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First Day in Maui


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Maui

Maui


We were in Maui for two days and had two terrific tours

June 20, 2010-Tour to Haleakala

My grandson said he had been waking up at 5:30 so I did not set a wake-up call and of course we didn't wake up until 6:30. We threw on our clothes and went up to the buffet to eat. I had bacon and a bagel and cranberry juice. I also stuck a roll in my pocket.

He could not find his passport (he needs a photo ID to get back to the ship), so he gave me his backpack and I found it. Then I told him to put the backpack away and when he did this he stood up suddenly and whacked his head a very good one on the folded back upper bunk.
Grandson's bunk with folded top bunk bed

Grandson's bunk with folded top bunk bed

I did not know whether I should take him to the doctor or not, but decided not to.
Haleakala Tour Ticket

Haleakala Tour Ticket


Our tour today was the Haleakala volcano. I walked out to the gate on shore
Walking out to the bus

Walking out to the bus

Welcome to Maui

Welcome to Maui

Pride of America

Pride of America


but he was caught by the photographer bird.
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They put me and another lady aside to sit up front on the bus, which was good.

My grandson (with a headache from coming up under the bunk bed) sat in the back by a window. But the bus driver made him come and sit by me which annoyed him VERY much. He was having trouble taking photos from that seat.
Road to Haleakala

Road to Haleakala


Heading for Haleakala

Heading for Haleakala


On the way up to the Haleakala Crater, we stopped to give people a chance to get a cup of coffee and to to snap a photo of
Sculpture in Tom Cruise's garden

Sculpture in Tom Cruise's garden

We drove up to the top of the crater and it was an extremely windy road - filled with switchbacks. My tour ticket said that I should not take this tour if I was prone to motion sickness.

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To illustrate: Our bus driver told this joke:

A priest, a minister and a Haleakala bus driver approached the Pearly Gates. The priest was first and St. Peter told him to wait. The minister was second and St. Peter also told him to wait. The Haleakala bus driver's turn came, and St. Peter told him to go right in. The priest and minister protested. "We have given our whole lives to spreading the word of God and we are told to wait. Why does the Haleakala bus driver get to go right in?" St. Peter said, "Ah, but people often sleep during your sermons. On the Haleakala bus tour, they are all praying."

A switchback

A switchback


Our bus driver pointed several biking possibilities. (It goes without saying that I have not done either of them). One of them was bicycles. We saw one of the vans of the biking people - one of the other possible tours from the ship.Van with bikes going to the volcano

Van with bikes going to the volcano


A van takes people and the bikes up to the top of the crater and then they bike/coast down. It is basically ALL downhill. The bike ride begins at 6500’ elevation of Mount Haleakala, OUTSIDE the park, where you will descend the 21 switchbacks on the western slopes with only 200 yards of pedaling. For the regular tour (just the bike ride) the duration is approximately 4.5 hours. People say this is thrilling to do, but our bus driver warned us about the danger of misjudging one of the curves and wiping out. He pointed out that you have to sign a release agreeing not to hold the bike company responsible for anything including death.

The rules specify
- No beginners.
- NO PREGNANT WOMEN.
- At least 12 years of age and 5 feet tall.
- Maximum weight 250 lbs.

If you want to really see the park, this is not the way to do it.

The biking company provides bikes with non-fail drum brakes and comfortable cushion seats. poly carbonate ventilated helmets, the best lightweight all-weather gear, and insulated waterproof gloves. You need to wear close toed, rubber soled shoes and dress in layers. I didn't pick that as a tour because it was a long time since I rode a bike and my grandson only learned to ride a bike recently.

The other option was motorcycles. He said that the motorcyclists loved to come up on Sunday because there were no police up on the crater to catch them speeding.
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Motorcycles


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Looking down - close to the top

Looking down - close to the top


I think it made my grandson feel sort of queasy plus he already had a headache, and I think he had a problem with the altitude also. My sister had me spooked about altitude sickness, but that was not a problem for me at all. Even though my ticket said "No respiratory or heart problems" both of which I have.
Cattle guard across the road

Cattle guard across the road


Entrance to the National Park

Entrance to the National Park


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Almost every national park has a really informative Visitor's Center. It pays to visit the center to find out about the park.

Actually this park has three visitor's centers. All are open daily year round, subject to staff availability. I have only been to the two at the top of the mountain. I have not been to the Kipahula Visitor Center which is not connected to the other two locations by road. It is on the Kipahulu coast near the pools of 'Ohe'o (sea level). Restrooms, public telephone, picnic tables. Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping permit station. Exhibits on the Cultural and Natural Heritage of Kipahulu. Front country camping available. NO Drinking water, Food or Gas Available

The Park Headquarters are one mile from the park entrance at 7,000' elevation. Restrooms, public telephone, picnic area, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. Backcountry camping/ cabin permit station. NO FOOD or GAS available. Two Haleakala stamps

Two Haleakala stamps


This was the first of the two visitor's centers for me to get stamps in my passport book (which I had brought), and my grandson bought a passport book too
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and got stamps in it.

The endemic species that are special to the Hawaiian islands are endangered by the mammals that people have brought to the islands. They tell us that the only mammals native to Hawaii are a species of bat and marine mammals.

