The Aloha Spirit
Trip Start Dec 10, 2007
27Trip End Nov 27, 2008
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We head to the enchanted island of Maui, where one shore hosts tourists who shop in Beverly Hills style stores and sport recent plastic-surgery enhancements, and another shore transports tourists along a narrow and windy highway along a cliff to sacred Hawaiian waterfalls. We find ourselves among friends and friends of friends who demonstrate true aloha spirit and hospitality.
We stayed with Ryan's family in a classy hotel at Ka'napali Beach. We savored the pristine beaches, cliff diving, and fine dining. When we moved on to our friend Toben's house, we experienced more of a local perspective. Toben and his roommates were so welcoming, it was the friends we made in Maui that really set the island apart from the others. With them, we visited a spectacular blowhole fueled by massive waves, played improvised music at the Fuzz Box studio, and had a private sunset zip-line tour.
New Years Eve is always a holiday that gets talked up to a point where the high expectations of a raging party are difficult to achieve. On January 30, 2007, the word circulating through the Maui telephone lines was that there was to be a very special party in the jungle on a remote coastal road. We gathered fireworks, champagne, turntables and speakers and headed to the YMCA on the Hana Highway. At 10:00 pm, the room was set up, and people began to trickle into the gymnasium dance floor. By midnight, there we enough people dancing and toasting to merit a worthy NYE party.
The sunrise exposed the land to be an epically scenic peninsula surrounded by blazing blue ocean and steep jungle cliffs.
Where I stayed