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Kapalua Shoreline Trail, Part 2

One morning on the Shoreline Trail I was surprised to see a passionflower. For those who don't know, this is the flower which, after pollination, results in a passionfruit or, as they call it in Hawai‘i, a liliko‘i. As best I can recall, I have never seen passionflower growing wild in Hawai‘i. The fruit is quite tasty but so full of seeds that the more common way to enjoy it is as juice or a syrup. Every trip to Hawai‘i, I always buy POG (available in most grocery stores in Hawai‘i) which is a blend of Passionfruit, Orange and Guava juices — love it. Note that you can find frozen condensed POG in grocery stores on the mainland. Liliko‘i is also found as jelly, jam, infused into honey or flavoring in cakes and frosting.

And of course, there is a profusion of naupaka all along the shoreline trail both planted as hedges at Montage and wild along this stretch.

In case you don't recall from previous LAHP issues, there is a Hawaiian legend that explains the fact that the naupaka blossom only has a half-flower of petals. It seems there were two lovers who were forced to separate by the parents — the woman was of royal blood and the man was a commoner. Their tears turned into flowering plants with only half the petals. Further, the upcountry plants show petals on the top half of the blossom while the shoreline flowers have petals on the bottom half.

This is one of my favorite parts of the shoreline trail — the boardwalk. As you may recall from my earlier posts, it was installed to protect the wild plants growing here.

Interestingly, I noticed a profusion of ants walking the boardwalk too — something I don't recall seeing before. I try to avoid stepping on them but there so many.

At the end of the boardwalk, the trail leads uphill and back to the Lower Honoapiilani Road. Just on the other side is the sixth hole of the Bay Course. I noticed that there was no one playing and, upon closer examination, realized that they were aerating the fairways and greens.

That meant that I could safely walk on the course and would likely not be told to leave. Excellent opportunity to share one of the most scenic and challenging holes on the Bay Course — number five. Online, Kapalua states that this is "the only hole to play over the ocean on Maui, it should certainly be on the 'must play' list for any golfer visiting Maui".

Heading back uphill, we see Office Road which separates holes number three (on the left) and six (to the right). This could be a dangerous walk but fortunately, there are nets along the cooks pines and hibiscus to minimize the possibility of a good walk spoiled.

The next landmark is the Honolua Store which, as you can see, has been here since 1929. Originally, it was primarily used by the plantation workers since it was such a long trip to Lahaina for provisions.

Later, they began adding tourist items once the resort was developed. The most recent remodeling also expanded the prepared food offering — so that you can get a nice lunch here as well as purchase your liliko‘i honey.

I have been coming to this spot on Maui for so many years that I can sound like an old-timer — "when I first came to Kapalua, the Honolua store had gas pumps in the front since there were no gas stations until you got to Lahaina". They were removed, I suspect, when the federal government tightened the regulations on underground fuel tanks — requiring them to have double layers to minimize the chance of leakage.

By that time, there was a gas station down in Honokowai (where McDonalds is) so the loss of the gas pumps here was not such a big deal — only four miles or so.

As is my normal custom, I am walking the golf course in reverse order of the holes — here is number two — we are close to the green. I love this row of cook's pine trees, originally planted to protect the crops on the plantation from the trade winds — but now are primarily a feast for the eyes.

One morning as I approached the tee box for hole number two, I looked back to see a heavy shower headed my way. The cook's pines might have offered some shelter but fortunately, it was not needed since I walked faster than the clouds.

Here I am standing just above the number one green. I took this shot so you could see the results of the aeration. But then if you look toward the ocean, you forget all about the maintenance work and just take in the magnificent scenery. Folks, it don't get much better than this.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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