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I was very fortunate at the beginning of March 2013.  My husband had a meeting in Maui and I got to go along.  He was in meetings a great deal of the time, so I filled my days with relaxing and taking photos for my blog.  In case you are stuck in the cold, here are some photographs to warm you and make you dream of a tropical island.

We were in Wailea which is on the east coast of Maui.  The first hotel where we stayed for two nights before the meeting was the Grand Wailea.  The views were spectacular.  The water had a great many whales…but I never managed to capture a photo of them.  There were sea turtles, too, that would come up on the rocks to eat the algae.

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I love sculpture and the open air hotel lobby had two magnificent bronze sculptures of male and female hula dancers.

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We saw one mermaid.

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Sunset is a time to celebrate all things Hawaiian and to be grateful for the chance to be there in paradise.

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The Grand Wailea had a wedding chapel where couples marry and where vows may be renewed.  It is a charming white church in a lagoon.  There are spectacular Hawaiian stained glass windows.

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I am not sure how many people the chapel will seat, but I think that you could get at least 100 people in this space.

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The windows glow at dusk.

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Of course, an orchid lei is given to every female guest upon arrival.

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We rented a car before the meeting began, and found ourselves at Mamma’s Fish House.  It was opened forty years ago and has been serving up beautiful scenery and world class cuisine ever since.

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The restaurant is open to the air and the view from our table was very memorable.  The “arrows” are torches that are lit at night.

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The ceiling over our table was comprised of these wonderful “sails.”

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I did a blog several months ago about shell mirrors.  This gorgeous one was in a hallway.

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The ginger plant had vibrant red blooms.

 

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The state flower is the hibiscus. Don’t you want to put one behind your ear?

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We moved over to the Kea Lani for the meeting.  This lagoon is on the grounds near to the lobby. It reminds me of Monet’s famous water lily paintings.

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There was a miniature bamboo forest off of another side of the lobby.

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The banyon tree and bench and lanterns made for a beautiful entrance.

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I found this lady sitting alone on the sculptured grounds.

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“Kea Lani” means “white heaven.”  The buildings were white and had what I thought to be a moorish influence.

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Whenever I go to a hotel, I like to look at the way the public rooms are decorated.  This is a small lobby area near to the elevator on the third floor.  Could it be another “Great Wall of China?”

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This wall of mirrors was opposite the wall with the plates.

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The weather was perfect and the manicured grounds were, too.

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This wind farm reminded me of the Midwest.  Because of the trade winds, lots of electricty is generated.  This side of the island receives very little rainfall and is in stark contrast to the lush greenery on the hotel grounds where irrigation systems are used every day.

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We went out on a catamaran to look for whales.  Our friend, Bill Mayo looked very nautical as he took photos.

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As you can imagine, sunset from the boat was awe inspiring.

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I love adirondak chairs and was so pleased when I found these on the property back at the hotel.

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Our last night there, we attended a luau…and our friends Jen Magnatta and Cherri Mayo came dressed in these pretty shawls.  I took the photo to show you how they had them tied.  Jen’s is tied at her wrists, but she tied it in the back.  Cherri tied hers at her wrists.  The Aloha spirit was definitely with them that evening.

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Thank you for looking at beautiful Maui.  I loved taking the photos for you…create and be happy!