Our trip to Hawaii.
(November 3 to 10, 2001)
were a bit late this year on our annual trip to
go someplace warm during the winter
so we finally planned a cruise around the Hawaiian Islands.
But the cruise line (American Hawaii) went bankrupt, so we rearranged our plans a bit,
and spent most of the week on Maui.
As we have during previous vacations,
were putting pictures of our trip on-line. (Note: After clicking on any photo,
you'll have to click on the "Back" button on your webbrowser
to return to this page. Maps of our daily
travels are indicated by links that are
- Saturday, November 3: Leave from Newark airport, get through security without problems, and fly on American
to LAX and then to Kahului (where Maui's main airport is located), where
Steph and Bill got lei'ed then
picked up our rental car, and drove to
Ka'anapali, where we stayed at the Ka'anapali Alii,
a super-condo. All-in-all, a very long and tiring day.
[Map from Airport to Kaanapali]
- Sunday, November 4:
Got to see the
view from our room. Like most days, the volcanic mountains were shrouded in clouds. We took a
short trip, first to the art show under the
banyan tree, looked at the
harbor at Lahaina,
then over to
Iao Valley State Park.
[Map from Kaanapali to the Iao Valley]
- Monday, November 5: We went upcountry, to Makawao.
[Map from Kaanapali to Makawao]
Dinner was at the
Old Lahaina Luau, where we had our
picture taken in newly-purchased garb. The Luau was at the water's edge, so we
also got views of the
shoreline and the
We saw the
hula dancers, and sat next to the
- Tuesday, November 6:
We drove to the top of Haleakala [Holly-AKK-ah-lah], a dormant volcano (It's
high). Lots of
twists and turns on the way up (and down, too!) but in retrospect,
they didn't compare to what we were in for on Wednesday and Thursday.
On the way up, we stopped at the Visitor Center, but clouds/fog didn't allow any view.
After driving a few more miles to the summit, and looking around in the rain and fog,
we stopped again at the Visitor Center on the way down -- and lo, the clouds parted,
and we got a look at the huge
(By the way, that's fog/cloud, not smoke -- the volcano's been dormant for several hundred years.
[Map of final climb to the summit]
- Wednesday, November 7:
north from Ka'anapali, and around the
north side of
the island, on
for 10 miles (notice that in this picture, there wasn't any room to get out of the car to take this picture!).
In the middle of the ten-mile stretch, we stopped at a gift shop, and looked down at the
Kahakuloa; that's part of the ten miles of cliff-hugging
one-lane road in the background.
Then south to
sugar mill with great sugary smells and a dinky little museum, then
our hotel for
the next few days, the
Maui Prince in Makena. (The view's from our room, and if you look closely, you'll
see our pet dog perched on the railing.)
Walked on the beach, and photographed
[Map of Highway 30 North]
- Thursday, November 8:
We drove from Makena to Hana, on the famous Hana Road, mostly in the rain going over, and
cloudy and wet on the way back. Lots more
and narrow twisty roads and terrific
views (look closely, and you'll see the road we'll be traveling winding its
way around the cliff) and
shoreline and still more
Actually, we drove through the town of Hana, and continued
southeasterly, past a spendid
where we swapped photographing with another couple to get
our picture taken. Then continued
Haleakala National Park's
then a bit further to the
Palapala Ho'omau Congregational Church,
between Kipahulu and Kaupo. Charles Lindbergh is buried in the church's graveyard. Then we
turned around and drove back the way we came (the road appears to continue on, but it's
unpaved, and it's not advised for rental cars to try).
[Map from Makena to Hana]
- Friday, November 9:
We got up at 4 A.M. to catch an early flight to Honolulu.
On Oahu, we first saw Pearl Harbor, and went to the
USS Arizona Memorial, where we looked down at the
was everywhere in Hawaii, but nowhere as dramatic as over the Arizona.
Then we went to the
plaque on the deck where the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II.
Then a tour of Honolulu, including downtown
(where Bill took a picture of
Steph under a banyan tree),
saw the statue of
then up to the top of Diamond Head, then over to a very high
wayside pulloff somewhere on the other
side of the mountain. We were rapidly getting exhausted after arising early and the incessant
chatter of our tour guide -- who insisted on telling us about every tree and flower -- even those
he'd explained several times already. [No map today -- after all, we were on a tour today!]
- Sunday, November 10:
Pack (including our faithful
dog), and fly home.