Start with a luau (Old Lahaina Luau is one of the more authentic shows on Maui; my group wanted drama so we picked one that had a silly MC and fire dancers) 😉
Drink mai tais or Blue Hawaiians or even Bikini Blonde;
Try lots of food from the buffet, but skip the poi, which is grayish purple, made from taro, and tastes like you would imagine wallpaper paste does;
Relax and enjoy the show…
I met a wonderfully open and lovely woman named Marianne on the whale watching cruise. She and her husband were in Maui for their 15th wedding anniversary. She was wearing a scarf and I presumed she’d had breast cancer like me and after awhile I just had to strike up a conversation as I was sweating under my wig and a hat and wishing I’d just gone the scarf route. It turns out she has alopecia and refuses to wear a wig, instead wearing scarves or going “topless” as she calls it 😉
She is a nurse from Ohio and has gotten very comfortable with her condition. She has lovely tattooed eyebrows and even though her head remains bald, her eyelashes apparently come and go, growing in for a couple of years, then falling out again. We had a great time talking about cultural differences and women’s feelings about their appearances. Hi, Marianne! Thanks for spending time with me…
which runs between the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai in Hawaii. Sorry my pictures are not very good, but believe me when I tell you the whale watching adventure was thrilling. We must have seen more than 20 humpback whales in the Au’au Channel south of Lahaina. We had barely pulled out of the harbor and into deeper water when a whale surfaced literally right next to our boat. We were all so startled that I don’t think anyone got a picture!
The boat ride was a bit rocky, so trying to use my Samsung phone to shoot pictures in the bright glaring sun while trying to hang onto the side and not drop my phone in the water didn’t make for the easiest time.
But seeing the whales and learning about them from biologist Dan was fascinating. Bet you didn’t know:
Humpback whales swim about 3 to 8 miles an hour but can go 20 miles an hour for a short distance
The main natural predator of the humpback whale is the orca
Humpback whales can go five hours without breathing and slow their heart rate to one beat every seven minutes.
Humpbacks are not monogamous. If you see two adults and a baby together, the group will consist of mother and baby plus a male escort whale. He’s not there for protection, he’s there to breed with the female if she’ll allow it.
A competition group consists of a female whale and several males jockeying for position to mate with her. They jostle and fight with each other and try to impress her (typical males!)
Humpbacks live and feed much of the year in the Pacific Northwest and come to Maui to breed, give birth and, of course, for the Mai Tais!