Invasive species

Invasive species


Rats, cows, pigs and the like eat the plants and animals of the islands which then become endangered. The National Park has cattle guards to keep the cattle that are raised on the lower slopes of the volcano out. They also have a lot of information about what species of birds and other animals are native and what species are endangered.

Because the island arose as a volcano from the sea, all of the plants and animals arrived after traversing two thousand miles through the air or sea. Once theses organisms got there, they adapted to the harsh environment to make the species unique.
Extinction is Forever

Extinction is Forever


More endangered species live in in Haleakala; National Park than any other national park in the United States.
Local plants and endangered bee

Local plants and endangered bee


Endemic insects

Endemic insects


Once man arrived on the islands and particularly tourism became common, native species were endangered or destroyed. There were signs saying

No feeding of the Nene. Feeding them makes them tame and tame ones often get hit by cars not

We didn't see anything but a stuffed Nene, or any of the various endemic birds.
Stuffed nene

Stuffed nene


Exhibit case of endemic and endangered species

Exhibit case of endemic and endangered species


We did see the endangered hinahina (Haleakala Silversword, Argyroxiphium sandwicense macrocephalum), which used to cover Haleakala Mountain to a degree where the mountain looked as if it were covered with snow.
Silversword

Silversword


The plant has a wide shallow root system to catch any small amount of rain over a large area. This worked well when the only mammals around were bats. But when cattle, pigs and goats came to the island their feet crushed the roots and their teeth ate the silver foliage.
Silversword

Silversword

Silversword at the summit

Silversword at the summit


Case with display of flowering silversword

Case with display of flowering silversword


At some point during its life it sends up a spectacular flowering stalk that can reach six feet in height. Each stalk can produce hundreds of maroon sunflower-like flower heads. But the silversword flowers only once, at the end of its lifetime, produces seeds and then dies.

In an effort to prevent the species from becoming extinct the park rangers are hand pollinating the flowers, collecting the seeds and raising seedlings.
Silversword with two spent stalks

Silversword with two spent stalks


Silversword that has flowered

Silversword that has flowered


I didn't see a silversword flowering stalk - only plants that had flowered. But the plant itself was sufficiently astonishing.
Stay on the trail

Stay on the trail


Warnings

  • Stay on designated trails. Off-trail hiking can kill plants such as the silversword which has wide shallow roots
  • Enter on foot - no bikes allowed on trails. Other prohibited activities include: hunting, use of firearms, rollerblading, and skateboarding
  • Be alert for signs of altitude sickness - nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, headache. The summit is 10,023 ft.
  • The weather can change suddenly - dress in layers and bring rain and cold weather gear
  • Wear a hat, sunscreen and sun glasses

The lower visitor's center had bathrooms.
Men's room

Men's room


The upper one (11 miles up the road) had less comfortable bathrooms.
Road into the cloud

Road into the cloud

View from the top

View from the top

Looking out from the side of the mountain

Looking out from the side of the mountain

Haleakala Visitor Center - Sunrise to 3:00 pm
Near the summit of Haleakala, 9,700' elevation. Ten miles from the park entrance off the Park Road. Interpretive exhibits on the natural, geologic and cultural heritage of Haleakala. Restrooms, Hawaii Natural History Assoc sales area. NO Public phones, NO Food or Gas available.
Visitors Center

Visitors Center


House of the Sun certificate

House of the Sun certificate


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You are here

You are here


The next eruption

The next eruption

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Sculpture of the islands

Model of the islands of Hawaii

Model of the islands of Hawaii

Another endangered species habitat sign

Another endangered species habitat sign


There was a ranger explaining the various kinds of lava, with examples to show.
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Peak in the crater

Peak in the crater


The crater was amazing, It looks like the surface of the moon. The ticket for the excursion we took from the cruise ship to the summit said "Not for those prone to motion sickness" (because the the extremely windy road to the summit), and "No respiratory or heart problems". Fortunately there was no medical release form to sign so I didn't have to lie. While I was not pregnant, I do have heart and respiratory conditions. I have no motion sickness problems and. I am apparently not subject to altitude sickness. My grandson was and my sister also is (even though neither of them are pregnant and my grandson does not have heart or respiratory conditions.
Views from the top

Views from the top

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I am not able to hike, but even if you can't hike, the view from the summit is amazing. The summit area of Haleakala; National Park has over 30 miles of hiking trails. Trails range from just 10 minutes to multi-day overnight trips. Trails are strenuous in the Summit Area because the high-elevation causes a lower concentration of oxygen in each breath. Altitude sickness is a concern. Be on guard for symptoms: nausea, headache, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Pregnant women and people with heart or respiratory conditions should consult their doctor before visiting and hiking in the Summit Area.

The ship offered a sunrise visit to the volcano crater at Pu'u Ula Ula (Red Hill), the pinnacle of Haleakala, at 10,023 feet. Continental breakfast is served, prior to sunrise. The pick-up time is at 3:30 am.
Observatory

Observatory


There is an observatory up here (not open to visitors) because the air is very clear up here so another activity that is possible is to come up here to see the stars. The visual horizon in many places in the Summit area is up to 115 miles out to sea which means you can look over to the volcanoes on the Big Island.
Observatory

Observatory


The National Park website says:

With world-class night sky conditions, Haleakala also offers one of the most easily accessible places to watch planets, stars and moons after dark. Rent a pair of 10x50 or 7x50 binoculars at one of the island dive shops, pick up a star map at the Park Headquarters Visitor Center or the Haleakala Visitor Center, and see if you can find the moons of Jupiter.

