Sweets in Maui | Day One
Hello or Aloha to everyone from Max and Sweets. We have had a lot of non stop fun while here in Maui. We finally have enough time here before we board the next flight to decompress a little and reflect on all the cool things we’ve done and people we’ve met. So here is a little recap of first day on Maui.
The day started out with a good ole fashion IHop breakfast with our wonderful host’s Dane and Kerry Han and their son Trevor from Kaleidoscope. We had to gear up for our huge hike up the Haleakalā volcano also known as “House of the Sun”. Haleakalā is actually the highest point on Maui. At it’s highest elevation it is over 10,000 feet. So instead of hiking we decided to take a car. On the way up we made a couple stops, the first one was to the very scenic Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm that consists approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. Aside from the lavender plants we saw a unique wide variety of exotic plants and fruits, had our kendamas blessed by big Buddha statues, and had an amazing view overlooking towards the head of Maui.
Once we finally reached the top of the volcano we got to see the crater of this massive thing that was 19-square-miles and 2,720 feet deep. The last explosion was over 500 years ago. Needless to say what we saw was gnarly, red mountains and black lava rocks everywhere and preserved Silversword’s that are rare plants that only grow on the slopes of Haleakalā.
We had a little down time in our hotel to relax before attending an obon festival that we would end up performing to start it off. Once we arrived we saw a few local shredders having a jam session so we decided to get to know some of the kids and joined in. Not long after getting warmed up we were being introduced and asked to present our talents and explain what a kendama is. After lacing some tricks and getting the crowd hyped up on kendamas we gave our respects and enjoyed ourselves watching the Bon Dance and the rest of the festivities. We had a nice final Dinner at Da Kitchen with the Han family and then we made sure to get good rest because event day was the following morning.