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Aloha

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Big sunsets come from the Big Island – Aloha!

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Hawaiian workouts include all your friends.

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Island rain showers mean green plants and lots of flowers.

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When it rains while the sun is out, you know it’s short lived. The more it rains the more it’s short lived. Unless you’re living under a dark cloud.


Top visits on Maui. A quick list, links and maps. Aloha

Lahaina Churches 007

 

Lahaina Jodo Mission
Bamboo Forest

Iao Valley, Hawaii Nature Center

Waihee Ridge

Makahiku Falls and Map

Waimoku Falls

Kapalua Adventure Center and Honolua Ridge

 

 

 

 


Texting, grammar and rude behavior – a challenge from Hawaii

table textingA favorite blogsite, Better Hawai’i,  recently provided some polite guidelines for those who text. Upon review of the texts that I received the last two weeks, only those from my wife were grammatically correct. Never mind the fact that she’s a secret adviser to the Oxford English Dictionary; only a handful of my texts were readable within the context as suggested by Better Hawai’i. The very moment we abbreviate words to quickly convey a message or utterance, that is the moment we’re distracted by the whole process of texting itself.

Rather than convey clarity – we convey brevity. Terse comments lead to the appearance of rudeness. The youth of today would argue the point. And then again, those are the same people who sit across from one another at dinner time and text rather than talk. Where is the Emily Post of the digital era?

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Hawaii beaches: red, black, white, pink(ish), and green.

Green_sand_beach_HawaiiPapakōlea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach, is a green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only four green sand beaches in the World, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine, found in the enclosing cinder cone.

olivineandlavaThe cinder cone is rich in olivine, a silicate mineral containing iron and magnesium, also known as peridot when of gem quality. Olivine is a common mineral component of Hawaiian lavas and one of the first crystals to form as magma cools. Olivine is locally known as “Hawaiian Diamond” and is notably found in Oʻahu’s famous Diamond Head landmark.


POG – official drink of Hawaii

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POG is a tropical style juice drink created in 1971 by a food product consultant named Mary Soon who worked for Haleakala Dairy on Maui, Hawaii that consists of a blend of juices from passion fruit, orange, and guava fruits (hence the P.O.G.). POG is currently produced by Meadow Gold Dairy, a subsidiary of Dean Foods. Several companies produce a version of POG (such as Hawaiian Sun), as do resorts, travelers and anyone making fruity drinks at the end of the day.

Options to make it an all-natural Hawaiian POG drink

BEST POG – Obtain fresh ingredients

  • 2 Fresh Pineapple Rings – Cut Thickly, or  the Juice from 1 Passion Fruit
  • 1 Fresh Orange – Peeled
  • 1 Fresh Guava (skinned or whole)
  • 2-3 Cups Ice
Backup POG – All-natural ingredients
  • 1 Cup Natural Passion Fruit Nectar
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Orange Juice
  • 1 Cup Natural Guava Fruit Nectar
  • 2-3 Cups Ice

 


The McDonald’s of Haleiwa is located at 66-457 Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, HI 96712

First – find O’ahu. Then go to the North Shore. Go left at the sign that reads, “Hale’iwa.” mcdLook for the McDonald’s sign that isn’t a McDonald’s sign. Try the Spam McMuffin – it’s uber-tasty.


Maui’s coconut palms overhead – and overheard

VG8A5875Found throughout the tropic and subtropic area, the coconut is known for its great versatility as seen in the many domestic, commercial, and industrial uses of its different parts. Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people. Coconuts are different from any other fruits because they contain a large quantity of “water” and when immature they are known as tender-nuts or jelly-nuts and may be harvested for drinking. When mature, they still contain some water and can be used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk. The endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water. As development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut “flesh”.

c2o-coconut-waterWhen dried, the coconut flesh is called copra. The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics. The clear liquid coconut water within is a refreshing drink. My personal favorite is C2O. Aloha.


Palms of Maui and Hana Palms Retreat

palmsetHana Gardenland is 3.5 miles from Hana Town, and is a lush paradise retreat blessed by rainfall, sunshine and cool breezes with over 5 acres of meandering pathways through palm trees, tropical gardens, flowers and jungle. We’ve visited Hana Gardenland but not stayed there. Within the estate are two residences, the Garden House (which has two complete residential units) and the Palms House. These homes are perfect vacation rentals, surrounded by the beauty and serenity of lush, tropical, botanical gardens. Hana Gardenland is a perfect model for eco-tourism, where guests and visitors can roam the botanical gardens and learn about plants thriving in the Hana Maui ecosystem, enjoying tropical fruit in season along the way. Aloha!


Maui’s red dirt keeps you digging for more.

sunny_red_dirtReturn from Maui and you’re sure to remember red dirt. It’s ever present. Add a little water and voila, you have red mud. Either way, you’ll be reminded long after you leave. For some reason, washing with soap and water ‘sorta’ works. Scrub a dub on the hands and feet and you’ll remove most of it, but not all of it. Rub a little red dirt on your clothing and you’ll be presented with a new challenge.

Ok – enough about the difficulties of red dirt removal.

