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05/21/2006 01:40:39 PM · #1
I am going to Maui in 5 weeks... anyone have any "must see, must photograph" places for me? Anyone want to ride in my suitcase? ;-P

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05/21/2006 01:49:21 PM · #2
I'll aride in your suitcase... if you come to Iceland to pick me up ;)

I've never been to Hawaii but from what I've seen in documentaries there is a place on one of the islands that is a MUST to photograph, it's a active volcano were the lava runs constantly in to the ocean and has done that for the past 20 years or so... i'ts a pretty safe place to be at, as long as you don't step in the lava ;)

picture of lava in Hawaii

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05/21/2006 01:52:54 PM · #3
Not sure what island thats on... Ill have to check...
Maui might be a nice climate change from iceland... although not any more beautiful!
05/21/2006 01:53:22 PM · #4
The volcano is on Big Island...

...actually Iceland is probable one of the most if not the most geologically active areas in the world...

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05/21/2006 01:58:22 PM · #5
Take a look at some of these

A drive on Hana highway (not to be confused with a highway ina classical meaning of the word) is a must. If there is a rain on a previous day(s) even better, because the waterfalls will be at their best. A climb to the volcano is recommended, especially if you can time it so that you are up there exactly at the dawn, when the sun is coming up.

Red sand beach (near Hana) is worth the trouble of walking to it. Both photography-wise, and to spend a day there.

Enjoy!

(and yes, pack me please)
05/21/2006 02:04:17 PM · #6
You have some beautiful shots there!!! Thanks for the info!
05/21/2006 02:36:09 PM · #7
A real good thing to do would be to buy a audio tour for the road to Hana. They are like 10 bucks and they point out were all the cool waterfalls are as well as a bunch of cool places to stop along the way including the black and red sand beaches. Out by Hana is the Seven Sacred Pools which is a state park and very beautful as well as a cool place to swim. Keep you ticket because you can use if for Haleakala as well. If you go to Haleakala (Volcano) try and go up real...real early to catch the sunrise...it is beautiful. Also a walk down into the crater would produce some real lunar looking pics. Also shoot over to Lahaina to check out the old waling village....very good photo-op as you can see several other islands from there. Iao valley by Wailuku is also a very beautiful valley with a cool rock formation..."Iao Needle" Hope that helps.
05/21/2006 02:51:18 PM · #8
Definately helps... thank you!
05/21/2006 03:12:12 PM · #9
it's impossible to have a bad time :)

wake up early (as early as possible) to do the highway to Hana. Once finally make it to the end, you're going to want to spent some time there before coming back. The road itself isn't all that safe and you may not want to drive it at night.

rent snorkeling equipment for the week. This is easily the part of Maui. Paying a bunch of money to go snorkeling at Molekini (sp?) is fun, but you can see the same exact things for free in any of the coves to the north of Ka'anapoli (sp?).

The bike ride from the volcano, in my opinion, is a waste of money. The visibility on top is usually poor. It's freezing up there, and the bike ride isn't that fun.
05/21/2006 03:15:23 PM · #10
Drop Renee a PM, she probably has a few choice spots you could check out.

I am willing to ride in your suitcase if no one else has dibs :)
05/21/2006 03:26:48 PM · #11
Thanks guys! Great info!!
05/22/2006 01:34:31 AM · #12
Michele, one more thing before I forget. If you decide to go up on Haleakala, make sure you wear a windjacket and long sleves/long pants. Do not make a mistake of assuming that the weather up there is the same as some 11000 feet below... it is Hawaii, but up there the wind blows 50km/h+ and the temperatures aren't what you would expect them to be... How do I know this - well, I just do. I had to cut my visit short because of the inappropriate wardrobe. (I [i]thought[/] I was prepared, but I needed more for any adventures outside the observation deck.)
05/22/2006 01:45:24 AM · #13
Originally posted by Sunniee:

anyone have any "must see, must photograph" places for me?

There is no place in Maui that is not a "must photograph" place. Take LOTS of Memory Cards, & portable disk thing. Definitely road to Hana (with the tape as suggested). If you can afford a helicopter flight - those are AWESOME photo opps also. I got pics of several of the crosses and other death markers along the northern Hana highway - the place where the state road officially ends along with your car rental insurance. It's a one lane adventure good for an adrenaline rush.

Have fun!
05/22/2006 01:51:35 AM · #14
As its been said: The road to Hana is a must see (just did that a couple of weeks ago..there are over 600 curves in the road.. absolutely amazing and the little hikes that the audio tape mention are well worth it)

I also recommend this Luau its one of the best in the Hawaiian Islands and such a fun evening.

Banyan Square in Lahaina is interesting pretty much everyday... they often have markets in the square and the tree (banyan tree) takes up an entire block.. its gorgeous and old.

Take time to talk to the locals .. they are a fountain of information and can give you suggestions for some of the non touristy spots as well..

Mahalo is a word to learn.. it means Thanks add Nui Loa after and its many thanks or thank you so much.. (loose translation)

Have an amazing adventure :)
05/22/2006 02:45:16 AM · #15
Originally posted by Shecoya:

Banyan Square in Lahaina is interesting pretty much everyday... they often have markets in the square and the tree (banyan tree) takes up an entire block.. its gorgeous and old.

