Hawai`i - Maui
Lana`i (the distant island) and the west side of Ma`alaea Bay seen from Kihei and Wailea. The last photo was taken that afternoon from Kaonoulu St. in Kihei, with Ma`alaea Bay mist obscuring the slopes of Mauna Kahalawai.
On the west side of Maui (from HI Route 30) you can see the tiny crescent-shaped island of Molokini, a volcanic crater that's almost entirely sunken but that harbors a fantastic variety of sea life for that very reason and is thus a favorite destination of diving tours.
Mauna Kahalawai (the western, lesser known volcano) from HI Route 380. Since no one really visits the mountain, Hawai`i decided to use it as a wind farm.
HI Route 310 past Kealia Pond on the south shore of Maui. Those are the same windmills as before in the background of the last photo.
The crops Maui is known for grow perfectly in the shadow of Mauna Kahalawai. It appears that menehune still live deeper inside the island, generating mist to keep the weather perfect.
Coming back eastward on HI Route 310, looking across Ma`alaea Bay and up Haleakala, the larger, more famous, and more visited volcano on the island. The second photo gives a clearer (i.e. sunlit) photo of the inside of the Molokini crater.
Less famous than the one in Lahaina, but this one all stems from a single trunk, whereas the Lahaina tree has dropped down new roots in order to support its growing, spreading weight.
The sun sets on the first day of photos.
Warning: Man-o-wars are party animals, and they'll come right up and groove with you. But if you get your funk on with the plain jellyfish, they'll keep their distance. I guess the jellies are better dancers.
Looking north from HI Route 30 near Lahaina.
Lana`i and Moloka`i seen from Ka`anapali Beach on the leeward shore.
The second sunset taken a bit slower from Wailea, with clouds congregating above Lana`i in the distance. Kaho`olawe is featured in the fourth photo.
`Iao Valley and its Needle
Haleakala and its Crater on HI Route 378
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