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Hawaiian lava roads and paths lead to one thing – the Pacific.

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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.


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.


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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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Vertical post-sunset, Maui

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How long will an anchor last

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Lahaina, Maui: an approaching rainstorm

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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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The Maui sunset just minutes after the Maui sunset minutes before

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Maui palms overheard talking above

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The coast of Maui steps from green to blue very quickly

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Maui and its west side view of Moloka’i and Lana’i

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Maui moonrise with bright lights above

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Maui sunset — look at the image and the clouds will move before your very eyes

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The hiker’s shoe is now open as a bed ‘n breakfast.

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Southside as in south Maui-side.

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A sticky situation indeed.

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Sunny sunsets with a touch of color.

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Sunny sunset means sunny aloha.

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The sun sets. It rises. Somewhere in between the camera flashes.

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Surf’s up – out – and ripping. There’s green somewhere.

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The moment of truth: green flash – or no green flash?

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Near the aqueduct, a hiker’s shoe set up house. Low tax base I heard.

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Warm, sunny, ahh. Just add water.

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View – did someone say view? View what?

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Red sand beaches melding the coast line and the Pacific

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Reading material to pass away the time

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Flowers arrive on camera in various colors

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Necessary provisions for sunset watching

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Adjusting your priorities

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Moloka’i postcard – aloha

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Pooter doing what she does most often

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Nothing but blue – Pacific blue

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Moon rising over Moloka’i

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On the dinner menu is Merriman’s

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The lush valley of east Maui

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A view of Lana’i

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Upclose on Koa

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The largest heiau in all of Hawai’i: Pi’ilani Heiau, Maui

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Garden of ‘eatem’

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Just flowers of the garden

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Clear view of Moloka’i

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Breadfruit of life

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Bananas are just around the lanai – almost ripe

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From Maui with love – looking toward Moloka’i.

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In honor of my lovely wife, my Valentine, I’m sharing two gifts from my 50th birthday: cigars and strippers. Kewl wife or what?

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This is Maui, not Ireland.

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Maui coastline with a sea of coral.

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Road to Hana and St. Joseph Church, established 1862.

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Road to Hana (the back way) with lots of “out buildings.”

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Just a dead goat skull marking our direction on the lava path.

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Maui looking at Lana’i – and it’s lovely I might add.

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We LOVE lava paths. Usually hot, dry and not crowded. Aloha!

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Maui slip and slide

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Crayola asked for reference when creating its new green color.

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Hana, Maui: Wananalua Church

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Maui’s vegetation is lush. Thick and jungle-like.

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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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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


Five-O rental car

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Odd plate for a rental car, Maui


Kapalua view over the Pacific

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Looking down from Kapalua on the mighty Pacific


Maui sunset – another moment in time

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Maui sunsets can be spectacular


Maui and water’s edge – aloha

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Maui’s coastline at water’s edge


Maui beaches can be crowded and four people makes a crowd in my book.

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Maui can be crowded


Maui – we love the shade

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DT Fleming Beach looking toward Moloka’i


Maui: beind bars

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Maui’s windswept coastline offers spectacular views

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Maui’s west coast is just as lovely as the east coast.

Maui hiking along the west coast

Maui hiking along the west coast


Maui has a blue coastline – just hike it.

The windswept coast of Maui's west side

The windswept coast of Maui’s west side


Lana’i and Moloka’i as viewed from Maui

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Lana’i and Moloka’i – aloha


Monster girls of golf

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