Tag Archive | Maui

On the Way Home: Pittsburgh, Loveland, Bloomington, St. Louis, and Vegas–and back to Maui!

The holidays make me think of family, so finally, I’ll report on the rest of our trip on the U.S. Mainland, an important part of which was getting to visit relatives.

On the way to Loveland, near Cincinnati, to see Paul, my oldest nephew, and his great family, we first spent several days  with Servas hosts.  The first was a wonderful Servas family outside Philadelphia; they welcomed  us on very short notice.  We first met them in a park to listen to a great concert!

Music in the park

Music in the park

The xxxx Family

Servas hosts: David and Jenny’s musical family.

And then our surprise was Pittsburgh–no more steel mills but a wonderful city of rivers, bridges, museums, and music!  The incline, which is what used to take workers to the steel mills, is now a tourist cable/trolley car ride.

Pittsburgh at dusk

Pittsburgh at dusk

Barry and our friendly Servas host, Marguerite xx

Barry and our friendly Servas host, Marguerite.

Then on to Loveland.

Although near a city, their town is woodsy and green.  Can you see the face in the tree?  Paul and Piper added it to one of their trees.

Although near a big city, Loveland is woodsy and green. Can you see the face in the tree? It’s Paul and Pipe’s addition.

Cole and Piper Lynn

Piper Lynn and Cole

Paul and Piper Lynn

Paul and Piper Lynn – bouncing on tree limb

Cole and Wendy

Cole and Wendy

Yummy dinner with family

Yummy dinner with family

Then on to Bloomington, Indiana (home of basketball — Indiana University) to see cousins Vanessa, Ryan, Ashlyn, and Carsyn.

Vanessa and Carsyn making dinner

Vanessa and Carsyn making dinner

On the swings

On the swings

Family dog

Another cute family dog

Then back to St. Louis in time for fireworks.

Fireworks over the Mississippi River

Fireworks over the Mississippi River




Rocky – another family member

St. Louis neighborhood cafe where we laughed and talked.

St. Louis neighborhood cafe where we laughed and talked.

Cousin Elaine has been researching our family history with the help of a Wisconsin cousin and Vanessa.   They found we are related to Mary Laney Backensto Moreland whose grave is in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.    One hot summer day, my sister, cousin, and I ventured out to see what we could discover.  Established in 1857, Bellefontaine Cemetery has numerous historic and extravagant tombstones and mausoleums for prominent local and state politicians, as well as soldiers of the American Civil War.

Newly discovered (by us) family graves from 1863.

Newly discovered (by us) family graves from 1863–including that of Mary Laney Backenstoe Moreland.

Mary Laney Backenstoe Moreland’s  will was executed in 1864 in St. Louis City. [When Elaine first wrote to me about Mary, I read that she was executed in 1864, which makes a very interesting twist–but not true].    Mary was married to Hanson Moreland a businessman and wagon builder who built the first fire engine for St. Louis and owned land in the city.  Hanson died  on 6/9/1863.  Those buried in this same plot include Mary D. 4/3/1863, Wm. H. Nelson 4/3/1863; Mary Backenstoe 4/3/1863, Virginia T. Moreland 4/3/1863; Lloyd H. Moreland 4/3/1863, Mary L. Moreland 3/22/1864, Fred Fursch 2/20/1867; Mary A. Moxham 6/11/1878.  We don’t yet know why five of them, including Mary Backenstoe, have their date of death as 4/3/1863.  My grandmother, on my father’s side, was a Backenstoe, and my dad’s middle name was Moreland.

The graveyard contains those known and unknown:

Graves of orphans

Graves of orphans

Grave of a known St. Louis man.

Grave of a well-known St. Louis man.

Some of the prominent people buried there include William S Burroughs (writer), Adolphus Busch (founder of Anheuser-Busch), William Clark (of Lewis and Clark), and Thomas Hart Benton (the politician).

Elaine, Trish, and I had fun wandering among the graves in this beautiful old St. Louis cemetery.

As a family, we also celebrated birthdays and being together.

