Thursday, June 7, 2012

Going Back to the Island: Maui 2012

Okay, Lost hasn't been on the air for over 2 years. Like it or hate it, it was one of the more well-written dramas of late. Mind you, not near Sorkin's West Wing greatness, or Whedon's Buffy gravitas -- but I still admire the showrunners and writers who locked ABC into committing to a series end date so they could plan the ending and the journey there.

How does that fit into this post? The title is a reference to a line by Jack, who toward the tail end of the series exclaims, "We have to back, Kate!" The show shot most of its exterior scenes on the North Shore of Oahu, the stand in for the fictional island their plane crashed on.

Two years ago I vacationed on the North Shore (my pics) and had a blast. Last week, thanks to a trip I won from San Diego Magazine, I headed to another Hawaiian island, Maui, for a nice, relaxing, post-tax season trip to paradise. Here's the photo essay:

The view of Maui on the approach to the airport. Yes, before they
asked us to turn off all portable electronic devices.

First stop after picking up the Jeep was to get sunscreen. Right next
to the SPF 30 was coconut oil and browning butter. As a two-time
malignant melanoma survivor, I threw up in my mouth a little.

Got upgraded to a 1 bedroom at Aston Ka'anapali Shores - suite!

Tax Year 2011, I raise a glass to you. A glass of ginger fizz cucumber goodness. 

We won a free cabana for the week during the island orientation at the hotel!

Nakalele Blowhole is not a water park.

The not-a-water-park blowhole.
ProTip: When visiting Honokohau Bay, the road does end. Well, at least the
state-maintained road. And there's no guard rail. And it's a sheer drop to the ocean.

A double rainbow (all the way!) on the Road to Hana.

A horse in the pasture next to Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu.
We'd stopped there to visit Charles Lindbergh's gravesite.

An incredibly tall, powerful waterfall on the Road to Hana.

We stopped at O'heo Gulch Pools (formerly called the Seven Sacred Pools).
They were closed to swimming due to flash floods up the mountain.

Sunset at Ka'anapali Shores, Maui, taken from the pool.

Lots of rain on the Road to Hana tour, which resulted in beautiful flowers.

Banyan beauty on Road to Hana.

And I get to come home to this tuckered out guy.

Thanks again, San Diego Magazine, I had a wonderful time!


One of my favorite scenes from Lost, mainly because Hurley's trying to bring something normal to the chaos.

Hurley: Welcome to the first and... hopefully last Island Open! It's two holes, for now, three par, and no waiting!

Jack: Hurley, you built... a golf course?

Hurley: Rich idiots fly to tropical islands all the time to whack balls around!

Michael: [incredulous] All the stuff we gotta deal with, man... this is what you've been wasting your time on?"

Hurley: Dudes... listen. Our lives suck! Everyone's nerves are stretched to the max! We're lost on an island, running from boars and monsters... freakin' polar bears!

Michael: Polar bears?

Charlie: You didn't hear about the polar bear?


Loveyourblog Linda said...

Kara, your pics are so pretty they look fake. What type of camera do you use? Linda

CaliforniaKara said...

I shot them all with my iPhone 4S, using Camera+.