When hiking back country of Hawai’i, I look forward to long hikes along red dirt roads. I love the smell, the color and contrast it creates with anything nearby.

Red dirt speaks aloha.


Hidden Lahaina isn’t so difficult to find. Just look for it.

LahainaJust off Front Street, Lahaina comes to life. Not the kind of life found on the street … I’m talking about spots that are void of the congestion and foot traffic. I found the other side of Lahaina seeking refuge from the grunge, overdone retail, stench, street hecklers, etc. etc. Not that some of those things can’t be interesting. To me, Lahaina needs some pressure washing and Frebreze. Hidden Lahaina is closer to the water behind the buildings lining Front Street. Luckily I cam equipped with a camera.


Awa`awapuhi hiking: tough hike – great views. Worth the adventure.

KauaiFound in Koke`e State Park this trail winds through a highland forest with occasional ridge top views. It’s all downhill. Let me reiterate … all down hill means all uphill on the return trip. The day I hiked this trail, I carried a 100oz of water, a Canon 7D, tripod, Sony PCM50, etc. a point and shoot Canon with a few other goodies. At 25lbs, the trip became a real workout.

Take the trail outward (toward the end) to the grassy point overlooking the sheer cliffs of Awa`awapuhi and Nualolo valleys resting 2,000 feet below. The option to connect to the Nualolo trail should be taken only by those prepared for a hike over 9 miles long (one-way). Remember there is no water available nor facilities – be prepared.


The mountains of east Moloka’i – the Kamakou Preserve – can be clearly seen early in the day.

Moloka'i_morning_clearThe nearly 2,774-acre Kamakou Preserve on the slopes Kamakou, the island’s highest mountain, is striking when viewed from Maui.  Before you venture, plan ahead because the weather can and will affect your visit to the Preserve. When there, you can see more than 250 rare Hawaiian plants, 219 of which can be found nowhere else in the world, hear the song of the olomao, or what is called the Molokai thrush, and the kawawahie – commonly called the “Molokai creeper.” Both of these birds are near extinction. The best hike is along the three-mile (round-trip) narrow Kamakou boardwalk that takes you through unspoiled rain forest. The Nature Conservancy offers a monthly tour of this unique preserve, which is unlike any other on earth.


Maui – early morning – the calm before the beach is active.

Blue_Pacific_Lana'iEarly morning beach time is really special on Maui. Most tourists avoid early bird beach adventure. And the ones that show up are quietly enjoying a morning walk, run or combing. Seeking a ‘no foot prints in the sand’ photo can be challenging on all Hawaiian islands — so arrive early. It’s the calm before crowds get crazy loud at the beach.


September ONE and it’s all about Pooter.

DA_PooterThe sweetheart of my life is my loving wife – Pooter. Not her real name – but the name I use so often that it might as well be her name. “Pooter” … “Sweeeetee.” Back and forth it goes and the only thing that matters is we’re just a few miles away from where we were married. As the new site takes off, I’m hopeful it will sweeten with age. Aloha.


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One last look across the Pailolo channel.

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“Just another post” about the Pacific

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Outta place on the cliff by the ocean looking toward Moloka’i … is that a song?

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Looking upward from 1,500′ toward the peak of Haleakala at 10,053′; open up the image to 1800 pixels

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Sweeping views above the windmills – Maui

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The view looking toward Kaho’olawe from Kihei

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Zig zag roadway zagway

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A dusty trail leads to an infinity pool we call the Pacific

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No bike Hawai’i and we’re biking anyway

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Sun over Maui – what a view

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Lahaina Trail – Maui

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The Lahaina Pali Trail – Maui

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Another sign of our times – aloha

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Cloudy here – sunny there. Raining here – no vog there. When are we leaving?

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Sunsetting along the Kona coastline – Big Island aloha

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Big Island split lava rock from a lot of heat; probably was sunny!

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Sand at your feet and a Pacific ocean view – alohaahhhh

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South end of the Kona coast – Big Island

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Puffie yellow flowers – they look like wax

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Hedychium coronarium near our home on the Big Island

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Pink flowers from Kona – Keauhou

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Trails made for exploring and quickly moving from beach to beach

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Another sunset with aloha

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Surf and lava – along the shoreline – Big Island

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Looking to the south end of the Kona coast

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Sunny, dry and we’re getting wet again. I think Death Valley is calling me.

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Raw Kona surf and it’s my Island – rain or shine

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Life church – Kona, Big Island

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Early morning surf just off Ali’i Drive – Kona.

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Big Island – Kona coast

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Back road hiking near the Pacific – taking you as far as you want to go.

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Big sun from the Big Island.

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Awesome sunset over the Pacific – Big Island style.

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Signs of the times – but I’m not making fun because I misspell words I shouldn’t misspell.

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Still waters near the Pacific are a soaker’s paradise.

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Wind turbines are not so popular in Hawai’i … they are really noisy.

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Honu wall painting in Kona

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Honu Hawai’i

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Big Island: the hidden Kona coast.

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Evening time on the Big Island – alohahhh.

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FACT: Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission rates from Kilauea Volcano were first measured by Stoiber and Malone in 1975.

