Saturday, August 22, 2015

Synchronized Swimming

During our Maui vacation, my siblings and I worked on a synchronized dance in the pool.  This was our second summer attempting to choreograph a routine that emphasized every team members skills and was creative.  I choreographed the routine while my sister, Sarah, taught my other siblings how to do the skills.  Sarah is a gymnast so she was able to teach us some gymnastics to incorporate these skills into our routine.  We worked for the entire vacation and finally finished on the last day of our trip. Here is the video from our routine from two years ago.

Our final sunset as we leave the beautiful island of Maui
Goodbye Maui.

What did you think of our routine? 
Did we improve? 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Beach Activities in Maui

Over the past two weeks, we have been traveling the beautiful island of Maui.  There are many gorgeous beaches in Maui with white soft sand and turquoises blue water. Some beaches are good for swimming while others have large waves perfect for boogie boarding.  We did many activities at the beach such as boogie boarding, surfing, fishing, running, gymnastics, and snorkeling. Each beach was good for different activities. One of our favorite beaches was Mauna Kea located on the south side of the island as it had waves that were the right size for boogie boarding.  We had two boogie boards so my siblings and I  partnered up and rode the waves all together. At this beach, my sister practiced gymnastics and entertained the crowds with her flips.  I ran on the beach and at times, the sand sunk my feet which was hard but great exercise.
Friendly birds

Michael and dad swimming together

Boogie boarding

During the junior life-guarding program, I learned how to surf so I begged my dad to rent us a surf board. The next day, I taught my siblings how to surf and we had fun on the waves at Cove Park!  This beach is perfect for surfing as the waves roll in far away allowing you to ride the wave all the way in. We walked approximately 200 feet to the waves and the water level was only waist deep!  It was difficult at first to paddle on a wave but my sister, Sarah helped push me on to waves and I returned the favor when it was her turn.

Playing on the board

Snorkeling on the south side of the island
Another highlight of Maui was the snorkeling.  The best snorkeling spot was the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve which is located on the southern coast of Maui.  One of the things I like most about snorkeling Ahihi Kinau is that the coast line is mostly made up of lava rock intermixed with coral.    The crevices of the lave rock and coral make it the perfect place for fish and other sea life to flourish.  Many of Ahihi Kinau's most beautiful marine life make their homes in the shallow so we didn't have to swim far to see these large multicolored fish. Some of the fish that we encountered were the Yellow Tangs, Parrot Fish, 4 Spot Butterfly Fish, the Moorish Idol, Trumpet Fish, and our favorite, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a, the state fish.  Another sea animal that we commonly saw was the sea turtle.  Sea turtles are gorgeous animals as they gracefully glide through the water around fish.  As soon as we see one, we race after the turtle in hope of touching it. One evening, while swimming waste deep in the water, something pushes off my leg and I start screaming. It turns out to be a giant sea turtle! Snorkeling in Maui is always exciting as you see different fish every time.  

Michael caught a goldfish

My brother enjoyed fishing at our local pond.  My dad would take him to the pond in the evening and he would catch gold fish. Michael and my dad caught 13 fish but they were two small to eat so they let them go. 

Watching the sunset


Maui is known for its breath taking sunsets. Every evening, we would go down to our local beach and wait for the sun to wither away.  The sky turns gorgeous hues of pink, yellow, red, and orange.  The sunset is different every night but just as gorgeous. During our stay in Maui, everyone had at least one beach activity they enjoyed and that is the spectacular part about Maui. 

Gorgeous sunset

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Guest Post by Michael: Snorkeling Boat Trip

getting ready to snorkel
While in Maui we went on a boat trip. We had to wake up at 6:30 in the morning.  We were going to two islands named Molokini and Lanai. When we were on the boat they gave us our fins and snorkel masks, and they served us breakfast such as banana bread with fruit.  Maui has very good banana bread because it has more chocolate chips and the bananas are sweet and delicious. It was a 30 minute ride on a big catamaran called Ocean Voyager to Molokini.

My sisters on the boat
When we got to Molokini, there was a slide to go into the water. I was first in line to get in the water. The water felt really cold when I first went in. We all snorkeled for 30 minutes before we got out. I saw many beautiful fish. My favorite fish was the humuhumunukunukuapua'a which is the state fish. After, we were planning to go to the island Lanai. When we were going to Lanai we saw flying fish. In the middle of our boat trip, the captain said that it wasn't safe to go to Lanai because it was too windy and he rode us to a bay for more snorkeling. We didn't see that much fish but we did see 1 turtle and 4 reef shark tails. After everyone was out of the water, the kids on the boat all played around and went down the slide. I was the person that went and refilled the bucket in the ocean and poured it down on the slide to make the slide very slippery. The day was really fun even though we didn't go to Lanai.
snorkeling in the water near Molokini

Having fun on the water slide