Visited the Island of Maui to get away from it all after a particularly grueling year. I truly enjoyed my time here and hope to get back some day.
1 This is a view from the top terrace at the Maui Sheraton where I stayed on this trip.
2 The beach in front of the Sheraton.
3 The Sheraton Terrace.
4 This is one of the views just outside the suite.
5 A view from the balcony of the suite.
6 A view from the hotel up the mountain.
7 An excursion trip around the island.
8 A beautiful sunset.
9 The hotel pool area.
10 Watching the sun set.
11 The Sheraton Hotel.
12 Every evening the hotel would put on a ceremony closing out the day.
13 The ceremony commences.
14 Making a prayer to the Gods.
15 Diving into the water.
16 Went out for a ride in the Americas Cup boat. This ia view from the boat looking toward the shore.
17 My fellow passengers.
18 Adjusting the sails.
19 The sails.
24 Looking at the hotel.
25 Right about now we were all getting pretty wet on the boat ride.
26 Lahaina. Lahaina is the largest town in West Maui.
29 Looking at the mountains from the Lahaina town square.
30 Lahaina walkway right next to the town square.
31 Decided to do a tourist Luau where they roasted a pig and had some local entertainment.
32 The Luau setting.
33 The Luau.
34 I forget what this figure is supposed to represent.
35 The Luau.
36 There were artisans sellilng their wares here. These are made out of plaster.
37 The Luau. This is a native boat.
38 The pig is roasting nicely in the pit.
39 Taking the pig out.
40 The Lahaina harbor.
41 Luau entertainment.
42 Luau entertainment.
43 Luau entertainment.
44 Luau entertainment.
45 Luau entertainment.
46 Early morning view from the suite out into the ocean.
47 Another view from the suite.
48 On the road on the way to Hana. Hana is truly the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui.
49 On the road to Hana.
51 Not sure what this fruit is.
52 Took a small detour to visit some falls.
53 Working my way to the falls.
54 The falls.
55 Working our way back to the main road.
56 These cows looked so peaceful just laying there.
57 On the road to Hana.
58 Road to Hana.
59 Road to Hana.
60 Road to Hana.
61 Road to Hana.
62 Road to Hana.
63 Road to Hana. The surf was up.
64 Road to Hana. More surfing.
65 Driving out to Haleakala Crater also known as the "House of the Sun."
66 Driving up the mountain to the crater. First the clouds are above you, then level with you and finally below you.
67 Looking towards Lahaina.
68 Looking down on the valley.
69 I found this plant quite interesting.
70 The clouds below.
71 Haleakala is an active, but not currently erupting, volcano that last released its fury in 1790. Over 200 years later the land surrounding the lava flow is still barren. The summit rises 10,023 feet above sea level. The crater is 3,000 feet deep, 7.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide - a total of 22 miles in circumference.
72 Haleakala Crater.
73 Haleakala Crater.
74 Observation tower.
75 Haleakala Crater.
76 Haleakala Crater.
77 Working our way down the mountain through the fog.
78 Descending from the crater.
79 We passed by a farm where you can rent horses.
80 Sugar cane fields.
81 A view of a running stream on the road to Iao.
82 This is a Banyan tree I believe.
83 I believe this was a Shinto temple on the road to Iao.