Top of the crater

Top of the crater


Looking across the crater

Looking across the crater


Looking across the crater

Looking across the crater

Looking into the crater

Looking into the crater

We saw these horses up at the summit. Apparently a company called Pony Express Tours does rides both at the Crater and lower. They also have a ranch down lower on the volcano that offers ziplines.
Trail ride horses at the top

Trail ride horses at the top


These horses were probably for the Ka Moa O Pele Junction Ride. This ride descends Sliding Sands Trail to the Crater floor 2500 ft. below where a well deserved picnic lunch is served featuring our delicious croissant sandwiches! Round trip is 7.5 awe inspiring miles taking around 4 hours. Prior riding experience is recommended. Check in first at the ranch office, then continue up to the Visitor Center Parking lot just past mile marker 20 to meet your guide. Reservations required.

"This is an outdoor ride at an elevation, so sprinkles and wind can come and go. We provide full rain gear and are looking for people ready for an adventure!"

This ride is not for first time riders. Children, especially, between 10-12 years of age should have been riding a minimum of 6 times and be on the athletic, adventurous, and mature side

Our crater horseback tours take place at the world famous Haleakala Crater, approximately 10,000 ft above sea level. We suggest that you wear long pants, closed toe shoes like a sneaker, dress in layers with a warm outer jacket, hat, and maximum sunscreen. Rarely do we have a rider that has a problem with the elevation, but it is something to consider before going on a crater ride.

There was also a gift shop - the Hawai'i Natural History Assn Bookstore: National Park Gift Shop
Sweatshirt Hoodies $39.95

Sweatshirt Hoodies $39.95

CDs and T-shirts

CDs and T-shirts

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DVD $24.95 and Coloring book $4.95


This shop has items to purchase for gifts or for greater understanding of the Hawaiian volcanoes. Proceeds from the sales in park visitor centers and the web site are returned directly to the Park Service. There is also an on-line store.
My grandson bought his little sister a
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Stuffed `I`iwi Bird - Present for his little sister, It squeaks when you push a button on the bottom


It was made in China
Headquarters of the trail ride ranch

Headquarters of the trail ride ranch


On the way down we stopped for a snack at a roadside stand,
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Sunrise Country Market


Rest stop

Rest stop


This was the place where we had a bathroom and snack stop - we got here right about noon. They advertise hot coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, gifts and the Protea Flower Gardens. I understand that some of the cycle tour people also stop here.

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers at stop

Flowers at stop

Roadside flowers

Roadside flowers


I didn't go in and buy anything, but I did take some pictures of flowers in the vicinity. We saw horse farms
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Horses from the bus


and the sugar cane factory.
Sugar cane

Sugar cane


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Sugar cane factory


We got back to the ship about 1300.

When you get back on the ship, first a guard comes and has to see a photo ID and the ship card of everyone on the bus (my grandson has been carrying the copy of his passport photo instead of the passport, and I have been using my driver's license), and then you have to go through a full security scan like at the airport, except you don't have to take off your shoes. I forgot that I had my cell phone the first time and had to be wanded. After we got on board again, we had lunch in the buffet as the dining room is never open for lunch.
Lunch from the buffet

Lunch from the buffet


My grandson went up and participated in a soccer tournament and got the second place trophy which was a sports drink cooler/bottle. (Orange).
Orange drink bottle

Orange drink bottle


I went to Trivia and won a deck of cards. My grandson likes to see the food before he decides what he wants, so he ate in the buffet. I ate in the dining room and had cheese cauliflower soup, beef stroganoff
Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff


and Dark Chocolate Orange Bavarian Cream.

The cabin steward gets to our room quite late - I have to stay dressed longer than I would like. When he got to our room he made a cobra out of the bedspread (which is just kind of a scarf thing across the bed and not a full bedspread).
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Bedspread cobra


I asked him what the round thing in the bathroom was and apparently it is where you put a sharps container if you need one.

The other thing that happened to my grandson this evening was that he missed a step and fell. He landed on his pocket where he had put his camera and smashed his camera screen (it still works - you just can't see the pictures until you download them). It is fortunate that I took all my cameras with me as he can now go back to using the one that he had in Yellowstone.

The second cruise I took to Hawaii Disappointing Maui - 2 November 2017

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Parks, Farms, Food and Fish in Maui

The Best of Maui from a Polynesian Tour Bus


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

The tour is the Best of Maui and it is a fairly long tour. The bus driver gave us a map of Maui and explained how to see the face of Maui in the map.
Maui's head is upper left - crossed arms above the Haleakala Visitor Center

Maui's head is upper left - crossed arms above the Haleakala Visitor Center

21 June 2010

Again we had breakfast in the buffet and got to the tour early and were allowed to board and sit in the front.
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Pride of America, and Other cruisers lining up for tours (from the bus)

This time I picked to sit on the right where there is a better view. We had the same bus driver as yesterday, but my grandson was much happier today.
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Town and Gas prices

Road to first stop

Road to first stop

Angel's trumpet - not used in leis because it is poisonous

Angel's trumpet - not used in leis because it is poisonous

First we stopped at

Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens

which is a state park which has sections and architecture that represent the varied cultures living on Maui - the traditional buildings of the people who came from Portugal, China, New England, the Philippines, Japan, and Korea.

