The other side of Maui

I've been tardy in posting the pictures of my recent vacation to Maui. But here they are...I did edit them, I promise! I've tried to keep the pics all plant-y or nature related so that they make sense on this blog. But I couldn't resist a few beautiful beach shots. (Click photographs to enlarge)

Above, peering over the edge of Makuhiku Falls near Hana. That pool is 180 ft down

Fallen African tulip tree blossoms (Spathodea campanulata) on the trail to Waimoku Falls

We've been going to Maui for a number of years. I have loved going there ever since I was a kid, particularly to the lush, remote town of Hana and the nearby Kipahulu area of Haleakala National Park. Many parts of Maui are overrun with tourists but if you get off the beaten track even a little bit you will have the place to yourself. Most of our fellow American tourists rarely stray from within a few feet of their parked cars. Even a short hike will take you away from civilization quite quickly

400 ft. tall Waimoku Falls is the end of the amazing Pipiwai Trail.  Notice tiny Chad in the lower left corner for scale

Waimoku Falls

A cool mountain pool at the end of the Waihee Valley trail

Houseplants gone wild.  A roadside bank of variegated philodendron lines the Hana Highway. So many of the wild jungle plants near here are introduced species

The eerie red sand beach behind the Hotel Hana Maui. I used to play here for hours as a child but was always a little scared of swimming since the water is dark and full of churning currents

Another introduced species, the scented maile fern (Phymatosorus grossus)

The view from our cottage toward Kipahulu. It's a wonderful spot

A natural container garden of ferns on the Pipiwai Trial

The Pipiwai Trail leads through acres and acres of timber bamboo, also an introduced species

Me diving into one of the more mysterious of the pools at Oheo. I was the only swimmer there and I have to admit to getting spooked for no valid reason. One has to be careful swimming here if it's raining upstream in the mountains. Flash floods come rushing through with no warning and several people have been swept out to sea to their deaths

The same spooky pool

Chad swimming in the Oheo pools

The deepest part of the ravine of the Oheo stream. Bamboo cascades down the steep sides

A breakfast of tropical fruit from the local Hana farmstand: two kinds of sapote on top and a cherimoya on bottom

At this Japanese cemetery in Hana, the graves are perched so close to the cliff that several of the stone markers have gone tumbling down and can be seen on the beach below. I used to play here as a kid when it was more overgrown, at some times of year it would be covered in so many Chinese violets (Asystasia gangetica) that the graves would disappear

Barbara and Diana on Makena beach at sunset

A thicket of twisted mesquite trees near Makena on the dry side of the island

The landscape becomes drier and drier on the drive around the Kaupo side of Maui. Here you can see down to Makena and its cinder cone out to the uninhabited island of Kahoolawe

The road around the remote southwestern side of Maui, above and below, used to be impassable but they pave more of it every year.

There is only one store in Kaupo and its been there since the 1920s

A Kaupo garden

The remains of the breakfast

A jungle root system on the road to Hana

Intricate flowers of the 'Queen Emma' crinum

These bird's-nest ferns in the trees along the Pipiwai Trail are about six feet across

The flamboyant African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata) comes from Kenya

Our favorite beach at Makena, above and below


Jason Dewees said...

Stephen, i'd count your slide show a vacation unto itself. You've detailed a side of Maui I've always wanted to see.

Stephen Orr said...

Thanks very much Jason. It's a marvelous place!

cropalot said...

Excellent pictures and interesting journaling.
I am a digital scrap booker and have been trying to document the location of some of my pictures taken in Hawaii in January. Even though we've been there three times now, I still need to do some research when we get home.

Found you when I googled,'dry side of Maui".