Thursday, February 23
After we had set up our tents on the wonderful grassy point above Mokulao, we had a few hours left of bright sunny day to explore. We decided to take the roughly 1-mile walk along the road to the Kaupo Store, possibly visiting the Huialoha church on the way there or on the way back.
Much like on the windward side of Kaua'i, this stretch of Maui seemed quite prone to the whole rainbow-shower-sun-rainbow-shower-sun phenomenon, so we carefully sealed up our tents before heading out. We walked along the quiet narrow highway, moving aside only for the occasional rental car. We kept glancing up-slope towards Haleakala when we could, attempting to get a view of what we would be tackling the next day.
Big Agnes and South Maui Coast
A quiet and scenic twenty-minute walk brought us back to the Kaupo Store, where we took a more leisurely look around. I bought an ice cream bar and Brian bought a beer, and we sat around a little table out on the porch, watching the rain showers out over the ocean glide by. We had a nice chat with Linda - the owner and operator of the store. She is a woman of much experience and conviction, I sense, and does not seem to suffer fools gladly.
A particularly large shower bore down on the store as we were about to leave, creating a beautifully-bright rainbow that aligned perfectly with the rainbow painted on the Kaupo Store's sign. I guessed that this was not a rare occurance, sign and sky matching like this.
During our leisurely walk back along the highway to our camp, we decided to take a detour over to the historic Huialoha church. Not only was the church itself quaint and scenic, but the point of land that it was on looked nice, too. We followed a faint path leading from the Piilani highway down along the edge of rocky Mokulau Beach. Another approaching rain shower gave us a beautiful view of driftwood, surf, and rainbow.
We had a quick look around the grounds of the church, noting the nice restoration work, the old cemetery, and the no camping sign. The situation is beautiful - open grassy grounds on a quiet and remote point of land, with rugged rocks and surf crashing all around and a few palm trees lining the perimeter, completing the tropical effect. A serene spot.
Heading back to camp, we decided that Mokulau Beach would be the best place for us to ceremoniously dip our feet in the water at the start of our 'Sea-to-Summit' climb.