My grandson did the whole circuit and took photos.
Grandson walking off with the tour group

Grandson walking off with the tour group


Throughout the gardens are small waterfalls and ponds all fed by the Iao Stream.
In addition to the Hawaiian house
An early-Hawaiian hale (house)

An early-Hawaiian hale (house)


there was
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Korean Garden


Japanese Garden and Teahouse

Japanese Garden and Teahouse

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Garden


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Stone pagodas

Bridge

Bridge


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Water garden


Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) -Filipino house

Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut) -Filipino house

The bust immortalizing Dr. José Rizal -Filipino Exhibit

The bust immortalizing Dr. José Rizal -Filipino Exhibit


Water garden plants

Water garden plants

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Portuguese House


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Portuguese oven



He missed getting a photo of the New England saltbox (missionary) building.
American missionary salt box house

American missionary salt box house


And he also missed the Hawaiian house.

I contented myself with taking the photos that I could from near where we stopped.
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Garden and gate


Rubber tree

Rubber tree


I did use the bathrooms which were unlovely
Handicapped bathroom toilet

Handicapped bathroom toilet


Rubber tree and bathroom building - leaving first stop

Rubber tree and bathroom building - leaving first stop

Then we went up to

Iao Valley State Park

where there was a volcano tube core like a needle, called Kuka‘emoku
The 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle

The 'Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle


(the rest of the volcano has eroded away and left just the tube with the solidified lava), and a stream and some waterfalls.
Iao Lava tube with the outside eroded off

Iao Lava tube with the outside eroded off


Kuka'emoku

Kuka'emoku

The Living Waters of Kane

The Living Waters of Kane


Dry waterfall

Dry waterfall


My grandson did the paved 0.6 mile walk to the scenic viewpoint of the Iao Needle, which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor.
Grandson climbing to the overlook

Grandson climbing to the overlook

Io Valley sign

Io Valley sign

Looking down on the parking lot

Looking down on the parking lot


Flanks of the volcano from the trail

Flanks of the volcano from the trail

Iao Needle from the path

Iao Needle from the path

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and I just walked up to the bridge and back
Walking up to the bridge

Walking up to the bridge

Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park

Non-functional bathrooms

Non-functional bathrooms

Functioning toilets

Functioning toilets

Flowers

Flowers

Do not go beyond this point - Rocks may fall without warning causing serious injury or death

Do not go beyond this point - Rocks may fall without warning causing serious injury or death


Sun shining through the leaves

Sun shining through the leaves


Sign about the Battle of Kepaniwai

Sign about the Battle of Kepaniwai


This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790. (6.2 acres)
Sacred Place of the Chiefs

Sacred Place of the Chiefs


The Four Waters of Maui

The Four Waters of Maui


Warning sign

Warning sign


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Creek


He also took a short walk through the garden area where there was someone to explain about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in Iao. There was a school group there singing.
Plantation as old Hawaiians would live

Plantation as old Hawaiians would live


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School group singing


Hawaiian interpreter

Hawaiian interpreter

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Path


We left the park.

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Churches


Street

Street

Maui Tropical Plantation

Our next visit was to a working plantation where we had a little trolley ride to see how various things grew. But first I bought some things and had them shipped.
Maui Plantation sign from the tram

Maui Plantation sign from the tram


Tram ride

Tram ride


Our trolley time was 10:40.
Bird of Paradise flower

Bird of Paradise flower


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TI (pronounced Tea)

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Orchids

Orchids

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Heliconia

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Travelers palms


Taro

Taro


Malabar chestnut

Malabar chestnut


Macadamia nut

Macadamia nut

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Jade flower

Jade flower


We saw the Jade Flower at Fairchild Gardens in Miami
Duck and another bird

Duck and another bird

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Avocado

Avocado

Royal Poinciana Tree

Royal Poinciana Tree


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Bananas

Bananas


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and had a coconut husking demonstration which intrigued my grandson.
Coconut husking area

Coconut husking area


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Coffee growing area

Coffee

Coffee

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After the trolley ride they gave us lunch.
Restaurant

Restaurant


This consisted of a cup of pineapple (I ate my grandson's as he does not like fruit or sweet things in general), a fried shrimp (I gave mine to my grandson), Hawaiian chicken, and rice.
Plantation lunch

Plantation lunch

There was banana cake and coffee at the end. I got the cake and he ate the cake part (he said he had never had banana cake before) and I ate the icing on his which he didn't want.
Sugar cane

Sugar cane


US flag and Hawaiian flag

US flag and Hawaiian flag

Our last stop was the

Maui Ocean Center.

Approaching Maui Ocean Center

Approaching Maui Ocean Center


Ma'alaea Harbor sign

Ma'alaea Harbor sign


Maui Ocean Center map

Maui Ocean Center map


This was a marvelous aquarium with just Hawaiian fish. It is a good place to go before you go snorkeling.

