I wanted to share a quick update on our Hawaiian adventure and some photos from Maui and Molokai.
We had a unique reason for planning this trip to the islands; Kevin’s college basketball team (California Golden Bears), was invited to play in the Maui Invitational tournament. As we often do, we followed the team to watch them play. Through the three-day tournament, we stayed in West Maui with our friends from Los Angeles, Oscar and Erin. While Kevin and Oscar went to three basketball games and a tournament related events, Erin and I explored the West and South sides of the island while joking about us enjoying paradise while they chose to sit in a hot and smelly indoor gymnasium. Still, they had a good time with one great win. In between games they joined us to explore and find good food.
We visited Maui once before, and while I do prefer the adventurous spirit of the more remote, windy, and wild sides of the island, we had a nice stay. There is a reason most tourists only go to West and South Maui: The beaches are gorgeous! And despite the throngs of beachgoers, I found a really diverse snorkeling area and even a tiny turquoise cove with a sandy beach that I had all to myself.
But we’re getting our island adventure and then some. Just yesterday we took the ferry over from Maui to the island of Molokai. This sparsely populated island doesn’t have any traffic lights, and few businesses stay open past 5pm. It is infamous for being the site of the Hawaiian island leper colony, and today for opposing the tourist development that has been both a benefit and a curse to the more popular islands. Most guidebooks say the island has a reputation for being unfriendly to tourists.
There were only about 10 other people on the ferry all Molokai locals returning home to spend Thanksgiving with their families. We talked at length to two nice couples who told us a lot about the island and raved about its beauty and unique history. Both invited us over for Thanksgiving dinner. We took one of them up on their kind offer and had a wonderful afternoon and a delicious home cooked meal. This definitely made it easier to be away from home on the holiday.
We were right to take a chance on Molokai.
I’ll be posting more pictures and updates from our trip on Instagram so please join me there.
Until then, aloha!