On our last full day we were in no hurry. We had an unrushed breakfast, put on our hiking clothes and headed north again. We hiked about 5 miles at an abandoned golf course that has been converted to hiking trails. There were about a dozen geocaches along the trail, and we found almost all of them.
As we hiked, it rained off and on. We were able to get under cover during the heavier bursts. The views of the mountains and ocean were beautiful, and we had the place pretty much to ourselves.
Back at the resort, I checked in for our flight. I couldn’t resist the temptation to upgrade to first class again. We were on vacation, after all.
After a late lunch, we headed to the “solitude” pool again. We couldn’t find a shaded lounge, but there were a couple of “deluxe” lounges available for rent. These lounges have collapsible canopies that keep the sun and wind off. Since it was late in the day, I was able to rent one for half price – only $20. It was well worth it.
The canopy did such a good job of deflecting the wind we were soon overheating in the sun. I went for a quick swim. The water was quite refreshing, and I didn’t need to stay in long.
About 4:30, we returned to our room to get ready for our dinner at the Lahaina Grill. We gave ourselves plenty of time to get there, because we had seen how hard it could be to find parking in Lahaina. As luck would have it, there was an inexpensive lot just a short walk from the Grill. We had time to enjoy another gorgeous sunset before our reservation time.
Dinner was a real treat. The service was impeccable and the food superb. We split a 14-oz steak that was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The vegetables on the side were fresh and cooked just enough. We were able to resist the temptation of dessert.
While we were eating, a troupe of Chinese dragon dancers wove through the tables celebrating Chinese new year. It was quite loud, but fun, and we were soon back to enjoying our food.
After dinner we drove back to the Honua Kai where we each enjoyed a last glass of wine at Duke’s.
Before bed, we planned our timetable for the next day to make sure we would be on time for our flight home.