After traveling to Maui together for several years, my family has discovered our favorite things to do and spots to visit. We still try new things or travel new places almost every trip and hang on to the favorites. It’s interesting to see how things change on the island as time passes. One of the little discoveries from two years ago was a great snorkeling spot called Honolua Bay. My parents and the boys drove up the coast, parked on the side of the road, and hiked through thick jungle to reach the secluded bay where they enjoyed awesome snorkeling free of crowds.
Last year they brought Klane and I back to Honolua, and they remarked that there were definitely more people there than the year before. It still seemed like a “secret spot.”
This year, the road was lined with about 30 parked cars, there were tons of people on the shores, and a shop was set up selling snorkel gear and all kinds of other junk. It was like a completely different place! Pretty crazy to see how this bay went from an undiscovered, secluded secret to tourist central in just two years. Apparently the secret is out!
We still had a lot of fun snorkeling at Honolua this year, despite the crowds. We saw a couple turtles and a lot of beautiful fish and coral, and the water there was so clear. The sun was out and it was a beautiful day. We even saw a couple sea turtles there, which is always a treat.
After snorkeling we met back up with Michelle and Kaylie at the hotel for some lunch and pool time. The pool at the hotel really is one of the best pools I’ve ever been to. It has two levels, a cave with waterfalls on either side, a waterslide, several waterfalls, a pirate ship for little kids, a volleyball net, a basketball hoop, and it is all one big loop which is perfect for things like races or tag. We had a blast throughout the trip playing stupid games in the pool and laughing. It was so fun.
Klane, Kyle and my dad woke up at 2:00 am Tuesday morning to head out on a fishing excursion.
In Klane’s absence I got up early to walk on the beach and take some photos. I love that it’s so easy to wake up early in Hawaii because of the favorable time difference. We enjoyed a few early morning runs along the beach, which was so nice.
Mom, Michelle and I enjoyed a good chat in the room that morning. Later we met up with our fishermen at the marina in Lahaina, where they showed off their trophies. You can guess who was behind this deep-sea adventure (cough cough, Kyle). But despite the sleep sacrificed, at the end of the trip, Klane said reeling in that Mahi Mahi was possibly his favorite moment of the trip. The fish actually go to local restaurants to be served that same evening, which is pretty cool.
Afterward, we went for lunch at BJ’s Pizzeria. It’s always fun to wander the shops on Front street.
That evening we got all dressed up and took family pictures on the beach. This trip was the only time our whole family would be together in who knew how long, so we had to take advantage! Despite some stress, they turned out great.
We had a crisis on our hands when I realized that I’d forgotten a crucial piece of the tripod (the part the camera connects to? yeah). My shoelaces from my running shoes saved the day and we were able to strap the camera onto the tripod with a series of complicated twists and knots.
Then, as we were trying unsuccessfully to set up our last shot while the sunset was quickly fading into the ocean, an angel appeared in the form of a nice man who knew how to use our camera and offered to take our picture. The shots he got were the best of the bunch, so thank heaven for that man.
The pictures turned out great! The sunset on the beach was the perfect backdrop.