Maui, Hawaii 2007 Sunday
August 19th

Our Australian neighbor at the cottages recommended a snorkel site we decided to try out. We started out early and drove toward Honolulu Bay in northern Maui. We stopped at the Sea House Restaurant at the Napalm ka Beach Resort in Napalm for breakfast where Ginny had Napalm kA and Ellis had Loco Moco (eggs). We ate on the lovely terrace, with lots of little beggars waiting for handouts.

Sea House restaurant

Snorkle Honolua Bay

We had parked at a parking lot for the Kapalua Bay beach, so we decided to snorkel there first as long as we were there. Access to the beach is through a tunnel at the far end of the parking lot, and there were showers for rinsing off, which was nice. The beach was pure white sugar sand, and the water was crystal clear. Saw lots of fish and took a few pictures.

Snorkle Kapalua Bay

Moving on, we went next door to Kapalua Bay. Here, parking was on the road above the beach. We were lucky enough to find a very close spot to bay access as someone was leaving. We walked down stairs and through a rock creek to get to the beach, which was even nicer than Kapalua Bay. There were more fish to see and quite a bit of coral. No showers here!

Sugar Cane Train

Waterlogged, we decided to head back toward Kihei, and along the way stopped in Ka'anapali and boarded the Lahaina Kaanapali Railroad, otherwise known as "The Sugar Cane Train". For $20,00 per person we took a round trip ride. The Sugar Cane Train is a 200-passenger locomotive that has operated passenger service from Lahaina to Puukolii (just north of Kaanapali) daily for nearly 30 years. In the past, the Hawaiian railroads were used to transport sugar cane. The locomotive chugs along a six-mile stretch of track at a leisurely pace. During the train ride, we crossed a 325-foot curved wooden trestle whose elevation yields spectacular views of neighboring islands and the West Maui Mountains. At each end of the track the engine was detached and turned on a turntable to a siding to reattach at the other end of the train.

DA Kitchen

DaKitchen - We called it "Hawaiian Fast Food". With three locations on Maui, this popular local eatery is hard to miss. The menu is simple; it features all the local favorites and nothing else. Prodigious appetites will want to get the Big Braddah Combo, which is served with a choice of two entrees. Be forewarned though: local boys, and there were a lot of locals there, have BIG appetites, and it is not always easy to follow their example. Prices here are low, ranging from $5-$8 for a meal. Ginny had chicken and Ellis had beef and pork, and there was lots of sticky rice. We found the food very plentiful but rather bland.