Maui voyages: On August 29, Judge Cardoza ruled to continue the temporary restraining order for service to Maui and has set hearing dates for September 6, 7, 10, and 11. Due to this decision we are suspending service to Maui through September 11.
So it looks like if they can start operating on September 12 that is the earliest we could have our car. We still aren't sure what we're doing.
Here is our Car which Alisha named Kiiki...we are not sure if it is an actual name or means something. Alisha was playing with sounds and really liked it. if anyone knows this means bad omen, crap pile or anything of the sort please let us know ASAP!
some of you probably heard about the Hawaii SuperFerry protests in Kauai, well now thanks to them we are stuck on Maui with our car. We had reservations for us and the car to go on the super ferry this sunday for only $15 which is amazing considering it cost us $250 to get us and the car over to Maui last week. So now we are in a pickle because the only way to get cars over to other islands is on a barge and it's kind of a pain because you drop it off, empty and then recieve it about 4 days later on the other island. The part that sucks is that you then have no car for 4 days so you are looking at rental car fees in addition to shipping the car and flying over. Plus, when they shipped it to Maui, our car arrived with a completely flat tire so we had to immediately get that fixed. Thank goodness the AAA guy was super nice and told us where to go.
Because of the superferry cancellations the barge is backed up and the earliest we can get drop our cars off is Tuesday to be picked up in Oahu on Friday. Alisha and I both have interviews scheduled in Oahu on Monday. Also, we have a place to stay at a friend of a friends for super cheap on Oahu from Sunday, Sep. 2 to Friday, Sep. 7. We only have those 5 days to look for an apartment and hopefully find jobs. So we are debating whether we should get a rental car and book flights to Oahu for sunday as planned and have the car shipped over on Tuesday or leave the car and wait to see if they ferry will be up and running at the end of next week ( both options allow someon else to ship for you if you fill out paperwork ahead of time) I believe my friend here on Maui would do that, but it's a hassle. If we go ahead and fly over to Oahu, get rental and ship the car later on the barge we are looking at a lot of money. but if we fly over get a rental and wait so see if the ferry gets up and running again we can save about $200. However there's no way to know if they can get it up running again after the next court hearing on Sep. 6 and if we wait then we have to rebook on the barge which would be Tuesday September 11 and we wouldn't have the car two whole weeks. What to do, what to do??
Needless to say we are not happy with the protesters. I am all for saving the environment but this is ridiculous even Tahiti has a ferry between Islands. My favorite part of some of those videos is that at the end of the clip the guy gets in his Monstrous gas gussling truck as so many of them drive around here and drives off. I also don't understand why it's ok to fly to another island and drive a rental car around but not bring your own over. Any thoughts?
Hanauma Bay is a cove in Oahu with some of the best snorkling. We went twice because we liked it so much and it really sparked my(Alisha) interest and now I want to invest in some snorkle gear. Each time we went it was about 6:15-6:30. If you get there before 7 anyday of the week except Tuesdays, there is free parking and admission. Not many ppl know this. We were tipped off by a local. We usually stay for about an hour to an hour and a half b/c around 8am ppl by the masses start to show up and then it gets crowed and hard to see the sea life.
I had the pleasure of seeing not only two but three of Hawaiis own Honu(sea turtle). They are adorable and very much endangered, so don't touch them and give them their space!
Nearing the end of our trip we all decided to hike up this paved path toward the Makapuu light house on the windward side. You could see bellow's beach from the top. These pictures include the best shots I got while on the highest point of our hike. You ca n't actually go to the light house and it is a lot smaller in size up close. There is a picture of me sitting on a rock I climbed. I am always having someone photo me!
These were the cabins we stayed in for the first 15 days of our stay in Oahu. We were not directly on the beach but it was about a 200 m walk to get there. For the first half of the trip we shared a cabin with Charlotte(April's sister) and husband Aisea(pic above). Later on we shared it with April's brother and his girlfriend for the last couple of days. Most of the time we were out exploring but when we got tired of shopping and being at the beach there was cable we could zone in too. We got addicted to Rock of Love on VH1. We were easily entertained b/c April and I didn't have cable tv in KC.
When we first arrived in Oahu we stayed on the windward side(East). This is the view from our cabins. The sand is white and the water is peaceful. The only ppl on the beach are ppl staying at bellows that is why I(Alisha) preferred to swim there.
So we finally broke down and started a blog. Apologies to everyone for not being in touch, we arrived at our temporary place yesterday and just got internet access. Stories and pictures to follow. We miss you all!