Beach park, pools, blowholes oh my
Trip Start Aug 17, 2003
18Trip End Sep 03, 2003
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For the day, we decided to check out all the different towns on the west coast and to head up from Olowalu to Lahaina, Ka'anapali, Kahana, Napili, Kapalua up to the Olivine pools at Kahakuloa. Heading north, we found BJ's deli finally. We were excited to see that they offered free wireless internet access (as written on their doors) but we're bummed to get shafted by the owner who just sorta ignored us after we asked about the internet access when we couldn't get online with the laptop. False advertising! Their coffee sorta sucked and their papaya (which I had for breakfast) wasn't that great anyways.
After BJ's, we drove past what seemed to be one huge touristy resort after another. Apparently, Ka'anapali is home of the fancy resorts. Must be a whole other Maui experience for the folks who stayed at these huge resorts. We'd make our way back to the Whaler's Village at Ka'anapali later this trip for a Catamaran ride courtesy of Jennifer and Chris's parents.
There isn't anything special in Ka'anapali unless you're staying at one of the resorts since all the beaches on this section of West Maui is closed off to the public except for this beach-side path which we never checked out.
A short distance past Ka'anapali is the town of Kapalua. Nothing spectacular here but we stopped by the D.T Fleming beach park. It was sorta filled with snotty people and after attempting to swim a little, we were attacked by really strong winds that made the little grains of sand feel like sharp needles against our skin. Ouch. We decided to just head on up north due to the inhospitable swimming conditions ala. snotty tourists and killer sand.
Further up north, we stopped by a little fruit stand under a bridge. We bought a pineapple, some peanut butter cookies, and a papaya. Yum.
Fruit is good!
We walked around this gorgeous pebble beach of sorts and took some pictures.
Past Kapalua, we found ourselves on top of some spectacular cliffs that overlooked the unbelievable ocean. The road became a little more winding and narrow and we stopped several times to take pictures of the magnificent scenery. One of the best sights was at the Nakalele Blowhole, a lava rock formation that the ocean carved out. It's a little bit of a trek down to the blowhole with flipflops, so I walked barefoot all the way down. It was well worth the walk. As the waves crashed against the shoreline, the blowhole shot up water. Spectacular.
We attempted to find the Olivine pools but to no avail. We found the Bellstone and we were at the right markers and we saw some pools, but they didn't seem very accessible. According to the "Maui Revealed" book, sometimes the weather can change what the pools look like and making them unrecognizable, so perhaps we just weren't lucky.
After the Bellstone and the non-existent Olivine pools, we start down this really narrow, REALLY windy, 1.5 mile stretch of road. It was quite the experience but I had so much fun driving the little Jeep on this stretch of road. There were parts of the road where it was a 90 degree drop right into the ocean. Very exhilarating! One spectacular cliff view of the ocean after another, we make it to Kahakuloa, a tiny community in the middle of nowhere. And when I say tiny, I mean tiny. There were like 4 houses, and this little stand that sold fruit and shave ice.
After debating on whether or not we wanted some banana bread from the little stand, we just decided to call it a day and drive back to camp.
Exhausted, showered, and ready to hit our sleeping backs before darkness even fell.