Olivia's birthday is during the school calendar spring break this year. Jeff took some time off work, and we headed out on a sailing trip. The weather is flukey this time of year and we changed our plans right up until the last minute seeing which way the wind would blow us. :)
Turned out to be another Maui trip.
Jeff posted a video of the trip on his facebook page:
We left Sand Island Ke'ehi Small Boat Harbor on Tuesday morning headed to Manele Bay, Lanai.
It was a little rough in the Kiawe channel (as expected) and we decided to spend a mostly sunny day relaxing on the shore on Lanai. The girls and I spent several fascinating hours staring into tide pools. (but I didn't bring my camera... sorry)
On Thursday, Olivia's 10th !!! birthday, we headed over to Maui, with plans to spend the afternoon & night at a beach resort... what a treat!
The winds were light and the boat speed was appropriate for trolling along the coast. We didn't hook up this time, but it was fun nonetheless. Thanks, Dad for the great rig!
The girls spent a great day in the amazing resort pools, taking warm showers, watching movies in bed, and even a game of night-time lazer tag down on the lawn.
Friday forecast was for light winds, Saturday was for rain & frontal winds. So we left Lahaina, Maui early on Friday planning to make it all the way back (90 miles) back to O'ahu by dark. (And we did!!)
We got to see lots of humpback whale activity on our way between the islands. most of the spouts and display activity happens closer to shore (which I found a little surprising) but out in the open (where we were sailing) we saw mothers with their calves and the daddy-guardian-escort.
in between the islands we could even hear them! it was amazing!
on the adjacent dock in Lanai we met another couple and their guests who had come over on their live-aboard cruiser from Honolulu. They also planned to return to O'ahu on Friday, and we actually crossed paths out in the channel!
I took this picture of them.
and they sent this picture of us.
Camila asked Jeff why their boat rocked SO MUCH...
haha, kid! That's why your dad chose a multi-hull!! LOL
Both girls spent time steering the boat, and helping out with the sailing -- we've all come a long way learning how to sail this sweet KaiMana in these waters.
Happy double digits to this beautiful big girl!