From Seattle Washington to Maui The High Council and crew packs up the gear to get going on The Gone Snorkeling Tour. It was time to leave the rainy city and get to better weather on the island.
Things I’ve learned. Pidgin is an official language of Hawaii and I was asked a few things that I didn’t understand in it.
Shaka - you've heard of it. It looks like the time you show your “hanging loose” with those two fingers pointing out from the sides giving a gesturely wave. Rather thinking about it as some beach bros catching waves, its mostly used when showing some of that Aloha love and giving thanks, and for the allowing vehicles to pass you on one lane, (or small lane) roads. We even saw a little boy sitting on the hood on a truck, giving us the shaka when we started rounding a corner. One of the coolest and cutest things to witness.
Maui’s dance floor situation is a weird one. This footloose scenario is really only surrounding around establishments that serve liquor. If you run a bar, you will have to have the right permits to allow dancing inside, AND you will have to have a designated spot where dancing is allowed, and you are not allowed to have drinks on the dance floor. So no drinking and dancing at the same time.
Also, shave ice and poke bowls are a thing!
Located near Lahaina on the western part of Maui sits Olowalu campground and that’s where we set up camp for the week. Equipped with outdoor showers and a restroom space with running water, there are also spaces for your tents or if you be getting fancy - private Bungalows! You can even hang up your hammock in a specific area near the beach if you want to sleep outside. There are plenty of options here. This campground is definitely not a campground for parties though. Most of the people camping here go to bed around when the sun goes down. It’s a place for people who are trying to keep it low key.
With a rental van, a trailer and an Uncle Matty, we were set for the shows ahead.
Paia offered us a whole lot of fun! From THC playing a surprise beach show at Baldwin Beach, to the playing again at an open mic at a place called Charley’s on another night. We even bumped into Owen Wilson at a kids Halloween party called Skull Fest at a skate park youth center and we got him shooting hoops with us on court for a very brief moment.
Lahaina Pali Trail
This is the view from below the trail from the road.
This is the view from the top of the trailhead!
One morning at 4:00 a.m. there were 3 of us that got out from our tents and sleeping bags, (Only kidding about the sleeping bags, Maui was too hot for that nonsense) and headed out to Lahaina Pali Trail. We read it was a strenuous hike, 1600 ft. in 2.5 miles. This trail was really beautiful with its volcanic rocky course, making it a bit on the difficult side (Wear good shoes!).
Walking back down the trail is just as hard are walking up, I had to watch out for any ankle twisting rocks and my footing placement. I realized it was best to not rush my way down.
There are many ways that this trail can be hiked.
TIPS:– If you want to hike the whole trail, you’ve got three choices: 10 mile strenuous hike out-and-back, (5 mile hike) you would need two cars (drop one at the ending trailhead), or hitch-hike the return.
– If you’re not hiking the whole trail, you need to decide which side to hike.
– If doing half or less, I suggest the Maalaea side since the views of the central valley, Haleakala and the Maalaea coastline are absolutely breathtaking. As you ascend on the Maalaea side the view just gets better and better. The panorama eventually opens to both coasts of the central isthmus, and is more stunning every time you stop.
– During whale season you’re likely to see whales on the Ukumehame side.
– If you’re parking at the Maalaea side, you don’t have to park on the highway, you can go through the gates and drive up to a dedicated trail parking area.
When reaching the top view point you get a glorious view of the windmills, where you actually get to stand in the middle of the row of them that goes up and down the ridge.
The THC showing up at Casanova was a real treat for everyone. When we got there, chickens, a rooster and baby chics claimed to share space with people walking or sitting right by and even with the sweetest dog in the pack, Beso.
There was a handful of surprise guests that night that came out to see The High Council. Some who came to dance, and some who ended up performing and creating art in their own ways. From a live painting from Spencer Sinner, and two lyrical flowing brothers that gave us a piece of them while on that stage, Jack Newman and Matteo Borracho.
An afternoon in Lahaina
We all packed into the van and headed to Lahaina to explore that area. The sun was out, the vibes were high, along with our appetites.
Paia Fishmarket Front Street Restaurant
We all ordered something a little different and all of it smelled, looked and tasted just as good as I was hoping for. I got the fish quesadilla and honestly, SUPER honestly, it was one of the best things I have ever ate, and something I had never thought of doing before. Fish in a quesadilla… duh!
Banyan Tree Court
Maui's oldest living banyan tree is located here in Lahanina.
There are branches that criss cross over each other, intertwining like natures Twizzlers.
There were benches that surround the court, each one filled with people who had gaze and in their eyes.
Before leaving we all grabbed some smoothies, frozen yogurt and dole whips before trying on hats on at a hat store (go figure), and grabbed up some snorkeling gear to go!
(Back) Road To Hana
Although the Road to Hana sounds like it comes from a Hawaiian fairy tale, its also nicknamed the divorce highway to some. The breathtaking views are everything you’d think, but sometimes those unexpected hairpin turns and road roller coasters also can take your breath away.
Things to see on the Hana Highway consist of side of the road fruit stands to waterfalls above and below bridges, and many stops to get out and catch some fresh Maui air.
Jeepers creepers, half of the vehicles on the road were Jeeps! It’s definitely the touristy thing to do and a good get around vehicle to have. We couldn’t fit the 7 of us in a Jeep, but squeezing into one van was worth it (1 less car on the road!). We even had a fun guessing game that we were playing, the next vehicle to come around the corner, Jeep or no Jeep.
When yellow signage appears that says “BLOW HORN”. honks around corners are mandatory. Most times you can’t see around them and at times the road can be hard to squeeze 2 passing vehicles.
Even though the loop around is 52 miles, it’s still an all day driving adventure. In some areas the speed limit goes as low as 5 mph, so we made sure gave ourselves a whole day.
There are plenty of places to stop off at, but some places are hard to find, GPS is iffy and making sure you don’t go down private property and private roads should be at the forefront of any tourists mind when scouting those magical places on the list. There are not many signs that tell you to pull over to check out this sighting or that sighting, so its up to you to do the research before getting to that pretty piece of paradise. Here is a very helpful
Kicking it in Kihei
There is a clear winner to where the best food spot was, and it was called the Kihei Caffe. A very small space to order food, and all outdoor seating. With traditional dishes like the Loco Moco and the Papaya delight, this place is hard to screw up.
Maui's Local Dive Bar
With it being the last night in town, and the last show to play, we were all pretty burnt out, but very excited. After all, it was Halloween night! The place was far the best show yet.
Bonus Feature. Zach likes to eat.