We got up fairly early this morning to go snorkeling at Molokini. Molokini is a partially submerged volcano crater that last erupted more than a hundred thousand years ago. We sailed over to Molokini on a boat. The water is incredibly clear so it is very easy to see and swim around the underwater reef. There were many fish on the reef but we also sailed a bit outside Molokini to see the main attraction: sea turtles.
On the boat, we met the writer for the TV series Supergirl. It’s one of the series Lexie and I have been watching together. Her name is Jessica Queller and she was with her daughter snorkeling as well.
We had a lazy day. We walked along the beach to get breakfast this morning. Did some shopping in the early afternoon and wrote some postcards. We had an omakase dinner at Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant nearby. The restaurant has the A5 Kobe beef as part of that menu and only a limited amount is available outside Japan. The dinner and the view from our table was excellent. Tomorrow will be a more active day but for now it’s was wonderfully lazy.
We had a great time zip lining through the canyons and valleys of Ka’anapali. We did a total of 8 separate zip lines including one where we could go side-by-side. The views were amazing across the Pacific and the ocean breeze made it even better. The ride up the mountain was as adventurous as taking the zip line down. After we finished up we took a car to nearby Lahaina for an excellent shave ice while we watched the sun set.
We got back to the hotel to take a shower and to dress up a little for our Christmas Eve dinner. We talked about what we want, respectively wanted, to do when we grow up.
Yesterday, despite using factor 70 sunscreen liberally, I still ended up with some sunburn. Today therefore we decided to go out to a nearby town rather than catch more waves and sun rays at the beach / pool. We took a car to Lahaina which has a very nice art district. Today there was outdoor art as well underneath the huge 150 year old Banyan tree; the largest one in the US.
We learned that Maui is the 3rd largest art market in the US; we even saw an art store that sold Rembrandt etches. We bought a few trinkets and gifts and had a nice lunch and a drink with an umbrella… one of the relaxing things about Hawaii.
Today we started my birthday with an Ocean breakfast / brunch in Laguna Beach. Saskia created a birthday present on the spot. First for the day 🙂
I also got balloons delivered and Saskia, Sylvia and Benjamin made decorations for the house. We had a nice dinner at Andrea in the evening. There were two cakes.. enough to get us through the rest of the week.
Today the plan was to go visit Scottsdale. There’s an interesting art district as well as many little boutique stores. Roos decided to stay at the hotel and instead it was just Alex and me. We did some good shopping. We bought mom a birthday present (shhh… it is soon) and Lexi got the perfect pair of sunglasses. We also had ice cream and I almost bought thr wall decoration below. Lexi’s lukewarm reaction probably prevented me from buying something I would regret.
The drive to Scottsdale, AZ took us the better part of Monday so we decided to stay the first day near the pool. It was a beautiful day, the temperature was just right and the poolside food was excellent.