DAY 7: Let's see, day 7 was...Sunday. That's a good sign. I don't know what day it is - I'm becoming Maui-ized. Started the day off early again with a walk along the coastal trail and then up to the Honolua General Store for some breakfast. Back to Napili Bay for some snorkeling and relaxing. Water is a bit on the cold side for my taste (75) but in the brief time we were in we did see a couple of turtles and followed a small octopus around for a bit. Mid afternoon we headed down to Kihei to see some freinds who live there. We all went to dinner at the Five Palms in So. Kihei. Nice 3 course early bird special before 6pm for $30. Very nice outdoor setting, above average food (had a very well prepared Prime Rib) and they have a great wine list.
DAY 8: Had planned to hike on the Kapalua Village Trails today, but the VOG blew in big time overnight. Completely obliterated Molokai and Lana'i. There was also some pretty large surf today which pretty much killed any snorkeling. Considered running down to South Maui to see if conditions were any better there, but decided neither of us were up for getting in the car. So we went over to the Honolua Ridge and Maunalei Arboretum Trail in Kapalua and hiked there for a while. The Kapalua company has really done a nice job on these hiking trails - there ia plenty of terrain for any ability. Hopefully the Trade Winds will return and push the VOG out so we can get up on the Village Trails for the views from up there. Did the Putting Party and 50 cent Mai Tai mixer at the Napili Kai and then walked over to Merriman's Kapalue for dinner. Clearly one of the nicest restaurant settings on the island. The VOG didn't make for the best sunset today, but for sunset dining, Merriman's is tough to beat. The menu is creative - I had the Merriman's 'Mixed Plate' which consisted of mahi mahi, beef filet, and wok charred ahi with Mac nut brown rice. It was fantasic! Mrs Snowbird had a locally raised lamb with sweet potato puree that was also excellent. We were stuffed but couldn't resist sharing the Maui Gold Flaming Pepper Pineapple. Other's in the forum have reported spotty service but that was not our experience at all. Merriman's is the perfect storm of creative, well prepared food, excellent service, and stunning location. A couple hundred bucks out the door for the two of us, but one of the best meals we've had on Maui. The local news reported today that statewide hotel occupancy is only 66% so I guess I'll just look at it as my own little Maui stimulus package.
Got into a conversation today with a guy on the beach about the Kapalua Residences. Smallest unit is 3000 square feet and they start at $5 million. But wait! Can't quite scrape together $5 mil? You can by a 3 week fractional (that's Ritz Carlton speak for 'timeshare') for just $500,000. Speak up - they're going fast!
More to come...