|The almost uninhabited south side of Maui|
When I started writing today's column, I was actually on the Hawaiian island of Maui, on my honeymoon (which we couldn't take until 6 months into the marriage). But as you read this, I'm back. But I'm still stuck on the island music, and by the time I'm done with you today, I'm hoping you'll be just as stuck as I am. And I'll get back to the music, in a little bit, but first let me tell you about my island treasure hunt. Right after you enjoy a little bit of music from my current favorite Hawaiian swing band, Kahulanui. Can't get them on today's playlist for you, but here's the Grammy nominated band's video that played on the big screen in the airplane on the flight over!
The day we arrived on Maui, one of my husband's family members, Toni, was also there, just getting ready to leave the next day. We weren't able to connect in person, so my husband challenged her to bury a hidden treasure for us somewhere on the island, and leave us a map to find it. Here's the first creative clue we received on Facebook. Very clever, dontcha think?
We ended up driving down to the Maalaea Harbor where we headed out on a whale watching and sunset dinner cruise with the fantastic crew of the Quicksilver. But before we did, we followed a few more picture clues and got within just a few feet of our treasure before we finally gave up and called Toni so she could lead us the rest of the way to the booty. Turned out that it was hidden behind some rocks, where she'd drawn a big X, but it had washed off in a cloudburst the night before.
We had so much fun searching for our buried treasure, that we thought we'd leave a hidden treasure map of our own, to lead other friends to our favorite little spot on Maui. I'm not going to tell you what we hid, but you'll know it if you find it. Just know that the real treasure is the beautiful locale, not what you'll hold in your hand once you find it. Our map wasn't quite as clever as Toni's, but if you take a trip to Maui in the near future and decide to brave the road to Hana, I think this map will pretty easily lead you to the hidden island treasure!
If this is too small for you to read (and these days I wear reading glasses over my contact lenses, so it's too small for me), here's the Island Hidden Treasure Map, easily explained:
- On Maui, from Paia, head out on the curvy road to Hana.
- Just before the 10 mile marker, at the 10th one lane bridge, pull over & park.
- Take the path on the north side to the waterfall. It's not far.
- At the end of the asphalt, take 32 paces.
- Look to your right, eye level (if you're about 5' 5").
- Your treasure is behind the rocks.
I promise, you'll be glad you went to this little spot! If you ever actually go, please put another little treasure in the same spot so that someone else can enjoy it. Think of it as island geocaching. Speaking of geocaching, here's your coordinates.
So turn the volume up, and enjoy today's Island Treasure Hunt playlist. It's a mixture of Reggae, Hawaiian slack key, ukelele, hula, steel drum, island chant, and a few other island songs threw in just for fun.
To hear the Island Treasure Hunt streaming playlist, just click on the arrow below the written playlist, or head over to Spotify.