A couple of more fabulous days in Maui. Yesterday my husband played the Royal Ka'anapalli course, home of the Ka'anapalli Champions Skins Game. Just imagining some of the greats: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson & Arnold Palmer walking the same greens makes the course all that more special, He was paired with a couple from the Dallas area which made "Texas" talk fun.
This morning we set the alarm for 6 AM to make it to the Ko'ie'ie Fishpond Cultural Tour in Kihei.
Thanks to Msfuzz and Cornman, this adventure turned out to be just the type of thing we look for in our travels. The program runs Monday, Wednesday, & Friday mornings from 8 AM-9:30 AM.
You must make reservations on-line and are asked to make a $40 donation per person to this non-profit organization. www.mauifishpond.com, 1-808-359-1172, 726 S. Kihei Rd., Kihei.
Vene was the canoe leader (captain?) on my husband's canoe (two went out), and all aboard were instructed in the Hawaiian manner of paddling. Vene talked about the importance of the fishponds to the ancient Hawaiian culture and the current effort in revitalizing them. Once out on open water he led the six on board in singing Hawaiian songs/chants as they paddled the Pacific! I took pictures from shore, and waited for their return on the grounds of NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary at a shaded picnic table spot overlooking the water.
This would be a great family activity with tweens & teenagers.
Next, we decided to drive to Ulua Beach for snorkeling. Again, Msfuzz, has recommended Ulua for those needing an easy entry into the water. I loved Ulua! It was the easiest beach I have tried on Maui and I had no trouble getting in and out of the water. The water was cloudy and visibility was not great, so the snorkeling was not good. We stayed very close to shore, and eventually stopped trying to snorkel and just enjoyed being in the water. We enjoyed Ulua so much that we are talking about extending our two-week trip next September to three weeks with one of them being near Ulua beach. If anyone has recommendations for a one-bedroom air-conditioned condo near Ulua, your suggestions would be much appreciated!
For lunch, we have been wanting to try Eskimo Candy for fish and we were not disappointed!
Even though it is in an out-of-the-way location, people are finding Eskimo's and there was a line out the door by the time we left. It is casual enough to handle people coming from the beach in damp suits with cover-ups! Eskimo Candy, 2665 Wai Wai Place, Kihei, 808-879-5686.
I'm calling it a day with no cooking! Total Raisin Bran for breakfast and Hula Pie for dinner!