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leaving Hana with character

Just shy of a couple of years ago we were here. Beautiful, beautiful Maui. This was us, leaving Hana on my birthday. Us is my wingman aka my handsome husband, our  then 14 yr. old teenage boy and our two tweens’, one 12 yr. old boy, one 10 yr. old girl and of course myself. We all stuffed “lovingly” into a red retro 1970’s VW hippie van complete with a rainbow peace sign slapped on the back windshield as a veteran badge of honour and set out for adventure. Five days of fun. Fun? Hell yes.I thought so. The kids have a different story though.hana2 Camping in Hawaii. It is different, different but good. Long story. Just ask the kids. My oldest said numerous times  repeatedly “WHO DOES THIS?” and “If you ever tell anyone I did this”…blah blah blah….. and “THIS ISN’T NORMAL!!”….ha ha ha.

hana6 At one point,near the start of the trip, I purchased a coconut/bamboo combo~ wind~ chime ~thingy’ and hung it in the van. It dingle~ dongled along as we drove. I thought it added a nice  Hawaiian touch. I thought it was cool. Probably not the case with some of the kids though. We looked very much like locals to say the least.That made my boy extra happy! Bahaha. I am such a mean Mom. They can thank me later. Yup, thank me and their Dad for giving them opportunities to build character. Right?hana7
Now, and maybe forever more ,when I tell them we are going on holiday they say…”We aren’t camping right? RIGHT?” It is too funny. I am sure they won’t admit it , but I bet my last red cent they will one day look back and wish we could do it again.  Or maybe not……. . Isn’t this lovely? Who wouldn’t want to camp here?

hana5…and eat this? By the way the avocado and tomatoes were bought from a local roadside stand. You know the kind, help yourself and leave your money in the box. The honour system kind. Food doesn’t come any fresher or more organic than that. Also, personally I think red wine sipped from a coffee mug makes it taste even better.hana3It was an amazing adventure. There are stories we will relive and remember for a long time to come. Some challenging and some amazing. For instance……The Pupu lounge, where we ate some delicious/evil fish that well…..lets just say, it’s all in the name. Oh dear! Yup. We celebrated two birthdays here on Maui as well and I believe it is possible we drove almost every road on this island. We even got dreadfully lost at one point but the locals were so kind and helpful it wasn’t a big deal. 
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I am crossing my fingers that one day in the not too distant future we do find ourselves back here having a fresh pineapple every day, trying out all shave ice trucks, finding the perfect little blue bay that is all to ourselves.  Ok, maybe not in a hippie van but I will take what I can get. Sooner than later though would float my boat. hana4

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  1. I got to camp for three nights in Hana my last year of high school- it remains my peaceful meditation memory that I return to over and over again. Did you go to the Seven Sacred Pools? Of course you must have!

    • I have never met anyone else who has done this as well. We however could not swim in the pools as the water was far to high to be safe. It is so calming there, I can see that being a lovely meditation memory. Sweet!

  2. So funny – and the years my family didn’t go camping, we asked our parents, “But, why aren’t we going camping?” Luckily, there were only a couple summers where we skipped this much beloved activity for more “traditional” vactions involving museums, and famous landmarks and destinations, etc…

    Would have never thought about camping in Hawaii. It sounds pretty good to me now though, might just have to look into that.

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