MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: JULY 22–28, 2019! PART 1
This is part 1 of my week in Maui. We visit the old capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, try out some snorkeling, eat shave ice, see petroglyphs, visit Iao Valley, and walk amongst the clouds at the Haleakala Crater.
Last week we arrived in Maui, our family is staying together in a house in Kihei on the South part of the island. We’re here all celebrating my mom and auntie’s birthdays.
MONDAY: West Maui, visiting Lahaina and Kaanapali
The water is so calm in the morning that we were advised to get our swimming in before lunch. The house owner advised us to try snorkeling out in front of the house in Kihei so a few of us got ready for the beach first thing after breakfast.
Going snorkeling or going to the moon?
The snorkeling wasn’t great, so it just devolved into a little beach morning where the kids looked for sea glass and shells and swam around. (We did later find out by a coast guard that “locals don’t swim here because of sharks” so that was chill to learn after being in some murky shallow water with the little kids for the morning!)
This is a super general history, obviously things are more complex but I just wanted to include a little bit because I think it’s important to understand even a little about the past to see why the present is the way it is. Going waaaay back, Hawaii’s history goes back to as early as 125 AD, with Polynesian settlers voyaging to the Hawaiian islands. Jumping forward to the 18th century, British explorer James Cook arrived and with him he brought military technology, tuberculosis and venereal diseases…and his “discovery” of the island prompted Protestant missionaries from the Mainland to set up shop. The weapons that Cook brought with him also helped Kamehameha I conquer and unify the Hawaiian Islands to establish the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1795. Around this time, Lahaina (where we are visiting today) became the Capital of Hawaii. This area was the center of government for 50 years until the capital was moved to Honolulu.
Side note: Soon after Cook’s arrival, Americans also immigrated to set up sugar plantations which in turn brought waves of folks from Japan, China, and the Philippines to work the plantations (one of my great-great-grandparents came through Maui to work the sugar plantations from Japan actually!)
There are a few walking tour routes in Lahaina to see the town, but my dad kind of made up his own route that involved starting at the prison, built in 1852 during King Kamehameha’s reign. It was mostly used to lock up rowdy sailors, as this area was also a very prominent whaling harbor.
The banyan tree was planted in 1873 to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first American Protestant missionary. It is a very impressive tree, that has 16 major trunks in addition to the main one. The roots come down from the branches toward the ground to make new trunks, so this whole thing is actually one tree. So coooool.
Walked down Front Street and passed a sign for handmade leather sandals. Wandered over to the shop and talked with the owner for a while. A character for sure, but he did say that a well treated pair of leather sandals should really last a lifetime. Right on.
Ululani’s Shave Ice! We got lilikoi orange, guava, and mango with condensed milk on top. I wish I could eat again right now.
We stopped at Aloha Mixed Plate for lunch. We had shoyu poke, which was soooo delicious. We tried furikake garlic fries, and a special bento with spicy chicken karaage.
We stopped at Leoda’s Kitchen and Pie Shop attached to a market and a juice stand.
Olowalu petroglyphs. The sign reads: “In pre-contact Hawaii, it was very common for man to record his thoughts by chiseling images onto rock. The images are known as Ki’i Pohaku (rock pictures or images). The soft lava found on this volcanic cinder cone made an excellent tablet for such drawings. The Olowalu Petroglyphs, one of the largest concentrations on Maui, contains approximately 70 petroglyphs and are thought to be 200–300 years old. The numerous images shown here tell a story and provide us with a glimpse into the community of pre-contact and historic Olowalu.
TUESDAY: Iao Valley, Haleakala National Park, Da Kitchen
Got an ube filled malasada from Sugar Beach Bake Shop (and got regular sugar and cinnamon sugar for the kids)
Drove to Iao Valley
Iao Valley has history that goes back thousands of years. It’s a beautiful place that has that tropical feel with the lush foliage and cloud cover. It’s a really easy place to visit with a little parking lot and paved trail to a few lookout points.
The Iao Needle aka Kuka’emoku, the phallic stone of Kanaloa, Hawaiian god of the ocean. The needle was used during times of war as a lookout, and this area was a battleground during Kamehameha’s unification war.
From there we headed up to Haleakala National Park
Stopped by Pukalani Suprette to get a snack
Made it to Da Kitchen, and after a little bit of a wait we were seated to eat some fried spam musubi, kalbi ribs, and saimin.
Chaotic Alex energy at the Maui Brewing Co.
I’ll pause the week here and we’ll jump in starting with Wednesday in the next post.
Thanks for reading! Much love friends.