I got a wheelchair - my grandson doesn't have enough mass to push me in a wheelchair up an incline, but the wheelchair had wheels that I could push too. We mostly concentrated on the Living Ref section but there was also a marine mammal section,
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Turtle sculpture


a shark area,
Open water tank

Open water tank


tide pools, and a turtle lagoon.
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Sea urchin in Touching tank


Ray's Cafe

Ray's Cafe


Angelfish

Angelfish


Grandson taking photos

Grandson taking photos

Yellow tang

Yellow tang


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Coral and fish

Coral reef

Coral reef

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Ray and reef sharks


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Worms and Banded shrimp


Black coral

Black coral


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Shrimp and coral

Octopus

Octopus


Jellyfish

Jellyfish


Upside down jellyfish

Upside down jellyfish

Luminescence

Luminescence


Sea anemone with tiny fish

Sea anemone with tiny fish

Grumpy fish

Grumpy fish

Big eyed soldier fish

Big eyed soldier fish

Red angel

Red angel

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We got some really good photos. We left there about 2:30

After we got back on the ship, my grandson went up to the sports deck and I went down to the cabin to take a shower. I was trying to figure out how to work the shower. I did not see that the temperature control was on the side, and I was only turning the water pressure knob, when the hand held shower head came off the stand and sprayed all around - which since I was standing half out of the shower and had the bathroom door open also, that meant that the bathroom mirror and the closet doors also got some spray. Anyway I had a nice shower when I finally got the temperature turned down.
Chicken Piquante

Chicken Piquante


I edited and posted some of our photos for the Ocean Center. My grandson went to the Second City show which he LOVED, and he came back and recounted the complete show for me - he was wired.
Towel animal

Towel animal


The towel animal tonight was an elephant which he also liked

We moved overnight to the Hilo on the Big Island.

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Flying to the Big Island

Volcano and Volcano National Park


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2010 Yellowstone and Hawaii & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

June 26, 2010 Dis-embarking

I had asked for the 9:15 disembarkation time (just about the last time I could get) so I went up to the restaurant for breakfast and met the lady that I had lunch with before. She was getting off earlier and they came for her with a wheelchair. After breakfast I went back to the room.

I called the FedEx 800 number for an address that I could mail the bag and she said she could not give me an address unless I gave her a zip code. She looked under Honolulu and said there were no Fed Ex offices there. My grandson googled Honolulu zips on his phone, and I gave her two of them at which point she gave me an address on Queen Street.

About 8:30 we went down to the Pink Champagne Bar and got a wheelchair and they wheeled me out and we got our luggage. No customs or immigration. He took us out and secured us a cab (everyone else had to wait their turn).

I told the driver the address and went in and mailed the suitcase with all my dirty clothes which cost me $104.00. The cab dropped us off at the airport and I tried to get a boarding pass and get my grandson's bag checked, but was given a severe talking too by the counter person for Hawaiian because they don't issue boarding passes more than 4 hours in advance and she berated me for being 4 hours too early.
Ticket counters

Ticket counters


So I sat in the wheelchair until 1 am and waited.

My grandson tried various ploys to get something to eat,
Grandson studying the airport map

Grandson studying the airport map


but all the eating places were on the other side of security. At 1300 the wheelchair guy came back and got my grandson's suitcase checked and got our boarding passes (they weighed our carry-ons too) and then we went through security to wait at the gate. My grandson got us each a piece of cheese pizza, and me a chocolate chip cookie and himself a brownie. He also had a root beer.

The flight took off at 1700
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Taking off

Pride of America at the dock in Honolulu

Pride of America at the dock in Honolulu

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and we flew over Diamond Head,
Inside the Diamond Head crater

Inside the Diamond Head crater


but my photo is out of focus.
Remote beach

Remote beach


We landed at 1735

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and we got the checked bag, and went to car rental and I had a red Kia Spectra by 1800.
Red Kia Spectra

Red Kia Spectra


The rental car exit lady told us where we could go to McDonalds, so we did that. my grandson got the #10 (fish sandwich) and I got two plain burgers and water. I set out to drive the 2.5 to 3 hours up to the Volcanoes National Park. On the map it looked like the park was about equidistant between the two airports, but it is much closer to Hilo. It was possibly a mistake to fly to Kona, although on the other hand the area around the Kona airport is much more rural and easier to navigate.

The Volcano House (the equivalent of the Old Faithful Inn) was closed for renovations
Volcano House

Volcano House


and I did not know whether I could stay at the military cottages without my husband, so we made a reservation at one of the houses in the Chalet Kilauea Collection. This is a collection of guest houses and lodges throughout the area.

When we arrived, we had first to find the main office (the Inn at Volcano is the headquarters) and pick up a key and get directions (This is at a different location than we are staying). It was really dark, so that was a tiny bit difficult. It was seven tenths of a mile down Wright Road

The confirmation email letter said:

***Check Out : 11:00AM

  • **Cancellation/Change Policy, Early Departures, Etc. : The following percentages apply to the entire stay indicated above with extra person charges, if applicable. For a cancellation submitted MORE than 72-hours from arrival (based on a 3pm HST arrival), 0% penalty. For a cancellation submitted LESS than 72-hours from arrival (based on a 3pm HST arrival), 100% penalty.

