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Maui, Hawaii [Part 4]: Bread Grows on Trees?

Bread grows on trees. So does love. Maui will inspire the naturalist in you.

There are Banana Trees that bear fruit to enjoy with bread and fresh-brewed Hawaiian coffee. There’s papaya and pineapple, and fruits that look like pineapple but are NOT! There is guava and peach palm fruit. And then there is bread that grows on trees. Really? Well, not quite, but there is an edible fruit that grows on Breadfruit Trees. Heck, even LOVE grows on the trees of Hawaii (It really does! Check out the hearts and kisses adorning the trunk of the Papaya Tree below). That’s Hawaii for you–always something interesting to discover.

There isn’t a shortage of natural fruits growing in Hawaii. Maui is a pleasure trove full of delightful delicacies everywhere you turn. The sheer variety of fruited flora is mind blowing. I’ve only had a few days to explore. What will YOU uncover when YOU go to Maui?


Happy Trails,

Sue J.

See other recent posts related to my trip to Maui, Hawaii:

Maui, Hawaii [Part 3]: Rainbow Sightings Guaranteed

Maui, Hawaii [Part 2]: Wild About the Wildlife

Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

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Maui, Hawaii [Part 1]: Stunning, By Land or By Sea

Last week, I had the divine pleasure of realizing a lifetime dream. I woke up on an otherwise ordinary Wednesday morning and by day’s end, I fell asleep to the sounds of the Hawaiian shoreline in my comfy hotel bed in Maui. I’m no jetsetter and hopping planes last-minute to Hawaii is not a typical part of my life, but I had an opportunity and I seized it. The trip was short and my time was well-spent.

If you go to Maui, you must take the time to explore Haleakala National Park. I didn’t get to see everything I hoped to, so I plan on returning to Maui again some day to finish the job. See my other post Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip to see how Maui knocked my socks off with a surprise snow, ice and wind storm at the Haleakala Crater. By the next day, Mark and I were catching views more characteristic of Maui, Hawaii, like the ones below. Several of these photos are from the shoreline part of Haleakala National Park on the Hana Highway.

Here’s a sampling of what we saw:

I was utterly fascinated with the smooth black lava rock “sand” which was more pebble-like than sand-like. It’s deep, dark color seemed unnatural at a beach and had at least one redeeming quality (besides its unique beauty):  it doesn’t stick to your body the way fine sand does!

Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park
Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park
Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park
Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park
Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park
Lava rock sand at the beach at Haleakala National Park.

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Happy Trails,
Sue J.

Snow in Hawaii: Worth the Trip

The last thing I expected when visiting the island of Maui in Hawaii this week was snow. But there Mark and I were at 10,023 feet above sea level at the Haleakala Crater in Haleakala National Park watching snow and ice accumulate on our windshield.

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A balmy west Maui morning

When we left the west coast of Maui mid-morning, it was raining, but it was also nearly 70 degrees. Atop the summit of Haleakala, it was 37 degrees and falling. I’m originally from the east coast of the U.S. where hurricanes abound, so I’m a good judge of wind speed. In my best estimation, winds gusted at 50-60 mph.

When you are one of four idiot cars on top of a treacherous, ice-slicked parking lot with high winds threatening to pick up your car and slide it into a huge gaping volcanic crater not more than 50 feet downwind of you, it might rattle your nerves a bit. It did ours. We were nervously laughing throughout the episode. The biggest question on our minds (besides whether our car could in fact slide sideways into that crater) was whether it would be best to sit tight until the storm passed or get the heck out before it got worse.

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An icy afternoon with several inches of freezing rain accumulated on the steps up to Haleakala Crater

We tried the first option for 20 minutes and sat impatiently waiting for conditions to improve. They didn’t. When we imagined the ride back down the mountain, filled with switchbacks, hairpin turns, and now ice, we opted for the alternate plan–get out before it got worse. Amongst fog, ice, snow, wind and rain, we white-knuckled our way down to peace of mind.

I still haven’t seen a volcanic crater but have been on a journey to one. Sometimes the journey is more exciting than the destination. I guess I’ll have to visit Maui again to make that final determination. The Haleakala Crater will have to wait.


ASIDE: Oddly enough, the park ranger at the entrance booth to the park neglected to mention that conditions above might be especially rough. Luckily, Mark has some big kahunas, so he was okay with tackling the driving, but it would not have been a pleasant predicament for those slightly less adventurous (including me!). Next time, we plan to call the National Weather Service at 866-944-5025 to get an update on the forecast if there is questionable weather in the area.