Upcountry and Around
Highlight of this week on Maui was visiting a lavender farm high into the hills of upcountry. The air was extra clean and crisp, as the temperature got a little brisk on our side of the island. Entering the lavender farm we received kama'aina rate. Which is the discounted local price. None of us really being locals, yet driving up in our beat-up work truck was enough to prove we weren't tourists. The entrance was glorious boasting large plants of every kind. The smell was even a whole lot better!
This being Sunday I was able to attend church in the early morning. Super grateful! I made connections with Maui Christian Church and spent the morning getting to know the friendly, little congregation that met up on the hill at Pai'a Elementary School. Even more grateful to have received a ride to and from as the winding Hana Highway becomes pretty isolated!
Following church and our lavender farm experience, we had to make a decision. Do we want to see the sunset from the beach in South Maui, or from the top of Haleakala Crater? We decided to drive down to the beach. The winding road from Kula and upcountry took us town towards... well it took us down towards not a whole lot! Driving towards the coast, the swerving road boasted views of the ocean lookout with Lanai and Molokini, the neighbouring islands on the horizon.
We kept on driving and found ourselves surrounded by spectacular, erie scenery. Something out of Lord of the Rings, or Jurassic Park. We were on the south side of the Haleakala Crater and one look to the left was the hazy dormant volcano, and to the right was the pristine ocean with sights of blowholes, and whales off the shoreline.
We kept on driving until the road turned to gravel and portions of bridges became one lane. We made it completely to Kaupo a tiny, tiny town with a convenience store and old church. At that point we turned around and called it a day, we had at least another 2 hour drive before making it back to Huelo. The sun followed us home as it set on the horizon in front of us. It was a beautiful way to spend a day off.
This evening we had a "woofer dinner" essentially it is a potluck with all the workers here at Heulo Point. We each created a unique dish of findings and our boss brought some leftover wine from guests! The beach calls tomorrow on our day off. More stories to come!