. We made it to the swap meet in Saturday around 9 am, and it was so hot! I was eating shave ice at 10 in the morning, but it did the spot. We all love swap meets, so we had a lot of fun checking this out and buying some souvenirs. I was really wanting to buy local, so this was a great place for that too.
I found a ceramic artist, Javier Gaytan and Edward Villar. There prices were very reasonable and I fell in love with their pieces. I bought coasters and a hot plate, and a beautiful bowl. His pieces are so colorful, so they at decorative and useful.
I also bought some pekelos Hawaiian coffee. I talked to the grower for awhile, and he said he had just roasted it the day before. Red catuai and pea berry. I also found some jellies.
My husband was on the lookout for a tiki, so we were looking at the different artists carving. I went with my girlfriend for five minute, and in that time he ended up buying what has been termed a triki. It's at least 30 pounds, and it looks like a tree with the limbs still on it and a face carved into the middle. It's huge, and total spontaneous purchase, and now he doesn't know what he is going to do with it. He is even looking to trade it in to another craft shop for credit somewhere for a piece that will be more accessible for flying home (sigh)
Saturday night was the old lahaina luau. We had a fabulous time. The food and drink were very good, and even though there were hundreds of people, they did a great job at keeping lines moving. Our drink server was also very attentive. The music was stellar, and I would love to go somewhere else where they play similar music. The performances were top notch and the dancing was beautiful. I loved learning some history through song and dance. Also, the chanting and chanter was amazing! I would love to just listen to him. It is so interesting, as it is so similar yet so different to Native American chanting. Loved it!
Yesterday we were checking out of the maui Kai, and into the Westin villas. We were also saying goodbye to our friends. It was bittersweet leaving the view of the maui Kai. The visibility of the water was perfectly clear yesterday, and as we were leaving a sea turtle came swimming by very close to shore.
We decided to go to Napili for the day. Wow! Such a beautiful spot, and we all decided it would be a great place to stay. The bay was cal and beautiful. We snorkeled, and there were 5 or 6 turtles hanging out at the rocks grazing. So fun!
Last night, for our last dinner together, we went to fleetwoods. It had a great vibe to it, and the food was very good. At six o'clock there was a sunset ceremony which included a native Hawaiian blowing the conch shell, giving a blessing, and providing us a bit more history and wise words of taking care of this earth. Next, a bag piper came on, and he played a few songs. My husband is British, so he came to talk to us after. He is a scot, but has been on the island for 18 years.
We ended the night taking a walk along front street and checking out some galleries,and dreaming of buying a piece. We walked too far, and ended up at the banyan tree! Had no idea it was that huge! Just amazing!
I was so worried we were going to be put into a room here at the Westin facing the parking lot. We are in the south tower, so no lanai, but we are on the fourth floor facing the pool with some ocean and mountain views. Whew, so relieved.
We haven't decided if we will do the timeshare presentation. I'm thinking no. Today we are just going to enjoy the hotel and the snorkeling out front. The studio is nice, and I can't wait to try out the jacuzzi bath!