- Haleakala, with an elevation of 10,023 feet, is the largest dormant volcano in the world.
- 50% of the world's humpback whales return to Maui each year.
- Lahaina supposedly has the largest Banyan Tree in the world.
Fortunately, just as we were returning down, I got a photo of inside the crater (right), in which, they say, you can fit Manhattan. I've long thought about hiking from one end to the other, which takes about 7 hours. Surely, then, you would get great photos, as from Wheretraveler.
Maui is called the Valley Island because a flat area connects two volcano systems:
terrible floods lately.
How many know that Haleakala is the third largest mountain in the world? If, of course, you start at the base of the Pacific Ocean from which this island grew. But if you want to get picky, Olympus Mons on Mars is much larger:
When I returned, I enjoyed a filling pepperoni pizza and blue cheese mushroom hamburger lunch with my Robert Mondavi Chardonnay:
I went to Liberty, the high class free dining room, for dinner, where there is a dress code. I was worried because they made a big deal of wearing real shoes, and I did not bring any. I took both my red and white wines, and tried to cover the slippers with the only slacks I had. Without a reservation, I was shown to a nice table. I started with a Caesar Salad and escargots. The salad was fine, but the escargots were merely edible.
My wait staff was very accommodating. I thought the clam pasta was a bit simple, so they added raw onion and basil leaves on my request. For dessert I had creme brule and chocolate lava cake in a berry bath:
I then went to the Aloha Polynesia show.:
Okay, but I've seen this before, maybe a thousand times. It was only ten so I dropped by the Decades Party, where they started with an Elvis competition, went on to disco and ended up in the '80's.
This brought back long lost memories, for during this period, almost every major hotel in the Orient had a discotheque, so I spent many hours just having a drink, inundated by the beat and blinking lights, and being entertained as I was last night:
Towards the end, mostly females were dancing in groups, although there was a small male foursome, too. Where have I been? Many of the dances seemed choreographed for the entire floor and most seemed to know what to do, even old people who surely don't go discoing.
Superlative and breathtaking was My Grand Ocean Destination Day 2. Tomorrow, I have no tour, so I plan to walk around Kahului and see if I can find Tasaka's Guri Guri, a family secret about a century old and, maybe, fried spam musubi from Da Kitchen Cafe.