Would You Jump Off This Rock Into the Pacific Ocean?

My body is still on Atlanta time. I normally wake up around 3 AM each day, roll back over and try to go back to sleep, only to wake up again in an hour or two. My body just won’t get the message that it’s in the Hawaiian Time Zone now. lol

Early this morning I looked out the window of my bedroom and noticed they were busy putting up tables on the lawn for tonight’s Luau.

Preparing for a Luau


Here’s how it looks now…so pretty! I’ll be sharing the luau with you for tomorrow’s Tablescape Thursday. Tablescape Thursday may go up a little late since the time difference is not in my favor, but I’ll get it posted as soon as I can on Thursday.

Tables Set Up for Luau


Thanks so much to all the lovely dearhearts who suggested I take the “Road to Hana” tour! It was awesome! I took a gazillion photos of waterfalls, but a picture of a waterfall is just not the same as being there, so I’ll spare you all those.

I have to be downstairs for the Luau in about half an hour and I’m not even dressed yet, but I wanted to share a few of the photos I took during the Road to Hana tour. We drove over 112 miles yesterday, per our guide, and I was so surprised when he drove us through the long section on the map that was labeled as “rough” and recommended for Jeeps/4-wheel drive vehicles only.

It was a little scary in some parts, but not as scary as the crumbling roads we drove on through the Atlas mountains in Morocco and some sections of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It was a piece of cake compared to those hair-raising rides! lol

Since the road takes you so close to the coastline, there were a lot of beautiful ocean views to enjoy.

Beautiful Hawaii


On our way to Hana we stopped by a beach known for being a spot where sea turtles come to sun themselves during the day. We lucked out and saw several during our stop.

Sea Turtles Sunning, Maui Hawaii


Of course, we saw so many beautiful waterfalls. I could easily do an entire post of nothing but waterfall photos, but again, it’s just not the same as seeing them in person.

Road to Hana, Waterfall


I can’t remember what park we were in when I took this photo, but it was gorgeous! Notice that large boulder in the center of the photo. I took this photo when I passed it the first time.

Maui, Hawaii Pacific Ocean Views


As I made my way back by this area a few minutes later, I was shocked to see a man standing on the very tip-top of the section sticking up that sorta looks like a tree stump. I pulled out my camera to take a photo and at that very moment, he jumped!

Thankfully he was okay and swam over to the rocky shore. I was told by others that his friend had climbed up with him and had jumped just a moment before he did. Crazy, huh?

Crazy Jumper in Maui, Hawaii


During a visit to one of the parks along the “road to Hana” we saw a little garden of pineapples. Did you know this was how pineapples are grown? For some reason, I thought they grew on trees!

Pineapples Growing in Maui


I’m so looking forward to sharing more of beautiful Hawaii with you! See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

Maui, Hawaii Ocean Views

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  1. Hope the Luau went well!

  2. It must be fun to be you!

  3. No, I would not jump ! But that’s me. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.
    I have some favorite Hawaiian singers on YouTube vivo. IZ sings Aloha ka manini and I love Faith Aka singing Blue Bayou and some of her island songs. Relaxing.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful. Glad you are enjoying yourself!

  5. So glad you are enjoying yourself!! The pics are beautiful…..no, I would not dive off of that rock, and come on……..pineapples growing on trees???

  6. There is no way I would ever have made that jump!!! I remember taking the road to Hana and seeing Lindbergh’s grave site at the end. Lovely trip.

  7. I am so glad you went! Looks beautiful there!

  8. How wonderful you could go to Maui! I hope any doubts you had are now history. The people are warm and welcoming, the land is gorgeous and the stories capture the imagination. And best of all you are still in the USA.

  9. I know you are thrilled that you decided to go on this journey. Your waterfall picture is stunning. I am so jealous. No doubt Hawaii is a garden paradise with all the beautiful flowers they can grow year round. I would be in “hog heaven.” LOL Speaking of “hog” I’m looking forward to seeing the Laua pictures. Have fun!

  10. We loved Maui, so much to see, do, eat and even shop! My husband drove the Road to Hana, it was fabulous and scary too. Did u swim in the seven pools at the end or do the hike through the bamboo forest. I think we only had time to do that because we stayed at the one and only place there…? Another exhilarating thing to do is the bike tour down from the volcano. If u do it, make sure it is with a well regarded operator. Ours was great. Some people do it on their own, and tragically someone died ahead of us on the way down. Clouds block visibility at times, and motorists can be careless on the harepin curves.

  11. Your body will get acclimated to Hawaiian time just about the time you land in Atlanta. I am loving following your travels and look forward to seeing where you have been each day. One thing I enjoy about traveling is seeing how things grow. Last year I went to Honduras and within the first few hours of landing I saw three fruit I had never seen before. It just made me marvel at how many things in the world there are to discover that we are clueless about!. Thank you, Susan, for carrying us along on your adventure!

