An 808 way of life

Maui

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

 

 

 

 

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

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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.


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.


New site, new way – the only path on the 808.

noho 'ainaSince its inception in ’07, this site has evolved and grown. Over the past “few thousand posts,” I’ve saturated this digital footprint with kama’ãina motion. As a “PhotoMotoBlog” the site jumped around like a cricket never landing on one spot for very long. Even with millions of unique visitors, the site needed a new life or a way of life – and so Noho ‘ana was born. To the casual observer the site is photo-rich but the trained eye sees a layered look at the 808. Among the 2,500+ posts sits a media library jungle with more than 4,000 images – 85% of which are owned by David Avery Photography™.

Noho ‘ana is a kama’ãina view of the 808. Yes, I said it, a kama’ãina view. You don’t have to live local to be local. Surf808.


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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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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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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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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Southside as in south Maui-side.

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Sunny sunsets with a touch of color.

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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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The road to and from Hana is flooded with falls.

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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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Me and Pooter enjoying the moment.

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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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It IS dry. Meaning, it’s sunny and hot.

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Clear view of Moloka’i

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Breadfruit of life

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Bees a-buzzin’ – flowers a bloomin’ – aloha

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I’ve said it before – but I’ll say it again – Alohahhhh

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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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Lava cuts quicker than a knife and can be hotter than dammit!

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Maui signs of the times.

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A little green growing in the lava field.

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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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Maui signs of the times.

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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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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


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 – 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


Maui hiking no ka oi.

Red Dirt. Maui-style.

Red Dirt. Maui-style.