Exploring West Maui

This Banyan Tree and all of its limbs took up an entire city block.

This Banyan Tree and all of its limbs took up an entire city block.

After being on Maui for almost a week, we finally got the chance to get out and do a little exploring.  There are a ton of things to do and sights to see, so it was hard to decide where to start.  So we ended up just hopping in the car and headed to West Maui.

The first stop on our trip was the town of Lahaina.  It is very much a tourist town with tons of shops and restaurants.  One of the neat things right in the middle of town is Banyan Tree Park.  It is a huge, sprawling tree that takes up an entire city block.  They happen to have a farmers market going on while we were there, but it was mostly expensive crafts.

IMG_3642After a quick Hawaiian shaved ice snack, we kept traveling up the coast of West Maui looking for a nice beach to relax and have some lunch.  We ended up picking DT Fleming Beach Park.  It is near the Northern tip of Maui so the waves were really high.  The beach was split between the surfers and the swimmers.

The Nakalele Blowhole wasn't as high as it could have been, but it was still a cool hike to get there.

The Nakalele Blowhole wasn’t as high as it could have been, but it was still a cool hike to get there.

Another stop on our trip was the Nakalele Blowhole.  It is a small, natural hole on a lava-rock ledge near the ocean.  When the waves come crashing in, it creates a tall gyser of water.  We were there pretty close to low tide, so the water wasn’t going very high.  But it was still a fun place to get out, climb on the rocks, and explore the tidepools.

The trip from the blowhole back to Kahului was very adventurous.  You have to take an eight mile stretch of road that is one lane and very curvy.  They have a lot of pullouts for cars to maneuver past each other, but it was still a tight trip.  Luckily, we didn’t encounter very many cars.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad first day trip around Maui.  It is nice that we are here long enough to take in all of the sights without being rushed.  Beth’s schedule at the hospital is likely going to be two 8-hour shifts plus two 12-hour shifts per week, so that means she will get an extra day off.  That leaves more time to explore!

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