Thought you might like to see Maui from the ocean. My girlfriend is captain of the boat and when there are not too many visitors we ride along for free!. As you can see the weather was stormy ( no, not a drop of rain at my house!)
Absolutely Beautiful. I have never been to the Beautiful State of Hawaii but have had a couple of chances to go ... just can't imagine being on an airplane that long! So, alas I must enjoy the beauty from photo's!
Braveheartsmom: You say you are no photographer but you sure did a great job of these pictures! We are drooling here! Hope to see more!
Here's a view from the waterway of the area where I live. We take our boat out every so often just to ride and view the scenery. And we stop and get lunch and anchor here at Disappearing Island at Ponce De Leon Inlet. This island is underwater at high tide.
Jenny, these are wonderful photos! They may not be "professional" looking, but they certainly get your point across! I have never been to Maui, but your pictures certainly make me want to visit. I looks much smaller than the others, is it? Or is it a collection of smaller islands around one large one? You have a beautiful home...obviously why someone with Mr. Eastwoods resources chooses to live there!
I would love to visit there...that water looks inviting too! I wish our island had some elevation...we are flat here but get relatively now tide change...i think that it is around 6 inches max...the highest point on the island is the landfill!!!
I so love the Hawaiian Islands, my son chose Maui to get married earlier this year and we also had the good fortune to have a business trip to the North Shore of Oahu a month later. I posted some glider and heli pics on the photo forum, if you are interested. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/774077/
I dove the Molikini crater (sorry if the spelling is not correct) with Mike Severns group of marine biologists and naturalists it was just fantastic. Saw so much more then I would have on a regular dive trip.
Your photos from the boat are wonderful, love the sky!
Thank you all for your nice comments, my skills leave a lot to be desired (I blame the camera!) but it's not going to stop me, I always think a poor photo is better than none at all!
Cath, your photo link was great, thank you for adding it, it shows the island so well.
Maui is the second largest island in the chain with an area of 727 sq miles. We are the third largest in population after Oahu and the Big Island. The second photo is not another land mass but rather an old lava tube rather like Diamond Head on Oahu. Maui County which is known as Maui Nui is comprised of the islands of Maui, Moloka'i, Lana'i and Kaho'olawe. We were once one land mass. 200,00 years ago volcanic activity made us all islands.
Maui was formed by two volcanos which overlapped and formed an isthmus between them which is why we are known as the Valley Isle. We are also sometimes called the Rainbow Isle.
The volcano that sits behind our home is Hale'akala (the house of the sun). It is 10,000 feet above sea level and hasn't blown it's top for 200 years, and we hope it stays that way!
As always, I am enthralled with any information on all the islands. Been landlocked and homebound my whole life...well, not exactly homebound...not ill or anything...just never made it very far. Now that I have all of these friends all over the place...think we just might have to lock up the place for about 6 months and make the rounds. Whooopss...my doggies...my fishies...oh...and my grandbaby.
Maybe 6 months is too long...just spend a month with me, home for a month, then a month with Jenny and Carol, then home for a month, then a month with Chrissy...you get the idea. You find a house/dog/fish sitter, and store up a months worth of grandbabby kisses till you get back! Substitute cat for dog, and drop the fish and that is exactly what I do!
Here is Maui as we arrived to Lahaina. It's another composite panoramic picture, involving 5 or 6 shots merged together. My merging techniques have improved since then but you can't improve on the islands.
The ship was late so we got to see the whole approach. That ship was a clunker but the islands we visited were splendiferous.
Lovely pic, Polar Bear! Isn't the sea a beautiful color? If you go to the very right and see that little bump of land, I live just a short way from there. We often snorkle in that area. Thanks for posting a decent photo of the island!
To think we stayed overnight in Maui. We saw sugar cane, the wonderful Iao Valley, sugar cane, went for my birthday's luau, returned to the ship, returned ashore for shopping and oggling the banyan the following day. On that 2nd day, I could have rented a car and driven over to see you. We missed Carol in Hilo, too. Bummer!
