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Maui - Day 4 - Monday, November 25, 2013

Aloha and Welcome to our vacation.

Today we slept in a bit - until 6:30am.  Randy went for a short run, then we had breakfast on the lanai.  We packed up our beach bag and headed back to Little Beach.

The weather was nice - but not overly hot.  As it was a Monday, it wasn't as busy on the beach as it was on the weekend.  We hung out for a couple hours, and left at 11:00am as we had plans in the afternoon.  We came back to the condo, showered up and headed out for lunch. 

We went to Eskimo Candy - which is a favourite of ours.  We decided to order the Seared Ahi Wrap and the Poke Bowl - which we had never tried before.  Even though it is a very busy place, we only had to wait about 10 minutes for our food.  And, oh. my. god.  It was so, so, SO good!  It was easily the best food we've had so far on our trip.  And this is from a little fish market/cafe located in an industrial area of Kihei.  The food was really fresh and really delicious.  I would be happy eating there every day if we had to. 

Janet with Kim McDonald and our new paintingAfter we had full, happy tummies, we hit the road and headed to Paia.  Randy had arranged a viewing at the Maui studio of an artist called Kim McDonald.  We had purchased a few of her pieces on previous trips to Kauai.  So, we thought it would be cool to actually meet her and see her studio.

We got to Paia a little early, so we went to the nearby La'a Kea Community Farm to pick up some more fruit.  This is a farm that provides jobs to special needs adults and youths.  We picked up some organic fruit and then headed to our appointment with Kim McDonald.  She welcomed us into her home and then showed us some of her work in her studio.  We love her work, and it was great to be around all this cool artwork.  She was in the process of completing a new original work, and we both fell in love with it.  After hemming and hawing, we finally decided to go ahead and buy it.  The previous pieces we had purchased were giclees (limited edition copies), so this was the first original of hers that we had purchased.  Kim said the painting wasn't quite ready - so it would be a few weeks before she would be able to ship it to us.  That was fine with us - there wasn't a huge panic to get it.

Having guacamole and salsa on the lanaiAfter dropping a wad of cash on a painting, we decided to head into Kahului - and do some MORE shopping!  We went to the Macy's to see if I could find any interesting clothes to buy (Macy's in Hawaii has a really great Petites section).  I didn't end up finding anything, but we found a cool shirt for Randy instead.  As we were leaving the mall, Randy took me into a jewelry store and ended up buying me a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.  It was a pink glass charm with the word Aloha etched on it.  I didn't bring my bracelet with me on holidays, so I will have to wait until I get home to see how it looks with my other charms.

With that done, it was time to head back to the condo for Happy Hour.  The guacamole that we picked up was nice and ripe, so Randy was finally able to make some guacamole.  We sat out on the lanai with the guacamole and leftover salsa, having drinks and watching the sunset.  It's a rough life, I know.

Since we had oinked out on guacamole and salsa, we didn't really need to do anything for supper.  So, I worked on the journal for a bit, and we had some more beverages.  Went for a hot tub later in the evening, and then pretty much went to bed.