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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.
In the morning I was just wandering around Kihei Beach with a camera. Later that day I checked out of the hotel and had several hours before the rental car would be returned so I cruised over to Maalaea Harbor. In a corner of the ocean where the jetty meets iron shore there were at least six large sea turtles feeding among the waves and rocks. I took some liberties with the colors.
The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there. The road is dry and relatively straight. A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel. It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked. You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.
Eventually you arrive at Kipahulu, the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It will take another 20 minutes to reach Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. Kipahulu is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.
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).
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.
Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants. Other photos are from various beach locations.
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.