Wai‘anapanapa State Park

I was going to start this post with a picture of a huge spider, but Facebook takes the first picture and posts it on my wall, so we’ll save the huge spider for picture 2. You’re welcome, Facebook friends.

We stayed in a couple of awesome cabins at Wai‘anapanapa state park (say that six times fast) near Hana for two nights. They were so perfect – had a little hot plate, sink, and a fridge in the kitchen, and a bathroom with a shower! They had a nice big roofed porch for sitting outside (although bug spray was advised) and plenty of coconut palms for food. You think I’m kidding, but Ken put himself in charge of supplying us with young coconuts. I think we ate four or five of them over the week.
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Ok, now we get to the huge spider outside (yay!) of our cabin at the state park. I should have put something next to it for size, but just imagine that diagonally from the tip of one set of legs to the tip of the other set is like three and a half inches. And it’s butt is shiny gold. So pretty! So creepy…
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The cabins also came with a little stealth trail through the jungle down to the coast. Note I didn’t say beach. This part of Maui has what guidebooks tend to call a “rugged” coast. I’m not sure that “rugged” is really the right word. I think violent might be a better word for this coast. It’s huge flows of lava that end in the sea where gigantic waves crash against them. I tried to convey this in pictures by putting people in them for scale, but I’m not sure it worked. The ocean is probably 20-30 ft below these guys on average.

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I have about a million pictures of this view at various times of day. It was just so awe-inspiring!
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We spent quite a bit of time in the evenings and mornings down there watching the ocean and exploring the lava. In our cabin, the other evening activity was yoga with Sara. Both Dad and I gave it a try, but luckily nobody was around manning a camera for that.

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Right next to the ocean was this grove of cool trees, can’t remember their name. But they were cool. Oh, and I was there too!

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Since I’m writing about our stay at the cabins, I feel I might prevaricate if I did not reveal the following pictures. During a disappointing game of Phase 10 (is there every anything but a disappointing game of Phase 10?), two of my sisters, who shall remain unnamed, tried out their looks with mustaches. Not bad.

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We did more than just sit around our cabins growing mustaches and clamber around lava flows while we were in Hana, but I’ll save that for another day.


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