Mark invited us to meet and visit his parents on Maui. He was sure that we would all hit it off and have a fine time. He was right! NB: [click] means you can click the image for a larger, perhaps different, picture.

Ron and Marilyn on Kanaha Beach. [click]^
Ron, Brian, Mark and Rhonda outside of Bob and Julie's home near the base of Haleakala. [click] =>

After a few days of exploring northern environs from Bob and Julie's home, we all went to the Mana Kai for Kihei beach time. [click]

Mark helped Brian learn how to ride a Boogie Board on the surf. [click]

Brian and Julie enjoyed the view of Lanái from the lanai. [click]

Pre-launch kayak instruction: we paddled out over a wreck that provided shelter for sea turtles. [click]

Mark and Rhonda launch towards Molokini. A later snorkeling expedition revealed few fish among the rocks along the Kihei shore. [click]

Rock doves found fine places to perch on the guests' chaise lounges. [click]

We took my rental Maui Conveyence to Koa Heiau Beach on SE Maui to see A'a lava. [click]

This stunning sunset, from our lanai, bid us aloha--we headed back up-island.

Next trek: a hike up 10,023 ft. HaleakalaVolcano! [click]

Clear, dry, still air make the summit of Haleakala a perfect site for an observatory! [click]

View into the crater of Haleakala Volcano.

Brian got to celebrate a birthday with Bob, Rhonda and magic! [click]
Near a neighbors' cottage, where we stayed, was a protea farm with...


..enormous, beautiful blossoms! Plumeria also thrive on Maui.

We treated our hosts to a marvelous meal at the Hali'imaile General Store. It featured this art on the walls.

Bob and Julie's place was in a lovely, lush setting. Julie's marvelous art hangs on many of their home's walls. [click]

After being awed by Maui's Ocean Center, we toured the Iao Valley, known for an average 20 feet of rainfall per year. This pagoda marks the entrance to the Iao Valley. [click]

The Iao Needle is a basaltic core, 2250' tall. [click]

Pandanus trees drop roots from their trunks to help anchor themselves in thin, wet soil. [click]

Since Julie is an artist, she and Bob provided support for the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. [click]

Since our trip, Bob and Julie have moved to Whidbey Island. We have two of her pieces, a dramatic painting of Haleakala and a print of a Hibiscus blossom--dyed with Hibiscus ink and printed on Hibiscus paper.
Her art website is

Before heading home, we contemplated life with the Hawaiian image of a Thinker at Hui No'eau. Aloha!

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