I've figured out how to make a youtube !! This is a collection of my photo's of beaches on Maui - Just something for me to do while I'm missing Kihei
I love to hike in Washington and I brought that love to Maui. Twin Falls is an easy yet exciting hike just past Paia. You can easily see the Twin Falls from a short walk from the parking lot but if your willing to get your feet wet in a few streams keep going to the next falls for a swim under the falls. You can keep going up to a third and final set of falls. Keep the spirit of Aloha alive and respect the No Trespassing signs you will see along your way. Enjoy my home made video - I'm no master but I have fun.
When I was in my early twenties I was lucky enough to snag a job on a sailing and snorkel tour boat. It was a smaller Hobie Cat that was only carried 6 guests which gave us a lot of versatility and flexibility. I have endless stories of adventures and mishaps. Most of them are amusing but a few are tragic and those always involve carelessly assuming the ocean is safe.
Sneaker waves come up and slam you into the sand if you're not watching. The current carries snorkelers into the rocks while they're mesmerized by the underwater magic. But to me the most frightening is being pulled out to sea.
Our little Hobie Cat would scream through the ocean and passengers loved the rush so we often just raced up and down the coast without any destination. One time we were sailing off Kihei and we saw arms waving frantically. A wind surfer had gotten caught up in the fun and found herself far, far from shore. She was sitting on her board, in a current, heading off towards the Big Island. Of course we rescued her and pulled her to shore but what a lucky break for her we saw her.
* Don't turn your back on the ocean
*Don't take your eye's off your children anywhere near water - Drowning is a silent death. If they've cut the finger or broken their arms you'll hear them scream but there's no sound underwater. Don't assume the other adults are paying attention.
*Wear reef-safe sunscreen and drink water. The tropical sun will have you blistered and burnt sooner than you imagine. You can even get heat stroke or dehydration.
*Don't swim alone and at the least have somebody watch from shore.
*Don't go near the cliff edge -Sneaker waves come without warning and are on top of you before you know it.
*Heed the warning signs.
Common sense will keep you safe and let you have the time of your life while visiting Kihei.
You can't miss Black Rock or Pu' Keka'a, from anyplace on Ka'anapali Beach. Formed by an old lava flow it divides Ka'anapali Beach in half creating a haven for fish and snorkelers. A popular site for cliff diving too.
To ancient Hawaiians, Pu'u Keka'a was known as leina a ka ‘uhane which means “leap of the soul”. Legend says this is where the departed souls leap over into the spirit world. For this reason many battles were fought here since it was so convenient for the dead warriors soul to find its way into the spirit world.
King Kahekili, Maui's last ruling chief, was known for his skill at lele kawa, meaning to jump from a high cliff or rock into the ocean. Both Oahu and Lanai have places known as Kahekili's Leap, cliff ledges where Kahekili was known to jump from but Maui's Pu'u Keka'a was his favorite spot and it was where he made his most impressive jumps.
Ka'anapali Beach is a long strip of gorgeous sand, packed full of sun burnt tourists. It's a hassle to get to because of the miles of hotels lining the beach. Parking is a challenge but it's definitely worth a day trip from Kihei. Bring your snorkel gear and reef safe sun screen and if you're feeling bold, join the departed Hawaiian souls and jump from the top.
Dating back to the 13th century this ancient Maui site is the largest Heiau on all the Hawaiian Islands. Covering almost 3 acres about the size of two football fields its stone platform measures more than 415 feet in length and 340 feet in width. The heiau is located on a bluff in East Maui, 4 miles north of Hana, and has been incorporated into the Kahanu Garden, which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.
The construction style can't be found in any other heiau on the islands and the exact history isn't known. It may have been built by one of the Hana chiefs during the time when Maui was divided, with two ruling chiefs, one in Hana and the other in the rest of Maui. The name Pi'ilanihale means “house of Pi'ilani” in the Hawaiian language and was given this name after the heiau was rededicated by chief Pi'ilani in the 16th century when he united all of Maui.
Though entry to the heiau is not permitted you can see it from the distance while at the Kahahu Gardens off of the Hana Hwy. in East Maui.
