November 22

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“I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it is because in addition to the fact that the sea changes and the light changes, and ships change, it is because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.”

John F. Kennedy

Kapalua Coastal Trail – West Maui

The Kapalua Coastal Trail is 1.76 miles of coastal bliss. If one could design the perfect trail for a morning, midday or sunset walk, this might just be it.

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A raised boardwalk helps to protect the unique plants and animals found in this region on Maui.

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A clearly marked, yet rustic-feeling path, guides you along the edge of the island through gardens of interesting plants and vegetation, and a striking mix of rock, sand, greens and bright ocean blues.

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White sandy beaches invite you to the shoreline—and on some days they are so sparsely populated that you feel as if you have your own private beach.

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If only every day could start with a two-mile stroll with views of Molokai to the right and Lanai to the left. Good morning, Maui.

Molokai to the right of you

Molokai to the right of you

Lanai to the left

Lanai to the left

The Pines of Lana’i

The island of Lana’i is also known as the Pineapple Island. Until the late 1980s, a large portion of the island was dedicated to growing the tropical fruit—the world’s largest pineapple plantation at the time.

Lana’i is sparsely populated with approximately 3,200 residents. Lana’i City is the only town you will find here and there are just three places to stay: two Four Seasons resorts and the Hotel Lana’i. The island is blessed with gorgeous pine trees. They are everywhere and they give the island a different feel.

The pines of Lana’i City in Dole Park

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We were told that this is the largest pine on Lana‘i and it graces the entry of the Four Seasons Lodge at Ko’ele, located in upcountry Lana’i.

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You feel worlds away in upcountry Lana’i at the Lodge at Ko’ele. Some of the unique activities include horseback riding, croquet, archery, lawn bowling and carriage rides.

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Explore the beautiful pines on bikes at the Hotel Lana’i in Lana’i City

 IMG_0696For complete relaxation, you could spend a week or more on Lana’i. Or, you could take a day trip from Maui. Or, split your stay between Lana’i and one of the other islands. The possibilities are endless.

Everything is a little bit better in Hawaii

Wishing you a healthy, happy weekend and if you happen to be lucky enough to live on Maui or are visiting this weekend, it’s good to know that care is there when you need it.

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If a medical clinic could be described as charming and inviting, well this clinic would fit that description. With three locations on Maui, Doctors on Call provides expert urgent care for illnesses and injuries, and preventive services for residents and visitors alike. This location was in West Maui near the Kapalua Trail and two fabulous golf courses, the Plantation Course and the Bay Course.

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After walking by this clinic every day for a week and commenting on how it was quite possibly the most charming medical clinic we had ever seen, my husband commented, “Look, the logo is a stethoscope in the form of a martini glass.” My reply: Smile. Happy Aloha Friday.

Ahalanui on the Big Island

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How does a dip in a volcanically heated thermal pool next to the ocean sound? Sign me up!

This somewhat hidden gem is located off of highway 137 in Pahoa on the Big Island, near mile marker 10, you will discover Ahalanui Park. The pool is a balmy 90 degrees. The setting is gently swaying palm trees all around you and the sound of the ocean surf in the background.

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You feel protected in the pool by a manmade wall, which separates it from the ocean. But if you look off into the distance, you feel as if you are swimming in a hot tub in the sea. A refreshing swim in the pool of Ahalanui does wonders for the soul.  Ahhhh…

Aloha

IMG_0359Is there a better greeting in the whole entire world than the word aloha?

It means hello. It means goodbye. It exudes warmth, peace and affection. And when you arrive in Hawaii, residents use it—and often.

It offers a feeling of sincerity and gratitude as if to say, “Yes, this is my home and I know it’s absolutely gorgeous and I know how lucky I am to live here.”

Everyone seems to use it freely as a greeting on the Hawaiian Islands. It never gets old. Even the gate agent uses it as you board the plane back to home. And if you are lucky to have a Hawaiian-based flight crew, you will hear it for just a little bit longer on your flight back home.

Aloha.

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Honolua Bay on West Maui

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Honolua Bay, Mokuleʻia Bay and Lipoa Point are located just north of Kapalua in West Maui.

Honolua Bay is a popular snorkeling spot, for good reason, and in the winter is known as a great spot for experienced surfers. On Highway 30, there is an overlook with spectacular views of the many shades of deep blue, crystal clear water. Honolua Bay is located just after mile marker #33.

IMG_6508You could easily combine some time here with Slaughterhouse Beach, located just after mile marker #32 and down the stone steps to a private beach area perfect for relaxing in the sun or at Punalau Beach, which is located a little more than half-way in between mile markers 34 and 35 and is also the last sand beach on West Maui.

Enchanting Waipi’o Valley, Hawaii, the Big Island

IMG_1122The Waipio Valley of Hawaii’s Big Island is lush and historic. Referred to as the Valley of the Kings, it’s an important place in Hawaiian culture and history. From the Waipio Valley Lookout, you will discover one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Waipio Valley is sparsely populated, but remains home to approximately 50 residents.

Steep cliffs, a black-sand beach and a fertile valley filled with waterfalls, streams, taro fields and spectacular views surround you. Even on a cloudy day, the bright greens with the sound of the pounding waves are a feast for the senses.

The Waipio Valley lookout is located off Highway 240 at the town of Honokaa. Follow it to the dead end. The road down from the lookout is accessible only by four-wheel drive and is very steep. The grade of this road is approximately 25 percent, so a regular car is out of the question.

There are other options such as a an official tour–shuttle service in a four-wheel drive van followed by a tour with experienced guides on horseback in the valley.

Hiking is also an option if you have the time and ability to spend hours and make the mile-long trek, which is certainly more difficult on the way up than on the way down.

Sunny Poipu on Kauai

IMG_2717The island of Kauai has micro-climates. From tropical rain forest on the north side to dry and desert-like on the west side. Sunny Poipu is semi-arid and tropical. When it does rain, it tends to be brief. This creates warm temperatures year-round with just enough of a breeze from the trade winds to make it feel like paradise. No tall buildings here and most everything is a short walk to the beach. In other words–perfect.