Maui, Hawaii 2007 Friday
August 17th

Friday was a day of driving and touring. We had purchased a "Maui Value Pass", which included the Atalantis Submarine Adventure, along with tours of the Maui Ocean Center, a Maui Tropical Plantation, and the Hawaii Nature Center Museum. We also wanted to see the Sugar Museum.

Baldwin Sugar Museum

The Sugar Museum was our first stop of the day. The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum is located in the partially restored, former residence of the superintendent of Hawaii's largest sugar factory. Located in the plantation town of Pu'unene, the museum stands across from the original sugar factory, that is still in use today. The museum includes coverage of Maui' sugar industry entrepreneurs, immigration and the multiethnic labor force, and plantation lifestyles.

This big claw can grab and lift over six tons of sugar cane at one time.

Hawaii Nature Center

The Hawaii Nature Center Museum is located in Iao Valley. It is an interactive Nature Museum, which features exhibits to interpret and enhance the understanding of Hawaii's cultural and natural history. Designed to appeal to all ages, the exhibits offer hands-on activities to reinforce concepts. A towering glass solarium presents ever-changing views of the Iao Valley; rushing water flows into touch pools and aquariums filled with native stream life. Although the museum was OK to visit, most of it was closed off, including the rain forest walk, the restaurant, and as can be seen by the picture, the "restrooms". They were conserving water!!!

Mamas Fish House

Time for lunch. Everybody said "you have to go to a good fish place while you're in Maui". Mama's Fish House came up more than once, so we found it on the map, a turn off at mile 8 on the Road to Hana, and headed there. We should have known when the valet walked up to the car and said "I'll park that for your sir", that we might just be in for a rather "pricey" lunch. We split a $12.00 bowl of Maui Onion soup. Ginny had the Monchong, and Ellis had the Ahi. Both came with fancy rice and mixed vegies. Tea and Coffee, and $107.00 later, we decided against dessert. The "Wild Fish Caught by Our Fishermen" section of their menu lists the fish, locations of the catch, as well as the catchers by name, and offers incredible variety - ono, opah, ahi, mahimahi. Their Hawaiian preparations include curry and coconut milk saute, macadamia nut crust baked, and pepper-grilled options. Dishes are presented with flourish, including fresh coconut halves, palm leaves, and flowers.

The restaurant really was very lovely and the beach outside was one of the most beautiful we saw, even if Ginny did slip on a rock and stub her toe.

A vacation wouldn't be a vacation without Ginny falling in the water at least once. Got just a little wet here. That rock didn't look slippery.

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Maui Tropical Plantation

Soaking wet, we got back into the convertible and Ginny air dried on the way to our next stop . . . the Maui Tropical Plantation. Our narrated tram tour took us past fields of tropical fruits and flowers, with plenty of great photo-op stops along the way. We saw Hawaii's most popular crops as the tram rolled through the 60-acre working plantation: papaya, guava, mango, macadamia nuts, coffee, avocado, bananas, sugar cane, star fruit and more are grown there.

We stopped for a demonstration of how to remove the husk from a coconut and open it.

We visited the ducks and of course fed them.

This little monkey was not at all impressed with our company.

Last but not least is this strange little bird on the lawn.

Dinner consisted of a mango from the tree outside our window, and dragon fruit we purchased from the grocery store. After lunch at Mama's Fish House, spending any more on food today didn't seem like a good idea.