Monday, March 22, 2010

Grandpa Shows Grandson Maui

My grandson that is 6 years old and born on Maui, finds nothing more fun than to get his 2 year old sister all riled up.

Since I had to work Saturday, as soon as he got his homework out of the way, I took him adventuring on Maui.

Having grown up on Maui, there are few places I can go that are new to me except maybe a subdivision or Hotel, I have to try to think from my grandson's point of view.

So we took a ride up country through Kula and stopped at Sun Yet Sen park on the way to Ulupalakua.

Sun Yet Sen was instrumental in the overthrow of the Chinese dynasty in the 1800's.
He was an educated Physician that grew up in the Keokea area and in later years made around six trips between Maui & China.

The park isn't really fancy, but my grandson enjoyed the Chinese Lions and the walk. The peach trees are blooming and the loquat fruit was everywhere on our trip, so snacks were in abundance.

We continued on to Ulupalakua and stopped in at the store to relax and munch an ice cream. I would like to have spent more time looking over their inventory.

While having our ice cream, my grandson was surprisingly interested in the farm's history and having done many radio and feed truck instrument jobs for them in the past, we had lots to talk about.

We took a quick run up in the rain to hit the bathroom and look around the Ulupalakua Tasting Room and I even bought a bottle for a friend.

Next stop was past Ulupalakua to the Kanaio area where my friend allowed me to take my grandson to explore their land, including a Lava Tube.

He was a bit reluctant to go down inside, but thanks to my trusty LED flashlight he went. It's not very far, but does get dark and damp. Very interesting look to the walls that hardened as the Lava flowed. It looked smooth but was actually rough and sharp.

After leaving the Lava tube we checked out the unusual plants and found a dead deer, turning out to be a real pest on Maui.

We left Kanaio and passed Ulupalakua and despite so many more sites and possible places to stop, my grandson was all tuckered out and dozed on and off the rest of the ride home.

It's difficult to find places interesting that you have seen so many times before, but take a 6 year old along and it's amazing how you can see things through another's eyes and think about them differently.

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