We had been flying over water for many hours when islands came into view that appeared to be floating among the clouds. It was a beautiful first impression of Maui.
Walking off the plane and into the terminal I waited for the first breath of flower scented air that I have always experienced on Oahu. I wasn't disappointed.
One of my fellow crewmembers lives on the island, and he surprised me with an orchid lei because it was my first visit here. A lovely tradition!
I was fascinated by the palm trees that are planted around our hotel. I wondered if they really grew into that shape without any help. I asked about them and was told that they have been trained to grow this way. I'm still not sure how they do it, but it is a beautiful effect.
I headed down to the beach with a friend about 10am for some sunbathing and people watching. You always see a variety of characters on Waikiki Beach, and I was hoping that it would be as interesting here. Again, I was not disappointed.
We spent a couple of hours on the beach before I decided to leave. I haven't been spending much time in the sun, and didn't want to burn. Turns out that two hours was too much sun, and I am still pretty red today.
I had really hoped to see some whales, but that didn't happen. I have seen them close in to the shore in Mexico, but I was told that doesn't happen often here in Maui. They do come into the bay by our hotel, but you usually have to take a boat out to see them. That wasn't something that I could arrange on short notice on Christmas Day.
Going to the airport we drive past field after field of sugar cane. I saw a sign for a museum of sugar cane, and think that would be very interesting to visit. So bicycling, snorkling, whale watching and sugar cane museum give me just a few reasons to return soon and spend some time exploring this beautiful island.