Snorkeling and Luau

Trip Start May 21, 2012
Trip End May 31, 2012

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Mahina Surf Lahaina
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Today, we went snorkeling at Kapalua Beach. It is a 5 minute drive from our condo. Ajji actually managed to snorkel properly, which was an achievement. She was thrilled with the variety of fish and corral colors. Tata swam around but did not snorkel. Mom snorkeled too but said the water was cold, but no one else thought so.

I saw so many fish that I took 27 pictures in under 15 minutes ! Some of the fish I saw were Needle fish, Ornate Wrasse, Blue-stripped snapper, Box Pufferfish, Spotted Trunkfish, Butterfly fish, Racoon fish, Moorish Idol, Little Bitty Yellow Tang, Achilles Tang, Eye-stripe Surgeonfish, Unicorn fish and my favorite, the Humuhumunukunuku apu a'a (the Picasso Triggerfish). Dad saw a baby octopus but it quickly vanished: they are shy. We later realized that we had spent 3 hours snorkeling ! 

In the afternoon, at the cove near our condo, we saw 6 turtles sunbathing and eating algae on the rocks. Everybody was trying to get a spot on the rocks. However, there was not enough space, so they would bite each other’s tails. The turtles would jump when their tail got bitten. Some of the other condo visitors had names for the turtles. Barnacle Betty (she has barnacles) and Chip (he got a bite from a shark) are two of the names. We got a video of them. Shortly afterwards, we saw other people walking towards the beach. Dad went there and said that there was a pod of dolphins.

In the evening, Ajji, Tata and I went to the Old Lahaina Luau. They served smoked pig along with other authentic Hawaiian dishes. After dinner, the dancing started. I have added a video too. Hula dancing is a dance accompanied by chants (oli) or songs (mele). It was developed in the Hawaiian Islands by the Polynesians who originally settled here. The dances usually worship a Hawaiian goddess or god (ex. Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning wind and volcanoes). I highly recommend this Luau for its cultural show and the good food. Mom and Dad went out for their own dinner.
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