Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kauai and Maui


Our cruise included stops at all the major islands. First was Kauai, the Garden Island. Formed some six million years ago, the island encompasses roughly 550 square miles and is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands.

This is the view from our balcony as we sailed to Nawiliwili harbour.
We spent part of the day on a small beach near the harbour enjoying the water and the warm sun. You can see our ship (Carnival Spirit) - looks like a floating hotel doesn't it!













The next two stops were on Maui (Kahului and Lahaina). We rented a car in Kahului and visited the Iao Valley State Park. It is a peaceful lush area with easy hikes, exotic tropical plants, and clear running water. The ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbour.











Then we drove along the Kaanapali coast and finished the day with a round of golf on a course right next to the water.



In Lahaina we anchored away from shore and were 'tendered' to the jetty. We spent a few hours checking out the main tourist areas including several small museums, shops and this magnificent banyan tree.
The tree was first planted in April, 1873, and marked the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina. The tree was imported from India was only 8 feet tall. It now stands over 60 feet high, has 12 major trunks in addition to a huge core. It stretches over a 200-foot area and shades 2/3 of an acre.