Up at 6AM to catch coach to airport for our flight to
Maui. In spite of
the fact that the tiny airport is on America’s western-most outpost,
they take their security very seriously.
Unlike other places on this trip, the TSA had us remove our shoes, take
the laptop out of the bag, remove our belts and empty all our pockets before
giving every passenger a millimetre wave full-body scan, followed by a pat down
and frisk. All of that still only took
ten minutes, so we went and sat in the gate for an hour. The flight left on time at 9:45 AM and we
were on the bus in Maui at 10:30AM. En route, we flew over the ,
a former leper colony. island of Molokai
Our luggage went ahead to the hotel while we drove around the island from Kahalui Airport to Lahaina (a former whaling town) for lunch (at Bubba Gump’s, on the water across from the island of Lanai of which 1/3 was recently purchased by Larry Elison of Oracle) and a couple of hours of shopping for kitsch or jewellery. Finally we were taken to the resort end of town where all the big hotels are located around a golf course and some pricey condominiums.