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Hawai’i state flower – the hibiscus.

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The Big Island meets the Pacific – they both win.

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Rugged lava coastline along the south side of the Big Island. Dry equals good.

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It was a drive by shooting (camera shooting).

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Rams – goats – either way – they smell!

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Yes, it rains on the Big Island – look at the green canopy.

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Friday’s surf was up. I miss the Big Island.

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The rainbow is out there near the horizon. Finally it rained on the Big Island.

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The bird by the bay. It’s a restaurant you know.

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Kilauea eruptions filled Iki with a lava lake 414 feet deep. Hot or not?

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You see surf. The camera sees a black sand beach.

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Big Island rules

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Flags over head with blue sky and a Big Island heat wave too.

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More sunshine from a Kohala coast perspective.

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Big boats ready for the launch

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Just when the dry theme feels over done, it rains again. The Big Island is DRY!

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The ‘Ohi’a cave historic perserve. “You are here.”

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July 4th and it’s raining. On the Big Island it’s sunny. I miss home.

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The theme of Hilo being sun filled is wonderful – cause it’s usually wet there.

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You see more surf. The camera sees a blue sky and I feel the warmth of a Big Island afternoon in the sun!

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Fu guard dog of Hilo

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The Pacific is so blue and with a blue sky – it feels like SPF30 weather.

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Wind swept and dry along the Kona coast

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Portrait of Pele, the well known volcano goddess living in the crater of Kilauea.

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Wet at home – dry on the Kona coast – aloha

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Red flowers give my camera a fit – only in Hawai’i though.

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Inside the beachside hut where we rest – ah.

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Big Island palms settle in for the vog.

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Sunrise near the shore – along the Kohala coast

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The camera has a hard time with some flowers – especially red ones.

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Postcard sunsets from Hawaii – aloha

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Beautiful sunsets even with Big Island vog – aloha.

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Somewhere on the Big Island it actually rained – right?

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North of Kona in Kohala – yes – it’s dry there too!

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Big Island along the Kona coast – and it’s DRY!

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Hawaiian sunsets bring smiles to the palm trees.

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Afternoon vog on the Big Island but the rain holds off.

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Signs of the times from Kilauea

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Sunsets without a layer of clouds is welcoming – from the Big Island

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Ok, so it rains a little on the Big Island.

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Once again it’s dry in Hilo – aloha!

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The path to the Pacific with distant storms on the horizon.

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Bayan shade from the hot afternoon sun – Hilo

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It’s even dry in Hilo – go figure!

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Purple flowers near the shore on the Big Island.

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Big Island vog – it’s an afternoon thing.

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Banyan shade from the heat – cause it’s DRY!

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It’s been so dry on the Big Island that the water falls are slower these days.

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Clear sky, blue ocean in the distant and it’s DRY!

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Hilo on a bright sunny (dry) afternoon – aloha

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What street address is this?

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Distant volcano mounds in the morning sun.

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If we could only bring the ‘dry’ home with us.

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Red sky at night.

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Vertical post-sunset, Maui

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How long will an anchor last

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A Maui sunset that speaks aloha

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Paths that lead to the Moloka’i channel

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Lava fighting back the mighty Pacific

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More rugged coastline just off shore – Maui’s west end

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Rugged coastline of Maui’s west shore

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Maui looking toward Moloka’i with deep blue in between

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Maui red dirt is the best souvenir, guaranteed.

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After a few days, I look like I’m a resident of Maui.

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Maui sunset after a day at the training camp – alohaaaahhhh (taken from the spot of May 16th’s post).

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Maui sunsets and the ‘set up’ for HD video and still cameras

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Maui looking upcountry at a sunset rainbow

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Maui sunsets are lovely – rain or shine

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Lahaina, Maui: King Kamehameha III School

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Front Street, Lahaina, Maui – an approaching rain shower offshore

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Kapalua and the mighty aloha of the Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

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Hidden Lahaina just off Front Street

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Maui surf riders in an afternoon nap

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The Maui sunset just minutes after the Maui sunset minutes before

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Maui sunset just minutes before the other Maui sunset minutes later

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Maui palms overheard talking above

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Jojo has officially been to Hawai’i five times.

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Bananas are just around the lanai – almost ripe

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Maui signs of the times.

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Against the grain.

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Blue Maui

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Above the clouds – the sky is blue

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Vivid sunrise – Maui, Hawai’i

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Argyroxiphium sandwicense subsp. macrocephalum, aka – Haleakalā silversword

What a beautiful plant – and oh so rare. I captured this “in the wild” beneath the peak of Haleakala. Its texture is like foam and it’s soft to the touch. The plant blooms once in its lifetime – at 40 or 50 years of age … then dies. Silver_sword


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When you see this grove of trees, you’re really close to Haleakala

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Lava by the sea shore (lava everywhere)

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Vivid Maui from the lava field hike.

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Maui red dirt … sometimes it comes out

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Norfolk Pines struggling

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Moloka’i in the distance

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Maui’s rugged coastline

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Maui Rip Turtle

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Just another Maui cove

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snorkel and dive, sit and relax … Maui no ka oi