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Incredible Maui Sunset Sky

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Yesterday’s Maui Sunset was incredible.  I was at Safeway parking lot when it happened.  I know it would have been better if I was on the beach, but to experience Maui Sunset at a parking lot was quite amazing.  Only on Maui ….

So that first photo above was when it started.  I was unloading my cart and putting the grocery bags in my car when I noticed how lovely the sky was. So I took a photo, and then continues loading my car.

When I was done unloading, I looked up again and saw that it’s turned into this:

This photo was on the Makai side (the ocean side).  When I looked up the Mauka the clouds had already turned pinkish:

After I took the photo of this Mauka side of the parking lot’s sky, I turned around and this is what I saw:

The colors were amazing! This photo above is looking at the Makai side.  After I took several shots of this sky, I turned around to look at Makai and this is was it looked like:

And last but not the least, I took another shot of the Makai side and this was what I saw: beautiful colors in the sky!

 

 

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10 Alternative Things To Do On Maui

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This list is geared to people who are not typical tourists, and want to see or experience things that may be a bit more alternative.
 
  1. Do nothing. Ignore the glossy activity brochures. Sit on the beach and vegetate. Stare at the ocean. Have lots of time to be, without needing to be anywhere in particular.
 
  1. Go to Mana Foods in Pa’ia. This is the best health food store on the island, and often has better prices than the regular grocery store. Explore the wall of specialty chocolate bars near the entrance to the store.  Aisles are narrow, and you’ll overhear interesting bits of conversation while bumping into people. Linger outside the store and read the bulletin board next to hippies who are playing guitar or drumming.
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  1. Discover an unusual fruit or vegetable at a local farmer’s market.  Taste it.  Visit Perlita at the Makawao Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays from 10 am to 2 pm (on Baldwin Avenue ) and try some moringa pods.  Taste a fresh lilikoi or passion fruit.
 
  1. Go somewhere remote and gaze at the stars. It’s hard to do in Kihei or Lahaina, but if you go up to Kula, up the mountain, you may be blessed with clear skies.
 
  1. Watch geckos and other lizards. Rent a place where you’ll hear them chirp at night, and see them running around during the day.
 
  1. Visit Hana, and stay overnight or for a few days. If you can afford it, stay in a nicer cottage. If you have a budget, then Wai’anapanapa State Park has some cabins and plenty of tent spaces.  Lodging is rustic, but the black sand beach and rock formations are spectacular.
 
  1. Go on Kahekili Highway from Wailuku around the north end of the island to Lahaina.  It’s like a mini version of the road to Hana, with a narrow winding road and beautiful views.  There’s also a beautiful outdoor labyrinth in Ka’anapali.
 
  1. Go on a guided hike at Waikamoi Nature Preserve on Haleakala Crater . You’ll see rare native plants and forest.  If you’re lucky, you may see native birds flying overhead. Link to Waikamoi Nature Preserve.
 
  1. Take a yoga or meditation class, or meditate on a labyrinth walk.  There are yoga studios all over the island, as well as meditation centers in Paia and Ulupalakua (links for Paia: www.mauidharma.org and Ulupalakua www.vipassanametta.org) There is a labyrinth walk at the Sacred Garden of Maliko where you can also meditate while walking. (linkwww.sacredgardensmaui.com)
 
  1. If you’re more daring, go to the Sunday drum circle at Little Beach – around sunset. It’s not mentioned in most of the guidebooks, and ahem, many people do not wear clothes (of any kind) although many others will be dressed. There are fire dancers who twirl sticks around sunset, hula hoopers and people doing yoga in the trees. It is like going back to the 60s.  If you go, keep an eye on your valuables. Don’t lock them in your trunk either, since cars often get broken into on Sunday nights. Sometimes it can be a bit rowdy, if there are people who have been drinking too much, even though alcohol is illegal at the beach. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Special thanks to our guest blogger  Courtney Turner for this wonderful post!   Courtney is a Maui resident who blogs about Maui at Maui Jungalow At Maui Jungalow,  she offers perspectives on authentic rural and upcountry Maui life, living in a jungalow, tips and hints for dealing with termites, Maui issues, lizards, bugs, gardening, art, weeds, and tropical life by local residents.
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Photo Hunt: Fast

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I did some blog hopping tonight (because I was tired and reading blogs relaxes me). When I went to “Bonggamom’s” blog I was reminded about the Photo Hunt. I have not participated in a while, but theme this week is FAST and I have just a couple photos that I think would be appropriate for that:

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We went on a Whale Watch last Friday and had fun.  However, I didn’t catch a photo of the whale on breach position. They were too FAST!

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* whale watch trip was provided by the HVCB

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Photo Hunt: Books (Hawaiian Books!)

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Hawaiian Books for the Keiki

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Lots of Hawaiiana Books at Borders in Queen Kaahumanu Mall

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