The Black Sands Beach at Hana
On Wednesday we drove to Hana, which is on the wet and tropical side of the island. Actually Maui is really two islands, each with it’s own volcano and joined by an isthmus. We have been staying on the smaller of the two parts of Maui and today we drove to the larger part.
Hana receives a lot more rain than the rest of the island and this makes it very lush and tropical. We spent the day touring, walking on frozen lava shores washed by the blue Pacific, and swimming at a wonderful cove enclosed by black lava cliffs. We were on constant lookout for: bathrooms, beaches, and banana bread. The banana bread was very good.
We all took it easy on Thursday and spent the day in a private cabana overlooking the beach at the hotel. We took turns swimming in the warm ocean. The highlight of the day was the surf. Huge waves tore into the beach with tremendous force and caused Alex to lose his sunglasses in the bubbling surf, and poor Holly sprained her ankle. I too had my sunnies washed into the angry sea, but Julia, with her eagle eyesight, spotted them on the sandy seafloor. We figure the chances of me losing my glasses and then finding them again was so slim that it could not happen, but it did. This must prove the existence of god.
Julia at Haleakala
On Friday Holly was still hobbling about on her injured ankle so she and Alex decided to spend another day at the beach resting. Julia and I, on the other hand, drove to the highest point on Maui, Haleakala. This is the still active 10,023 foot volcano that created this paradise. We walked down from the edge of the massive crater 1,700 feet to wander about the pumice stone, volcanic glass, and basalt world of cinder cones and lava flows.
We are off to Australia now, bye, bye Hawaii, Holly and Alex.