We are about a half a mile straight down the street to the beach, of course there are beaches all along Kihei and Wailea...but that is our closest one. Pretty much all the homes are within a mile or so of the coast in my area because the land behind us goes up to Mount Haleakala and that is not developed - yet!
Kihei is pretty much a visitor area, not the prettiest place, with a jumble of small shops and eateries, just what you would imagine a tourist trap to be like! But the beaches are gorgeous and there are enough of them so that even in tourist season they don't feel crowded, we are not talking Wikiki here!
I live in far south Kihei, just on the outskirts of Wailea which is a beatiful area with luxury homes, lovely hotels and golf courses. This is the area of the Maui Prince, the Grand Wailea and other luxury accomadations. Kihei has only condiminium rentals, no large hotels, so we get mostly families rather than large conventions.
As you can imagine land is gold here, and I am lucky enough to have 1/2 acre. Most of the homes now being built are so close to each other you could spit from your kitchen to the next one! When we first started coming to Maui you could go along the Pi'ilani highway and see the sea all the way along, now unfortunately you only get a glimps every now and then, so sad! There is a great resistance here to becoming another Oahu among the locals, with the big business and commercial centers, but I have no doubt it will happen.
We still have some lovely rural areas "up country". This is where I would prefer to live but Frank just loves the ocean, so we have a compromise and I have my little piece of land!
I can't wait to show you some of the incredible beauty we have here, so much diversity from the starkness of the lava flows to the jungles of the "heavenly road to Hana", the blue of the ocean, the wonderful three island views from up country...and the whales! My personal favorite - I can sit on the beach and watch them all day long, I find them fasinating! We are planning a whale watch boat when you get here if thats okay with you, up close and personal!
Anything is alright with me. I'm easy entertained. Especially when there is nature involved. That would an experience that few people in the world ever get. Talked to John. He is doing fine. Really busy. He says there is a contraption for snorkeling for people like me. Can't swim. You mentioned that you and Frank are snorklers (is that a word). We are going to the Texas coast the last of November. No comparison with the islands. I am content to wade on the edges of the water or sit on a stool and just breathe.
There is a contraption which delivers air to you while snorkeling on the boats. However if you don't swim you wouldn't want to be involved with that, its usually very deep water. We are planing on taking you to Ulua beach which has a reef that comes right up to the shore line. There are fish at just knee deep water. How about we put you over a boogie board and you just put your face in (with a mask on for clarity), no snorkle, and you can stand up whenever you want! No swimming involved!
Sylvain, did you get my post about how you are the one that introduced me to Bradduh IZ. OMG. Immediately bought 3 cd and downloaded on iTunes. Jenny, can tell you I take him to the garden with me all the time. Such a soothing and delightful voice and the message is so good. Now you can't be jealous. You have been everywhere more than once. I have been to Oklahoma. hahahah Well, maybe a little further but not mutch. This will be a lifetime, life changing experience for me. Few people can equal this trip. I am so thankful.
Yes, Christi, you have told me about my introducing you to Bruddah Iz. I'm glad if I could share the the joy of Iz with friends.
I have bought a passiflora macrocarpa Saturday that I have got to get into the ground soon. I hope I'll be able to do that tomorrow morning. For once in my life, I bought a mature plant in a 7-gallon pot. The flowers are gorgeous and Oh so fragrant.
Christi - you are going to fall in love with the islands, I just know it. Then you will move out to our wonderful Pacific, and I will be able to visit you whenever I go through Hawaii! How cool would that be!?!?!?
Sylvain - take care of that Passiflora!
Jenny - our dear lil Loooocy couldn't have a better island tour guide. I am sure you guys are all going to have so much fun!
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? Right, I am shouting. Happy, happy, happy. And next Wednesday, Nov. 14, Mike and I are driving to Houston to meet Shari and JB. They will be on a layover for a few hours. Going to Randy's for brunch.