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The wyfe and I took a nice 1-week vacation to the island of Maui, Hawai'i about a month ago, we hadn't been away from our kids in almost 2 years and it was a much-needed break from the daily grind.

We flew from Austin airport, transferred in Dallas, then spent NINE HOURS in an airplane to Kahului airport, about a 45-minute drive from our nicely-appointed condo in Lahaina right on the water, on the far east edge of the island.

The next day we got a quick cab ride to the Eagle Rentals place and checked out a Slingshot with automatic transmission (I just couldn't convince myself to rent a Harley or a scooter). We cruised the "Road to Hana" which is one of the windiest roads on any of the Hawai'ian islands, across the entire north coast of the island from one end to the other (just under 100 miles. Along the way were some amazing coastal vistas, and many, many waterfalls at each crag in the coast coming down from the volcano.

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Beautiful scenery at every turn...

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View from the condo veranda

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The Slingshot as we were leaving...

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Really nice roast pork platter traditional Hawai'ian style with macaroni salad, and a steak burger...

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Beautiful vista along the Road to Hana

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View of the "dry" side of the mountain, taken from along the Southern coastline...

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The tiny yellow thing is Sally's snorkeling flotation belt. She was seeing several sea turtles at this spot just near our condo. That was our 2nd snorkeling outing "solo" (we didn't hire a guide or pay for a tour). We saw more sea life than we have ever seen on a paid tour...

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This is a view across the island from a high point on the western end, across the valluy overlooking KKahului (where the airport is), to the big volcano on the East end
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Nice combo platter with pork ribs, fried shrimp, and some Mahi Mahi + sides
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Inside the Queen's Mall, near the airport
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We used Turo to rent a personal car for a bit more than half the price of a rental vehicle. That worked out really well. All the rental car places were BARREN, other people were renting U-Haul trucks & vans!


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Our dive master, a short lady named Chantal-

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This was a shore dive with a trudge of about 100 yards from the dive shop in full gear with weights, over rocks with urchins, and into a breaking surf. NOT EASY for either of us! But, we made it...

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We dove to between 25 and 30', on the remains of a concrete pier that was destroyed by a hurricane-

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I used my "GoCheap" $25 e-bay camera. It remained water tight for 30 minutes of the 45 minute dive, then stopped recording. I took several stills crop-outs from the video-

This was a MASSIVE school of goatfish, over 100' feet long, many thousands of fish...
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A large sea turtle cruised past right between Sally and the guide-
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He went on about his business, headed to the cleaning station-
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This Pipefish was very curious, he came right up to my camera-
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I have yet to identify these fish, we saw several of them...
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A solitary Yellow Tang, although we saw others...
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Nice!

Snorkeled the only reef system on the continental US at John Pennekamp State Park in FL.
Was on my honeymoon!

Way back then, the cheap underwater camera used 110 film, damn glad I borrowed one!


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Very nice, what a cool trip to take!!!

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Nice, thanks for posting!


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Appreciate your posting pics! It's hard for me to get them, still working a job, time gets too thin, and I really hate using a phone camera. You got some great shots too! Very happy it was a good trip for you and the missus. Cheers! Joe

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Hawaii had long time been on my bucket list, not going to happen now, so I thank you so much fopr posting your words & pics. thumbsup beerchug


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Nice shots! Was there about 20 years ago. Hope to go back one day....

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I'll tell you, I could LIVE there! Photos don't really convey the majesty of the rain forests and volcanic formations...

Generally, if you stay out of the tourists zones, the cost of everything is very similar to stateside stuff.

Of course, I didn't price buying land, building a house, or buying a truck...


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Three wheels on the Slingshot?

Doesn't it rain a lot in Hawaii?

Did you see Bill?

Texas to Hawaii? Is that largest state to smallest state?

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+1. Oh, wait a minute, I already do live here. Never mind...........

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There are seven States smaller than the state of Hawaii .
Rhode Island is the smallest state ( and it's not an island )
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Originally Posted by Dibnah
Three wheels on the Slingshot?

Doesn't it rain a lot in Hawaii?

Did you see Bill?

Texas to Hawaii? Is that largest state to smallest state?

Yes, 3 wheels. I ticked it off of my “States Ridden in”, although I’m sure that will tick some people off! (Even though the manufacturer’s US-required data plate calls it a motorcycle, and the license plate is a motorcycle plate)

It only rains a lot on one side of the island (at least that’s the case on Maui)

I didn’t see anyone I know

Texas is 2nd largest, and CA is NOT the largest, even though Tucker Carlson STILL thinks it is). Alaska is the largest.

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Originally Posted by Deadstiffcatt
+1. Oh, wait a minute, I already do live here. Never mind...........
Yeah. It's quite interesting to get the different perspectives of people who have been there for different lengths of time.

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Originally Posted by Shane in Oz
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+1. Oh, wait a minute, I already do live here. Never mind...........
Yeah. It's quite interesting to get the different perspectives of people who have been there for different lengths of time.


I spent 30 days in Hawaii on Oahu and it is everything they say is!! Definitely visit Hawaii if you ever get the opportunity.


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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
Yes, 3 wheels. I ticked it off of my “States Ridden in”, although I’m sure that will tick some people off! (Even though the manufacturer’s US-required data plate calls it a motorcycle, and the license plate is a motorcycle plate)

It only rains a lot on one side of the island (at least that’s the case on Maui)

I didn’t see anyone I know

Texas is 2nd largest, and CA is NOT the largest, even though Tucker Carlson STILL thinks it is). Alaska is the largest.

How could I forget Alaska? The internet tells me that Rhode Island is smaller than several UK counties, but looks interesting.

I should think that the Slingshot could be handful on those tight corners.

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Originally Posted by Dibnah
I should think that the Slingshot could be handful on those tight corners.

No. it did just fine. It was a bother anytime we pulled over to park, off the pavement. Those things are VERY low-slung...

We rented a manual trans last time (Jackson Hole, WY) and it was more fun. The Automatic has strange shift points and wasn't shifting and downshifting where I'd want it to. Also, the electonic/electric actuator system makes it sound like a clunky mechanical shift at lower speeds, with a hesitation and j erk, like an inexperienced rider...

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