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crickets and a rare rappelling planarian flat- worm.

“I’ve seen it rappel from ceiling cracks on ultra fine filament to the floor,” said Thorne, who may have been the first person to see this creature at work, according to the experts that he brought in to verify the sighting.

Paddle On the Ocean

Continue to exercise your muscles by taking a guided kayak tour or rent a kayak. If on your own, do it after you’ve gathered information on beaches whose approaches range from easy to challenging.

Be sure to find out which direction the wind blows in the afternoon and plan on letting it push you back toward the put-in.

Our advice: start early, and never, ever under- estimate the power of the wind.

Snorkel Through Coral

A rainbow of fish swam below us, seemingly unimpressed with our colorful snorkeling gear and lack of tan.

Excellent snorkeling can be enjoyed at Honolu’a Bay, one of the best sites on Maui if

it’s a good day (no rain, no recent swells from the north). The best snorkeling is on the right side of the bay. Or try the north side of Ka- palua Bay, the north end of La Perouse Bay, or the point separating Po’olenalena Beach from Palauea Beach.

January + February 2010 » Washington Trails

Hike Along the Ocean

The Wai’anapanapa Coastal Trail is a 3-mile one-way moderate coastal hike that shows off the most recent lava flow in the Hana area. Erosion of this flow created the black sand beaches.

Start at Wai’anapanapa State Park. Expect a rugged coastline, terrific views, black lava promontories, sea cliffs and arches, six-sided lava columns and a combination of striking colors.

Warm water, coral, green sea turtles and some of the 250 fish species that live in this water can be enjoyed with a minimum of effort. Picture parrotfish, con- vict tangfish, trumpetfish, Moor- ish idols, clownfish, triggerfish, pufferfish, porcupine fish and goat fish only feet away.

On a snorkel trip, make sure the guide knows if you wear glasses and roughly how bad your eyesight is. Newer masks have some correction in them to help most of the eye-challenged.

We were more than satisfied

with our teacher/guide, Suzzy Robinson, the owner of Maui Snorkel Tours and a former Kent, Washington, resident, who enthusiastically led us to colorful underwater life.

On Trail

Maui has a wealth of accessible water- falls, most of them on the Road to Hana. Courtesy of Maui Visitors Bureau.

The bonus to hiking the Haleakala crater is the long-lived silversword, which dies after blooming once. Photo by Ron Dahlquist Photog- raphy.

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