After just two days in Maui, we decided we would devote a day to just rest in this beautiful slice of paradise. Crazy to believe that we would actually need to relax in such a peaceful place, right? But needless to say, we were pooped from all the adventures, hiking, waking up early, and as fun and adventurous as we like to get, it’s definitely tiring at times. Our family tends to pack our travel itinerary with a lot more excursions that usually require us to be somewhere by a certain time and we gravitate towards anything that involves a lot of physical activity, be it snorkeling, surfing, swimming, zip lining, whitewater rafting, and anything that gives us an adrenaline rush.
After our visit to the local farmer’s market to in the morning, we decided to head out to a local trail and spend the rest of our afternoon snorkeling. Many of my friends know me as someone who lives by Yelp, which definitely came in handy while we were searching for nearby hiking trails, and resulted in a beautiful hiking trail called the Kapalua Coastal Trail. This was located right next to Napili Bay, where we had decided we would spend the afternoon just swimming and snorkeling.
Clear blue waters, soft sand, and palm trees swaying in the breeze…welcome to paradise.
“OH MY GOSHHHH!! LOOK HOW BEAUTIMOUS!!” ~me (while taking pictures nonstop at the start of the Kapalua Coastal Trail). Isn’t it just gorgeous?
Exotic birds along the side of the trail.
The Kapalua Coastal Trail is a short but rewarding hike, with stretches of the cerulean ocean right before you against the black lava formations.
I could stare at this view for hours.
I’m pretty sure this formation was called Dragon’s Head. I asked my sister just now if she remembered what this place was called and she was like “Boar’s Head”. Figured, since she loves ham so much. But I remember it had something to do with dragon so we’ll just go with Dragon’s Head.
Standup paddle-boarding is one of the best ways to de-stress. And a good workout! I’ve just had so many fond memories while standup paddle-boarding, whether it’s going to the local harbor with my group of high school friends, going SUP in the ocean on a random day with my roommate, or having meaningful conversations about future aspirations with a friend in the middle of the ocean on our paddle boards.
If you look closely, you can see a rainbow! It had just rained in the morning on our way to Napili Bay, so we were rewarded with this sight.
Mom & Dad taking a plunge! Well, not really, more like getting their feet wet.
If anyone asks you what the Hawaiian state fish is, the answer is a humuhumunukunukuāpu’a! That was a trivia question on our boat ride out to Molokini Crater, and I totally should have remembered that from High School Musical…but that was years ago. And that’s what you’re looking at right in this picture. Its more scientific name is the reef triggerfish.
Probably one of my all-time favorite pictures that I’ve captured so far on my GoPro. There’s just something so intriguing about sea turtles that I will never get tired of.
Always thankful for yet another family adventure that we get to experience together.
And to end off the night, we headed back to our condo to cook up some dinner-fresh bok choy that we picked from Maui Bee’s sautéed with a little bit of garlic and salt!
And of course the green beans that we picked, sautéed with some ground pork from the local grocery store and more garlic and lots of salt and pepper. We had other dishes (not pictured), but I thought it would be nice to showcase the meals we prepared from the local farm all the way to our dinner table.
Aloha and thanks for reading! ♥