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Gail and I enjoyed our Annual retreat to Maui this past March to April. We first visited the island in 1978, and we have missed going very few years Since. It is simply a place that allows almost complete relaxation. Nothing much has changed over the years, including the Maui Eldorado, the resort we frequent. We never tire of being there. The days seem almost unchanging, but we look forward to each day. Early part of the day is normally at the Beach Cabana and a Beach Walk. Afternoon a drive to Lahaina, or to North Maui scenery, or to the south coastal area, or to the Crater on Mr. Haleakala, Ho’okipa wind surfing beach, Charlie’s for lunch in Paia, La Perouse Bay or maybe even Costco to buy wine, the days are always full.  You have seen all the pics before, but we never tire of showing them, they seem different each year.

LAHAINA

Whaling vessels hunted the waters outside of Lahaina for hundreds of years. The town has been maintained in a traditional manner since the early 1950’s. To the upper left, Front Street, which runs along the shoreline, which lies to the right on this photo.


Above is an Artists market, open under the Banyon Tree on weekends. Many people of artistic talents live in the city and use the above market to display and sell their work. The Banyon tree was planted in 1873 and is now 60 feet high and covers an area of 0.7 of an acre and is the largest such tree in the US.


To the left is a photo that I have taken each year. To my mind the carving is my great X many grandfather John Lace, a sailor who sailed the oceans from 1790 until 1832.

Gail picnics near La Perouse Bay

sight of the last flow of lava into the sea in 1785.

on the right

A view up over the last lava flow on the flanks of 10,000 ft. high Haleakala

One of our favourite drives is around the south-east end of Maui. This road has only been improved during the last few years and the drive is a lot more comfortable than it was previously. However, as the photo on the left indicates, there is sometimes not enough width to allow for a centre-line. One passes from the dry, arid flank of the mountain at La Perouse Bay, to the tropical look as you approach Hana, the change takes place over a few miles. One of the wettest spots on earth is located just above the photo on the right, with measured rainfall in the 450 to 480 inches per year.

Maui is only 48 miles long and 26 miles at its widest point, and yet it can be like going from one country to another during a one hour drive. From desert to heavy rainforest and from sea level to 10,000 feet within a few minutes drive. The landscape can look as rugged as the photo on the left of Elephant Rock on the north-west side of the island, and as peaceful and idyllic as a golf course 10 miles away.


HALEAKALA

Every couple of years we drive to the Crater on Haleakala at elevation 10,000 feet. The driving distance from sea level to the crater is about 36 miles. Note the biker ahead of us and above the clouds as we pass through the 8,000 ft. elevation on our way up.

On the right, the science station located near the summit of the mountain. One of these sites is set up to track “space junk” only. This space centre will be upgraded soon with a half a billion dollar investment.


The Silversword plant, found only on Maui and at elevations above 7,000 feet. It lives for 50 years and flowers only once in its lifetime. The flower being a very tall spike shooting skyward.

At 10,000 feet, the air is extremely light and moving around too quickly can cause you to pass out. Gail sits on a bench near the summit, the rock pile in the background the results of  explosions from the crater thousands of years ago.

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