Posts tagged “Maui

Let it Go

Help me to forgive those who sin differently than I

We are all carrying a lot of excess baggage such as resentments, fear, jealousy, self-pity, and dishonesty. This is a huge burden to us and now would be a good time to let it go. Forgiveness involves forgetting, releasing and moving on. When something is removed, it is always filled with something else. If you let go of your defects and replace them with assets, serenity and peace will fill the void.

Dag Hammarskjold one wrote, “Forgiveness breaks the chains of causality, because he who “forgives” you – out of love – takes upon himself he consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice.”

This image was shot off the coast of Maui in Hawaii. The clouds were lingering on the horizon and rolling off the neighbouring island to the right, we set up our gear and took in this beautufil and calm vista. There were few, if any, people at this location, and the gentle wash of the waves and soft trade winds were soothing to the soul. We bundled up some of our negative energy, put it into a “bag” and tossed it into the sea.

“Swoosh” – Maui

Another day of the conference and one of the things that most love watching in Hawaii is how the waves “roll” over… they are quite beautiful, peaceful and you can honestly just sit & watch them all day long.  This shot was again taken in Maui by Erik,  and he used the trusty Nikon D7000 mounted on a sturdy Manfrotto Tripod. The silky texture of the in and outrush of the waves was achieved using a slow shutter speed. Although the light was quite harsh at the time, he screwed on a variable Neutral Density Filter to the lens which cut down on the available light to the sensor, allowing a slow shutter.   For me, I love the colors that are coming through –  just beautiful. Drop us a note if you would like to understand a bit more about neutral Density Filters and all the awesome things they allow your creative vision to attain.


From the Islands

So this week I am away on business in Hawaii- so far each & every day has been so filled that I have not had a single moment to take the camera out of the bag and capture the beauty of this place.  I have had time to check out a few key spots for later in the week when the opportunity should be perfect- but in the meantime- I thought you all might like a replay of one of my favorite places in Maui.  Erik captured this shot while the waves were crashing all around him trying to keep from falling on the rocks everywhere.  For me, I was relaxing, listening to the waves- watching the sun slowly set after island hopping to Oahu and back for a pre-inspection for the conference we are at right now.

I want to extend out to the members of HAIP a simple word that wraps this entire week up so far- – “Po’okela!”  Which means, Excellence!


The Green Boat – Kahakuloa Bay

Ready for Anything

This was shot, again,  after a hair-raising drive along HWY 38 along the North Shore of Maui after a brief stop to the deadly Nakalele Blowhole. You may recall a previous post. Here we found an isolated cove with killer waves. The beach was virtually deserted except for a few Local Surfers. This was shot with our trusty Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle lens, a Variable Neutral Density filter from Singh-Ray all mounted on a Manfrotta Tripod for stability. The boat seemed a bit out-of-place – we assume that it might be a Rescue Craft in the event of a surfing accident. The waves were rather large (For California standards), but likely become huge during a storm, attracting many more intrepid surfers.

Kahakuloa is an area on the North side of West Maui, Hawaii. It is home to the isolated picturesque community of Kahakuloa Village, Julia’s Banana Bread, Kaukini Gallery, Bruce Turnbull Studio and Sculpture Garden, and a few small businesses. After this brief stop, we proceeded to Julia’s Banana Bread Shack. We bought a loaf, some coconut candy (slowly roasted goodness) and some type of spread made out of Passion Fruit called Liliko’i… it it absolutely fabulous!

From her Webpage:  “We invite you to our famous treehouse to sample some of our homemade gourmet treats made only on Maui. We offer free samples of our famous Julia’s Banana Bread, Coconut Candy Nuggets, Dried Mango, Roasted Macadamia Nuts, Ulu (Breadfruit – seasonal), Taro Chips, Pineapple & Passion Fruit Jelly, and now our new and amazing Liliko’i (Passion Fruit) Butter Spread. We also carry a variety of island fruit drinks as well, and homemade crafts & gifts.
Once you reach about a 1/4 mile into Kahakuloa Village, you will see Julia’s bright green road signs. Follow and read the signs carefully, and it will lead you to our bright green treehouse. We are located right below the white Catholic Mission that sits on the hill.”  Website:

What followed was somewhat cute. As we were patiently standing in line on this rainy day, an elder local Lady (70’s)  arrived and also waited quiety behind us waiting for her loaf of Banana bread. She knew exactly what she wanted and was greeted warmly by the proprietor who clearly knew her. We received and paid for our delicious treats and hit the road towards Waihe’he. Minutes later, it seemed, she was right on our bumper, probably wondering why we drive so slowly along this twisting, treacherous, almost single lane road with thousand foot drops to the left into the sea. At first opportunity we pulled to the side and she zipped and within minutes gone with her loaf out of sight!

