This morning John and I hit the beach at Ulua
Beach Park equipped with our newly purchased masks and snorkels. I gotta tell you that I was more than a little apprehensive but I had practiced with the snorkel tube and mask in the pool yesterday and had done all right. I no more than stuck my face in the water when I spotted a school of yellow and black soldier fish. I was still standing up and hadn't even started to float out over the coral formation yet.
Well, since this was my first time to view a reef, I saw lots of things although some of the more experienced snorkelers said it wasn't a great day for sightings. We weren't at it long because it was COLD in the water but we intend to go back lots more. We took a long walk on the beach sidewalk to warm up after our adventure.
Yesterday we attended church at the Ala Lani (Path to Heaven) United Methodist Church in Kahului
. All visitors were given a ribbon lei that was woven like a friendship bracelet from two different colors of ribbon. It was a moderately sized congregation that has English, Korean, and Tonga language services. The pastor had a great sermon and we enjoyed the whole experience.
On Saturday we drove to Lahaina
for the morning. The whole town is a national historic landmark which is pretty cool. It is also a cruise ship port so there were lots of high end jewelry stores and art galleries. The art was really breath taking. We walked into one photo studio and the very first image we saw was a mill in the Smoky Mountains that we have visited several times. That was kind of funny.
We have also made a stop at Maui Giclee
which is an art printing firm here on the island. They had an exhibit
of local artists whose work they print, both photos and paintings. That was great fun, too. Throw in some
shopping (who knew that I needed a sarong?), watching the whales off of the lanai and catching "I Robot" on TV and you know what we have been up to.