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Maui Must See

Shaka from the waiter at Old Lahiana Luau Photo, Maui, Hawaii

Being return visitors (fifth trip) we had already knocked off an impressive list of "Things to Do on Maui". Therefore on this trip we looked for some places where we hadn’t been and returned to others that had a lot of appeal. Any Maui list contains restaurants and I have addressed that in my journal "Maui Grinds". Often we look for an activity that is in the neighborhood of places where we want to eat. That’s why we went to see Dragon Teeth. On the other hand we found a terrific restaurant, Café 808, because it is near Kula Botanical Gardens. Maui offers such beautiful scenery; just the drive from Lahaina to Ma’alaea is a joy. Even with gasoline selling at $3.85 per gallon we only spent $40 on gas during a two-week stay. Part of that is due to careful planning of our day trips, but mostly we allowed Polynesian Paralysis to set in. We spent a lot of time on our lanai or walking through the neighborhood. We arrived on Halloween night. That means party time in Lahaina. Finding our condo meant dodging lots of costumed and "happy" people. Sorry we missed the parade. A few days later it was Election Day when Hawaii’s native son Barack Obama was elected to the presidency. We saw a lot more happy people that day. We like to get the feel of places we travel to as potential places to live. That includes checking out the real stores like hardware, drugstores and groceries. We made two trips to the Lahaina Library and to two bookstores. We also attended two church services at Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 655 Wainee Street. They have a small but friendly congregation who sing one hymn in Hawaiian at each service. One thing is for sure; Maui has a lot to offer.

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