A must see destination in Maui is Haleakala which is an inactive volcano at the island’s center. Most visitors get up in the middle of the night to see the sunrise over the crater. If you do that however you miss another wonderful sight. This is west Maui in the morning sun.
The one thing you can be sure of when visiting Maui is that it will rain every day. However, Lahaina is on the “desert” side of the island and gets less rain than the interior or the south and east sides of the island. Still it will rain. The good news is that because of the prevailing trade winds it is rare to get anything more than a short shower or thunder storm and ten minutes later the sun comes out and it’s pool or beach time.
This picture was taken from a boat out of Lahaina before a short and cooling shower.
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.
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.
While having lunch in Lahaina we saw this shipwreck in the harbor. I couldn’t help but wonder how long it had been there, probably since the last major storm. However as I took this picture I couldn’t help but think back to Lahaina’s history when the old sea town was frequented by Whalers and Pirates instead of tourists. You can buy a print of this on my commercial gallery by clicking here.