Aloha, friends!

I know it’s been a week since I last posted, but I have a very good reason for that! For our birthdays (Grant’s and mine are four days apart), my sister and her girlfriend sent us to Maui for four days! We left very early in the morning on the 10th and came back late at night on the 13th. Have I mentioned that I have the best sister ever?! Anyway, I’m spending the next couple days catching up on the blog. Starting now.

As I said, we took the very first flight to Maui the day after my birthday (which is when we found out she was sending us to Maui), so we had to be up pretty early to get to the airport for our 5:05 flight. Through the windows on the flight, we could see the bold colors of first light that precedes the sun, telling us it was going to be a good day. Sunrise We landed in Maui and went in search of a rental car. While Grant took care of the car, I started looking up things to do in Maui. We couldn’t check into our hotel until 3pm, so we had a good 9 hours to kill from the time we landed, with no access to our room’s shower (for comfort’s sake, this ruled out snorkeling). We decided on the “Road to Hana,” a 50-mile winding highway along the island’s northeastern shore. Along this stretch of highway are an astounding 59 bridges, 46 of which are only one lane wide (meaning you yield to oncoming traffic before crossing). If you’re only driving the highway, it takes an estimated 2.5 hours to traverse. But if you’re me, stopping every 5 miles or so to get photos, then it’s a day trip. After all, it’s about the journey, right?

The first place we stopped was a lookout over a beach park where surfers were taking full advantage of the waves coming in. DSC_2939

Looks like a dangerous place to surf.
Looks like a dangerous place to surf.

And the other side of it was a beautiful rocky seascape. DSC_2943 DSC_2964

This Hawaiian Monk Seal is enjoying the sun.
This Hawaiian Monk Seal is enjoying the sun.

We found a eucalyptus forest along the road.

I can't get over the colors of the bark!
I can’t get over the colors of the bark!

Across the road from it was a serene pastoral scene. DSC_2996 And we continued on our journey, making frequent stops along the way.

I made Grant very nervous standing at the edge of a cliff for this shot.
I made Grant very nervous standing at the edge of a cliff for this shot.

DSC_3043 DSC_3049 We met a couple new friends at a park along the way.

It's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi!
It’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi!
This little one made me miss my cats at home.
This little one made me miss my cats at home.

And, of course, the obligatory waterfall shot.

Silky smooth!
Silky smooth!

The trip back was definitely faster, as we didn’t have to stop as often for photos. By the time we got to the hotel, we were beat.

Stay tuned for more on our adventures in Maui!

Mahalo,

Jen

 

 

6 thoughts on “Maui: The Road to Hana

  1. If I had known you were going to Maui, I would have recommended the Olivine Pools off Highway 340. We stumbled upon it by accident, and later read about it in Maui Revealed; which was a really helpful book. The authors have also written about the other islands as well. Good luck in paradise!

    • jenabertphotography says:

      Thanks! Yeah, the trip to Maui was such short notice that we relied solely on quick Google searches to find things to do. I really loved our short time there, though! We saw a good sampling of the island.

    • jenabertphotography says:

      I loved how beautiful Maui was! And Oahu is still outstanding for hiking (if you’re into that sorta thing). Let me know if you ever head out there. I have PLENTY of recommendations!

    • Love your Work! We cant wait to head to Maui in November/Dec. What are you shooting with now? I neitcod you mentioned speedlite. I just got a gopro to since i dont have a housing for my camera.Will you be in Maui first week of dec?

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