Wailea Daily Photo
Photoblog of Maui, Hawaii
Kiss On The Beach Two
Lha Bab Stupa
The Beauty of Trees
Iao Needle Two
The Iao Needle is probably one of the most photographed natural features of Maui. I posted another photo of it many posts ago, but here's another. I can't help myself. It's so photogenic.
The state part in which the Iao Needle is located is a great place to hike and/or sit beside a rushing mountain stream.
Orchid Outside My Window
This is the altar of the meditation room of the Tibetan Stuppa in Kanaio, one of the most unexplored areas of Maui-- which makes residents of this area very happy they're not overrun by tourists.
To get to this hard-to-reach stuppa, you have to be very persistent, a good hiker or have a four-wheel drive vehicle.
West Maui Waterfall
This photo is from my collection of West Maui Mountains waterfalls. The ONLY way to photograph these isolated waterfalls is by helicoptor. At different times, I've been in helicoptors with the doors open so it's easy to get a clear shot.
The West Maui Mountains are uninhabited. However, there are rumors about Viet Nam vets and others living back in these areas. When I moved to Maui, I heard a story (which could very well be one of those Urban Legends) about a whole team of National Geographic explorers disappearing into this area never to be seen again.
Maui News Gets Spiffy
A Slice of Paradise
Kiss On The Beach
We recently hung up MORE prayer flags on another side of our home connected to two tall palm trees. We're lucky we live in the kind of neighborhood that tolerates these as some don't! We enjoy our many wind chimes and prayer flags, and we prize our fantastic, friendly neighbors. Every one of our neighbors has either a cat or a dog, and sometimes multiples of both. It's a happy neighborhood with dogs, cats, and kids running around all the time. The neighbor across the street just got their FIRST dog, an adorable Maltese puppy, which he is so in love with and introducing to all the neighbors. The puppy shyly moves into the man's chest and cuddles him when the introduction is being made. This behavior is past being cute...it's over-the-top-cute!
A Day At The Beach
I usually reserve Sunday for a Day At The Beach with my daughter. It's our Mother/Daughter gab fest and catch-up in person day. We often pack food and drinks for a picnic, and we laugh, eat, swim and people watch. This past Sunday was cold! We didn't even venture into the water as it looked murky which to us means 'shark-water'. Sand kept blowing into our mouth as we laughed, but we stuck it out for a least an hour shivering in our bikinis before packing it in. We looked for whales which often blow off this particular beach. Alas, no sightings. This year has been a bad year for whale sightings, as I might have mentioned before in this blog--if not, in another blog posting. We have conjectured where have all the whales gone? Sonar? Another island? Not hanging close to shore as they usually do? We don't know, but we do know it makes us very sad to see zero whales!
Some of the cruise ships (like this one photographed yesterday) anchor off of Lahaina (West Maui) rather than the main port of Kahului in the North. The cruise passengers are then ferried ashore by small boats. That's the island of Lanai in the background. The cruise ship line, Norweigan, regularly cruises the Hawaiian Islands, but other cruise ship lines pass through from time to time on their way around the world.
Plane Arriving On Maui
Flags Are Flying
Winds in the Hawaiian Islands are very strong, and this is why Hawaiian Wind Farms are ideal for the world's windiest habitable islands. Flags are located all over the Islands as decorations as well as displayed on flagpoles. I took a photo of these colorful flags flying full-on to illustrate a windy day of trade winds on Maui.
Memories Are To Be Cherished
This is one of my many "assemblages" which I assemble for a period of time and then dis-assemble. The Buddha is a gift from a dear artist friend now living in Ecuador. The shell is a gift from a friend in Barcelona, and the crystals from yet another friend--they don't show up so great in this photo, but I like it anyway. This photo is from my archives and brings back fond memories of old friends and my creative self.
Keeping It Interesting
A Famous Being
This large banyan street sits/lives in front of the entrance to the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, the main entertainment venue on Maui. It was moved here when the MACC was constructed from it's former home in Wailuku, and it is very, very old. Many people have carved their name and initials into its skin through the years. Most people pass it by without acknowledging it. I have spent lots of time communing with it and have taken many, many photos. Here's one more...
Diving Into Blue
The Seven Sacred Pools is the primo destination for many after they've journeyed by the winding road to Hana--this is where many people (tourists especially) take a COOL dip. According to some, these pools are incorrectly named and aren't especially sacred, but they are a refreshing joy for those who survive the notorious Road To Hana!
Only One Wing Left
We had a terrific windstorm last week on Maui, and when I noticed my Bali Goddess mobile I have hanging in a tree, I saw she is now flying with ONLY ONE WING! At least, she didn't fly away entirely. The winds can blow really strong in these Islands, and I'm not even talking hurricanes--just strong, gusty winds.