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Monday, March 02, 2009

Photo Blog: Hawaii Day 3 - Wailea & Lahaina in Maui

Today was our last day on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. Our time here felt a little shorter than we would have preferred, but we enjoyed in still the same!

We started out with setting up a late checkout of 2:00pm at the Grand Wailea -- so we could hang out at the pool as long as possible. Then from there, we headed up to Lahaina in order to catch the "Sugar Cane Train" for a quick ride. Unfortunately, at the time we got there -- there were no more round trip rides from Lahaina, so we had to miss the ride -- and Ashley was a little disappointed.

Instead, we headed into the town of Lahaina to check out the famous Banyan tree, the art galleries, and general browsing around before having dinner at the original Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant along Front Street.

After dinner, we headed north with a few hours to kill to check out Honolua Bay for sunset where the waves were really coming in...double overhead for the surfers out there. It made for a peaceful evening and some great photos.

Then we headed back to the airport to catch our flight to Honolulu on the island of Oahu. We arrived at the airport a few hours before our 10:00pm flight -- we hoped to get on standby for an earlier flight, but Hawaiian Airlines said they did not offer standbys in any case without a $50 per person charge. Since we only paid $39 each for the flight, that did not seem to make much sense. While we waited, Hawaiian Airlines decided to put our luggage on standby, just not us. That did make for a quicker arrival once we finally arrived in Oahu.

Here are a few photos from the day...

The pool, the 7 water slides, and the world's only water elevator at the Grand Wailea. No crowds, even at noon here in March.


Ashley "hanging" on the famous Banyan tree in Lahaina, Maui. This tree is just immense!


This turned out poorly for somebody's boat. A sailboat apparently came loose from its anchor, floated in and ran aground just a couple hundred feet offshore. After a few minutes, the waves capsized it and it basically sunk.

The view on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui.


Honolua Bay in Maui near sunset. The surfers getting lined up and riding the big waves.


Another shot from Honolua Bay where you can see the size of the waves due to the winds.


A shot towards the Westin and the Ritz Carlton from Honolua Bay.


I took a couple of fun pictures of Ashley.


And she captured me taking a few photos in my standard pose.

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