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Due to some health issues I’ve not been adventuring very far but did get clearance for long haul flights and longer travel again.  So this time we planned a special return trip to Maui! This trip is to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary early and accompany my mom for her first Hawaiian trip.  We were joined at my husband’s aunt’s place by his parents as well. Thus, the trip was a combination of a celebration (our wedding anniversary and his Aunt’s 50th year in Hawaii), educational for our son, and fun family time.

I wrote about our previous adventures to Maui with our son in Round 8  and Round 4. So a reminder that we consider Hawaii more of a world schooling adventure than road schooling because of how far the travel is to get there and the cultural differences between Hawaii and Texas!  This time my son got to teach my mom some Hawaiian words and help her with pronunciation. And especially the state fish named the humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa (pronounced “who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah) because we knew we would be snorkeling with them.

Here is the list of our experiences on Maui for this trip:

  • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary visitor center
  • Pacific Whale Foundation & their whale watch (saw lots of Humpback whales and listened to them with a hydrophone)
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Iao Valley State Monument
  • Hawaii Nature Center & Kepaniwai Park
  • Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
  • Maui Bread Company
  • Kula Bistro
  • Ale House
  • The King’s Cottage & Maui Wine Tasting Room
  • Ulupalakua Ranch Store & Grill
  • Papawai Point (Whale Lookout Point)
  • Olowalu
  • Lahaina
  • Banyan Court
  • Pioneer Mill Co. Smokestack and Locomotives Exhibit
  • Lahaina Heritage Museum in Old Lahaina Courthouse
  • Honoapiilani Park
  • Dragon Tooth Trail
  • Nakalele Blowhole
  • Historic Iao Theatre (saw Pirates of Penzance)
  • Kalepolepo Fishpond
  • Kula Botanical Gardens
  • Ali’i Kula Lavender Farms
  • Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
  • Maluaka Beach
  • Makena Landing (best turtle snorkeling)
  • Maui Quilt Shop
  • Maui Dive Shop
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Kaupa
  • Mokapu Beach
  • Valley Isle Lighting
  • Reed Lighting
  • Po‘olenalena Beach Park
  • Lava Fields of La Perouse Bay
  • Makena State Park
  • Five Graves
  • War Memorial Stadium
  • Ho’okipa Beach Park (saw Hawaiian Monk Seal)

Although Hawaii is a domestic destination it feels much more like an international trip due to the extremely long travel times.  On the way out we met up with grandma at the Phoenix airport as we were all on the same final leg. In addition to long travel times, there is a big time change adjustment, a difference in climate, immersion in Hawaiian culture, agriculture inspections, and lack of wifi everywhere.  It also is a great way to physically learn and experience WWII history, the geology of volcanoes, marine science, solar power, Hawaiian history and culture, trade winds, the power of waves, and much more.

We say it repeatedly, travel is an educational tool.  Thus, travel is a huge part of our homeschooling adventures.  Travel for you doesn’t have to be foreign countries or huge out of state adventures.  Travel could be local or “armchair” by using books, videos, your computer, or a postcard exchange  Traveling present an educational opportunity because of exposing children to the greater world and learning about being global citizens.  Please, be inspired, go explore!