Thursday started off with Hawaiian canoeing with members of the Maui Canoe Club. It was cool to learn a bit about this type of canoeing, and it was also a great workout. It was one of those things that Mark and I would not have done had we not been with the family.
|Neil, Marie, Tim and Joan|
That evening, Grandma Koepke treated the entire family to a luau at the Wailea Marriot - the same place Mark and I had gone a year ago last spring. He and I therefore knew pretty much what to expect; but what we didn't expect was to find Nathan up on the stage following the conclusion of the luau - dancing. He hadn't told anyone he was going up there; he just did. It was so funny that we made him repeat it, only this time Mark recorded it. It was the highlight of the evening.
A group of the family left at 3:00 the following morning to see the sunrise from Mount Haleakala. Mark and I were not among that group, but Nathan was. Instead, we drove up to the summit that afternoon with others of the group. It was spectacular to ascend over 10,000 feet and then see the views from up there, including a view over to the big island of Hawaii.
|Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii are visible in the distance|