Hawaii

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Inside Haleakala

 

Crater #1

Crater #1

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I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time  I hiked down into it any real distance.  It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a  different perspective than what is viewed from the rim.  My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job.  They were photographed before the hike.  Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).

 

 


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The Stream, the Forest and Others

Iao Stream II

Iao Stream II

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The stream runs through the Iao Valley, other photos were from nearby locations.  These wind turbines wreck the view of West Maui from miles away.  Is a little bit of “green” energy worth it?


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Iao Valley

Swimmer

Swimmer

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This scenic spot is tucked away on West Maui.  It is not well known and usually skipped by those on the island for only a few days.

 


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Lahaina

Couple with Tattoos

Couple with Tattoos

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Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  I was lucky enough to find some volunteers for street portraits.


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On the Beach

Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

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On Maui, one never really has to leave the beach, and there are so many beaches.

 


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Maui Scenes

 

Confluence

Confluence

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The adventure on Maui continues with views from my somewhat unexpected perspective.

 


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Finding Maui

Toddler Sunset

Toddler Sunset

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You can start anywhere to find Maui, but my story starts at LAX before crossing 2600 miles of the Pacific Ocean to land on this island paradise in time to watch the sunset from Kihei beach.  These are all new photographs, captured yesterday.

 


Places Without Locations

Crossed Wires

Crossed Wires

Many photos are of recognizable places, like the Manhattan skyline. None of these landscapes are of instantly identifiable locations. The two aerials were photographed somewhere between Houston and LA, but I can’t tell you even what state is pictured. Remaining images are from Kauai, but without the Hawaii tag, nobody would ever know. [A fellow blogger who is also a pilot identified "Farmland II". See the comments.]


High Seas at Hanalei Bay

Two Boys, Full Speed

Two Boys, Full Speed

On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas.  Someone tried to go surfing.  Paramedics took him away in an ambulance.  Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.


Mahaulepu Trail and Other Delights

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

These were photographed on the Mahaulepu Trail, at various beaches or in the hills behind Kapaa.  I did eat every bite of the delicious Ronald Burger at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu.


Around Kauai

Beach Cafe

Beach Cafe

These were photographed around the hotel, in Kapaa or in the hills behind the town.


Wiamea Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

Here are a few views on the way up and from the top of Wiamea Canyon. I was a bit disappointed when the clouds came rolling in, but managed to make the best of it.


The Way to Hanalei

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay was featured in the movie The Descendants.  It is the location of some of the most expensive beach homes in the world.


Kuilau Trail and Other Delights

Watching the Sunrise

Watching the Sunrise

The Kuilau Trail is one of the easier ones on Kauai and offers stunning views of the area surrounding the Blue Hole.

 


Kapaa, Hawaii

Forever Young

Forever Young

Kapaa is a town in what is called the central area of Kauai.  It is about 5 minutes from the airport.


Downtown Kona

Kona Wetlands

Kona Wetlands

The Wetlands were right outside my hotel room balcony.  Kona Seawall was taken from the same location where the three girls were sitting. The Mercedes was restored and had a bright red interior.

The pier in Kona is a center of activity.  People hang out there or swim on a small sandy beach.  Every evening the outrigger canoe teams practice with the men and women alternating days so that the canoes never sit idle.  One man takes a daily swim with his clothes on, makes a mud ball and stuffs it in a drain pipe when he is done.


South of Kona

Place of Refuge 2

Place of Refuge 2

South of Kona there are a series of nearby beaches.  Place of Refuge is a Pu’uhonua o National Historic Park and it is adjacent to Two Steps Beach, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving spot.  Further down the road is Hookena Beach Park where I photographed some locals and their boats.


North of Kona

Napoopoo View

Napoopoo View

The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy.

While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.


Kona Street Fair

Outdoor Flower Shop

Outdoor Flower Shop

On the third Sunday of each month there is a street fair in Kona where vendors set up stands and sell their goods, mostly artsy stuff. Photographers may wish to note that while two subjects are not looking at the camera, they were in on it before I shot.


Hilo to Kona

Rain Forest Walkway

Rain Forest Walkway

It’s about 95 miles from Hilo to Kona over scenic roads, going through Waimea.  The day began with a stunning view of Mauna Kea from my hotel room watching light from the sunrise move down from the summit.  Akaka falls and its surrounding rain forest are on the way, followed by miles of lava fields.  In Kona on the pier both the mood and climate are completely different from Hilo.


Volcanos National Park

Lava Landscape

Lava Landscape

This is a magical place where molten lava and poisonous gases spew forth from the ground. Nature is at its peak of fury here. The message is we are nothing. In minutes one passes from desolate inhospitable areas at altitude to lush rain forests and pacific beaches. The landscape is unreal often covered by lava flows.


Mauna Kea and Others

Ascension

Ascension

After a short stop at Rainbow Falls I headed for the Saddle Road to visit Mauna Kea. There is a visitor center about halfway up to the summit from the main road. The road surface then turns to gravel and is steep for 5 miles. My rented Hyundai Elantra barely made it because the minimum speed to produce enough power was also fast enough to overpower the suspension. The final 3 miles is very steep, but paved. The summit is at an oxygen starved 13,796 feet (4,200 Meters). The final photo is one of the spectacular views from my hotel room in Hilo.


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The Road to Hana

Girls in Yellow and Orange

Girls in Yellow and Orange

Just another day in paradise.


Sugarland

Maui Sugar Mill

Maui Sugar Mill

This is what happens when you spend a day on Maui and don’t try to do anything special.  No long drive up to the crater or Hana.  Just laze around and don’t go all that far from the hotel in Kihei.  Hawaii simply encourages this sort of behavior.  To the locals, it is the Hawaiian way.  I photographed the paddleboard instructor because the board was bright yellow, matching the top of her bikini.  A large part of Maui is devoted to growing sugar.  It is harvest time so the sugar mill is running and the sugar fields are burning.  A food truck is parked around the corner from the hotel in Kihei every evening.  Its lovely owner sells calamari among other tasty items.


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