After we left Costco, we drove about 45 minutes to the other side of the island, to Lahaina. Fred’s sister and her husband had told us about the Lahaina Cannery Mall, so we stopped there. It was an old pineapple cannery that had been made into a mall of sorts. It was rather miniature compared to some in the States, but it was indoors with lots of shops and eateries. There was even a Safeway grocery store in there! We had lunch there, before heading out to our time-share at One-Napili Way. One-Napili Way was in a lovely setting – lush green shrubbery, palm trees, and some of the most gorgeous exotic flowers imaginable!
The unit we were in was nicely appointed and fully stocked. It had a living area (with TV) that opened out to a lanai. The kitchen (which included pots, pans, dishes, dish soap, towels, etc.) looked out over the living area. Dad gave us the master suite, which included an attached bathroom, and another doorway to the lanai. The second TV was in that room. He took one of the other bedrooms – it had a double bed in it, while the third bedroom had twin beds. There was a second bathroom down the hallway between those bedrooms.
We were surprised to find that none of the units had air conditioners! We thought we would surely melt – especially at night! But each room had a ceiling fan, and there was a screen-covered set of louvers that had the fresh ocean air blowing into each bedroom. We could always open the lanai doors and let the air into the rest of the rooms, as well. We were quite comfortable with that – even at night!
We seldom had a fully rainy day while there. It did rain, but the short, small rains were more just heavy sprinkles. Dad, having lived in Hawaii for a while, said the natives call it “pineapple juice.” Cute. On the one day we did actually have rain, we saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. Everything about Maui was beautiful!
Not only were the flowers gorgeous, we also saw a tree that Dad called a “flame tree” around the island. It really lives up to its name!
Fred’s sister had told us be sure and partake of a particular fish there. There was a small take-out-only hole-in-the-wall deli that served the best presentation of this fish – Ono. This deli serves this white fish in a delicious sauce with sun-dried tomatoes, capers and mushrooms. With sautéed vegetables and rice on the side – yum! We managed to have this meal from this deli several times during our stay.
~~~~More to Come~~~~