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May 14

Chasing Sunshine

Aloha! The humidity level in the house is at 77%. This is what happens after 4 days of constant rain in a home with no air conditioning. (The A/C thing is kind of a big deal for me if you haven’t noticed. It is starting to grow on me…I think…) I picked up a stack of papers off the kitchen table and the individual sheets of paper were like rags. They were not wet, but just had no body or rigidity to them at all, and it was still misting outside.

I was envisioning in my mind this little cloud covering only our home and maybe a one mile radius around us with the rest of the island being sunny and bright. What if, for 4 DAYS, we have been the only ones getting rain WHAT IF the rest of the island has been sunny?! I knew this wasn’t true by what the weather radar on the Internet was telling me. But…the television has not been turned on in 34 days. I have not watched TV since we moved from Florida! This, in itself, is a HUGE ordeal. Up until 34 days ago, I was either watching the TV or had it on as background noise. Always!  …and the Weather Channel was the “Go To” channel!

Maybe a combination of 4 days of rain and a tiny bit of television withdrawal finally got the best of me. Luckily, we found sunshine today!!! We had to hunt, but we found it! I knew it was here somewhere! The Ka’anapali Beach area was our destination today. This was my SDH’s idea. It was my virgin voyage to Ka’anapali Beach.

Ka'anapali Beach

Ka’anapali Beach

Most beaches in Hawaii that I have experienced have been small crescent shaped beaches. The Ka’anapali Beach area was more of a long sprawling beach with several resorts sitting along her beautiful sandy shores. Not a very wide beach, but it was definitely long. This was just perfect for a long, sunny, walk!

Today, we explored the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. According to the Hyatt Regency website, it is the “ultimate” beach hotel on Ka’anapali. It was definitely nice! Beautiful indoor/outdoor seating areas, beautifully landscaped grounds, beautiful beach accomodations…just beautiful!

Lobby Area

Lobby Area – blown glass art on the wall

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Coffee Bar Area

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The Grounds

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Tiki statue outside luau area

Luau Area

Luau Area

Our long walk on the Ka’anapali Beach was cut short by that one mile radius of rain that managed to follow us from home to this beach that was more than 20 miles away. It was sunny when we got there…what other explanation could there be?

Here are a few more photos we got before the rain found us.  Enjoy!

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Coconut Palms at Ka’anapali Beach

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This was the most beautiful pink hibiscus I have ever seen. Not too pink, not too peach.

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Love the pink loungers!

Love the pink loungers!

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Sunshine!

Sunshine!

We had to stop in Lahaina on our way home to look for supplies at a camera shop. Since we paid $5 to park for 2 hours, and our camera shop visit lasted all of 5 minutes, AND it was still sunny in Lahaina, we decided to grab a bite for lunch. This would be our 3rd day to eat out in 34 days. The first being our anniversary dinner at Mama’s Fish House in April. The 2nd at the Blue Ginger Cafe on Lana’i. This is astounding in itself. There was a time in my life when I ate out almost every day, and I’m not talking about fast food joints. Now, almost all of our meals come from home. I don’t miss eating out, but it is nice for a treat or special occasion. Today the special occasion was SUNSHINE!

We chose “the little café that sits on the corner across from the harbor.” That has always been what we call it. We could never remember the name because we have always just walked passed it on our way somewhere else. It is usually packed with people. I took a photo of the sign today so I would remember.

Pioneer Inn Grill and Bar - Isn't he cute?

Pioneer Inn Grill and Bar – Isn’t he cute?

Maui Sunrise

Maui Sunrise

The drink was called Maui Sunrise.  I was looking for sunshine every way possible.

It was a nice sunny way to spend an hour or so before heading home. The cheeseburgers and fries were tasty too.

By the time we got back home, the sun was shining and the birds were singing! The rain was finally gone!!!  Before I finished writing this post, the rain was back. Ah the woes of living in the tropical rainforest…

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Aloha and mahalo (thank you) for stopping by!

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