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Maui – I

Last night I spent a bit of time going back through all of my images from my trip to Maui in August. For the most part, I’ve exhausted the ‘wow’ images that deserve their own post but I have a number of images remaining that will form the basis of a few collage posts similar to what I did with my New York City photos.

Looking back through these photos has made me realize all over again how much diversity and beauty there is on that one tiny island. It’s truly mind boggling.


This was one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever been. This secluded beach was a ways past the town of Hana and I could have sat and watched the aggressive surf pound the shoreline for hours.

It was a shock when I came across this abandoned truck on my drive around the northwest tip of the island. Such a contrast to the natural beauty. Oh, and I’m pretty sure there was a feral cat or something living in there because something was growling at me the whole time I was shooting.

A typical view of the northwest coastline.

I made the early trek up to the top of the Haleakala Crater for sunrise one morning and froze my butt off. Unfortunately, I’m not particularly pleased with any of my shots of the actual sunrise, which is a shame – but I do like this shot of the observatory at the summit. One of the highest in the world.

I’ve shared an image of the black sand beach we visited along the road to Hana before, and was taken just a short walk down from the beach. Love the contrast of the black rock against lush green vegetation.

On the way down from the Haleakala Crater, I stopped at a spot called Leleiwi Lookout. What you see above are a couple of shots looking into the crater. It’s like another planet.

Our drive of the road to Hana began with a light sprinkling of rain – the only moisture we saw the entire trip. It’s hard to resist that sheen of water on pavement.

This was taken at our first stop on the road to Hana. Our guidebook said there was a great waterfall at the end of a short hike – which there was, but this little grotto seemed a better shot to me at the time.

A view of the western coastline somewhere between Lahaina and Kihei.

I’ve posted a shot from this location before, but I thought it worth another to again showcase the diversity in topography. Lush rainforest on one side of the island, dry scrubby brush on the other. Just crazy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this first instalment. I’m hoping to have two or three more along the same vein over the next few days.

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Jimi Jones - December 14, 2011 - 7:34 am

Wow, man. What an awesome post. These images are fantastic. Enjoyed the write-up as well. 😉

Adam Olson - December 14, 2011 - 7:52 am

It’s always nice to see the parts of Hawaii besides the beaches. Well done catching these! Great job Heath.

Rick Louie - December 14, 2011 - 7:54 am

Such a beautiful place. I could go for a vacation there right about now.

Len Saltiel - December 14, 2011 - 8:00 am

Beautiful images Heath. I’ve never been to Hawaii and these want me to move it up on my bucket list.

Jesse Pafundi - December 14, 2011 - 8:08 am

These are incredible, man. This post just put a huge smile on my face, it was like revisiting Maui all over again. Great great work.

Brian Furbush - December 14, 2011 - 8:12 am

Great shots dude – really love the first shot and the B&W road frame. Nicely done!

Chris DeAngelis - December 14, 2011 - 8:27 am

Great shots! Love the processing! I really need to get stationed in HI at some point!

Russ Scullen - December 14, 2011 - 9:13 am


Mike Olbinski - December 14, 2011 - 11:43 am

Love them all, but that road shot touched me deep down. Love these man.

Edith Levy - December 14, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Great shots Heath.

Bob Lussier - December 14, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Great stuff! I want to go back to Maui!

Chris Maskell - December 15, 2011 - 1:12 am

I love what you did both here and with NY, Heath. It’s like a travelogue of your trip and the images hang together and present a unique insight.
Not sure I agree that some of them don’t have the wow factor though

Adam Allegro - December 16, 2011 - 3:51 am

Wow. If these are the 2nd tier of shots, I want to see all the first! These look fantastic. I was stationed on Oahu for 2 years and wish I would have taken up photography back then… Such a beautiful place. Well done buddy.

Olivier Rault - April 27, 2012 - 9:23 am

Fabulous scenery, I love it! My vote on coolphotoblogs for all of your work 😉