Sister Trish and brother-in-law Chuck.

Sister Trish and brother-in-law Chuck.

Brother Al and sister-in-law Lori.

Brother Al and sister-in-law Lori.

Niece Jennie and her husband, Mark.

Niece Jennie and her husband, Mark.

We’re particularly proud of Mark who besides being a great dad and husband, works in a challenging career, coaches elementary school basketball teams, and  has been continuing his education–for years.  He recently graduated with about 160 credits to earn his B.A.   Yeah, Mark!

Our next stop was Las Vegas where Barry has family–and according to him–you can get the cheapest flights between the Mainland and Maui.

Las Vegas sunset

Las Vegas sunset

Shrimp and poker--Barry's happy

Shrimp and poker–Barry is happy!

Then on to Honolulu to visit friends Jamie, Jeremy, and Lilia:

Jamie and Lilith

Jamie and Lilia

With Lilith, Jeremy, and Barry.

With Lilia, Jeremy, and Barry.

We flew from Honolulu to Molokai and then on to Maui.

We flew from Honolulu to Molokai and then on to Maui on this Pacific Wings plane.

Molokai Cliffs

Molokai Cliffs–from the plane

Maui Cliffs

Maui Cliffs

What is this I see as we come down to land?   There are Hawaiian Canoe Club outriggers out in the harbor.  They have been practicing the whole time I was gone!

What is this I see as we come down to land on Maui?  Hawaiian Canoe Club outriggers, our Kihei Canoe Club rivals,  were out in the harbor. They have been practicing the whole time I was gone!  I have much to do to get ready for regattas!

And we’re back to our son and friends …

Johnny and Nalu at Keanexx

Johnny and Nalu at Keane, on the road to Hana.

and turtles . . .

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle - photo by Cheryl King of xxx

Endangered Hawksbill Turtle – photo by Cheryl King from the Hawksbill Recovery Project of Hawaii Wildlife Fund.  Go to <http://wildhawaii.org/&gt;.

and the whales are now back for the winter.

Although it is great to be on the road, it’s wonderful to be back home.

Aloha,  Renée

*Except where noted, photos by me.


Flat Stanley is on Maui!

Flat Stanley - the book

Flat Stanley, according to the book, is a resourceful boy.  After a bulletin board hung over his bed falls and unfortunately flattens him, Stanley started traveling the world (since he can easily fit  in an envelop, which saves a lot on air fare).  He makes the best of his difficult situation.

My great-nephew, Bryce, who is in 4th grade, mailed Flat Stanley to me, and I have been showing him Maui.

Here is  Flat Stanley’s  report to Bryce and his class.

One of the first places Flat Stanley saw was Tasty Crust.

Locals on Maui love Tasty Crust especially for breakfast

Uncle Barry, Flat Stanley, and tasty pancakes

Not too far away from Tasty Crust is Iao Valley.  Locals go to Iao to swim in the cold water; tourists go to see the waterfalls and replica houses of  the many ethnic groups who live here on Maui: Hawaiian, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Western missionary.

Flat Stanley in one of the many huge banyan trees in Iao Valley

Flat Stanley with a stone lion in Iao Valley Heritage Park

Flat Stanley and cousin John: The Iao streams are not only great for cooling off on a hot day but also a source of clean water

Hiking is great on Maui.

At Iao Needle, hiking with John and Nalu.

John let Flat Stanley ride piggy back for the Iao Valley hike

Flat Stanley at the Iao Tablelands

Flat Stanley and a rainbow. We did get a little wet. It's a good thing that Bryce laminated Flat Stanley

Of course, you probably know that Maui is famous for its beaches.  Maui has been voted  “Best Island in the World” by Conte Nash Traveler  readers for 17 years, so of course, Flat Stanley wanted to see the Pacific Ocean.  Maui is about 3,000 miles from any continent, so there is a lot of ocean around it.  Look on a map to see how far Hawaii is from the rest of the U.S. mainland and from Asia too.