Definitely! Found this scanned pic from 1997...
05/22/2006 11:29:15 AM · #16
What a cool tree... I will definately be going there....

THanks for all the info everyone.... now I just need a "tropical island" challange when I get back!! ;-P

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05/22/2006 12:35:08 PM · #17
Can't add much to places everyone has already mentioned. But I will add that doing Haleakala is a crap shoot if you just pick a date and time and drive up. What I do is watch the volcano everyday and when it clears off get in the car and go. Also, everyone say sunrise is the best but my best experience was late in the day where I got lucky enough to be there when the clouds moved in. I watched them come up the outside slopes and then pour into the crater like cream. It was very magical.

You'll have a great time no matter what.
05/22/2006 12:40:18 PM · #18
If you do drive to Hana, carry on all the way around the back side of Haleakala. It is very desert-like and the coastal rock formations are beautiful...especially in the late afternoon. Most car rental companies don't allow you to drive there, but it's worth breaking the rules...great shots are priceless!
05/22/2006 12:50:25 PM · #19
Originally posted by divernick:

If you do drive to Hana, carry on all the way around the back side of Haleakala. It is very desert-like and the coastal rock formations are beautiful...especially in the late afternoon. Most car rental companies don't allow you to drive there, but it's worth breaking the rules...great shots are priceless!

Agreed.. but you can also rent a jeep for the day for a fair price and circle the backside... well worth it and jeeps are just fun ;)
05/22/2006 12:59:51 PM · #20
Here's a good one, but you'll have to find the details from a local...

I went about 10 years ago and stayed on the east side of Maui near Kaupo. Our bed & breakfast hosts told us to go down to the shore and drive toward Hana. You reach a point where the paved road ends and barren lava begins. Continue on the lava rock for a couple of miles (I don't remember the exact distance) and look for a patch of blue paint on a pipe alongside the "road". You find a place to park and then follow a trail (marked only by occasional drips of white paint that look like bird droppings) for about 1/2 hour toward the ocean. The payoff is spectacular: a huge tidal pool maybe 75 yards across and 20 feet deep that's nearly enclosed by lava that flowed around it. There's just a small opening that allows an incredible array of reef fish into the pool, yet keeps out waves that would otherwise churn up the sand (and tiger sharks). There was literally nothing else visible in any direction but lava and ocean- not a single blade of grass or any sign of man.

We snorkeled with large parrotfish, yellow tangs, rainbow wrasses, octopus, eels, humuhumunukunukuapua'a and 20-30 other species (including a poisonous stonefish). We loved it so much that I think we went there just about every day. I don't know if it's still accessible or what the trail looks like now, but the site is WELL worth seeking out. Be sure to bring a waterproof camera!

P.S.- I circled around the road to Hana in a Dodge Intrepid. Get a Jeep! :-O

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05/22/2006 01:11:24 PM · #21
Shannon gave me this tip as well before I went on my honeymoon. We looked, but didn't find it. I hope you have better luck than we did.

Another interesting thing: Maui doesn't have place to put old cars. Whne we were there, we saw literally dozens of wrecked cars along the roads. A local told us that they are instructed to leave them by the road to be picked up and taken away on a barge. Freakin' old wrecked cars and trucks EVERYWHERE - it was wierd.

here's some

Originally posted by scalvert:

I went about 10 years ago and stayed on the east side of Maui near Kaupo. Our bed & breakfast hosts told us to go down to the shore and drive toward Hana. You reach a point where the paved road ends and barren lava begins. Continue on the lava rock for a couple of miles (I don't remember the exact distance) and look for a patch of blue paint on a pipe alongside the "road". You find a place to park and then follow a trail (marked only by occasional drips of white paint that look like bird droppings) for about 1/2 hour toward the ocean. The payoff is spectacular: a huge tidal pool maybe 75 yards across and 20 feet deep that's nearly enclosed by lava that flowed around it. There's just a small opening that allows an incredible array of reef fish into the pool, yet keeps out waves that would otherwise churn up the sand (and tiger sharks). There was literally nothing else visible in any direction but lava and ocean- not a single blade of grass or any sign of man.
05/22/2006 01:21:20 PM · #22
If you're down on the southern side looking for a nice big beach, "Big Beach" (as it's name implies) is pretty nice. If you feel frisky, go to the right side and up over the trail to "Little Beach" for some nude sun-bathing. I don't know if it's legal, but a lot of people do it. If you have the equipment, there's some decent snorkeling there too.

The Iao Valley as mentioned is beautiful, lot's of lush green mountains and cliffs there, with a nice stream and plenty of cascading water.

The hike down into Haleakala is interesting, *but remember that you're at high elevation there and it's quite a hike back up if you're not used to hiking at higher elevations.
05/22/2006 01:22:37 PM · #23
Where are you staying at on Maui?

05/22/2006 01:23:02 PM · #24
Look for a book called "Maui Revealed - The Ultimate Guide Book". There is a book for every island and the books are written by a local couple. It is a wealth of information and it will really help you plan out your short time there.

The active volcano is on the Big Island and the lava does not flow into the ocean 24/7/365. It's mother nature, sometimes the lava flows and sometimes the lava creeps. You just have to be there at the right time. None the less, it is a beautiful site and a can't miss if you are ever on the Big Island.

Message edited by author 2006-05-22 13:23:41.
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