MAKENA BEACH, MAUI’S LAST LAVA FLOW

Day 8, Jan 6, 2018 – MAKENA BEACH, MAUI’S LAST LAVA FLOW

 Taking it easy day…

MAKENA BEACH, MAUI’S LAST LAVA FLOW

Today was a taking it easy day for us, Serbian (Orthodox) Christmas Eve. Elizabeth went to Kahului’s Saturday swap meet while I worked on yesterday’s sunset sail travelogue,.

Then we both went for a walk on the beach and a swim.

In late afternoon, we drove to our favorite beach on the west side of Maui – Makena. We walked again from both ends of this long beach.

Elizabeth is wearing a rainbow dress I bought her on the first day here.

“So Maui!”, I said.

MAUI’S LAST LAVA FLOW

Today was a taking it easy day for us, Serbian (Orthodox) Christmas Eve.

After a lovely walk on Makena Beach, we drove on to the southernmost- road accessible part of Maui – the last lava field from an eruption that occurred circa 1790. The road ends in a gravel parking lot at La Perouse Bay,

The eruption didn’t come from the crater at the top of Haleakala, but rather erupted in the southwest, part way up the side of that volcano. This left a path of rough lava rocks that you can see today.

In 1786, French explorer Captain Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse surveyed and mapped this area. He was the first European explorer to set foot on Maui. The bay is named La Perouse after him. (Captain Cook was the first European to see Maui, in 1778, but he never landed on Maui.)

The last time we were here was in 2008 or 2009. A long time ago. But the place still looks unchanged.

And that’s all she wrote for this Serbian Christmas Eve. We are now going out to dinner at Cafe O’Lei in our Kihei neighborhood.

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