"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace". - Paul Theroux
Each morning, as I lounge on my lanai, with my coffee, listening to the sounds of the waves, the birds, the children playing, I feel like I am in a state of grace.
Yesterday started out pretty much the same way as every other day ( read the paragraph above). Since I am up so early, I sit on the lanai and enjoy everything. Eventually I left the condo to check out the Farmers Market. The outdoor portion was closed but the indoor portion, which is the store, was open. They also had samples available for testing. I bought fruit for breakfast, to go with our cereal. Additionally, they had a little coffee shop in the same strip mall called Bad A$$ Coffee. Of course I had to go in, based in the name alone, and I bought a small packet of Kona with Peaberry. It was crazy expensive, but very good. That being said, I don't think I will spend $64 for a pound of coffee. Suggestions are accepted for good coffee to take home... :-)
We decided to step out of our comfort zone, and heard of a kite surfing competition in Ho'okipa, so off we went, with our homemade sandwiches and Maui Chips! Now, understand when we left our condo, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the closer we got to Ho'okipa, the darker the clouds were. My mood soured as we got closer, especially when we needed our windshield wipers for the first time on this trip, thinking about how we left beautiful sun for dark clouds. But when we arrived at the overlook, we were greeted with beautiful sunshine and an awesome view of the kite surfers. I didn't really understand how the competition worked, but I loved watching and I loved how the kites, when not in use, were all laid out on the beach in this beautiful color display, which created a wonderful foreground for some of my photos. We stayed at the beach for hours and enjoyed the sights and saw many turtles. I just LOVE the turtles!
We then headed back, but not before stopping for a bit in Paia, checking out a few shops. We stopped at a place called Tobi's Shave Ice for shave ice and Poke. Mmmmmmm, Poke! If you haven't tried it, you should. They offered it raw or fried, and with different flavors. We had it with wasabi.
Thank goodness for the microwave! Because when we returned we were too worn out too cook, so we had leftover pizza and salad, then it was lights out! Another great day in Maui, and, we liked what we did, lol.