Hawaii allows you to set a path, find one or follow one. Get busy moving because small moments make life.
Hawaii can be experienced without crowds of people, and for most of us who find our way back again and again it’s what we thrive to do … avoid crowds. Discovering a new beach or a spot where throngs of people haven’t landed is one of the best things about the experience. In my early visits to Hawaii, my photographs were sprinkled with people. As I moved off the beaten path and found new trails, my photos opened up and I learned the meaning of “keeping the country – country.” Lately I’ve been asked, “where are the people?” My responses vary – but the norm is, “what, don’t you see them hiding in the brush?” Look close – find your own path.
Summer is still sizzling in the middle of the Pacific. Fact is, the temperature stays fairly constant most of the year. Yet another reason to live aloha. The paths leading away from tourists are not hard to find – you just have to look or Google the trails marked “steep or dangerous.” Actually, trails on all islands except O’ahu are typically void of tourists. Most people would rather be at a beach or resort (might be one in the same). When you Surf808, you’ll find the roads less traveled and vantage points from which you can capture people-free images. Aloha!
With a three month break behind me, I’m ready to re-enter the blogsphere.
Along the roadway (dirt road) we stopped to check on a stranded motorist. It was missing a few parts and in the bed of the truck was a dead deer – covered in maggots. The smell, was, lovely. My wife wouldn’t get out to view the mess. I on the other hand got up close … and this is the only image to survive the shoot.
During my previous visit I ventured – on foot – near this wall and was met by two pitbulls who seemed friendly enough. HA! This time I got the shot. I snapped this image from the vehicle while driving. I call this a ‘drive by shooting.’ In any case, the home is at the back of the prettiest bay. Clear water, two boats moored ready for fishing, and the water is calm – really. About 300 yards or so of snorkeling water sits just behind the reef — just prior to catching the Moloka’i channel (which is very choppy). Bottles like these wash up – and end up – on the wall of fame. NOTE: avoid the dogs.
The day began with a serious hike. Not a typical out and back day hike. No, I’m talking about a full-on hike to La’au Point – in the mud, through the woods and we didn’t stop at grandmother’s house for cookies and a nap. The trip to La’au Point is tough — add in soggy creek beds full of mud from Sunday’s 4″ of rain and you’ve got an adventure.
Sure enough, it was red and redder. Funny how that theme keeps popping up?!
The three mile trek required about an hour and a half. Ames was all smiles and certainly a trooper – cracking jokes and laughing as we plowed through the muddy trail. Upon arrival at La’au Point, we found a monk seal napping in the middle of the beach. After locating some chairs, we nestled into ‘relaxation mode.’ Ah-aloha.
We sat and watched the surf while we ate our lunch – and I shot some video and snapped some images. Both of us agreed that the rest period passed too quickly. With a return trip of three miles, we knew we needed to gather our gear, the backpacks and head back toward the car.
The return trip seemed quicker. I suspect it was because we knew what to expect. Thankfully the trail had dried a bit – so our trek home was a bit easier too. All in all it was a nice setup for a beach wedding. Enjoy the images.