BACK TO CIVILIZATION
Julie had a craving for shave ice and there was the Aloha Shave Ice place in Pa’ia town that she wanted to check out.
On the way to Pa’ia, the road was now definitely two lanes again and much faster than the Hana Highway. We noticed heaps of windsurfers and even kitesurfers tackling the big waves on this side of the island. The car parks were quite packed so we didn’t bother stopping to check out the scene.
Still, I’m sure the kitesurfing buddies back at work would love to hear about this. Imagine the possibilities with onshore and sideshore tradewinds funneled into the central valley for nearly perfect and constant strong-blowing winds. I’m sure these are far more reliable than the variable sea breezes we get back at Belmont Shore in Long Beach, CA.
Anyways, we were back in Pa’ia town at 2:45pm. I couldn’t believe the amount of traffic here, especially going the other way. It was a good thing we were heading back to Kahului when we did to avoid most of this gridlock.
As anticipated, we stopped at the Aloha Shave Ice and had ourselves the treats. It was good, but the texture was a bit more snow-cony that say some of the better ones we had at Wailoa Bakery in O’ahu and Jo Jo’s Clubhouse in Kaua’i.
In Kahului, we bought a car charging AC adapter just in case the one we had was broke. We didn’t open it though as we wanted to test Julie’s Dell AC adapter at the timeshare at the Ka’anapali Beach Club.
After negotiating some traffic of our own around the southern end of West Maui, we’d eventually get back to our room at 5pm.
When we tested the adapter, our worst fears were confirmed. It was indeed the Dell Adapter that went out. So tomorrow, we’d have to return the car charging AC adapter we had just bought.
What a bummer!
I guess the laptop is out of commission for the rest of this trip and even at home until the replacement adapters arrive.
While Julie was busy fiddling with her laptop, I was busy laying out all of my drenched contents. Everything from receipts, business cards, wallet, cash, etc. was laid out to dry. Also all the electronics were left out to dry as well. I really hoped the camera would still work as we had a helicopter tour to do tomorrow and I needed the multi-shot fast-capture capabilities of the EOS 20D to have a shot at getting decent waterfall photos.
When all that was done, we headed back into Lahaina town for dinner. We ended up eating at Bubba Gump Shrimp, which was overpriced and the food wasn’t good. At least the service was real good. Still, it seemed to have reinforced a growing notion of ours that Maui sit-down eateries were collectively the worst of all the islands we had been to.
“No more chain restaurants,” Julie said.
“Oh, now you finally come to your senses,” I said, sarcastically.
After the dinner, we returned to the Ka’anapali Beach Club to rest up our tired bodies. After two days of our Hana excursion, I had to admit that the amenities at the timeshare sure was nice. Still, I kept my fingers crossed that the camera would still work tomorrow…