As you may know Keao is from the Big Island but went to school on Oahu. She left Honokaa in the 7th grade and attended Kamehameha Schools until she graduated from High School. This, of course, meant she boarded and live with the other outer island girls. One of her best friends during this time was a sweet Maui girl named Kelii. Kelii has since left the islands and moved to North Carolina but she comes back to visit from time to time. So right after the Great Aloha Run (and I literally mean right after) Keao and I hurried home to shower pack and then head to the airport. We had a 12:44pm flight to catch and we were both exhausted from waking up at 4am, running 8.15 miles and rushing to the airport. We did make our flight pretty easily but by the time we arrived on Maui we were both starving and wanting food badly! Luckily for us there was a Ruby’s Diner in Kahului.
The entrance to our heavenly meal
Keao was so hungry she couldn’t even look at the menu (or camera)
She opted for a peanut butter cup shake which was so huge they brought out the extra in another cup!
I opted for the sliders and rings (which were perfect even though there were only five of them)
The Maui Ocean Center is an aquarium that sits right next to Maalaea Harbor. Probably the thing it’s most famous for is its shark tunnel. That is, there’s a large tunnel in the middle of the tank so you can watch the sharks and rays swim above you. There are also a lot of other fish and mammal displays as well.
The large sign beckons you to come on in
One of the first tanks had a bunch of flounders which was cool because they have both eyes on the same side of their heads
This is what they look like from above
This is me holding the water back (Moses style!)
Although it’s not a petting zoo, the shark lagoon is a popular draw
These are called hammerheads for very obvious reasons
Keao and Kelii before the fun began
One of the interactive displays in the center focuses on whalesongs. Keao, ever the scientist, wanted to see if she could one day communicate with the huge beasts. How’d she do? I’ll just let the video explain.
Pretty good eh? After that stunning display of talent, we saw more sharks and a few rays.
These guys had their own special tank
This is a ray swimming away
If you were being eaten by a ray, this would be the last thing you would see
Hula Cookies and Ice Cream makes an ice cream sandwich with what else but their own cookies and ice cream
Keao and I split a scoop of chocolate between two chocolate chip cookies
Notice it’s “local and Hawaiian” style food
Who do you think they modeled the wall art after?
Our Hawaiian plate was definitely enough for two
See how cold they look?
The Kau Kau Four Court
Fernando’s from a distance
I had the alpastor sandwich
After all that we finished up and headed back to Oahu. It was a short trip, but a fun-filled memorable one nonetheless.