Makin’ Tikis

I love watching street artists. I am always amazed by a number of things. One is that they can make something so complex and not be distracted by people staring and walking around. Or distracted by noise, dogs, little kids, the wind and a host of other things. This guy was particularly amazing because one slip of that chisel and his foot is chopped liver. I didn’t have the nerve to ask him if that had ever happened. This was shot on the street in Lahaina in Maui County Hawaii.

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Making Tikis

Making Tikis

The Gardens at Iao Valley State Park

At the base of Iao Needle Park in Maui is a beautiful International Garden we visit almost every time we are on Maui. The park has a wonderful peaceful feeling which led these young men in to the spirit of the dance. You can buy a print of this on my commercial gallery and see other images by clicking here.

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Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park

On the Road to Hana

Driving the Hana Highway is a once in the lifetime experience, well at least I won’t do it again. I hate driving close to the edge of narrow roads without guard rails but fortunately my wife doesn’t and we got to take this wonderful drive. If you stop to look at every waterfall along the way it will take you all day. If I were to drive it again, I would definitely get a hotel or Inn and not drive back until the next day. Maui has two great drives in addition to this one. The scenic road to Haleakala and Route 340 on the West side which is my personal favorite.

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On the Road to Hana

On the Road to Hana

Koi Pond

I must be honest, I don’t remember exactly where this was taken. There must be a million koi ponds in Hawaii…OK, I exaggerate. We did seem to visit quite a few on all of our visits to Maui and they are all beautiful. This one however is special since it also feature pink flamingos.

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Koi Pond

Koi Pond

Spinner Dolphins

Between December and March, the Humpback Whales travel to Maui from Alaskan waters to breed. You can purchase all sorts of different whale watching trips during this period. You will probably see a whale, they are everywhere but mostly you see them underwater. They don’t jump out of the water as much as you may think by watching TV nature shows. You are pretty much guaranteed to see Spinner Dolphins that live in the waters year around. Unlike the whales they love to leap out of the water and perform. You can buy a print of this image on my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Spinner Dolphin off the coats of Lanai

Guess What It’s Doing Outside?

In a post from last week I said that every time it snowed I was going to post a beach picture. I am sick of winter which is something I am never fond of anyhow. People say, well why don’t you move to Florida? Because I don’t want to live in Florida! So next year we plan to become something that anyone who lives in Florida, or Arizona despises. Yes we will become the dreaded Snowbirds! This image is of Honokohau Bay where there is a stony beach but one of the best places to snorkel with the Hono or giant sea turtles. At first I was scared to snorkel with them but they are gentle and don’t bite…at least I think they don’t. You can buy a print of this image and see others at my commercial gallery by clicking here.

Honokohau Bridge West Maui

Honokohau Bridge West Maui

Life’s A Beach

Here I sit on my mountain perch in Eastern Pennsylvania waiting for the snow that destroyed Chicago yesterday and is now dumping on Pittsburgh. Most of it will head south but we will still get some more tonight. Ugh! Every day it snows I will post pictures like this. This is Ka’anapali Beach in Maui County in the State of Hawaii. All Hawaiian beaches are great but this one is special to me and also the site of our Westin condo. You can buy a print of this one and see others at my Hawaiian Gallery by clicking here.

Ka'anapai Beach

Ka’anapai Beach