So much to tell you, and so little time.
The surf was very high and powerful behind our hotel resort yesterday, We cautioned everyone to be wary of going too close to the water, but a teen aged boy challenged the waves, and was thrown back onto the beach,--hard. He's going to be OK, but it shows the power of the wind and water, and the unwary can be swept off their feet if they are not careful.
Today was a busy one again, as most of our group assembled for a two hour whale watching cruise. This was conducted by the Pacific Whale Foundation, and featured experts on whale behavior interpreting the simple rise and fall of these huge, graceful creatures. We saw seven whales swimming and rolling as a group, in a competition grouping... six males courting one female. By the time we were finished, we had visited four groups of whales in various areas between Maui and the next island, Moliki, I think.
The captain was quite expert at keeping the boat more than 100 yards away from them, but when one turned and ventured too close to us, we had to stop and ride it out until the group surfaced again. This was one of the highlights of our trip, as most of us have never been so close to these large hump back whales.
We had seen them from land, but no so close before. Lots of photos and video were takenof this outstanding experience. Some bought DVDs of the whaling experience, and some bought t-shirts, posters or books in support of this "Save the Whale" group. Their efforts are succeeding. The whale population numbers are on the rise once again...once man stopped hunting them. (See "Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home" for more on that!)
Later tonight, after some shopping in the main town, we attended a 2-hour long luau/dinner with native dancing, singing, story-telling and the fire dance to conclude the evening. For the first time, showers moved in and started to impact our activities, as we left in a hurry, not to get wet.
Tomorrow, we pack for home and visit our last few Maui sights. I hope to recover my reading glasses, mislaid at a visitor center we saw earlier as a couple.* Then the long flight home will begin overnight, and run most of the day.
We will leave Maui, to LA, transfer planes in just 45 minutes, and then to Atlanta and onto Columbus before motor coaching home again. It certainly has been a trip to remember!
We are already beginning to discuss where we might like to go next year...Italy, France, Netherlands, Holland, Scotland? Who knows...but Hawaii has been great to us!
*No dice. They were missing. I'm afraid they are gone for good! I just hope they go to a good home...