pool πŸ€½πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Followed by which, we headed to the Heliport for our Air Maui Helicopter ride to see the coast of West Maui, Molokai and Molokini crater. The ride started with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the Molokini crater. After which, the pilot took us towards the waterfalls hidden in the valleys of the Molokai island. This island has a said population of 7000 people with only 12 people living in the deep valleys of the island. The 3 major animals occupying the island are mountain goats 🐐, deers and wild boars. The only way to reach this island is through 🚣 or helicopter. There are no roads in this island because of the steep terrain and cliffs. Many trails haven been long forbidden by hikers because they're no longer ventured. The beaches on this island looked especially more serene and isolated. The heli ride itself was an overwhelming experience- my Jurassic Park moment

20 May 2017

Day 2 (contd) - On our drive to the Haleakala Summit, we saw beautiful lavender trees and tea farms lined up on the route. Upon our ascent along the narrow roads, the gloomy & cloudy weather took a turn for the worse by light showers and extreme fog as we (almost) ascended into the clouds to reach the 10,000 ft elevation. Midway to the summit, we heavily debated (Mamma mostly) if the drive up to see the sunset would be a worthwhile one given the clouds and the fog. I almost gave in to returning back but Papa's persistence prevailed and also my desire to watch the sunset overpowered my confusion. We stayed at the summit till the sun began to set πŸŒ… and caught the last rays of the sun on our descent (by this time Mamma had started throwing tantrums about leaving as she was apprehensive about the drive back home in the dark) - by far the most beautiful sunset I've ever seen in my life. This trip was a first for many experiences I had never imagined to enjoy as much before πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
Day 2 contd- Post beach fun, we headed on our long drive towards Haleakala Crater Summit ( Haleakala Volcanic National Park). On the way we stopped by the the Scenic Lookout point on Highway 30 East which was lined with large sugarcane farms.This viewpoint is also popular for watching Humpback whales that reside in these waters from Dec to May for breeding, nursing before heading to the cooler Alaskan waters.
Day 2- Started the day with Scuba Diving! Didn't manage to take any pics but will be borrowing some from fellow divers. The most surreal experience I've had by far in my life. I saw lots n lots of fishes, sea urchins, coral reef and a green sea turtle! More about it later! After the dive, we went for a quick dip in the ocean at the Black Rock Beach. Here mamma, papa and I spent time getting washed by the waves and playing in the 🌊 while it was drizzling. With black overcast clouds on one side and a view of the mountains on the other, we couldn't have asked for a better sight! πŸ€½πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŠπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ„πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸŠπŸΌπŸ–

19 May 2017

Day 1 - right after we checked into Sheraton Maui Resorts & Spa, we headed to Old Town Lahaina. Mamma was distracted by the Lahaina Outlet Malls (which surprisingly had a better collection and lower Hawaiian Tax rates 4%). Spent time shopping for gifts for friends and family back home. Later we headed to the famous Front St. to catch a glimpse of the fleeting sunset. Here we bought artificial Leis for mamma & myself, after which we grabbed a bite at Pi Artisan Pizzeria. Papa was adventurous and ordered a glass of Pinot out of his own will πŸ€” (I promise I didn't insist for once!)