Maui Expedition

A Visit to the Hawaiian Islands


  Last Update: 20161114

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 A Blow Hole Ejects Huge Jets of Spume on the North Shore of Maui.
Sony A7RM2: 1/320 sec, ISO 100, 70mm at f/8
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The Trip

Our long time friends Craig and Stephanie asked us to join them for a week at their timeshare in Maui.  Despite some conflicts with other obligations, we decided to join them.  We have never been to Maui before and it will surely be a great time.

Tracking Our Location Via The SPOT

Some years ago, after a scary mechanical failure in the canyons and mesas of southern Utah, we decided that we need a better way to advertise our position and call for assistance if needed.  Kathleen found out about the SPOT which is a GPS locator that transmits your coordinates via satellite so that others can see your location.  The location is plotted on Google maps and a "bread crumb" feature is available for an additional fee.  We have the enhanced service, so you can see our historical path back 50 updates or so.  See our current location plotted on Google Maps in Real-Time via SPOT satellite geo-locator device.  This page is "book-markable" and is updated approximately every 15 minutes, but may miss updates due to inability of our transmitter to reach the satellite.  The communication is "open loop" so the device never knows if it's messages are actually going anywhere, it just keeps trying until the next update is available.  If we are in a congested urban area with high buildings (like Manhattan) or in deep canyons, the position may not update.  We try to send an "OK" message once a day just to let everyone know that we are, in fact, OK. 

Connecting and Contacting Us While on the Trip

Because of internet connectivity issues on a previous trip, we purchased a MiFi cell phone modem that allows us to connect nearly anywhere there is at least 3G service via cell phone (which is most of the cell phone service area available today).  But, as we all know, cell phones are useful many places, but not everywhere has coverage, particularly in the remote areas of the country and outlying territories.  Our phones and the modem are enabled daily so you may contact us, although it may take a few days for us to respond.  But, we will respond.  My email, spelled out, is "bcaid at yahoo dot com".

Trip Details

Maui is a small island as the map below shows.

The link table below contains links to the photos and dialog for each of the days of the expedition.  This table will be updated as the trip progresses.

Links to Daily Adventures
Part Dates Adventure Locations
Kaanapali and Northwest Coast
Haleakala Crater
Road to Hana
Hana to Kaanapali via South Shore


Conclusions and Advice to Travelers

Hawaii is a popular tourist destination and is therefore easy in all respects.  Each island is different and has its own personality, but they all have the full-spectrum of services.  Minimal preparation is required and you could literally go with only a credit card and the clothes on your back.  The most popular destinations will typically require some kind of reservations as will the most popular tours and attractions.  But, other than that, easy to do.  Convenience has a price, and Hawaii is well versed in separating tourists from their hard-earned paychecks.  For instance, how about $25 each for a lunch served on picnic tables with paper plates and plastic ware?


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