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 was telling my wife that over the years of visiting Florida, I had never seen a White Pelican. My mother who had lived in West Palm Beach had thought they were going extinct. Turns out they are migratory and real snowbirds!
We visited the Ding Darling nature preserve on Captiva Island and saw hundreds of these large birds. They are much larger than brown pelicans or even bald eagles for that matter with a nine foot wing span. I was fortunate to capture one in flight.