Sunday, after an orientation breakfast and planning out our many activities for the week, the five of us made our first excursion to the beach–well, one of the many beaches on the island (between Kihei and Wailea, to be specific). I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves…

While we were there, we did quite a bit of exploring in the tide pools (you can see them among the lava rocks above) looking for some marine life. We saw a several small varieties of fish and a couple of different sea urchins–one of Dana made the mistake of trying to handle. One of the urchin’s spines broke off into her finger and released some black dye-like substance into her skin. She was in quite a lot of pain, so she and her husband went to an urgent clinic to get it taken care of. It ended up costing several hundred dollars for the procedure to remove the lingering spine. Don’t worry, she’s fine. Here she is showing off her wound.

There’s another, much funnier, version of this photo. I’ll let you guess what she’s doing in that one. ;-)


For dinner, we went to a little place Rose McGee recommended to me: Da Kitchen. It was excellent (especially for the price) and the portions were almost on the ridiculous side of large. Anyway, I meant to get a picture of us enjoying our meal, but I forgot. Sorry, Rose! I did pick up a take-out menu though!

To be continued…

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