I said in my last post that you didn't need to pay for a boat trip to snorkel here. What you do get on the boat trips is clearer water and bigger fish, but the variety near shore is great if you try a few locations. Over the last few days we have snorkeled at the beach across the street (Glen several times - me only a couple). The day after we arrived he made his first dive and the water was so murky it wasn't worth staying in. Each day since has been clearer until yesterday was quite good. Today it was very poor again as the wind was up. That said - even on the best days it doesn't seem to have the clarity of the water we had when we snorkeled in Cozumel, Mexico. The other difference is the coral. In Mexico we saw a mix of both soft, swaying and hard coral with lots of colour and movement. Here there is only hard coral, so no movement with the waves and much duller in palette.
|Old section of Lahaina - Hilarious tip jar that reads "Hawaiin Style 401 K"|
|Kamaole Beach - Ahihi Kinau Cove|
Afterwards the men hit some of the galleries we liked previously and shopped for a rash shirt for Aaron, while I went back to the Village Gallery and purchased the work of a couple of local artists. First was an numbered edition of a sea turtle created by G. D. Markovich with etching, coloured inks, rag paper and orchids and finished by flattening and drying. The texture resembles handmade paper or wool felt. The second was a laser print of an original drawing by Cindy Conklin that the bio says metal etching, but I think looks like a watercolour and pen drawing. She creates the image on Scratchboard which contains a layer of white clay beneath a surface of black India Ink. The drawing is carved with a small knife to reveal the white surface below and then it is completed by adding transparent water colours and inks. The artist is moving in a new direction, so very cool I was able to get this image now.
S & Q Shack which offers Coffee, Shaved Ice (with syrup of your choice) and wonderful tropical fruit smoothies. I think we've been there twice and expect it will end up being one of bigger expenditures. For $6 you get a 20 oz. glass. There is a list of fruit combinations to choose from or you can create your own. They have cubed and frozen fresh fruit ready to go and just dump your chosen mix in an industrial blender until is is creamy smooth. What a great mid-morning/mid-afternoon refresher after a snorkel at the local beach or a hot walk. Still haven't tried a shaved ice which is like the old Sno-Cone except the ice is shaved much finer, but will be sure to give it a go at least once before I leave