BY BUCK QUAYLE
A week on Maui was inspired by a story from travel.latimes.com. You can visit this site for travel information.
I got to thinking what if...In this case, what if a honeymoon couple, with only a week on Maui, insisted on seeing as much of the island as possible, as well as each other.
Here's how it all fits together.
First Day: Arrival & Beach-Check in to your West Maui condo or hotel (Four Seasons, Sherton, Whalers, ect.) and make love. Immediately go for an hour of sun and surf at Kapalua Beach. From there drive to Lahaina for a couple of hours walking and "historic" sight seeing.
Have lunch when hungry, then wade out neckdeep into the ocean and make love. At sunset, go to the Old Lahaina Luau, for a cultural dip. Then return to the lanai of your hotel and make love.
Second Day: Up and Down a Hugh Dormant Volcano-As a highlight of your trip, wake up early on your first full day in Hawaii and drive to the top of Haleakala-a 10,000 foot dormant volcano. While still dark, wrap up in two blankets (it's cold) and make love. The sunrise, which follows, you'll never forget.
Take the lunch you brought, and hike into the crater. Or walk around the top of Haleakala National Park and make love next to the rare silversword plants.
Coming down the mountain, stop and visit Upcountry Maui, including Kula, Makawao and Paia. Have a sunset dinner in Paia and back on the beach, near your hotel, make love.
Third Day: The Road To Hana-Spend the day on this lovely coastal drive. Stop often to hike up to pools and waterfalls. Take your lunch and make love among the folliage. Spend the night in Hana.
Forth Day: A Heavenly Day in Hana-Start your day strolling the black sands of Waianapanapa State Park. Then walk around town visiting the Hana Cultural Center and Museum, Hasagawa General Store and Hana Coast Gallery.
Drive to the Kipihulu end of Haleakala National Park for a picnic lunch at Oheo Gulch. Hike up the waterfalls and pools along the stream and make love in the rain forrest. Stay a second night and have dinner at the Hotel Hana Maui.
Fifth Day: A Day of Spirits, Food and Song-Drive to Kaupo and Ulapalakua Ranch and the Tedesehi Winery. Enjoy. Have a cup of mud, at Grandma's Coffee House and down the mountain to Haliimaile General Store for lunch. While driving to the Maui Ocean Center in Maalaea, pull off the road into the bushes, and make love.
Then, enjoy the marine life-sharks and all. At night, in Lahaina, wine and dine and see the musical show Ulaena. Make love in the hotel parking lot.
Sixth Day: Sailing In Paradise-Spend the day, breakfast and lunch included, sailing the Trilogy to Lanai. You can snorkel and tour the island. On the way back, sneak into the head (a technical term for bathroom) and make love.
You'll still have time to shop for bangles (souvenirs) and chill out at night at your own hotel enjoying the aloha spirit.
Seventh Day: Beach, Spa and Iao Valley-After a last swim, be pampered for an hour at the hotel spa. Have a Lomi Lomi-Hawaiian Massage. Fit for Royality. Then, after lunch in the room, drive closer to the airport, and hike for an hour up scenic Iao Valley.
That completes your romantic week on Maui for two. If you divorce-you may both return. And repeat this special itinerary with other kindrid spirits. Maui will welcome you for another week on Maui for two.
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Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
Another Day At The Office Haleakala National Park