Changes to this reservation are not possible. Should your travel plans change, please cancel this reservation, honoring the above penalties, and then re-book your reservation.

Early departures will not generate any refunds

The Lokahi Lodge was regular house on narrow (one lane) road. It is very close to the park entrance so it is convenient.
Road to the house the next morning

Road to the house the next morning


We were supposed to take our shoes off outside the door. We had two keys - one was for the house door which we were supposed to keep locked
Shoes outside the door

Shoes outside the door


and one was for the room door. There was a red wood stove
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and a big common room with a full kitchen.
Common Room

Common Room


Kitchen

Kitchen

I couldn't get the car key out of the ignition when I parked - I tried stepping on the brake and turning the wheel - nothing worked.

Our room was the Olena Room.
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The room had a TV with a lot more channels than on the cruise ship and
Exterior  door

Exterior door


an exterior door to the veranda, and a somewhat old fashioned bathroom.
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There was also a dehumidifier which at first I thought was a heater. It was a bit cold and I got a blanket out of the closet for my bed. When I registered the next day, they told me that additional blankets were in the hall closet.

After we got settled and used the bathroom, I went out into the common room to send emails, and got into a conversation with some men who had been playing a game. One of them went out to the car with me and said I didn't have it all the way in Park.

I found out that they were engineers from Taiwan who had a conference in Honolulu and had come over to the Big Island for a day or two. I told them that there was wi-fi in the lobby (and actually it worked in our room too) and they said no that there was just a computer set-up there.
Computer set-up

Computer set-up


I insisted that there was wi-fi, so one of them tracked down the router, and then they agreed that I was right and there was wi-fi. I thought that was sort of amusing. The result was that I didn't get any emails written.

June 27, 2010

I had to go register at the place where we got the key,
Main office of the hotel

Main office of the hotel

so I did that and added breakfast ($6.00 @) to the bill. They had juice, cold cereal (including some that my grandson liked), fruit (pineapple, mango and orange slices), bread to toast, bagels and cream cheese, and then they had Hawaiian bread in plain, poi and mango flavors. He thought it was flavorless, but I liked it. They also had Hawaiian bread pudding.
Buffet breakfast

Buffet breakfast

We got to the park entrance about 9:30, and went in for free on my Golden Age passport - normal entrance fee is $10/vehicle good for 7 days.
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Entrance fees

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US flag and Hawaii state flag at the Visitor's center

Stephen Mather plaque

Stephen Mather plaque

Roosevelt's Tree Army (CCC)

Roosevelt's Tree Army (CCC)

We went to the Visitor's Center (which we had not been to on the ship excursion) and saw the NPS film and looked around at the exhibits. My grandson took several photos of the petroglyphs
Man with a canoe paddle

Man with a canoe paddle

Green sea turtle

Green sea turtle

Man on a horse after 1803

Man on a horse after 1803

Goat

Goat


Ranger talk

Ranger talk


I found from talking to one of the rangers that there would be a ranger led walk to the Kilauea Crater that morning at about 10:30, so my grandson did that.
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US Geological Survey Bench Mark

Photos from the ranger walk

Photos from the ranger walk

I hung around the Visitor's Center.
Rain Forest ecosystem

Rain Forest ecosystem

Woodlands ecosystem

Woodlands ecosystem

Upland forest ecosystem

Upland forest ecosystem

Alpine ecosystem

Alpine ecosystem


He got back about 11:20, and it was almost time for lunch, so we left the park and went into the town of Volcano. No McDonalds here.

I stopped at a general store/cafe place and decided to look in the store first and get something for breakfast the next morning. He picked out a package of cold cereal (which he eats without milk), and got a coke, and I got a muffin. Then I saw that they had hot dogs and also hamburgers, so he got a hamburger and I got a hot dog which we ate on the way back to the park.

We drove all the way down to the end (where it was closed by a lava flow) of Chain of Craters Road
End of the road

End of the road


Coastline

Coastline


We got out and walked to the Holei Sea Arch.
Hazardous coastline

Hazardous coastline


It was just a short walk but the surface was VERY uneven and it was very hot and sunny so it was hard for me.
Lava at the end of the road

Lava at the end of the road


Lava on the ground near the sea arch

Lava on the ground near the sea arch



Holei Sea Arch

Holei Sea Arch

Foot of the arch

Foot of the arch

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Surf at the sea arch


I wanted to see the arch because a similar arch in Aruba has collapsed and that is always a danger with these kinds of formations, although this one looks like it is pretty study.
Grandson's photo of the sea arch

Grandson's photo of the sea arch


There were signs all over the place about warning of an unstable coastline - I saw people deliberately go up to those signs.
Cliffs may Collapse

Cliffs may Collapse


One of the guides pointed out a big deep crack across the trail and said that might be the next bit to fall into the sea.
Danger sign and crack

Danger sign and crack


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When I got back to the car, I could not get it to move out of Park. I tried everything I could think of - stepping on the brake, turning the wheel etc. Eventually I got out and rocked the car and then I could get it to shift. I found this unsettling.

