May 19, 2006

Maui, Kahului

The ship would spend two days in Maui and as you can see the weather was very nice. We were glad to see the sun again. Chris and I rented a car in Maui also.

On Monday we head out to the west side of the island and checked out Lahaina.
We went to several of the little shopping areas.

At this point Chris was starting to realize there are many Quilt shops in Hawaii. I hit just about every one we passed. Here is my loot.

There are four quilt patterns, one turtle pillow pattern, & two books. The first book is Hawaiian Quilting made easy by Milly Singletary. The second book is Contemporary Hawaiian Quilting by Linda Arthur. This last one is more of a book for inspiration.

I have been planning on making a Hawaiian quilt since I booked this vacation a year ago. There was not many patterns available here on the mainland at least not that I could find. I was very pleased to see all the quilt stuff available.

Lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co

This was an awesome lunch.

We decided to just have drinks and appetizers. We had the Calamari, Shrimpers net catch with garlic spice, & Hush Pups (made with shrimp, Mahi Mahi). Scrumdiliocious!

The waiter would ask you trivia from the movie Forest Gump. The menu was even on a ping pong paddle. There was also a sign on your table to let your waiter know if you need him you put it on Run Forest Run. Lots of fun. I came away with a drink glass that lights up on the bottom and I also bought a pin that says “stupid is as stupid does”.

Outside the restaurant there is a photo seat where you can pretend you are on the park bench just like Forest in the movie. You know life is like a box of chocolates you never know what you are going to get. I love that movie and it was lots of fun eating at the restaurant.

Dinner at the Luau

We went back to the ship got changed and picked up the ladies for the Luau. We booked the Luau a couple months in advanced. We did some research and found that the Old Lahaina Luau is one of the best.

We got to the Luau and it was the most gorgeous setting. They put a flower lei around your neck and hand you a Mai Tai. Then escort you to your seat. We booked a table seat thinking that it would be uncomfortable to sit on the ground for a couple of hours. Here is a shot of the different seating.

The stage was in the center with all the tables around it with the beach and ocean to the back of the stage.

We had a great view of the sun setting as the evening progressed.

The food was good and the best was the Kalua Pua’a. That was the pig that they cooked underground. Very good. Also it was an open bar.

Here are some photos from the Luau

Here is a photo of the four of us taken by our wonderful waiter whom wore only a skirt. 8)

Next day in Maui

Chris and I decided to take the road to Hanna. This is a wonderful road that winds and curves through the plush seroundings heading to the east side of the island. You will hit many waterfalls and touristy things along the way. The end of your trip sets you in a small town called Hanna. Hanna is not much to see it is the journey there that makes it so great.

We stopped at the Garden of Eden First. This was an unbelievable garden that was very large. We actually got lost and trekked around up and down meandering through the trails.

Water falls

Lobster Claw

Torch Ginger

Chris walking with Peacock friend

When we made it to Hanna we stopped at a corner store for some beverages for the long ride back. I spotted these lovely horses.

I think they are living the good life with this awesome view of the ocean.

We headed back to the ship to relax before Dinner.

Tonight was formal night and we met the ladies at the John Adams Coffee Bar for a couple of drinks before dinner. I did not get a picture of the ladies all dressed up. I wish I had. Chris and I were slightly more casual. We did the tux and ball gown a couple of years ago on our last cruise and did not want to deal with it again this time.

Dinner was at the Lazy J Texas Steak House. I think I ordered steak and lobster again. Every thing was great. I think we turned in early. The ship was heading to a new port for the morning.