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.
Contrary to some of the predictions, the weather today is wonderful. Cool ocean breeze and a nice blue sky. We had breakfast and walked along the beach and are now going for the pool.
Alexandra and I arrived in Hawaii today. We’re back in Maui, the place where we went to several years ago. The flight over was very bumpy due to some storm system but we landed safely after about a 6 hour flight. Tomorrow we’ll explore the hotel and especially the pools; there are supposed to be 10 in the hotel.
Roos, and the rest of the family, had to get up early this Saturday for a waterpolo tournament. The Aliso team played really well and won their games. At noon Roos is playing for the championships. Mom, Alex and I are having a quick brunch in the between the games.
It was another day in Brea and a waterpolo tournament for Alex. Roos and I acted like a real American family in between games. It was quite hot and Roos was wearing a sweater. So we decided to buy a t-shirt and ended up at Walmart. Roos briefly considered going all out with this t-shirt
She found a better option that was mildly offensive. Roos decided to change in the car in the wal mart parking lot and we went to McDonalds across the street for McNuggets for brunch.