  12. Boys!!! Great action shot!! Lush greenery everywhere…*sigh* We will return…..Aloha! franki

  13. Beautiful Pictures. I can’t wait to see the rest. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  14. Did you see the waterfalls by car or helicopter? All of Maui is amazing.
    My sis did a helicopter and said they are phenomenal! I didn’t have the nerve but regret not going now. Hopefully I’ll have another chance someday! Continue to enjoy!

  15. Dawn Marie says

    Beautiful scenery! Those waterfalls! So happy you’re there. Good decision.

  16. Hi Susan! Nooooo, I would NOT jump, and I also thought pineapples grew on trees! Mind blown! Those sea turtles look amazing – they blend in with the rocks. How exciting to come across them! Thanks for sharing your trip. The Hawaiian Islands are on my top 5 places to visit one day.

  17. I won’t go off a diving board, let alone a tall rock when you don’t know what you’re going to land on in the water!! It looks like your trip is going well! Continue to enjoy yourself. There’s lots to experience!

  18. I didn’t know that about pineapples! thanks for taking that picture. and the picture of the guy jumping?! wow, good timing for that, it is perfect! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more.

  19. Beautiful photos!. You’re so lucky!

  20. What super gorgeous shots! Looking forward to more. And any signs from the awful eruptions on Hawaii?

  21. The pineapple is a bromeliad…be sure to bring a box home. They don’t taste as good as Hawaiian ones anywhere else on earth.

  22. LINDA PAGE says

    Turtles! I am so glad that you got to see the big sea turtles. I went to a turtle farm in Grand Cayman years ago where they were raising sea turtles because a huge hurricane destroyed so many turtles. At Houmas House in Louisiana, they often have pineapples in their garden. Wouldn’t it be nice to just walk into your back yard and pick a fresh pineapple! Yum!! Looks like you are having a great time. I am so glad that you are on this trip. I hope every minute that you are awake is an adventure!!

  23. Robin Lambert says

    Since you’re waking at 3 AM, you should go to Mount Haleakala to see the sun rise above the clouds. It’s beautiful but cold. Take a blanket.

  24. Hawaii is awsome; very happy you decided to go. My hubs and I were there in 2011 and the Road to Hana was our first tour. My first trip; not his. He did R&R there from Viet Nam in 1968.

  25. Kathy Shearer says

    I am so glad that you decided to take this trip! We went in 1993 and drove the road to Hana. Maui is truly paradise! Love traveling with you virtually, Susan! We plan to go to the Amalfi coast in the next few years. I am a bit nervous because steep clifts and curvy roads mixed with fast Italian drivers make me nervous.

  26. Linda Dodds says

    Hi there lucky duck!! Could you share your favorite carry on travel bag with me? Going to Cali in a few weeks and want to try something new. Thanks and have fun!!

    • Thanks, Linda! When I travel, I normally have one really large suitcase that I check and a smaller, rolling travel bag for my laptop, camera, change of clothes (in case my suitcase gets lost) travel pillow and the other essentials that I don’t feel comfortable checking. You can see the rolling carry-on I use for every trip here: https://betweennapsontheporch.net/travel-accessories-gear-for-trips/
      It has worked out great and still looks like it did when I purchased it after 7-8 trips. It definitely saves my back and I get so many compliments on it when I travel. Everyone loves the design. lol

  27. Pineapple trees. :D:D:D You’re so cute. Glad you’re having such a great time, but I sure wish you could sleep better. :o/ In my youth, I used to jump off cliffs like that. The thought now gives me the heebie jeebies. Enjoy the poi tonight!

  28. Michele (Finch Rest) says

    Susan- I grew up with really high cliffs at the back of my house…..we jumped off cliffs like that all the time. HOWEVER……I wouldn’t dare now! I think I’d have a heart attack on the way down lol.

    Good times.

    Love your photos. One of my best friends lived on Maui for 25 years. She just retired. I never went to visit, though asked countless times. Yes, still kicking myself whenever I think of it. Ugh. She’s now in Michigan. Ugh.

    Safe travels, milady. Hugs.

  29. Beautiful Susan, thank you for sharing!!! Have a wonderful time!!

  30. Cyndi Raines says

    What an adventure! LOVE the waterfall picture! I too thought pineapple grew on trees, like coconuts do. Always something new to learn! Aren’t you so glad you are there, aside from waking up at 3 a.m., ha! ☀️

  31. Betty mcjunkins says

    I am so very glad that you took this last minute trip. It is an amazing State.

  32. Charlotte says

    No way I would jump! I thought pineapples grew on trees too. Beautiful pictures! Have fun!

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