Haole's i ke Moana

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This year's cruise was an 11 day aboard RCI's Serenade of the Seas departing from Honolulu, Hawaii October 5, 2006. We actually set out on the 6th because Kauai was dropped due to some conflict issue (probably with NCL) so we got an extra day in Honolulu. The ports we did hit were Maui (Lahaina overnight), Hilo & Kona (Big island) and then we had 5 days on the open Pacific finally pulling into port at Ensenada on October 16, 2006.

Then the bus ride L to San Diego so we could catch the plane home. That turned out to be a nightmare for some. We were lucky I guess.

ALOHA MAUI

                                            

We arrived in Lahaina, Maui on Saturday, 10/07. This was an overnight port, I guess because of the luaus. Patti & I picked up our rental car and hooked up with Ralph & Ted to check out a little of Maui outside of Lahaina. We headed south first stopping at a lookout. Had something to do with viewing humpback whales. After that we headed back north toward Kaanapali to checkout the high dollar condos and houses. The Luau was at 5:30 so we headed back toward the port to park the car and head back to the ship. As we headed across the square to the tender dock we discovered a very long line. Turns out Lahaina didn't have scanners so they were checking all bags by hand. The line was 2 hours long. 

No way we could make it back to the ship and get back in time for the Luau. Nothing to do but kill some time. We found a open air bar & grill (don't remember the name) up above the movie theater that looked out over the square. After a couple of drinks we headed out to Old Lahaina Luau and met up with the Bennett crew. The Luau was awesome! The food was quite good, especially the kahlua pork. The entertainment was very well done and told the story of Hawaii from the early beginnings to almost current day through dance, music and costumes. I'm sure most luau's do this but this was my first. After the Luau the tender line was long again so we hung out at the Pioneer Inn bar and waited for the line to recede.

The next day Patti & I took the rental car back and had the shuttle driver drop us at the end of Front St. in Lahaina so we could wander and shop. We shopped awhile then stopped in at Kimo's for lunch. I decided to have marlin thinking about the one caught the day before. After a little more shopping we ended up back at the tender and headed back to the ship.

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Lahaina

Blue Marlin

This was just brought in when we got on shore. It weighed out at 530 lbs.

Serenade of the Seas in the background.

Lahaina

A giant banyan tree in the square

Maui lookout

Ralph, Ted & Bill at the "whale" lookout.

Cool "Bike" (Trike actually)

This thing was pretty cool. A "tricycle" built for 7!(well, 6 plus the "driver") They offer rides and sell them as well. Looks like a nice piece of engineering. See the links at the bottom of the page.

Bill, Ralph & Patti

at a beach park in Lahaina

 

Pope/Wegmann photos

Old Lahaina Luau

The group at the Luau.

Old Lahaina Luau

Bill got leid. I know tired joke.

Old Lahaina Luau

This place is quite big but well laid out.

Old Lahaina Luau

Old Lahaina Luau

Grounds. Everyone at the far end is gathered around the imu. They were pulling the Kahlua pig out of the ground.

Old Lahaina Luau

The dancers were very good.

Patti says "mo' bettah"

Some of the the dancer/waiter crew.

Pope/Wegmann photos

Opening Friday...

...or is it Sunday? We just couldn't resist this picture :)

Kimo's in Lahaina

Cool place right on the water.

Kimo's in Lahaina

Nice relaxing lunch.

Our ship

Serenade off the Kona coast

Pope/Wegmann photos

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Shake it Hula-Kitty, shake it like a Polaroid picture!

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LINKS:

Maui Revealed

Old Lahaina Luau

Pioneer Inn

Kimo's

 

Map of Maui

 

Link to Trike Designer

 
     

 

   

Click on the slippers to follow on to Hilo/Kona