Heavenly Hawaii (Part 3): Maui

Maui

Maui was the second port of call and we took a day-long tour, Road to Hanna. It is to me the most beautiful scenic route. I especially loved the first half when twisting and narrow road climbing up the mountain sides took us through dense, profusely rich forests, revealing along the way a successive of spectacular vistas. I was so moved by the immense beauty surrounding me that I turned to my husband with moist in my eyes and forbearing to quiver, muttered “I’ve now tasted paradise.” Can you imagine the way it was long time ago when there was not a single mosquito?!

It is also one of the most dangerous scenic routes of the world. During first hour of second half of the tour, our bus jolted us violently over unpaved road and over this stretch we reached the peak of the road atop a sea cliff thousands of feet above the water with only a tiny margin between us and the edge.

So it turned out, we were among a dozen of couples celebrating anniversaries. The winner was the couple in front of us with 50 years of marriage. Our driver cum tour guide, who was a California native and had been divorced twice and quote, “looking for wife number three”, unquote, asked what was the trick for long married life? A male voice behind us uttered unhesitatingly “Yes, dear”, which brought out agreeing laughter. Nonetheless, our driver sounded learned and knowledgeable about Hawaiian history and provided much interesting info to us during the ride.

Maui viewed from the boat

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Heavenly Hawaii (Part 1): Oahu(Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Paradise Cove, Honolulu)

Picturesque view

Nothing is truer than Seeing-is-believing for Hawaii. If you have been to Hawaii, I congratulate you. If not yet, I hope you’ll get to.

Tender blue and brilliant sky, turquoise or sapphire blue water depending where you turn, lush and exotic greens and flowers, amazing marine organism, rolling verdant mountain ranges, blackened rocks lapped by windless yet splashing waves… Hawaiian Islands are sublimely beautiful, and truly wondrous as formations of undersea volcanoes. Thus is the summarized impression I take home from our vacation to Hawaii in Apr.

We flew to Honolulu a couple of days before our cruise, with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America, so we had some time for Oahu. The ensuing week long cruise was spent between shore excursions every other day and activities/relaxing on the boat. At the end, it was a holiday too good to end and I grew a degree in favor of go a-cruising.

A picture is worth a thousand words and more than ever I am happy to share with you our journey via photos, selected from my reservoir of more than 800 and ordered chronologically.

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