Friday, June 28, 2013

Aloha from Maui

Maui, here we come! Last Wednesday, my family and I traveled to Maui.  Maui is the second-largest of the 137 Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States .  Believe it or not, there are indeed 137 islands in the Hawaiian chain! Maui is one of the most popular spots for tourists because of its calm beaches,  beautiful hiking places,  green luscious rainforests, and refreshing waterfalls. It also has spectacular sunsets.

We are staying in a 2 bedroom condo in Wailea. Sarah and I share one bedroom, Hannah and Michael our little brother and sister sleep in the living room, and my Mom and Dad sleep in a different room. My family is staying next to a few really calm beaches.

 What is interesting about Maui is that most people go to the beach between 7 am until 1:00 pm. In the afternoon, everyone leaves the beach as strong trade winds start blowing throughout the island. This is the time that we leave the beach and head out to swim in the pool near our condo.

 We have a football that we like to toss in the air so the person jumping can catch it.  There is also a really warm jacuzzi that we enter to warm up.

 One of my favorite beaches that we are staying next to is called Mauna Kea.  Mauna Kea has no waves and is a lot of fun to paddle out on boogie boards.  At Mauna Kai, there is also a reef where we go snorkeling at.  The fish and their colors are amazing, and my favorite one is the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a the state fish of Hawaii.  This fish has blue lips and has an incredible pattern on its body.  Another fish I like is the Parrot Fish. We call it the rainbow fish because it has all the colors of the rainbow. My second favorite beach is Honolau Bay. We like it there because it has numerous fish and we even saw a huge turtle. 


Have you ever visited Hawaii? Which Island?


  1. Aloha Miriam!

    I am so envious that you are over in Hawaii! Although I have been many times, I always want to go again! It looks like you and your family are having a fabulous time in Maui.

    You asked which islands I have visited. I have been to: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, and Molokai. My top two favorites are Maui and Hawaii. I love Maui because of the size, activities, and snorkeling opportunities. The size of Maui is perfect. You can visit many parts of the island in a day, as long as you have a rental car. There are lots of activities to do like hiking, shopping, and swimming. Finally, the snorkeling is the best! Mr. Yollis and I headed up to Honolua Bay as often as we could. In fact, all of my snorkeling video was filmed there.

    Here is a link to my snorkeling video if you want to see it again:

    I also adored the Big Island known as Hawaii. Mr. Yollis and I spent a lot of time at Volcanoes National Park. Watching the lava slowly ooze out of the vents was something I will never forget. In addition, we did a night snorkel with manta rays in Hawaii! At first I was terrified, but the gentle mantas quickly eased my fears, and it was one of the best adventures of my life!

    Which island is your favorite? Which island would you like to visit?

    Your proud former teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

    1. @Mrs.Yollis,

      Thank you for leaving me an informative comment. All in all, I enjoyed all of the islands as any island on Hawaii is gorgeous. But I think I liked Maui best because it's reefs are full of fish and turtles, and the beaches are calm with few waves. I also think the island is just beautiful.

      You had said that one of your favorite snorkling places was Honolua Bay, and I also enjoyed that bay. Another snorkling beach that astounded my family was Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve which in my opinion had the most fish and turtles. I don't know if you snorkled at that bay but if you did you would know what it was like. In the bay, the reef went on forever with fish the length of my arm. I saw rainbow fish with a touch of hot pink as well as other incredible fish species.

      You also asked me which island I would like to visit next and like you, I have already visited the Big Island, Kaui, and now Maui. I think I would like to try Molokai next because what I see from Maui it looks like another lushious green island.

      I hope you leave me some more comments on my future posts about Maui.

      Your former student,

  2. Dear Sarah,
    It's looks like you all have a wonderful time, We been in Hawaii many times, I love Hawaii and would like to travel again. We never been in Maui, may be next time we will also visit Maui.
    I love to sit on the beach and watch the sunset, it's different every day. Can you pronounce Humuhumunukunukuapua'a the state fish of Hawaii.
    I tried and could not do it, what a long word.
    I miss you and wish to see you and hug you,
    Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene

    1. @Grandma Tanya and Grandpa Eugene,

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. I miss you very much! As you said, the sunset is amazing and the colors change every night.

      I can say the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish's name and I will teach you when I come back. I saw many Humuhumunukunukuapua'a fish while snorkling.


  3. Hey, this is your cousin Julia. To answer your question, no, I have not been to any island in Hawaii (I wish I could!!!!!!!!).


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