Maui – A Four Letter Word

Black Friday in Hawaii

(Side Note: I started writing this on Tuesday the 1st, when we really WERE just halfway through, but now it is Saturday the 5th and all we really have left is our date with the TimeShare people. More on that later.) Here we are half way through our winter vacation and there have already been some interesting times. On Friday we experienced our first official U.S. Black Friday. Even though we didn’t get to the mall until 11am, I was excited. I wanted to see, if not have the actual experience, people ripping things out of other people’s hands. I wanted to buy buy buy at incredibly, not to be beaten, low low low prices. I wanted to contribute big dollars to the faltering U.S. economy (Side Note: Plus the 30% exchange of course). We entered into Macy’s Women’s Wear Store to see – wait for it – no crowds, no fights and no great deals, just racks and racks and racks of Hawaiian print dresses. I think they must just save their left over stock from previous years and push it out onto the floor in the hopes it moves. There were sometimes 2 or even 3 women lined up at the cash registers! We wandered out of there and eventually found ourselves in Macy’s Everything Else Store i.e. men’s, children’s, housewares, bedding etc. etc. Here at least there must have been some very good deals since every checkout line had anywhere from 20 to 30 people patiently waiting their turn to buy a much needed (?) item.

It was very disappointing – until I came home and read Joanna’s post on Facebook and then sought out the Youtube video on fights in other American (mostly southern) states. I guess Hawaii is just too laid back. Sigh.

Our visit to Costco provided us with inexpensive, quality wine and the opportunity to see three foot tall Poinsettias for $28.07 Cdn.


There was one highlight, however.


It only APPEARS that Santa is gesturing at me – in reality, look closely, and you will see he is making the Shaka gesture.


Please meet Charleigh and Rylie – 2 of Angie’s 3 daughters. We got the reindeer hats when we visited with Santa. Do you remember getting these?

Saturday morning we were off to the Swap Meet/Flea Market. Well, Terry, Rich, Nancy, Angie, Charleigh and Rylie were off to the Swap Meet/Flea Market. I was off to Starbucks for a very unique experience. As one of the results of my heart attack, I have been seen a litany of counsellors. I am really getting a lot from the one I now see in Burnaby, and so,  of course, she leaves for Edmonton in January. If you think it is hard to find a hair stylist, try getting a counsellor you can relate and relax with. Anyway, I like her so much, we set up a Skype session for Saturday morning.


Starbucks is good for a lot of everything. I sat in the circle.

No one appeared to listen to my wanderings, which was a little disappointing as my life is so fascinating. It is very interesting to sit outside and from 2700 miles away, discuss your perspectives on life!

It is also interesting to watch people wash parts of the sidewalk for some reason or other.


I wash so it is clean.What’s your problem?

The Road Through Hana

Sunday we took on the road to Hana. For those of you unfamiliar with this road, between Paia and Hana there are approximately 620 curves and 52 – 57 bridges, which we’ll describe later.


Instead of going to Hana and back, we chose to do the more interesting sort of circumventing the island.

At various times on this adventure, we were reminded of Scotland, Cornwall, New Zealand, Cyprus, The Chuckanut Drive and BC. Although the drive from Haia to Paia is an amazing feat of construction (goes back to 1910), for my money, it was the stretch from Hana through Kaupo on the south coast which was the most breath-taking.

Our first stop though, was at the Sun Yat-Sen Garden. Who knew he spent so much of his youth in Hawaii? Who knew his once wealthy older brother’s family spent so much money funding 9 unsuccessful revolutions and one successful revolution against the Qing Dynasty that they died penniless?


Who knew Sun Yat-Sen Garden was at the exact place his family’s ranch had been in the late 1800s?


Who knew there would be huge poinsettia trees, absolutely covered with monarch butterflies?

Veg 2

Who knew there would be the most naturally shaped vegetation there?

Veg 1

Who knew there would be the most unnaturally shaped vegetation there?

From here it was off to the south coast. If you have travelled the highlands of Scotland or the coast of Cornwall or Cyprus, these places looked and sounded eerily familiar.


Next up – the road FROM Hana, Surfer Dude, the advantages of getting up in the middle of the night and much, much more!

The Shoe Blog

Remember Charleigh (L.) and Rylie (R.)?

Very very cool girls!

Very very cool girls!






7 thoughts on “Maui – A Four Letter Word

  1. Val

    Loved the video. Reminded me of Erin and I driving in Barbados, praying that there would not be a car approaching from the other direction as we would have had to back down the hill or around the cliff. Seemed harder to do on the “wrong” side of the road! All you needed was a herd of goats that had to be driven through slowly or followed…slowly. I am looking forward to the sequel. Enjoy your holiday and say hi to Nancy and Rich for us.

    1. ggwatt

      Hi – Just sitting here with Rich and Nancy having a – surprise – drink. When will you be in Havasu?

  2. Lee Barter

    G and T:
    I am guessing you may have had a couple on the holiday. Geez, Geoff Gin and Tonics!

    I find it so unusual that Geoff spent time at a Starbucks. Who would guess!

    Hana is quite breathtaking I for some reason have done the drive 3 times. In 1977 going the opposite way in a 4by4, in 1984, on our honeymoon and in 2002 with my kids.

    Merry Christmas!

    Lee Barter

  3. Sherrie Driver

    Hi there you free birds!! Glad y’all are having fun with your travels. Looking forward to seeing y’all in January. Hey-thank you got the Christmas card!! It was the very first one we received!!! Love to ya both Sherrie


  4. Dave

    We have driven that road to Hana more times than I can remember…not that my memory is any great shakes these days. I have to say, though, that we have never gone that way round. Always the opposite direction. When looking at the video it took me a while to figure things out. I couldn’t get over the fact that the ocean was on your right.
    When we first took that road, as I say, the other way round, when you got to Hana there was a sign warning that rental cars were not allowed the rest of the way. The road was much dicier then. Washed out in places, and very rough. We did it anyway, and were glad we did. Discovering that side of the island was a great thrill.
    Next time you might like to try going round the other end of the island, between Kapalua and Waihee. That was another adventure, and I don’t think they have improved the road as much. It’s more exciting that way.


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