[....a bit of Hawaii information ....]
With a long weekend available, we opted for some more R&R. This time, a hop over to Maui. We've been to Maui several times for 1 or 2 day trips in the past and thought we had "done the island". Wrong. We managed to find several more things of interest, plus extras worth going back for.
As with all our Maui trips, we took in the Warren and Annabelle Show. I don't even need to say any ore that it's worth seeing since we've seen it 5 (or is it 6) times now. And we stayed at the Plantation Inn, as always. Why change when we've found winners.
My main target this trip was a sugarcane workshop. I was totally enthused at the idea of attending. (Actually this trip's main purpose was this workshop and visiting cane and taro fields to gather more information.) Hubby couldn't have deemed the event any more boring than he did, so he was happier to go looking for a Starbucks and drink coffee for hours.
Workshop over, now comes the Hawaiian vacation part......including the field trips for cane and taro mixed in.
Bailey House Museum......
A historical small museum featuring the home and buildings of the Bailey family, furnishings, and collections. I found the original artwork depicting the countryside of the time (late 1800s and early 1900s) to be interesting. So that's what the bay looked like back then, the buildings, the Hawaiian homes and farms, the gardens and pastures. Visual history. Pretty cool.
Several Hawaiian implements of the time period were also on display. Poi pounders (above), calabashes, fishing equipment, farm tools, kapa cloth, etc. There are several taro patches on the museum grounds with several Hawaiian varieties.
I managed to acquire scads of info on sugarcane and taro plus tons of photographs of the various varieties. Well worth the trip. And topped the two day info gathering with a day of walking and exploring. All in all, an excellent trip.
The personal collection of tree snail shells collected by the Baileys was there. The above is only part of the collection. Alas, most tree snails are now extinct because of habitat destruction and over zealous collectors. Sigh......no different than today. As Spock said, "To hunt a species to extinction is illogical." We never learn.
Walking vacations we find to be very relaxing......taxing sometimes, but still good. So after the field trips were accomplished we went looking for walking paths. We read about some petroglyphs that were suppose to be on a basalt cliff base, but the directions were vague. We searched here and there, walked about a mile up paths and a road until we found a little park....AND a paved road! Ah, the road not taken!!
Of course the car is over a half mile away, so we just continued on foot. Came to this....
As with just about every petroglyph field that has open public access without a ranger to protect it, there was a lot of graffiti and defacing evident. Egads, people are such pigs and totally ignorant. To destroy history like this is inexcusable. But at least some of the petroglyphs were still undamaged. Even though the site has suffered, it is still very worth while seeing if you decide to make the trip.
Another walk I'd highly recommend is the one mile walk, all uphill, to a bamboo forest.
The walk through the bamboo forest is just about one mile, which brings one to a pretty neat waterfall.