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Report 1896: Two Travellers on Maui, January 25 - Feb 5, 2011

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Winter 2011

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Page 5 of 14: Snorkeling at Olowalu, a Family Reunion & Dinner at Mala - Friday January 28

photo by Doug Phillips

David & Marcel at Kapalua Airport

I had planned to do some snorkeling while we were here, but I hadn't done any for several years. So early this morning we drove south past Lahaina to Olowalu, a beach recommended by a friend of our host.

As an aside, almost everybody we have met through our friends is at least a generation younger than us. They have all been drawn here by the climate and lifestyle. The unifying factor seems to be surfing. There's Tim from North Carolina who works as a roofer and car mechanic when he's not surfing; Kyle from Texas who does some house renovations when he's not surfing; Melissa from Ontario who cleans houses and condos when she's not surfing; Tiffany from New York who works at two restaurants when she's not surfing; Michael from Arkansas ... well, you get the idea. Last evening one of them mentioned an old couple driving a car - "they must have been 60" - who caused a traffic problem along Hwy 30. Hey, I remember 60 - it was a few years ago.

Most mainland transplants work in occupations connected with tourism. I began asking people with whom we interacted where they were from, turning the tables a bit. Many were from southern California, but we also met servers from Colorado, Illinois, Oregon, Washington and Michigan. None were from Maui, although one was a native of the Big Island.

Olowalu beach was almost deserted and it was a great place to try out and adjust my equipment. Shortly after 11:00am we packed up and headed off to Kapulua Airport to meet one of my two younger brothers, David, and his partner, Marcel. They decided to come to Hawaii when they learned we would be coming to Maui. David & Marcel have been in Honolulu for four days, are on Maui for the next five days, before returning to Honolulu for a short visit and then back to Canada.

We were happy to greet David and Marcel and drive them into Lahaina to their hotel, the Best Western Pioneer Inn, adjacent to the harbour. As a bonus, their room at the hotel came with a parking pass, which we will use for the next five days. The parking lot is just across Front Street behind the historic Baldwin House. Parking is always at a premium in Lahaina. We joined David and Marcel for lunch at the hotel Grill/Bar. The ahi ahi salad was excellent.

After lunch we took David and Marcel out to the Ka'anapali area where we spent some time with Melissa and Michael and also walked along the nearby beach.

We had made 6:30pm dinner reservations at Mala Ocean House, a very popular restaurant very close to the Aloha Mixed Grill. It was so popular that, on arriving a few minutes late, we got the worst table in the place, just inside the front door. The food was very good but our location left a lot to be desired.

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