September 5th, 2009 – by: jenn79
view from cheeseburger in paradise
This morning we woke up super early due to jet lag and set about planning our week's itinerary on a great map Joyce picked up at the airport. Between the internet, a few magazines we picked up and Joyce's guidebook, we had made little dots all over a map that included things like: the Arts Center, the Lavendar Farm, the Io Needle, Paia Town, about 15 different beaches, a surf lesson or two, and a day set aside each for Dolphin Watching as well as the Road to Hana
. I wanted to see Rainbow Eucalyptus again!! How the heck were we going to fit all that into 7, excuse me - 6 days?!?! Not to mention all the places we wanted to try and eat at - there is some great Japanese food called Okazuya that you can only get here (and maybe in Japan, who knows!) Unfortunately (or perhaps luckily as we didn't have much time) we missed whale season, which is supposed to be amazing in Maui - the number of whales migrating is supposedly a wonder!
We spent the rest of today on Front Street in Lahaina
, which is a touristy area and stretches a good 10 blocks.
lots of sparrows come flying through the window
All the posh stores are located here, as well as expensive restaurants, an ABC store every half block, and tons of sun-and-sport stores to really knock into you that you are in island paradise! Today we were looking for surf schools for Joyce. Poor thing only gets to go surfing once a year, and I say poor thing because she's such a nut about the ocean. Nhi is like flora-queen, Tracy is hiking-queen, and Joyce is water-queen. I certainly wish I were queen of something, but I'm clearly not!
It was a hot day. The name for Maui in hawaiian translates into something like "land of the unforgiving sun" and for such a tropical paradise, it's an apt description. We stopped into a few air-conditioned stores to escape the heat and look at cute little dresses in large floral prints. The surf schools would prove to all be in the same building, way at the far end of Front Street, but we finally found it.
gorgeous view from front street inland
Joyce opted to take a private lesson at the Nancy Emerson School of Surf. By the time we walked back to where we parked, we were starving and not wanting to spend fifty bucks on lunch, decided to stop into Cheeseburgers in Paradise. Kitchy, founded by 2 Southern California girls, but what a magnificent view!! Food was mediocre and ended up costing about $15 for a cheeseburger. But dang, I forgot tax was so low in Maui - 4%!!! After coming back from Africa and being ambushed by 10% sales tax in Los Angeles, this was a nice respite.
Anything to be found in Lahaina will be found on Front Street. It's a fun street, all the businesses are located here, and people are really friendly. We also bought film at the one camera store in all of Lahaina where I spotted the NEW CANON WATERPROOF CAMERA! I was so close to buying it since my point-and-shoot got stolen in Africa and I've been lugging my huge DSLR around everywhere.
famous Banyan tree
I had bought a waterproof Olympus a year ago but it was a piece of shit and didn't survive being underwater. This would solve 2 of my problems for $320, but that's still a lot of money and this camera unfortunately looks like a submarine to me - bulky and with a protruding porthole. We'll see how the next generation looks, but I was tempted!