Pictures from Paradise

Aloha! Following are some photos that were taken by me, my brother, and my sister-in-law when I recently visited them in Kihei, Maui:

Hale (pronounced hah-leh)–my brother and sister-in-law’s Hawaiian house

–My sister-in-law’s sunflowers

–The sunflowers seem to be smiling!

–Located in Maui Meadows, a neighborhood above the highway in Kihei

–My brother’s bamboo railing on their lanai (patio)

–From the balcony of the Royal Mauian condos

–Park next to the Royal Mauian condos

–Another view towards the beach

–The previous trees just before sunset . . . 

–Towards the sea and West Maui

–The lone catamaran always anchored near Kamaole I beach

–From the rooftop. The shadows form on the water as the sun rises above Haleakala crater.
 –Haleakala Crater one afternoon, the only afternoon that there were no clouds covering the top of the crater. Haleakala translates as House of the Sun. This phone camera picture does not do justice. The crater is beautiful in the morning when the sun is rising from behind.

–A couple of standup paddleboarders between the trees.

–Sunset from the rooftop of the Royal Mauian

One day we took a 4-hour boat trip with Blue Water Rafting. We boarded the Zodiac boat just before 7 am and returned to the Kihei Boat Dock right at 11 am. Along the way, we snorkeled at 3 spots: the Kanaio coast, the backside of Molokini crater, and in front of the Makena Surf resort in La Perouse Bay. Lots of colorful fish, jellyfish, eels, and even a small, white-tip reef shark were seen. Following are some of the wonderful pictures taken by my brother. Captain Dante Prince and his 2nd mate, Steve, provided a good time to approximately 15 people. Both of these guys were from the Boston/Cape Cod area, but have been on Maui for quite a while.
HERE is a link to one of Blue Water Rafting’s videos of one of their trips.

–Lava flows on the Kanaio coast past La Perouse Bay in South Maui

–Formations formed as the lava cooled.

–Archways and caves were formed by the cooling lava. 

–A huge arch we wanted to go through but couldn’t due to waves

–Note the beautiful water . . .

–We backed into this cove a little. 

–Sunset from the Humuhumunukunuku Bar at the Grand Wailea Resort

–Dark clouds in late afternoon. South Maui is very dry and gets little rain.

–The other direction

–On Kamaole I again

–More Kamaole I

–Baldwin Beach on the north shore

–Baldwin Beach from the other direction

–Near Sugar Cove and Sprecklesville on the north shore

–These guys were having fun.

–Maui has lots of red dirt that will stain the soles of your feet.

–Towards West Maui

–Young pineapple growing at the tropical plantation

–Zip line platform at the tropical plantation

 –Apple bananas

–Macadamia nut trees

Some of the food we encountered:

–Ono from Fish Market in Paia Town, with cole slaw and Cajun rice.

 –More ono from Cafe O’Lei in Kihei. Ono means good.

–Appetizer by sister-in-law

Following are some more random pictures:

 –Inlet near the Grand Wailea Resort

 –You see some strange plants in Hawaii that you never see anywhere else. But I have no clue as to what these are . . .

 –From the Marriott in Wailea towards the West Maui mountains

 –Mountains near the tropical plantation

–It’s hard to see, but there are two sea turtles in this picture.

–West Maui from the north shore
I hope you enjoyed these pics of Maui. Not pictured are seeing some great guitarists and musicians, a different sunset everyday, nice meals with friends and family, and watching the Rangers (back when they were ahead of the Cardinals). 

Aloha and Mahalo!

  6 comments for “Pictures from Paradise

  1. Anonymous
    October 29, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Thanks for sharing your story…..I have the itch to travel SOOOO BAD! Jack and Petra’s house looks adorable. So….so…..HAWAIAN!!! I enjoyed your pictures took me to Maui for a little while this morning.
    Laura G

  2. October 29, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks, Laura. It’s hard to come back to reality, isn’t it?

  3. pam
    October 29, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    beautiful!! you know i love it there….

  4. October 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Yes, Pam. Thankfully there is that non-stop flight from DFW direct to Kahului!

  5. October 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Lots of fun to look at these. I lived in Hawaii for two years but I haven’t been there since 2001! Happily we are rectifying that with a trip in January. Can’t wait.

  6. October 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    That is great, Thomas! You will enjoy getting away from the cold northeast in January. The whales will be down there at that time, so I hope you go on some whale watches. Hopefully you guys can go to some of the other islands besides Oahu, too!

Thanks for the comments . . .