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Our summer trip for 2008 was to Hawaii where we went to check out Oahu and Maui. Once again
we left the 107 degree Dallas heat to find any place cooler. And once again my wife asked me
why we live in Dallas. We spent about 10 days seeing two islands and are ready to go back again.
Felicia, Kendra, Susie, Larry and I flew into Honolulu and arrived about midnight. We spent our
first day touring Honolulu including swimming at Waikiki Beach and climbing up to the very top
of Diamond Head crater for a good view of Honolulu. We finished off the day at a great seafood
Early the next morning we flew to Maui - we were glad to get out of the big city atmosphere of
Honolulu. Felicia had found us a condo on the south part of Maui half way between Kihei and
Weilea at a beach called Kama'ole III. We were about 200 feet from the ocean and the condo
was well stocked with boogie boards, mats and chairs for the beach. There was also a nice
pool right outside our patio.
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Our first day in Maui was spent
swimming at the beach, boogie
boarding, snorkeling and ended
with a very nice Luau at the Marriott
Resort in Wailea. Kendra made
some friends and got to hang out
with the dancers.
On our second day in Maui we got an early snorkeling trip out to the crater island of Molokini which is a very popular
diving spot because the water is crystal clear - about 150 foot visibility. There are coral reefs and a lot of colorful
fish. We had booked a very fast boat and it was a wild ride out and back. The water at Molokini is about 60 feet
deep then goes to 300 feet outside of the crater (see pic at right). On our way back we stopped at a place off of
Maui and saw three green sea turtles and got to swim with them. By the way, I did not take the pictures of Molokini
below, just wanted to show what it looked like. I did take the crummy underwater pics with a $7 disposable camera.
Having always snorkeled off the beach, I was nervous snorkeling in deep water but after Larry jumped in
and started, the rest of us had to hop in too. The water was very clear and we drifted and snorkeled for
over an hour - I wore a shirt so my back would not get too sun burned.
We went to our beach or other
close by beaches every morning
and afternoon. Even though it
is always warm, the water was
colder than I expected.
The beaches in Maui were not
nearly as crowded as they were
in Honolulu, even on the weekend.
See the green sea turtle at left.
We had some underwater
cameras but could not find
them when we were looking
A very strange fish!