Hello Friends and Family,

Link to this year's index by clicking here.

Maui: Morning Walk, Part 7

As I start downhill on Kapalua Drive, I occasionally take a slight detour to the Golf Villas' driveway (which parallels Kapalua Drive) just to enjoy the landscaping and the views.

Back on Kapalua Drive, I am reminded how certain spots can bring back such memories — a time in your life, an event, a celebration, but especially a loved one. There is a nice rock wall running partway down the hill here which is planted with firecracker plants. When my late wife, Kona, and I used to walk this way, she would sound out, "Pop...pop...pop-pop-pop" in imitation of the firecrackers. Every morning when I pass this spot, I can hear her voice again and am reminded of her gentle humor.

Near the bottom of the hill, we look back to view the green expanse of holes number 10 (left) and 18 (right) on the Bay Course — with the Golf Villas to the distant left.

Here we see the 18th green which brings back memories of playing here — and realizing that a pleasant day of golf was coming to an end. Still fun to take in the course visually and remember those good times.

Turning my head to the right, I can see the clubhouse. Note the building to the right that is partially submerged in the hillside with a grass roof. That is where they store the golf carts overnight. It is a wonderful how they chose to keep them secure at night without an ugly old barn spoiling the view.

By the way, the Bay Course was designed by Arnold Palmer (he did a great job). I wonder if the underground cart barn was his idea.

Time to move on. As we approach the lower Honoapi‘ilani Road, we see another spectacular view of Moloka ‘i. Love it.

A few steps along the lower road brings us to the Napili Kai Beach Resort which offers this wonderful view of Napili Bay. It is surprising how many people are out and about this early — some jogging along the beach, some swimming, ...

... some sailing, ...

... some paddling.

Paddleboards go back to ancient Hawai‘i before European contact. It began a renaissance in the 1930s. Standup paddleboarding has found a new following since it does not require any surfing skill. Tourists of all varieties can enjoy paddling beyond the break with little training or fear of wiping out.

There are now a couple surf shops at Napili that will rent a board and paddle for a day on the ocean.

Once I stroll across Napili Beach (barefoot, of course), I almost always see a few folks standing is this sandy area partially protected by lava rocks. What they are really doing is looking for green sea turtles.

The next bay over (where Napili Point is located) is home to lots of sea turtles. They often swim over to Napili Bay to munch on sea weed growing on the rocks. They are protected and you should not approach them too closely but you can still get a good view of them with simple snorkel gear.

Alas, my morning walk has ended — at least I have another spectacular view of Napili Bay to send me on my way. And tomorrow is another day and a chance to do it all over again.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com