My grandson wanted to see the petroglyphs which were also at the bottom of the Chain of Craters Road, so we went to that location
Sign at the start of the trail

Sign at the start of the trail


and I let him go.
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Walking off on the trail to see petroglyphs


It was a very long trail and hot and sunny. He disappeared into the lava field. I started to worry that he didn't have water, sunscreen or a hat, but he came back unscathed with photos.

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Petroglyph - Triangular man

I had not turned the car off so I wouldn't have trouble with the transmission.
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Rim of Craters drive

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Start of the Naulu trail


Picnic ares

Picnic ares


We got up to the rainforest section and it was, of course, raining. He wanted to do a Kilauea Iki trail which he said would loop back to the parking lot. But he went to the steam vent first which wasn't what he wanted.
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Steam vent


In the meantime, I called Alamo to report the transmission problems. I told the lady that I was just leaving the car in neutral and she wanted to know how I got the keys out of the ignition and I said that I didn't. At this point my grandson came back and signaled to me that he was going down another trail.

Grandson starts off on the Kilauea Iki Crater Rim Trail

Grandson starts off on the Kilauea Iki Crater Rim Trail


After I finished with the rental car lady, I waited a little bit, but he did not come back to the car. So I phoned him.
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Kilauea Iki trail

Plants on the Kilauea Iki Trail

Plants on the Kilauea Iki Trail

Volcano vent on the Kilauae Iki trail

Volcano vent on the Kilauae Iki trail

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Kilauea Iki trail


He said the trail would come out at the Visitor's Center and it was raining harder and I should go to the Visitor's Center to pick him up. So I did, and we went back to the hotel for him to dry out. He hung up his jeans and shirt to dry.

After we took him back to the lodge and dried him out, it was time for dinner. It was raining still and dark by this time. I asked him whether he had ever had Thai food which tends to be spicy. He said he was OK with that, so we went to the Thai Thai Restaurant.
Village Center shops

Village Center shops


This restaurant was in a building with a TruValue, a laundromat, an art/gift store and an ATM. We parked down at the TruValue end.

I ordered cranberry juice to drink and it came with a blossom in it.
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I wasn't sure whether to eat it or not. I also got Yellow Curry which is one of the milder ones and has potato in it. It came with rice.
Yellow Curry

Yellow Curry


I suggested that my grandson try a mild beef noodle soup which came in a very big bowl.
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Beef noodle soup - mild


He didn't make very big inroads into the soup as he was having trouble with the noodles - they were slippery. We each tried the other one's food

I wanted to order coconut ice cream which I knew he wouldn't want so I suggested that he try coffee ice cream and he said he liked that.
Kona coffee ice cream

Kona coffee ice cream


We drove back to the Jaggar Museum where you can look into the crater and at night you can see the red lava bubbling away there. My grandson went to take photos but I stayed with the car because I couldn't lock it, and I was afraid to leave it when I couldn't put it in park. He got some good photos.
Hot lava at night

Hot lava at night


I looked at my Hawaiian Airlines schedule again and it came up with a time of 11:45 that the plane was supposed to leave, but there was no printer with the computer set-up so I couldn't print out my boarding pass. Actually - unlike AA, Hawaiian does not allow you to print out your boarding pass more than 4 hours in advance.

I put my phone on to charge as I had been using it, but didn't turn it off. I also got a blanket from the hall closet for my grandson's bed (I had been using the one in the room closet and it was cold). The machine we had thought might be a heat was in fact a de-humidifier.

I had my grandson set the alarm for 6:00 because the time I had for the flight to Honolulu was 11:45. I wanted to get there in time to gas the car up and turn it in and still be there more than an hour before the flight. Actually the flight times had changed to 1400 and the website gave me the wrong times.

June 28, 2010 - Flying Around

At 0430, my phone rang. It took me so long to realize what was happening that I did not get to answer it. It was a number I did not recognize. Later when I tried to call it back it was always busy so I figure it was a mainland telemarketer.

We went down the mountain - there was a car following us that followed us almost all the way to the airport. Had I known two things

  • a) that the flight wasn't until 1400 and
  • b) that I couldn't check in more than 4 hours in advance,

then I would not have hurried and would have made some stops on the way. My grandson ate his cereal and I ate my muffin. He gave me the Apple Jacks (which he didn't want) and I put them in my pocket.

We got down to near the airport and I stopped to get gas. It took 9.5 gallons (I filled it way up because we weren't right at the airport) and he figured that was 30 mpg. We dropped the car at the Alamo place and I told them about the key problem. Then we had to carry our bags over to the shuttle - I went to the bathroom first. The shuttle driver dropped us off some distance from the terminal so I didn't tip him.

We got into the terminal at 9:55, and tried to print a boarding pass and the machine said I needed help. I still didn't know that Hawaiian didn't allow passes to be printed more than 4 hours before the flight and we were still 4 hours and 5 minutes before the flight. An airport employee asked if I needed help and I answered that according to their machine I did. So he got me a wheelchair and we went to the check-in desk. Of course by now it was less than 4 hours in advance of the flight, so we could not only check in but could print both boarding passes and check my grandsons bag.

