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  • Day2

    OGG to MKK

    November 6, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    The next day, I did the shopping I needed to do at QKC, which has a Farmers Market on Friday mornings. I flew back to Molokaʻi in the afternoon. The cloud ceiling was very low and we flew under it, which enabled me to get this shot of the tug and barge that are the Hawaiian Islandsʻ lifeline.Read more

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    Lahaina

    November 5, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I took a bus from the Queen Kaʻahumanu Center bus terminus (where a crew sanitizes each bus as it comes in) down to Lahaina. QKC shopping mall is just two blocks from the Maui Seaside Hotel.

    Lahaina was the harbor where whaling vessels called during the height of whaling in the early 1800s.Read more

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    Maui Seaside Hotel

    November 5, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I stayed one night at the Maui Seaside Hotel in Kahului, an $11 cab ride from the airport. It was recommended to me by a local and I highly recommend it for travelers who donʻt want to stay at a big resort complex.

    Access: Because itʻs at the head of a T intersection with traffic lights at the entrance, itʻs very safe to get into and out of the driveway in a rental car, and the pedestrian crossing is right there if visitors want to walk along to the nearby covered mall, like I did. BTW, there is a cute tram at OGG to take visitors to the rental car lots!

    Check-in: Along with their ID, visitors are asked for their quarantine exemption certificate upon check-in. Very friendly and helpful staff. If you are planning to use the pool, you need to make an appointment so that the hotel can keep travel parties separate and disinfect surfaces between users. At the moment, if you share on social media that you are going to stay at Maui Seaside Hotel, you will get an automatic room upgrade.

    Room amenities: I booked the cheapest room, which had a really comfy king-sized bed with a fan above it, air conditioning, small refrigerator, cable TV, wifi, etc. However, it didnʻt have a coffee-maker, microwave, iron/ironing board or hairdryer. Not sure if theyʻve been removed because of COVID concerns but are available on request, or available anyway in other rooms. I didnʻt need any of them, so I didnʻt ask. The hotel has recently renovated its entire property, so everything was brand new. Great shower/bath with plenty of hot water and good pressure in the shower head. Also, a pull-out line above the bath for hanging "smalls" to dry.

    Dining: Tanteʻs, attached to the hotel, does breakfast and lunch and specializes in Filipino cuisine but also has American and Hawaiian options. It is very popular with locals--the food is delicious and the service excellent. The 6-foot social distancing rule means that not all tables are usable at the same time, but it is a large restaurant. I didnʻt need to make a reservation for the lunch I had there after check-in.
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    MKK to OGG

    November 5, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    The flight went along Molokaʻiʻs north shore, which has the highest sea cliffs in the world. They were formed when a huge landslide sheared off the side of the volcano that created the island. A smaller volcano created the Kalaupapa Peninsula, which is so isolated by the cliffs and the sea that it was used to quarantine leprosy patients from the late 1800s until a cure was found for what is now known as Hansenʻs Disease in the 1940s. It is still home to the last surviving patients and you cannot visit the National Historical Park there unless you have permission, which is only available if you are on an authorized tour.Read more

  • Day6

    Brisbane Botanic Gardens - Mt Coot-tha

    October 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    On my final day, we went to the "new" botanical gardens, which are on the slopes of Mt Coot-Tha. After walking around through the many acres of plantings arranged by geographic regions of the world, we drove to the summit cafe for lunch.

    I flew back to HNL that night. My visit was far too short! I loved Brisbane and would return at the drop of a hat (an Akubra, of course)!
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  • Day5

    Mt Glorious

    October 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had originally planned to go for a hike in a rainforest reserve on Mt Glorious, but it turned out to be closed for track maintenance. So we had a nice lunch in the local cafe. The road up to Mt Glorious is very popular with motorcycle clubs for outings, because it is well-maintained but nice and bendy!Read more

  • Day4

    Currumbin

    October 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Tuesday, I took a train down to Nerang, which is near the border with NSW. My great nephew picked me up from the station and we went sightseeing to Currumbin, on the Gold Coast.

    It was one of the first areas to be developed into a seaside tourist mecca, though it is greatly overshadowed by Surfers Paradise these days. We had lunch at the surf lifesaving club, then went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and I caught the train back home in the evening.

    Again, the transit experience was fantastic--trains are clean, frequent and punctual.
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  • Day3

    Quiet day

    September 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Monday was a nice quiet day with a trip to see a movie and then to meet up with my nephew and his wife for dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant.

    I gave the phone a rest!

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    Powerhouse dinner and show

    September 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    On Sunday, my hosts and I went to an evening performance of a musical comedy set in a certain school for wizards, but featuring the lesser students (as all those famous names are copyrighted!)

    From the suburbs where they live, we took a couple of buses into the city and strolled along the riverbank in a lovely park setting with a children's playground and a miniature train. Then we took the ferry over to the former powerhouse at New Farm, which is now an arts venue, and enjoyed dinner in one of the restaurants in the complex before the show.Read more

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    Brisbane

    September 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    I arrived on the flight from HNL late on a Friday night, and the next day went for brunch with some family members in Bulimba. We then took the ferry over to the city and had a walk around, including a visit to the Botanic Gardens.Read more

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