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Trip to Maui, Day 4

Hoapili Trail

Going trekking in Maui was high on our agenda. We did some research and found the Hoapili trail, which was not too far from our temporary home. Hoapili trail was an integral part of the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve. One of the most interesting facts about this trail was it being the youngest lava flow in the region. The trail is moderate but graveled, I highly recommend a toe covered shoes if not boots. The trail was about 4 miles long winding across the rocky beach ocean and offered some of the best-hidden areas for snorkeling and surfing. Find below a list of my recommendations if you ever plan to take the trip:

The land is dry and arid – go early in the morning to beat the heat waves

Wear a good pair of shoes. The trail is uneven with steep climb and gravel around. One can easily get hurt

Take the map snapshot at the entrance. The cell phone doesn’t work.

If you love snorkeling. Take your gears along. There are some beautiful spots on the way to explore the same.

Take a bottle of water per person. You will need it for sure

Take some first aid medication. Not to scare you but I had a fall. I tried climbing a rock to get a good view of the terrain and fell 😊 the medication worked like a charm. There was no help anywhere close by.

Here are some pics for your views

Somewhere along the trail
Somewhere along the trail
On the Trail
On the Trail
Us before the trail walk
Us before the trail walk

Our Lunch Place
Our Lunch Place

Boogie boarding in Ocean

I got some good number of bruises on my hand and legs and my kids were sad, for they thought our hitting the beach plan was in danger. I teased my daughter and she sweetly said: “we can go home if you are not feeling well.” I couldn’t have broken her heart and so I looked around for some urgent care center. Healthcare in this country needs a serious uplift. For my simple bruises, the charges I was asked to pay was over 500 dollars without the medication. While my wife was insistent, I was in no mood to pay such an obnoxious amount. Instead, I went to a nearby medical store and got some first aid material under 50 dollars and it worked like charm.

We ate Mediterranean food in a nearby place. Food was outstanding and I was ready for my next adventure.

We hit the beach next to our temporary home. I ran by the sandy shore for about 2 miles and then plunged into the water. The waves were tall enough for us to try boogie boarding and we had an excellent time. I forgot about my pain and then my son was hit by a tall wave, flipping him over and in the process, he lost his glasses. We tried looking around but failed. He didn’t have a spare one with him but fortunately the next day we were returning back so, the hassle was for about two days. He wears his glasses all the time and to say he was uncomfortable was an understatement.

By the Beach
By the Beach

We had enough of a thrill for a day and retired for the night.

Thank you for your kind read. If you are interested to read our previous days’ travelogue, you can click on the links below. Thank you

Maui Day 0

Maui Day 1

Maui Day 2

Maui Day 3

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Trip to Maui, Day 3

Day 3 was packed with activities. The morning we had zip lining, followed by a tram tour of a tropical plantation farm. In the afternoon we went on a submarine to the bed of the ocean and in the evening we enjoyed the beach.

Zip-lining

Because of the holiday season, most of the zip lines were sold out. No one in our family had done zip lining before, one prime reason on why we desired to experience it so badly. I made a list of all the possible zip lining on the island 🌴 and was lucky enough to find one.

The zip lines were over a tropical plantation farm, crisscrossing valleys with farm plants, ponds, and coconut trees. We reached on time and geared up with safety latches, helmet, wires, and holders. And soon we were on our way to the first stop. I must admit, I was super excited until I reached the top platform. Standing on a bare wooden platform with several feet above ground, seeing the dangling rope and plantation under me, I felt weakness in my knees. I was in two minds and somehow made my mind to plunge in holding tight to the metal grip. The moment I experienced the first swing all my apprehensions vanished. If you haven’t experienced it, you must. We had four more to go and I tried aping the instructor doing all possible tricks while dangling on the rope. Here are some pictures for your eyes only 😊

That is me and my wife

That’s me and my daughter

That’s me and my daughter

Tram Plantation Tour

After the enthralling zip lining experience, we hopped on a tram and went around the tropical plantation farm. The vegetation around was so similar to my hometown. Pineapple plantation 🍍, fern, Ti leaf 🍃, banana plantation, I could see everything I grew up experiencing in Assam, a northeastern state in India, which made me pleasantly nostalgic.

The farm had a great restaurant and we enjoyed a sumptuous meal before heading out to Lahaina for the submarine adventure.

Submarine Adventure

On our way to our next stop, we saw signage for whale watching. It was by the road and we took a short pit stop to try our luck. Apparently, half of the humpback whales 🐋 come to Hawaii in December to mate and give birth to calves. We didn’t have to wait for long, and soon saw a mother and her calf swimming away. I was in so much awe I forgot to take any pictures 😊.

Whale watching spot. That is our Jeep
Whale watching spot. That is our Jeep
The place where we saw the Whales
The place where we saw the Whales

The submarine was one of a kind of experience. We were taken a few miles deep on the ocean on a boat 🚣 before we boarded a submarine, which took us 130 feet below to watch the corals and the ocean habitat. We saw sharks, schools of Hawaii reef fishes and many invertebrates. It was like an aquarium inside out. We being inside and the wild in the freedom. A splendor to treasure for a lifetime.

The depth Measure on Submarine
The depth Measure on Submarine

Post the submarine adventure we lazed around the beach and called it a day.

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Promontory Rock

She stood strong
like the promontory rock
jutting out from the rough sea
standing for time immoral
battering the gale, the storm
and the high tides
during the full moon nights

And during the sun-kissed days
it battled with no respite
while the waves slapped its face
it stood tall exuding divine grace
and with defiant hope
it waited for the day
when a wandering seagull
would rest its wings
on its knoll
after a long haul flight
and when with perched eyes
it would gaze the horizon
mapping the pathway
to resume the flight
before the fall of the night

Until then the cape would provide
the seagull comfort and love
before it would soar away
consumed by its wanderlust
with the hope that it would
one day come back to the promontory rock

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