02 Jun

Back from Maui

Where have I been lately? In Kihei, Maui, Hawai‘i. Jason and I went down there for his brother’s wedding. We stayed in a condo complex called Hale Kai O Kihei, which was right on the beach and was really nice. The picture on the right is the view from our patio. You can see the water just on the other side of the palm trees, and the island Kaho‘olawe off in the distance.

Other than the wedding and related activities, we mostly just took it easy. I had to take it easy — on the second day of the trip, I got a sore throat, which the day after that, turned into a nasty chest cold. I’m still fighting that one off after a few days back in Seattle.

Before the cold hit hard we did some sightseeing, including a visit to the I‘ao Valley where we saw the I‘ao Needle (see the picture to the left) and marveled at how quickly the environment changed from dry and flat near Kahului to lush, green, and cool in the steep hills just 4 miles to the west.

It is interesting how small distances are on Maui. Even the famous road to Hana is only 52 miles. That is just about the longest drive you will ever take on that island, I imagine.

I had planned to use this Ask MetaFilter post as a resource to find things to do, but since I was ill, we had to put off a lot of activities until a later visit. It was more enjoyable to be ill on Maui, sitting by the beach, than to be ill in Seattle, at least!

I did get to accomplish a lifelong goal during this trip — I finally got to see the Southern Cross constellation, as well as Alpha and Beta Centauri. Having seen Canopus and Achernar on my last Hawai‘i visit, I can now check off the last few stars on the list of the 26 Brightest Stars. I’ve seen them all!

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