Eh, I've got a few minutes to kill before dinner so here is a little piece of Maui history.
Go back, I mean way back, to those days of the 60's and early 70's. Maui could only be reached via stop on Oahu or from Hilo first, not directly. And the number of visitors coming much smaller. Maui was our yearly Christmas Vacation for the family; my parents, brother and I. We weren't home for New Year's for over a decade!
If you checked the guide books of the day, you would be directed to absolutely not miss one of the most beautiful beaches on the Westside, a calm bay where swimming and snorkeling was pristine on a crescent of powdery sand. Parking was off the road in a dirt lot, among several newly built low rise condos and older homes. Pineapple fields lined the road and lent their name to the hilltop restaurant with the magnificent sunset views.
The name of the beach was Flemings, although no sign called it that. Actually, barely a sign called it anything at all. And it delivered just as the guide books said. People were always looking for that spot. It was famous. And kinda hard to find.
Just a little north of this bay was another one, much larger, with trees and a sloping beach. Occasionally good surfing and really fun body surfing most of the time, thanks to the sandy bottom. Everyone called that beach Stables, due to some old ranch nearby. We went there constantly. Loved it.
In time, the pineapple fields were removed when Rock Resorts bought the lands. A new destination property was built, right down to the edge of the beautiful bay and the point. And Fleming's beach took on the local name: Kapalua.
However, Stables became officially known as D.T. Fleming Park/Beach. So for a few years, until the guide books caught up, visitors thought this was supposed to be the beautiful beach with the great snorkling! And, as you can imagine, that created some interesting situations when folks showed up with gear and tried looking for fish and coral by swimming through the surf. Not exactly what they bargained for.
Just a tidbit to play with....aloha.
SheldonEdited: 08 October 2013, 02:14