Heiau = An ancient Hawaiian temple or sacred site.
This heiau is supposedly the oldest on Maui, dating to the 13th century. Legend has it that it was built in one night from stones taken from the Wailuku River. What really attracted me was this was the spot for the last human sacrifice on Maui. One of the princess's of Maui insulted him and well...... that was that.
A writer for the San Jose Mercury News, Lee Quarstrom claims to have almost seen, from the corner of his eye, a troop of helmeted Hawaiian warriors defending their sacred stronghold with clubs and spears against an onslaught of enemies from another island. Looking around there was nothing in his direct sight. Chilling to know the Hawaii of old is still there, jus out of our site.
You can't drive to the area any longer and if you want driving access you need to call a number. Otherwise, park down in the neighborhood streets and walk up the road. It's a fairly short and easy walk. Added bonus to the heiau is territorial view below.
Oahu's nightmare - Kaimuki House
This is the famous haunted Kaimuki House, that was located on the corner of 8th and Harding. A simple house but the story behind it is anything but. There is a demon creature said to live in the house, a Kasha, a corpse eating demon of Japanese folklore. Seems unreasonable in todays age but some of the stories have been documented in police reports and by local newspapers.
The first reported incident was in 1942. The police were called to the house by a woman who kept repeating "She’s trying to kill my children." Upon entering the house, the officers watch in horror as the three children were hurled across the room by an invisible force. The police were unable to stop it and watched for an hour with the children were choked and beaten. According to the local newspaper a boy detected an "odor of ghost" in the home, which enraging the kasha, and resulting in the vicious attack. Since this was witnessed by the police it is believed to be true.
Years later, three women were living in the house. One night something grabbed the arm of one of them and frightening them enough to call the police. After telling the police the story the women asked if he could follow them as they drove over to one of their mothers house to stay the night. Before long the women pulled off the road and the police followed only to see the women struggling with an invisible force which was choking one of them. When the police trying to help he was pushed off and held away by "a large callused hand". He finally managed to pull her out and into his car but couldn't leave because none of the cars would start. When the woman returned to the car with her friends both cars started without any trouble.
The policeman again followed them out of the parking lot and watching in horror as the door was ripped off their car and the choking victim thrown from the car. By the time any of them were able to reach her she was dead.
There are also two un-proven stories about the house. One about a father who killed his two children and wife. The wife and son’s bodies were buried in the backyard, but the daughter was never found. Presumably the corpse eating Kasha ate her body.
The second story is about a couple living in the house. The woman was having an affair with another woman and when the man discovered her secret, he killed her, her girlfriend and himself at the Kaimuki house.
The original Kaimuki House shown on the photo at the top was torn down during the summer of 2016.
Old Maui High School, near Paia, in the rural area of Hamakuapoko, is nothing more than a lonely, skeleton of a building with only the pillars and walls remaining. A banyan tree grows where the library stood and the walls and floors have crumbled. Nothing is really left but the spirits of the teachers and students of the first missionaries and sugarcane plantation owners.
In Hawaii it is believed that spirits who have passed on will always come back to areas that they knew in their previous lives and locals will tell you this is true of Old Maui High. With rumors of ghosts who choke people who set foot on the land or the sounds of a girl crying inside what used to be the school’s bathroom. Reports of flickering lights and passing shadows on the old high school grounds still manage to make their rounds within the community. Are they real or stories made up to keep people away from the building? Or maybe, a little of both.
Not only can you enjoy a luxurious room with stunning views at the Four Seasons resort, The Lodge at Koele, but if your lucky you might share your room with a ghost. Not only is this recently remodeled hotel one of the loveliest but it is also one of the most haunted. The property is said to be haunted by multiple spirits but most notable, a little girl who's been spotted by employee's and guests in rooms and hall ways. There is no terrible past event or reason why so many spirits have gathered here. Nobody has any idea who they are or what they want. Might be the good coffee.
Lopaka Kapanui's Mysteries of Hawaii is Hawaii’s Original Ghost Tours and he is a wonderfully creep story teller. Sadly for my Maui guests he's based in Oahu.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.