Monday, July 31, 2017

Hawaii Vacation - Day 9: Lahaina, Then Change in Plans

We started out our first morning in Maui by having breakfast on our patio facing the ocean. We are renting a condo in Kihei, in the south central part of the island.

The following photo shows the view from our patio.

After breakfast we got in the car. Our plan for this day was to visit West Maui and see as many of the sites on that side of the island as time would allow.

On the way we stopped at Papawai Point to take in the scenery. This shot is facing east, back toward Kihei.

And this is looking the other way, with the island of Lanai in the background.

Our first destination in West Maui was Lahaina, a historic town that was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii in the early 1800s. The most iconic landmark in Lahaina is the big banyan tree, which is 144 years old. This banyan tree is the largest in the world.

In looking at the above photo, you may be asking which of the dozens of trees in the photo is the banyan tree. Well, this is actually all one tree that is connected together. Banyan trees are unique in that roots come down from the branches, establish themselves in the ground, and form new trunks.

I remember this banyan tree from my visit to Lahaina when I was Kai's age. It has only gotten larger since.

We walked up and down Front Street and saw some of the historic sights of the town. Then it was time for lunch.

We went to a seafood joint where Kai ordered the fried calamari.

He did not eat any of it.

Shortly after the above photo was taken, he ran to the bathroom where he stayed for a good long time. He said he had an upset stomach.

Rather than continuing on to other parts of West Maui, we decided to return to our condo to let Kai settle down and rest up.

Being flexible is not one of Kai's strengths and we have to work with him to teach him to be flexible at times. On this occasion, though, I had to adjust to this unexpected change in plans.

Later in the day, after he took a nap, Kai said he felt better and wanted to go to the beach. We went to the one right outside our condo.

The waves were high and not great for swimming, but we stayed out for about an hour.

Later, we took a walk along the Wailea beach path.

It was beautiful along this rocky shoreline.

We could have stayed there as the sun was about to set, but I had read that Keawakapu Beach is one of the places in Maui to watch the sunset.

I would have to say that it was one of the best sunsets I've ever seen.

Here's a shot of the beach and sky after the sun was down.

We ended our day with dinner at a nearby restaurant. My wife had tuna, I had short ribs, and Kai had this prime rib.

He said that his stomach was better but was afraid to eat any seafood (although I doubt that seafood had anything to do with his stomach troubles). Hopefully there will be no recurrence as we have a lot of places to see and things to do.


  1. That condo looked to be in a very nice place. That was a nice shot of the. waves. And, of course, I really liked the shots of the sunset.

    Poor Kai, intestinal problems are the worst. The nap did him a world of good...that Prime Rib was huge.

    1. Shiroi, I was thinking of you and your love of sunsets. You would have loved this one.

      Kai did not eat that whole thing. He saved some for breakfast the next day. :) All seems fine with his stomach, though, thankfully.


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