Sunday, April 19, 2015

Aloha From Maui - Day One

On Monday, April 6th Anthony and I flew to Maui to visit my parents who live in Makawao (up Country Maui).  Although I grew up in Hawaii (on the Big Island) I am always immediately assaulted by the heat and humidity once we step foot off the plane.  I am afraid after all of these years on the mainland my temperature comfort zone resides between 40 and 65 degrees.  A far cry from the temperatures of the islands.  Since this was not a Letterboxing friendly trip (all Noxers except me) I am afraid my backpack, carving supplies and boxes were forced to stay at home for this vacation.

My parents met us at the airport baggage claim area with two beautiful orchid leis.  Once we collected our suitcases they thought it would be fun to have lunch at the Kula Lodge and Restaurant. It is located in the agricultural town of Kula on the Western Slopes of Haleakala Crater at 3200 feet. The Lodge and restaurant sits in a garden of flowers as you can see by the pictures I have posted. They offer spectacular sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and West Maui mountains. We enjoyed `ono (delicious) wood-burned pizza from the oven on the terrace.

After lunch we drove to the Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery.  They feature Pineapple Wines which are sweet and delicious.  We sent some as a gift to Ava (Anthony’s daughter in-law) since she works for a winery.  The grounds were beautiful and lush.  Although we did not have time for a tour we did enjoy the tasting room and art surrounding the property.

On our way to their house from the vineyards we stopped at the Sun Yat Sen Park.  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1866-1925) was a revolutionary in China and a political leader who was often referred to as the father of modern China. Yat-Sen served as the first provisional president when the Republic of China was founded in 1912, after the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty a year before. The 'Ulupalakua ranch donated the land for the park in 1989. Today the park features a bronze statue of Yat-Sen along with a few other memorial statues.

Tedeschi Vineyards – Maui’s Winery :

Kula Lodge and Restaurant:

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