Hawaii: Maui Sept 2015
Dates: Sept 10th -18th
Hawaii is fantastic. Our stay at the “fancy” hostel, no so good. It was pretty filthy. When we first got there I looked at the bed and thought “there better not be bed bugs!”. Thankfully there weren’t any but you didn’t want to touch anything. Yuck. We have written a scathing review. The good thing about it was we were in the “real” Maui, where the locals lived. We found this great bakery selling interesting and very tasty buns. Another good thing was it was close to the bus stop so we did a tour of the northern part of Maui by bus. I tell you what, people say the Brits have bad teeth. Take a bus in Hawaii and you will meet the poor.
People were really friendly and helpful though. We were going to “just go back into town” and not get off to explore the beaches. But one guy said “you must get off here and walk down to the beach”. We are glad that we did as it was gorgeous. We found a poolside cafe and shared some fish tacos and had a beer. There were gorgeous birds on the lawn and we throughly enjoyed our lunch. The hotel grounds were so beautiful I thought I would check out how much it would cost per night… a measly $1100.00 cdn. A bargain! It was for a suite though as that is all they had left.
After staying in Kahului for two nights, we hired a car and went to Haleakala national park. We camped at the Hosmer campground which was free! We stayed three nights at the campground. While we were at the summit of Haleakala, waiting for the sun to set we charged the camera batteries using the inverter in the car. It was a mistake as it drained our battery. Luckily some friendly Canadians gave us a lift down the mountain to the campground and the warden helped us out in the morning. We got soaked in the rain. Luckily the temp is pretty warm so we didn’t chill down.
The next day was a complete wash out due to the rain but the final day we were able to do the crater walk. 11 miles in 4.5 hours including a 1,000ft ascent. We were pooped after that! It was HOT and humid climbing up. We did manage to see a beautiful sunset but didn’t get up early enough to see the sunrise.
The mountain was often hidden under a cloud of mist. The campsite is near a grove that is famous for the bird life. We enjoyed walking and birdwatching and managed to see some of the endangered honey creepers. We are practicing zooming with our new camera. It is bloody difficult!
After Haleakala we drove down to Hana. We planned on staying in the state park in Hana but they make it virtually impossible to get a permit, even though there is an onsite office. You need to get the permit in Kahului. Nuts. There were sooooo many people walking around there we decided to head to Kipahulu. Again it is in the national park so the camping was free.
We are now in Kihei staying at a fab condo! Laundry, a/c and a kitchen. We tried to find something cheaper but they were all expensive. When we checked in the girl gave me a “seniors” discount as I am 50! It works out as about $170 a night including all fees and taxes. Considering our hostel was $100 a night this is a bargain! I booked us in for 3 nights! Am getting soooo soft.When we first went to see the pools in Kipahulu there was so much water! A flash flood had come through. Again there were lots of people so we searched for and found a secluded but rocky perch to sit on. Some locals came down and set up some fishing lines. They didn’t catch anything but it was very peaceful to watch them.
We are flying to the Big Island this afternoon. Back to camping. It has been great staying here as we have had lovely quiet time. Lots of rest and homemade food! And delicious gin and tonics on the balcony of course.