They asked me if he could check in without me, and I said yes, so he went through the line by himself, and apparently they inspected his backpack (which was so heavy it nearly overbalanced him) and stirred the contents so that his gameboy was on the bottom instead of on top where he put it.

Meantime, they took me around back. The TSA lady removed all my stuff (hat, coat, shoes, Apple Jacks in my pocket, computer from computer bag, passport case and cane) and took them to be scanned. Then I had to stand up with my arms spread so the TSA lady could wand my front, and then turn around so she could wand the back and then stand with the right leg forward so she could wand that and then the left foot forward so that one could be wanded. Then we had to put me back together. I should have gone through with my grandson and just gotten up and walked through the scanner - he was finished long before I was.

They put my wheelchair in the shade at Gate 9. This airport doesn't have any interior rooms except the restaurant and gift shop. The rest of it is open to the outside with just a roof.
statues in the middle of the airport

statues in the middle of the airport


My grandson got himself a pretzel
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and was feeding bits to the bird.
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BIrds in the airport

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About 11:30, the wheelchair guy came and asked if I was ready to go - turned out he thought I was on the flight to Maui which was leaving from gate 9.
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Gates at Airport in Kona


When it got to be noon, J. went and got us hamburgers
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and went on feeding the bird his crumbs. I got up and walked to the bathrooms, leaving him with my stuff and filled my water bottle. At this point I saw the sign that said "Do not feed the birds" He tried to make the case that it was only not to feed the birds by the bathrooms, but I didn't buy it.
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On the plane, we had the choice of passion-orange-guava nectar or water to drink and no snack.
Juice

Juice


My grandson had water and had a bit of trouble getting his open.

We didn't fly over the Diamond Head lighthouse so I could take another picture, but we did see an aircraft carrier on the way in.
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It was dark when we took off to go back to DFW so I didn't get a chance then either.

I had a wheelchair to go from the Hawaiian gate over to where the AA airlines flight was to be. We also went through the agriculture inspection on the way. I found a plug and started to write up the trip, and then my grandson got hungry and bought us each a pizza.
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Taking a photo of my pizza


He thought that it was funny that the name of the shop was the Kaina Chicken Company.
Chicken company sign

Chicken company sign

Airport Restroom in Honolulu

Airport Restroom in Honolulu

When we got on, we found that his backpack was so big that it would no longer go under the seat, so he put it in the overhead.
Airplane

Airplane


He wanted to find his Gameboy, but couldn't find it. So he watched the movie (Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquil) and then slept. I wanted to have some food to take my pills with, so I asked for a chicken sandwich, but instead got a chicken salad which I really couldn't eat.
Chicken salad

Chicken salad


We could buy a blanket and pillow for $8.00, but I didn't.

I tried to take a photo of the full moon reflected in the plane wing, but did not get a very good one.
Full moon

Full moon


The lady in front of me had reclined her seat so I couldn't get stuff from around my feet. I could feel my ankles swelling.

Monday 29 June 2010

Landing DFW

Landing DFW


When we got to DFW, the wheelchair lady pushed us to baggage claim, but we didn't have to claim my grandson's bag because my daughter was there and had gotten it there already The wheelchair lady pushed me all the way to the garage, so I tipped her with all the change I had left.
Grandson collapses at home

Grandson collapses at home


My daughter dropped us at her house and I tried to do some computing but just fell asleep. I waked up and got some lunch but the house was completely silent. Bob wanted to know if I had gotten there, but I had just been too groggy to think of phoning.
Dresses I bought for my granddaughters in Hawaii

Dresses I bought for my granddaughters in Hawaii


Since my daughter was at a church camp all day her mother-in-law had us over to dinner
Family dinner

Family dinner


and our grandson had a chance to tell about the trip

Tuesday 30 June 2010

Then the next morning my daughter took my grandson to Strength camp (he missed the first day)
Dropping grandson off

Dropping grandson off


and dropped me at the airport. I got a wheelchair but when it came time to board, the wheelchair person did not appear, so I walked on.
Taking off from DFW

Taking off from DFW

Snacks on AA

Snacks on AA


River

River

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Coming in for a landing at BWI


When we landed at BWI, I called Bob and he had his phone on and said he was just going into the parking garage. When we came out of the gate area, he was there but I didn't recognize him - he was wearing the shirt I got him in St. Kitts.

We had lunch at Jaspers on the way home.
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Jasper's kitchen

Crabcake and fries appetizer

Crabcake and fries appetizer


Crab cake appetizer

Crab cake appetizer

BBQ chicken quesadilla appetizer

BBQ chicken quesadilla appetizer


Key lime pie

Key lime pie

Ladies room

Ladies room


It has taken me a couple of days for my ankles to go down - I've lost 5 lbs since I got home and I think some of that is water. I found that Bob had completely forgotten to pick up my prescriptions that I phoned in before I left so I had to wait to this morning to phone the Pax pharmacy and re-order it. I also made an eye doctor appointment for Thursday and had my hair cut.

Sequel

We spent the rest of 2010 pretty close to home. We went out to dinner once a week. We went sailing on our boat. We went to the Oyster Festival. We drove up to our daughters for Thanksgiving.

Our next trip was a cruise out of Baltimore to the Bahamas and the Caribbean plus a road trip to Key West and out to see our grandchildren in Texas.

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