When the people of Maui woke up yesterday morning, there was snow on Haleakala!
See the white at the tippy top?
We had already planned to drive to the top yesterday, and the snow didn’t change our mind. But when we got to the entrance to the national park, there was standstill traffic. We sat there for well over an hour. We couldn’t figure out what it was. Turns out, it was just volume. I had forgotten how rare snow is in Hawaii.
I fell asleep a couple of times while we waited. I wasn’t driving.
The snow at the top was magical.
Usually this hill is just dirt.
Do you see all the people in this picture?
It was so fun watching people in the snow. They were giggling and smiling and laughing. People were making snowballs and posing for pictures and making snowmen. It was heartwarming.
We ended our time on the volcano with a stop at the winery. The grounds there are beautiful, particularly the gigantic trees.
A quick stop at Walmart, and we were home again. I had to go to bed early. I have school today.
Yesterday after church, we went to the golf course for the brunch buffet. My mom had been there in 2013, and wanted to go back. It was delicious. It also has a gorgeous view of the valley and Haleakala.
After napping because of all the food we ate, we went to Ed and Jo’s hotel. It’s giant and beautiful.
There were many waterfalls.
We walked the grounds a little bit, but didn’t stay outside because it was raining. We got drinks at a bar whose walls were made completely of glass. The view of the ocean was amazing.
Dark and stormy.
In the evening we tried to find a place to eat, but the restaurants all had long waits. We went to a salad place and all got clam chowder. It was an unexpected end to the evening, but actually kind of nice – just a bunch of friends gathered at an informal restaurant enjoying each other’s company.
We drove to Hana yesterday. It was a perfect day. The clouds kept the sun from being too hot, but they didn’t drop any rain on us. Yay!
I didn’t take too many pictures. I got one of some cats sleeping on a dumpster. They were cute:
They only opened their eyes a little bit when we came close.
My mom sent me a picture of her and me on the black sand beach:
I think the lens was smudged a little.
And I got a picture of everyone’s back at Ho’okipa (the surfing beach).
It looks like an album cover. Do bands to album covers any more?
I had an open house at school last night, so I didn’t come home until late. I still beat Mom and Aunt Marlys. They went to Lahaina with Ed and Jo, and were still not back when I got home.
There were two kinds of notes on the counter when I got home. The first was this:
Hehe… It was just the “input” button. It had been switched to “antenna”, and wasn’t showing any picture. It was easily fixed.
The second thing on the counter was birthday cards – one from Ed and Jo, and one from Debbie. They were so fun! And Debbie sent some decals! Cool! I’ll have a hard time deciding where to put them.
Ed and JoAnn arrived safely yesterday! Yay! I’m still in school today 🙁
After meeting them at the airport, we got them to their hotel, then went out to eat. It was so fun to hang out and have good food.
I didn’t take any pictures of us together, so here’s a picture I took during our PE period yesterday at school. It’s been raining a lot the last few days, but it got sunny in the morning. Rain plus sun equals rainbow. Rainbows happen a lot here.
See the faint double rainbow?