The photos below are what we saw.
Near the pool at the Westin I spotted this egret(?) working the bushes for breakfast.
possible version of "paradise".
at the Westin was adjacent to the beach; the ocean is visible in
most good tropical resorts, the Westin had a koi pond with lotus
loaded our rental car with our stuff and headed out on a day
trip. Visible to the northwest in the distance in the
photo above is the island of Molokai.
the ring road around the north shore of the island and came upon
a turnout that gave us a nice view of an excellent snorkeling
up the road we came to a viewpoint that gave us a commanding
view of the shoreline. The trade winds were blowing hard
resulting in whitecaps on the ocean.
to the west from the overlook we could also see the island of
Lanai across the channel in the distance.
was clearly enjoying the view.
east on the ring road we came upon a sign for a blow hole.
We dismounted and walked to see what was there. In the
distance we could see the hole spouting with each good set of
action caused the water to explode through the hole throwing
huge jets of spume into the strong wind.
trade winds took the ejected spume and spread it far to the west
coating the rocks with sea water.
to the east we came upon another viewpoint that provided a first
look at a huge "head" on the distant coastline and our first
view of the large volcanic crater on Maui in the far distance.
north shore of Maui had plenty of rugged cliffs resulting from
the strong wave action.
took us to the base of the headland.
was narrow; only one lane with turnouts. Happily, there
was minimal traffic. We stopped at a roadside stand to get
some banana bread and saw that the villagers had terraces
constructed to allow cultivation of taro, a local staple.
the road conditions and a commitment later in the afternoon we
turned around at Kahakuloa. We passed this car that had
burned at the side of the road. The story here is the
intensity of the fire was sufficient to melt the alloy
wheels. The remains of the wheel can be seen propped up
against the side of the rear corner of the car.
of the fire also melted the intake manifold and the valve
covers, also made from alloy. A certified mess.
way back, we stopped at the Ritz-Carlton for an exploitatively-priced
lunch. Above is one man's vision of paradise (but not THIS
to Kaanapali, we spotted some nice blooms near a walkway.
this bloom rather appealing. In general, the grounds had
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