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Highlights from our Maui and Kaua'i trip (lots 'o pics)
Hibiscus
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From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2010-12-04 12:51 pm   Permalink

Aloha, all! Here are a few shots from our recent vacation for anyone who'd like to take a look.

Hey, did you know that United serves Trader Vic Mai Tais on their Hawai'i flights?



Our hotel on Maui was on the west coast on Ka'anapali Beach, overlooking the islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i. There were plenty of cool touches all around the grounds -



These are carvings from one of the canoes they have outside the front entrance.





There is a great courtyard with a tiki bar, small grill and hula stage, as well as this big guy overlooking it all...





They have their own mugs at the bar!



Their menu...



Some shots from the Old Lahaina Luau -

Welcome mai tais...



Baz and I and our little grass shack -



Performers...









Every night at one of the hotels nearby, there's a sunset cliff diving ritual.






Also in Lahaina is the Hale Kahiko, a little open air museum of sorts right smack in a parking lot!










One of our biggest highlights of the Maui trip was lunch at Mama's Fish House. We almost had to sell our kidneys to afford it, but wow, was it sooooo worth it! Gorgeous place, lots of tiki touches, and food that was just amazingly good.

You know you're in for something special when you see the entry...
























The appetizers, drinks and lunch were terrific, but the piéce de résistance was dessert - The Black Pearl...



We were in Maui over Halloween, so here's a selection of shots from here and there that were in the spirit...






The Keiki Parade on Front Street -








Next stop, Kaua'i.




 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2010-12-04 4:57 pm   Permalink

Oh my what a treat...those pictures are awesome!!! I have never been to Maui so gotta go some day.
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Hibiscus
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From: Boston-ish
Posted: 2010-12-04 7:41 pm   Permalink

Now we move on to Kaua'i.

I know it's not tiki, but I'd be remiss not posting some shots of Waimea Canyon...









We stopped in at the new Koloa Rum distillery at Kilohana Plantation. There's a tasting room, and soon they'll be doing tours of the still itself, apparently. I've become a big fan of their dark rum! It's awesome in a mai tai.





Rum + Tikis = Yay!



We passed Coco Palms on the way north to Hanalei - the property has been off-limits for a long time. It's sad to see the state of it. Baz spoke briefly with some folks that were there who apparently had permission from the owner to clear away some debris, and they said there were no plans to rehabilitate the hotel. So sad.





Heading to Hanalei...



A very cool little shop right in town, chock-full of great Oceanic art...



Some of their artifacts and carvings...









This is a great little bar we visited last time we were on Kaua'i - this time they had music, which was fun. There were as many locals as tourists, if not more.







Baz approves of the beverages.



Back in the south, near Kalaheo, is the Hawaiian Trading Post. On their property is a wonderfully goofy set-up with 2 tikis and a "volcano". I don't know what that plant is, but it kinda works as "lava". Tikiphile landscapers who need a volcano in your yard, take note...



The place we stayed at in Poipu was wonderfully planted and had an orchid garden. I leave you with some pretty Hawaiian flowers...




















 
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jpmartdog
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Posted: 2010-12-05 06:46 am   Permalink

Absolutely beautiful pictures and love how they allow us (whom have never been to Hawaii) to explore the islands with you!
I would love to have a night at Exotic Island for you to present the album to a group. We could project the images on the theater wall and round out the evening with music and beverages! Might be a wonderful mid winter respite for all northeasterners!


 
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the75stingray
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Posted: 2010-12-05 09:13 am   Permalink

Wow! Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing them.

 
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Hibiscus
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Posted: 2010-12-05 09:43 am   Permalink

Thanks for the kind words, all!

JPM - what a lovely idea! If you think people would be interested and you're willing to share your fabulous space, we'd totally be up for that after the holidays some time. We have waaaay more photos than what I've shown here, including some of Baz's more spectacular shots (surfers, Na Pali coast, etc). We could certainly edit something together.

Mahalo for thinking of it!


 
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4WDtiki
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Posted: 2010-12-05 12:04 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-05 09:43, Hibiscus wrote:
We have waaaay more photos than what I've shown here,


I wouldn't mind if you posted more Kauai pics.
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rugbymatt
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Posted: 2010-12-05 12:26 pm   Permalink

Absolutely breathtaking, soooo wanna go.

 
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The Granite Tiki
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Posted: 2010-12-05 1:25 pm   Permalink

Beautiful!!!!

 
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leisure master
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Posted: 2010-12-08 07:36 am   Permalink

Wow - great photos and looks like you and Bazza had a great time.

Hawaii has been on my list for a looooong time, but I think you just forced me to move it up a few spots...

let us know about any shenanigans that get planned at Exotic Island!

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Hibiscus
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Posted: 2010-12-08 12:38 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the thumbs-ups, everyone!

Hawaii is definitely worth the long flight (for us East Coast-types!). We kind of avoided going for years - now we've got the bug. This is trip #4 for us, and we're not 'over' it yet.




 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Posted: 2010-12-08 12:59 pm   Permalink

Hibiscus - thanks for the great photo-log. Beautiful pictures.

I'm really liking that volcano with the fire-red plant being the "lava". Really clever. I'm filing that away for later.


 
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christiki295
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Posted: 2010-12-22 2:02 pm   Permalink

Is Havaiki located in Lihue?

 
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Hibiscus
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Posted: 2010-12-23 09:15 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-12-22 14:02, christiki295 wrote:
Is Havaiki located in Lihue?



Nope, in Hanalei, right in town. Totally worth a visit.


 
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Posted: 2011-02-03 4:58 pm   Permalink

So glad you stopped by Koloa Rum and took some pictures! Hope you enjoyed yourself and the rum!

 
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