(We have the same experience on WildCat Canyon Road in Ramona, California). 😉

Thanks for visiting our humble PhotoBlog! Kathleen and Erik

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Road to Hana – the African Tulip Tree

Beauty Everywhere

This was shot looking up the coast on the road to Hana after a well deserved break from some hair-raising, white knuckle driving (and this was just the co-Pilot, Kathleen). We saw this outlook and were immediately drawn to these spectacular trees and their brilliant blossoms. It was probably a good 1000ft down from this vantage point and called for the use of a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 which allows these tack sharp images and dreamy backgrounds. This lens rocks. If you look carefully, you will see a small dew drop – just a small touch and shows how lush it is on this side of Maui! Now a bit about this tree!

Spathodea is a monotypic genus in the flowering plant family, Bignoniaceae (If you can pronounce this, kudos). The single species it contains, Spathodea campanulata, is commonly known as the Fountain Tree, African Tulip Tree, Flame-of-the-forest, Rudra Palash, Pichkari or Nandi Flame. It is a tree that grows between 7–25 m (23–82 ft) tall and is native to tropical  Africa. This tree is planted extensively as an ornamental tree throughout the tropics and is much appreciated for its very showy reddish-orange or crimson (rarely yellow), campanulate flowers. It is an invasive species in many tropical areas, however. Seems like this is the case here in Maui!

The flower bud ampule-shaped and contains water. These buds are often used by children who play with its ability to squirt the water. The sap sometimes stains yellow on fingers and clothes. The open flowers are cup-shaped and holds rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds. In Neotropical gardens and parks, their nectar is popular with many hummingbirds!

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Swoosh, Maui

Along the twisty road on Highway 340, we spotted a local roadside stand where fresh produce was being offered. At the same time, this was a wonderful isolated beach where local Surfers were taking care of the amazing waves. Kathleen took care of business to get the most tastey Pineapple which probably recently harvested. She asked, “Is this a good one?” to which the proprietor said, “They are ALL good”…and they were. In the mean time Erik was scoping the beach for a shot. The waves were amazing and surfers were abound. The reason you don’t see them is that we used a long shutter speed – they just disappear.

This was shot with a Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20mm Lens, Variable Neutral Density Filter, Manfrotto Tripod and a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting our Humble PhotoBlog! If you have any questions just drop us an email at!

Happy Hollidays!  Kathleen and Erik

Nakalele Point, Maui

We took a hike to this Volcanic Outlook during our trek on a stop on one of the most frightening roads we have every driven on. Further along, the road narrowed to 1.2 car widths, twisting along the steep coast, 500 ft up and 1000 ft down with no gaurd rail. Talk about white knuckle driving! However, it was spectacular and lead us to many amazing sights including a small roadside stand where we found the best Banana Bread ever! There was a very patient older local Lady waiting for the Tourists to clear out before buying her loaf. We proceeded down the almost single lane road with this Lady behind us. She was following at a respectful distance, but as soon as we could, we pulled over and she zipped away a breakneck speeds! Gotta get that Banana Bread Home!

Now a bit about that Hike! We went to the edge of a massive cliff for this shot. Nikon D7000, trusty Sigma 10-20mm, Singh Ray Variable Neutral Density Filter. sturdy Manfrotto Tripod…and great sneakers! We saw some naive Folks right down by The Blow Hole which was a bit to the right. It would have been a trek down there and looked somewhat dangerous. Hence, this news below!

Nakalele Point is the northernmost point on the island of Maui. It is famous for a Blow Hole with powerful geyser-like water spouts with the waves and tides. Water spewed can rise as high as 100 feet in the air.

On July 9, 2011, David Potts, a 44-year-old general contractor from San Anselmo, Northern California, was killed while standing dangerously close to the “Nakalele” blowhole. While Mr. Potts was standing near the blowhole with his back to the surf, a large wave swept him into the mouth of the blowhole. A nearby witness states that Potts resurfaced for a moment, but disappeared as another large wave crashed over the blowhole.

Photography is wonderful, but one always needs to judge the risk one would take for “The Ultimate Shot”, yes?

Thanks for the kind visit to our humble PhotoBlog – Seasons Greetings! Kathleen and Erik!