Do you see Maui? (map from The Lonely Planet)

Map from: http://www.mapquest.com/embed?hk=w0vu39   <http://mapq.st/w0vu39&gt;

Many people love to come to Maui especially in the winter. The sand is soft, the ocean warm. Many couples come for their honeymoons.

Justin, Jade, and a little friend blowing bubbles on the Kam III Maui beach

Of course, Flat Stanley wanted to see a Maui sunset.

Maui sunset

On another day, we rode upcountry (up the side of Haleakala, the volcano) and saw ranches and farms.

Flat Stanley on the pumpkin wagon at Kula Farms

Flat Stanley spotted a very creative mailbox.

Upcountry mailbox

Flat Stanley has come with us, of course,  to celebrate a few holidays.  As usual, for instance, we went to the beach for our Thanksgiving dinner with friends.

Thanksgiving at Kam III

Another day, we hiked the Maui Coastal Land Trust preserve.   http://www.mauicoastallandtrust.org/ourwork.php

The Maui Coastal Land Trust manager, Flat Stanley, Aunt Renée & good friend Pat

When we drove upcountry one Sunday to join our Quaker Friends in Eve’s Sacred Garden,  Flat Stanley came too.

Flowers, birds chirping, a bubbling stream: a peaceful setting for meditation. Flat Stanley with Buddha

Flat Stanley comes to gatherings with friends.

Good friend Denise at her birthday party

Although 90% of our food and energy are imported  from at least 3,000 miles away–so we really need to work on sustainability–we do have good locally grown fresh food.

Tasty greens from our garden--with a heart-shaped grilled potato slice. Flat Stanley doesn't eat much, but he knows to eat fruits and vegetables.

Because the temperatures are very moderate on Maui,  we feel it is winter when it rains–especially in Kihei where we live.

At sea level where we live, the temperature doesn't usually get below 60 degrees even in the winter.

Sometimes we can see even double rainbows--see the one forming on the right?

Since you go to a Catholic school, you might be interested in the churches here on Maui.    The missionaries had a big impact on the culture and religion of the Hawaiians.

Keanae Congregational Church--Built of lava rocks, this one was established in 1857

The church  was the only Keanae building to survive the devastating tsunami of April 1, 1946.

Another interesting church is the octagon-sided Holy Ghost Catholic Church upcountry in  Kula; it was built in 1875 by Portuguese immigrants who had come to work on the Maui sugar cane plantations.

Holy Ghost Catholic Church & cemetery

photo by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Ghost_Catholic_Church_(Kula,_Hawaii)

Stanley wanted to see more of Maui, so we drove to Hana with friends.  The road crosses 52 one-lane bridges through rain forests.  The area is one of the wettest places on Earth.

Shanghai interns Elaine, Jasmine, Stacey, & Yvonne with Flat Stanley near a roadside waterfall

Hana town

Many tourists rush to get to Hana, but as with life, it is the journey that is important.  We stopped to eat lunch and hike at Waikamoi Ridge, saw Keanae, took breaks to see waterfalls, and had a good time on our trip.  We stayed in cabins at Wainapanapa State Park.

Tom and Denise came and joined us

Although it rained a bit (we were in a rain forest), we got to hike, talk–and eat well.  John was our excellent cook  🙂

Yvonne, Elaine, Jasmine, Deanna, & John - getting ready to leave after our weekend at Wainapanapa

Flat Stanley, Barry, and I got to spend another night.   The next day we went to Hamoa Bay.

Flat Stanley and Uncle Barry checking out the waves at Hamoa

Playing on the beach at Hamoa

Playing in the waves at Hamoa

There’s windsurfing at Ho’okipa.

Doesn't this look fun?

Photo by http://www.mauiwindsurfing.net/category/hookipa/

There’s much more to do on Maui.  Hiking in Haleakala, paddling outrigger canoe, watching whales, going zip-lining . . .  What do you like to do?   Come do it here on Maui.

Flat Stanley at a Maui pool

Come visit us.

Aloha, Flat Stanley and Aunt Renée

%d bloggers like this: