Maui - Valley and Beach

On Friday we didn't drive so far but enjoyed some sights that were closer.

First we went to the Iao valley. It's one of those typical deep valleys of the Hawaiian islands where the mountains rise nearly straight up on both sides.

There is a lovely botanical garden and a short walk to a view point.

We also visited the Kepaniwai Park where little buildings and monuments represent the various most influental groups of immigrants of Maui from Japan, China, New England, Portugal and Korea.

An other, more recent wave of people who came to live on this island where the hippies - and we went to one of their favourite places, Paia. There we visited some charming little shops, had a big American lunch and great ice cream.
Then we drove to Ho'okipa, a beach with a lot of wind and waves to watch the surfers and wind surfers there - and also a small group of big turtles that appeared from time to time near the rocks by the coast. It was quite fascinating and we spent a while just watching the spectacle.

We also went to another, more quiet beach, but by then it was already late afternoon and we didn't really feel like swimming anymore.

So we eventually drove back to Kahului to get on our evening flight back to Honolulu.

It was nice to see another part of the Hawaiian islands, but we were glad bo be back in the city after all!