All in all, August might not be the best time for a trip to Maui. Unless you are fond of crowds. Crowds with lots and lots of children. We certainly did our part.
But my philosophy regarding Hawaii is that if you get a chance to go, you go. Any time, any island. And so, August at Ka’anapali. Where the competition for pool lounges is so fierce we saw at least one altercation between some folks who were most definitely not hanging loose.
Our solution was to rise before the sun and before the crowds. Early morning walks at Ka’anapali are spectacular: miles and miles of ocean view and mostly on the flat. If you start early enough – meaning in the dark – you can even walk without being jostled by those pesky joggers who come out of nowhere and make you spill your coffee.
And by early, I do mean early. You good with 5:30 a.m.? The swans at the Ka’anapali Hyatt are awake by then, so you should be, too:
It doesn’t take long for the sky to lighten along the boardwalk. 5:45 a.m.:
By 6: 15 a.m. the day has truly begun:
The egrets have begun their morning shift, patrolling the hedges for unwary geckos:
And looking out over Black Rock, all early risers are rewarded with a morning rainbow:
Good morning to the koi at the Ka’anapali Sheraton:
And to these guys, too. I have really big feet so you get that these are really big snails!
The beach walk pops out behind the Sheraton and continues up a slight hill along a golf course. And you can keep going and going and going. Just be sure to say hello to the neighborhood cats:
My favorite stretch is along the Kai Ala boardwalk:
Then onward to North Ka’anapali and the Westin Villas, and a few more felines along the way:
It’s time to turn back when I reach the lovely cassia javanica trees in the Maui Kai parking lot:
I easily clocked six miles before breakfast. It is the best, most beautiful walk I know, and I can’t wait to go back. Aloha, Maui…
“Walking is man’s best medicine” – Hippocrates