On our first morning in Maui we got up at 3:00am, piled into the minivan (felt like the 90’s) and made the 2ish hour drive in the darkness up the side of the Haleakala volcano on a very winding road with TONS of other cars. We got to the top where the national park is located with a big parking lot, gift shop/information centre and a nice big railing to keep people from falling down the side of the volcano. The weather up at 10,000 feet is significantly colder and MUCH windier! But the view was well worth it! Most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever watched! No problem getting up at 3:00am to do that if I get the chance again!
After lunch at the Whaler’s Village mall we went to a little kiosk called “The Pearl Factory” that my mom went to the first time she came to Maui in 2002. You pick an oyster out of a little bowl full of oysters and they open it up and find the pearl and then you pick the piece of jewelry you want to put it on they have hundreds of settings. I really wanted to get myself a pearl since I loved my mom’s so much. So the girl working there said pick the ugliest and hairy oyster in the bowl so I did just that! She cracked that sucker open and squished its guts around and out popped a pretty white/cream pearl! Yipee! as she was squishing the guts to chuck the oyster away out popped a second identical pearl!! Super rare are lucky! So I ended up getting 2 pearls for the price of one! Hoorah! I was pretty excited since I didn’t really have a plan for one pearl since the necklace I wear already has 3 charms on it. Tada! Pearl earrings!! my pretty little pearls! Mommy picking a 30th anniversary pearl setting
There’s day one of Hawaii 2014! Hope you enjoyed it. MANY more photos to come!!
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