|Dragon's Teeth at Kapalua
We were also excited to see Sea Turtles swimming down along the edge of the formation apparently to eat algae or barnacles. They are huge and graceful in the water. It was funny to see the big waves sweep and tumble them and then to see them swim right back to their task.
|we were so surprised to see the sea turtles along the cliff edge
The next stop was Slaughterhouse beach which we accessed by walking down a long staircase of concrete steps.
|a little school art on this trash can
Just past this beach was another turnout for Honolua Bay. This has the reputation for being an excellent snorkeling spot but today the wind was too brisk and the surf too rough. We accessed this beach by walking through a beautiful jungle of trees and vines while walking along a path. We saw a rooster and a hen also along this path as we neared the water’s edge.
|Don't take the benches!
As we drove on, we stopped for a view of Punalau Beach and the coastline but we didn’t go down to the beach.
Our last scenic stop was to Nakalele Blowhole. This is a lava shelf that the surf has pounded underneath and made a man sized hole. The surf shoots up through the hole and at times shooting 70 feet into the air. It wasn’t very active today and certainly wasn’t shooting very high in the air. We did a lot of climbing over rocks and boulders to get down to it. We also found a “heart shaped” hole in a nearby rock wall which was a perfect surprise for Valentines Day.
|What a fun Valentine's Day find!
We decided to skip trying to see the Olivine Pools as the rain had really started to come down. Instead we drove on through a series of hairpin turns and one lane road. We drove into a tiny town called Kahakuloa and stopped at Julia’s little shack for some delicious banana bread, coconut candy, and nut clusters. She let us taste everything but the banana bread before we bought it. There were other stands selling banana bread but we had been told that Julia’s was the best and it truly was delicious!
|Julia's Banana Bread in the town of Kahakuloa
|Delicious Toasted Coconut Candy on the left and Nut clusters on the right (Andy's favorite)
|a sweet treat from the hotel on Valentines Day. I'm not exactly sure why they only left one cookie when there were two of us.
|Liliko'i Cheesecake to end the day...absolutely delicious!