An early morning beach run was on the menu today - barefoot `(haha - not my style - despite the current trends!) - past the Andaz and other fancy hotels for coffee. 6km in the sand before breakfast - the achilles will be screaming later!

It's the 4th of July, and everyone is out there looking patriotic in their Stars & Stripes bikinis. The beach is crazy busy. It's our last day here, and later we head further north to stay at the Sacred Garden - a source of much amusement amongst the gang. See later.

First we checked out Lahaina, and the incredible Banyan tree at the centre of town, where a market was going on this morning. Its a beautiful waterfront, but a bit tacky for my liking. First purchase of the trip in Lahaina was an awesome parachute material hammock. Will be spending some time in that one later!

After lunch we headed back towards Pa'ia and after grabbing some incredible fruit from a roadside stall, we had an hour at the beach; here we met Carol from Alabama. She looked to be about 60 years old - tanned, windswept and skinny - a surfer for the last 30 years after she moved to Maui. She had her camper fan pulled up on the beach, where it looked like it might have to stay for ever, given the state of disrepair it was in. Along with her two dogs, she lives the Maui surfing lifestyle. We had a good chat with her whilst the kids attempted to catch waves.

The Sacred Garden

Despite our reservations - see why [here] (http://www.sacredgardenmaui.com/) - the Sacred Garden is incredible. Apparently Jimmy Hendrix stayed here in the 60s. A beautiful cabin in the jungle, surrounded by banana and passion fruit trees. The owner, [Eve Hogan] (http://www.evehogan.com) is the author of such notable books as "Intellectual Foreplay" and "Virtual Foreplay". Apparently she likes foreplay. Say no more.

 'Born to run' 

'Born to run' 

 In the Sacred Garden

In the Sacred Garden

 Questionable reading

Questionable reading

 Downtown Lahaina

Downtown Lahaina

 Our shack in the jungle

Our shack in the jungle

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