Friday, March 11, 2005

we have arrived

aloha family and friends! i hope you are all well. z and i arrived in hawaii two days ago. we landed in honolulu and then hopped on a short flight to maui. we arrived around 9pm. it was raining a bit but we arrived in good spirits.

we are staying a town called Wailuku. it is the old city here in maui and definitely the more affordable area of maui. as z put it - "we are staying in the brooklyn of maui." very apt. however, even the brooklyn of maui is incredible! and the hostels offer free trips everyday of the week which travel to the "manhattan-type" areas of maui.

we stayed in the Northshore Hostel our first night. we got a private room our first night which was nice. for those of you who are not familiar with staying in hostels (dad) you have the option of a private or a "dorm" which you share with other travelers.

our first morning here, we took our bags and walked around the corner to the Banana Bungalow for our second night (they only had "dorm" style rooms available. - crazy canadian roommates - fun times). luckily we were able to sign up for the free snorkeling tour leaving from Banana Bungalow at the last minute. this of course was z's idea. however, because we had been planning on spending the day walking around town, we were unprepared for a day on the beach.

nevertheless, z and i jumped on the van - minus swim suits or towels. we were able to work out all the kinks however, and spent the day at a beautiful beach. unfortunately there was not much to see snorkeling because the weather was too choppy. we were able to swim and enjoy the scenary all the same though.

just to spice things up a bit, z enthusiastically hurried into the ocean. unfortunately he forgot about our cell phone he had been carrying in his pocket. although we have been letting it air dry all day and night, we are not very optimistic that the phone will survive. i will keep you posted on any news regarding the phone's recovery.

the highlight of the day was our whale sighting. there were a number of humpback whales breaching off on the horizon. apparently humpback whales hang out around hawaii between December and May. that was pretty crazy.

our "tour guides" were two kids who came here to vacation months ago and never left. the Banana Bungalow offers housing in exchange for work. i.e. house cleaning, reception, and tour guides. the owner of the hostel encourages those who go on the tour to tip the tour guides as they are do not receive any salary from the hostel. it seems that many young and old folks who come to hawaii for a visit end up staying on a more permanent basis. after spending only two days here i can see how tempting that would be.

after our day at the beach we headed over to happy hour at a local bar after which i was exhausted. z and i are trying to adjust our internal clocks, but hawaii is five hours behind ny, and we have been getting sleepy at 10pm and restlessly awake at 5am.

this morning we woke up pretty early (6:45) packed up our stuff and checked out. we then went for a fairly long trek to Iao (pronounced eeee-ow). a long walk up to/ through the mountain valley. breath taking.

this afternoon we will head up to the farm. myra, our new boss/ host will be picking us up here at the banana bungalow in an hour or so. we are excited to meet her and see where will be spending the next seven weeks.

until next time...

5 Comments:

Blogger Zach said...

I just want to say to everyone who's tried to call us (mom, dad, jenny, etc)... I am a stupidhead to have gone swimming with the phone. Hopefully we'll get my phone from karen g soon!

2:08 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Dear Erin all I can tell you
is that you have to be very regular
in Hawaii. All those legumes and
lettuce like foods. All that fiber.
Seriously does sound very healthy.
Nice if you can combine healthy with tastey. Yes much easier
to make an overseas call than an
underseas call. I have given Mark
your address so you should be hearing from him. Can't envision
Erin on her knees in the garden but
she will learn to be a big help to Karen in the future. I'm sure those
photos were staged though. Mark took some great videos of Africa and the safari. Had a rhino charge the jeep and an angry elephant. Saw
cheetas, zebras, kangaroos, Lions
hippos etc. Body surfed in the indian ocean and actually golfed
an official 18 hole course country
club. Time of his life. Patrick is
going to an oceanographic school
in Fla over Easter break. Maybe a
little scuba diving. They have an
underwater dwelling. Hope you are all well. Time of your lives Love
Uncle Dan

12:01 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Dear Erin all I can tell you
is that you have to be very regular
in Hawaii. All those legumes and
lettuce like foods. All that fiber.
Seriously does sound very healthy.
Nice if you can combine healthy with tastey. Yes much easier
to make an overseas call than an
underseas call. I have given Mark
your address so you should be hearing from him. Can't envision
Erin on her knees in the garden but
she will learn to be a big help to Karen in the future. I'm sure those
photos were staged though. Mark took some great videos of Africa and the safari. Had a rhino charge the jeep and an angry elephant. Saw
cheetas, zebras, kangaroos, Lions
hippos etc. Body surfed in the indian ocean and actually golfed
an official 18 hole course country
club. Time of his life. Patrick is
going to an oceanographic school
in Fla over Easter break. Maybe a
little scuba diving. They have an
underwater dwelling. Hope you are all well. Time of your lives Love
Uncle Dan

12:02 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Dear Erin all I can tell you
is that you have to be very regular
in Hawaii. All those legumes and
lettuce like foods. All that fiber.
Seriously does sound very healthy.
Nice if you can combine healthy with tastey. Yes much easier
to make an overseas call than an
underseas call. I have given Mark
your address so you should be hearing from him. Can't envision
Erin on her knees in the garden but
she will learn to be a big help to Karen in the future. I'm sure those
photos were staged though. Mark took some great videos of Africa and the safari. Had a rhino charge the jeep and an angry elephant. Saw
cheetas, zebras, kangaroos, Lions
hippos etc. Body surfed in the indian ocean and actually golfed
an official 18 hole course country
club. Time of his life. Patrick is
going to an oceanographic school
in Fla over Easter break. Maybe a
little scuba diving. They have an
underwater dwelling. Hope you are all well. Time of your lives Love
Uncle Dan

12:02 PM  
Blogger dan said...

Dear Erin all I can tell you
is that you have to be very regular
in Hawaii. All those legumes and
lettuce like foods. All that fiber.
Seriously does sound very healthy.
Nice if you can combine healthy with tastey. Yes much easier
to make an overseas call than an
underseas call. I have given Mark
your address so you should be hearing from him. Can't envision
Erin on her knees in the garden but
she will learn to be a big help to Karen in the future. I'm sure those
photos were staged though. Mark took some great videos of Africa and the safari. Had a rhino charge the jeep and an angry elephant. Saw
cheetas, zebras, kangaroos, Lions
hippos etc. Body surfed in the indian ocean and actually golfed
an official 18 hole course country
club. Time of his life. Patrick is
going to an oceanographic school
in Fla over Easter break. Maybe a
little scuba diving. They have an
underwater dwelling. Hope you are all well. Time of your lives Love
Uncle Dan

12:02 PM  

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