The June Bugs

August 05, 2004

Mahalo Nui Perrin & Marc

Who would have guessed three weeks could go so fast! We had a wonderful time in Maui thanks to Perrin and Marc, who we love and miss so much as we say good-bye to Maui... for now.

We managed to pack a lot into our vacation AND stay pretty relaxed and have fun. Just to catch everyone up, we drove to Hana for our fourth wedding anniversary, most of which Hazel slept through (the anniversary and the drive). We saw a few waterfalls and amazing lush, tropical growth. We stayed at the Hale Hana Malamalama Banana Cabana, which is a mouthful to say but a lovely place to stay. We visited the Seven Sacred Pools, a bamboo forest and a black sand beach while on the east side of the island.

We were constantly impressed by the diversity and abundance of plant life on the island, so we took the Plantation Tram, a west Maui tourist stop showcasing the island's commercial flora, most of which we also saw in Hana, along roadsides and in Perrin & Marc's backyard.

We found plenty of time to spend at the beach, where Hazel indulged in digging, wading and floating. Mom and Dad enjoyed the beach too, but the real revelation was snorkling. We saw amazing coral reefs and tons of beautiful fish, including Hawaii's state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a. Pronouncing this fish's name correctly was Kyle's greatest achievement of the trip.

We were fortunate enough to see Perrin and Marc participate in not one but two regattas where they paddle for Lahaina Canoe Club. Perrin's team won a medal while we were there so that was pretty great, though the whole thing looks like a lot of hard work.

Speaking of hard work, Marc and Perrin graciously tried to teach Kyle to surf. Woefully underprepared for even the tiniest wave and all the work required to catch it, Kyle was unable to hang ten, or one or any... but it was a lovely afternoon in the water, and an amazing trip to Hawaii.

Thanks so much to Perrin and Marc for hosting us, we can't wait to see you again!

Posted by Kyle at August 5, 2004 10:55 AM

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