Friday, July 17, 2009
Maui, Day 1
Our first full day on Maui was the day to travel over to the Royal Lahaina Resort, which is where we stayed all but one night of the trip. We actually stayed in the Ka'anapali Ocean Inn, which is the lower cost portion of the resort. It was by no means the best hotel room I've ever stayed in, but it was definitely worth what we paid for it, and we could actually see the ocean from our room. (Sure, you had to go out on the balcony to do so, but it was still an ocean view.)
On our way out of town, we stopped at the 'Iao Valley State Park in Wailuku (above). This is one of the valleys on the West Maui Mountains (the island's western volcano), and is on the rainier side of the range (hence the lack of sun). The best description I can give is the word 'lush'. The park is just outside of Wailuku, and makes a great stop on the way out of town.
Once we got to the resort, we had some shopping and other stuff to take care of. We did get in a walk to the restaurant where we had lunch, and from that walk, I give you the above view of the island of Lana'i, from Ka'anapali Beach.