Friday, December 21, 2007

Maui Photo Memories

We had a wonderful time in Maui. We spent most of our time on the beaches, but lots of time spent in the pool too. Annika got so she could swim across the pool by herself. A big step for her.

We went to a luau, where Annika was SO excited to learn how to do the beautiful dance. She raced up onto the stage when invited.

Good food!
Annika lost her front tooth right before the luau
We loved the strong Goddess culture there.
We couldn't get over the beautiful sunsets

Mermaids on the beach
Big waves at Big Beach
Windsurfers on the North beaches
Fun rental car
Squeals of joy
Schools of fish through the submarine window
We went to 366 feet below sea level
Haleakala volcano thrilled us all
The very south end
Walking through the most recent lava flow
We ate as much fruit as we could hold. The hardest thing about our holiday was all the garbage. Everything is sold in plastic so we tried to stick to fruit from the farmer's markets. It's tough to be earth-friendly when you're not at home!
We rode the Sugar Cane Train, kids were thrilled!
Each evening one of the kids would blow the conch in each of the 4 directions as the sun went down. We loved this ritual!

Annika would take her post up in the plumeria tree to watch the sun dip below the horizon. She was hoping to see the green flash at the instant it set.
Our other favourite pastime was watching the turtles. There were often 6 right there below us, great big Green Sea Turtles, feeding, swimming and surfing. They'd come up for air and look us right in the eye. We were enchanted.
Isn't she beautiful?
It was a better holiday than we could've imagined... the best thing we've done for our family in a long time.
The last evening we ate out to celebrate our strong family bond and our time in paradise...

And it was a full moon! We swam in the pool under the moon every night. Pure magic.


Dragonflydownunder said...

I LOVE seeing all your pictures!! Looks such a fun wholesome holiday. wonderful!!!

Katherine said...

Love your photos and getting to read about your time away. I'm so happy to hear you had a wonderful, magical time with your family.

Anonymous said...

WOW!! so healthy happy and wholesome. perfect holiday in paradise, wishing for some of that vibe and sunshine right now. Lucky you. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit of your holiday in paradise! Love the pictures. Meet you there next year?!