We made it to the other side of Maui by 3am for our bike trip. Our driver told us about the area as he drove us in the dark up the mountain. Once we arrived, we realized everyone was right that it is freezing on top the crater. We had layers of clothes, as well as blankets from our condo. As we sat in the dark, we wondered if this was worth the early morning wake-up call. We also wondered what was in front of us, near the crater. The stars were awesome…all over the sky.
As the sun rose, we realized clouds were all around the crater. We were on top of the clouds…sort of like looking at the moon. The sunrise was absolutely gorgeous as it outlined the tops of the clouds just a bit. Then, it burst through the clouds. I snapped photos as quickly as I could click the button.
After a few more pics, we took the van down to our drop off station. It took a little while to get used to braking most of the time, but I finally got used to it and picked up some speed. The views were wonderful. Since we were on a self-guided tour, we could go at our own speed. No groups…yea!
I realized we experienced this trip so much differently than we would if we were in a car or even a motorcycle. I could smell what was around me, the lavender & other scents were so much fun.
We stopped for breakfast in Makawao. It felt so good to drink some coffee and take in the local flavor! We loved the little coffee shop on the side of the road. Then, we walked through the town to see the sites – art galleries, glass blowing, gift shops.
Next, we stopped at a church completely made out of volcanic rock. I loved looking at it, just wished we could have gone inside. Then, we stopped at the local Catholic church and finally made it back to Paia.
Paia is a unique town, with all sorts of people. The shops are fun and the people funnier. We drove to Twin Falls, which isn’t worth your time. Then, we returned to Paia for lunch at the Fish Company on the corner. That was worth it. About 6 table that you share with whomever sits next to you. Food was good too!
Back to Kapalua, with a few scenic stops along the way.
We enjoyed the sunset from Whaler’s Village beach, as well as dinner on the beach – Leilani’s. We walked the board walk and decided we like staying in Kapalua – not near as many people, but just as many beaches.