Hello Friends and Family,

1983 - Maui Vacation, Part 1

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Last week I shared my day sailing voyage to Lana’i — a highlight of my vacation on Maui. This year, I chose to stay at Napili Point — which I had scouted out on my first trip to Maui — rejecting crowded, highrise-dominated Ka’anapali Beach for the beautiful, uncrowded, lowrise condos of Napili. I still recommend it.

Napili Point Condominiums sit on one side of Honokeana Bay, known for its colony of green sea turtles. Look but don't touch. It is strongly recommended that you stay at least 10 feet from these magnificent protected animals. You can also watch from the shore or by snorkeling in the bay.

Napili Point is wonderfully landscaped. This shot shows a sea grape tree together with a couple of palms along the bay. I first encountered sea grapes when my parents moved to Fort Lauderdale (the company where my dad worked relocated there) when I was in high school. The tree produces small fruit, about the size of small table grapes, with a large stone in the center. There is not much flesh — if you harvest enough of them, as my mom did, you can make jelly from them — tasty.

Tropical flowers are everywhere — you can purchase them at the farmer's market or even most grocery stores. These are anthuriums. They do not have a scent but they are beautiful with a waxy appearance that is quite exotic.

In the parking lot just outside my condo was a large Royal Poinciana tree. It was a bit past its peak flowering period but the contrast between the fern-like foliage and the remaining red/orange flowers is delightful.

Looking back at Honokeana Bay, we can see the Honokeana Cove Condos. They don't have much of a beach but great access to the bay. They appear to be a bit cheaper than neighboring properties — I have never been inside one so I cannot judge the value.

If you look across Honokeana Bay, you can see marvelous homes standing there. The one closest to the point caught my eye on this first visit to Napili — and I fell in love with it. Today, I was able to find the listing on Zillow — three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 3,746 square feet. Although it is not on the market, the estimated price is $6,802,600. When the MegaMillions lottery jackpot exceeded a billion dollars recently, I made a mental promise to myself that if I won, I would buy that home — giving them an offer they could not refuse. I didn't win. 😢

Looking out the window of my rented condo, you can see "my house" again. And also a lovely bougainvillea with bright red bracts.

A closeup does it more justice — bougainvillea is one of my favorite tropical flowering plants. We have lots of them in Arizona too. Just watch out for the thorns — they can be nasty.

If you gaze at the horizon, you can see the island of Lana’i — exactly where we sailed to last week. This side of the island has very few homes and almost no development. It is the site of the famous Shipwreck Beach, named for the number of ships that have gone aground there. The hull of a ghostly oil tanker from the 1940s is still beached on Kaiolohia Bay’s coral reef, its rusted hull giving the beach a surreal sense of wonder.

Just seaward from Honokeana Bay there is usually a nice shore break. I suspect it is related to the shape of the sea bottom in that area. You will often see surfers taking advantage of it.

Walking around the right side of the Bay, you will find a wonderful tidepool area. There is lots of sea life hiding in little nooks and crannies — look but don't touch. It also creates a nice barrier preventing the waves from coming ashore. When I later discovered Napili Shores (my favorite place to stay), the patio above this spot became a welcome spot to visit in the evening after dark. The sound of the waves relaxes me and prepares me to sleep — I love it.

Also, this location provides an excellent vantage point to see ships and barges crossing the channel either to or from Honolulu. This ship is one of the American Hawaii Cruises passenger ships taking folks to five ports on four islands — Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. The barges are much more fun to watch at night because all you can see are a couple of lights (one for the tug boat and one for the barge) floating above the ocean as they transit the channel.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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