Mai Tai with little Umbrella
When we got married, my love and I chose not to start our lives in debt by going on an expensive honeymoon. Instead we made a promise that someday we would go to Hawaii. That day came and we chose Maui to spend four wonderful days with each other.
I had never been to a warm water beach before. My love, wisely, decided not to book us up for the first day there. Instead he thought we would want to just enjoy the beach and recover from the long flight. This allowed us to spend our entire first day playing in the surf and swimming in the ocean waters.
There were many whales playing in the distance that we could easily see. That first day a large sea turtle swam right past me and we discovered that if we held our ears underwater we could hear the whales singing and chattering to one another. I cannot do justice to conveying how magical and even sacred these things were. I am constrained by language and words cannot fully express the majesty of seeing whales and hearing the humpbacks sing to one another. Mothers and babies, their voices distinct, filling the water with sound and wonder.
Playing in the gentle surf was fun too, although I will say that I now understand the allure of the bikini. In the ocean, near the beach, every inch of fabric you wear becomes a giant sand trap, catching suspended sand particles and plastering them to your skin. You want as little of that as possible. We got sand in places it’s best not to speak of.
We wandered into Lahaina in search of lunch and discovered the Aloha Mixed Plate where I had Kalua Pork for the very first time. It was so delicious it became my favorite food for the week. Also I’m not sure but if the Mai Tai isn’t the state drink of Hawaii, it should be. They were plentiful and offered everywhere we went. I only got one with the little umbrella but they were all delicious. Every place seems to have their own recipe for the iconic drink so expect some variance in them from place to place.
On our second day we played in the ocean all day again. A curious octopus came and swam underneath us for a while. At first I thought it was seaweed but it was the only piece I’d seen in two days and it was moving weirdly. Then she swam and I saw all of her tentacles and her head. She was amazing.
That evening we went to the Old Lahaina Luau. Choosing this luau took some research but it was so worth it. It’s an all you can eat and drink buffet of traditional kalua pork, where the pig is roasted whole in the sand on the beach and so many other delicious foods as well as an unending supply of Mai Tais and other drinks, including fruit juices for those who don’t want to over imbibe.
The Luau takes place on the beach, conveniently next door to the Aloha Mixed Plate and the sun setting through the palm trees is spectacular. Then the show started and it was amazing.
I knew that Hula is a dance that is also a language. What I did not know was that the islanders preserve their history through this dance. Through Hula they preserved history that otherwise would have been forgotten.
The dancers were graceful and the dance flowed like the ocean behind them. They made calls that echoed those of some local bird while they danced certain Hulas. They did not do any fire dance, which I had hoped to see but didn’t really miss because the show was so gorgeous.
Filled full of delicious, varied and plentiful food plus all the drinks we wanted, we enjoyed the show and chatted with our tablemates. We got leis and a lovely program that outlined the different hulas and included a menu. We also heard from some of our friends who had been before that this one was the best one to attend. I must confess it was truly a wonderful experience.
This concluded our first two days in Maui. I already published my tale of what happened on the third day in The Road Less Travelled to Hana. There is still one more day and I will write about that here soon. For now enjoy these bonus pictures. Please note that my cell phone isn’t the best device for low light photography but it is all I had with me. K
Hula about Pele
More Hula from the Luau