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Day Three: Maui

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2008

Dave!I should probably write something here before I fall asleep.

The long drive up Maui's Mt. Haleakala to watch the sunrise is one of those things you really only need to do once. I've already done it three times. But my new camera has been giving me some incredible shots, so I decided I'd make the trek again to see what happens. Unfortunately, this meant setting my alarm for 3:00am so I could get to the summit in time.

Ummm... yeah... so totally worth it...

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

Haleakala Sunrise

I also got to see a baby Silversword on the way down...

Baby Silversword

These amazing plants are unique in several ways...

  • They have shiny silver hairs on their leaves, making them look metallic.
  • They are not naturally found anywhere except the islands of Maui and Hawaii.
  • They grow only at high altitudes.
  • They are extremely fragile, and can be damaged just by walking near them, trampling their shallow roots.
  • They bloom only once in their lifetime and die afterwards.

At the Ranger's Station Visitor Center, a few adult Silverwords were in bloom...

Silversword in Bloom

This just in from the "I don't ever want to go back home department," here's the beach today...

Makena Beach

Makena Beach

And now, it's time for a nap. I'm on vacation so I can do that...

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  1. joy says:

    Awesome photos. And I wish the beaches here looked that inviting.

  2. Betta says:

    Oh God, I never thought about it, but I am definetely going to put Hawaii on my list of “places I wanna see”.

    And even if you had a crappy camera, I think this is one of those places that are so beautiful that look great with any camera!!

  3. I am so jealous it’s like a pain in my chest.

  4. TheQueen says:

    Your volcano pics put mine to shame!

  5. *pixie* says:

    The first and the last shot are breathtaking. And that plant is very cool. I love botany.

  6. Tug says:

    HO.LY.HELL. Absolutely breathtaking – I can’t imagine being there! You could totally sell those prints.

  7. Sally says:


    I love the sunrise shots, something almost angelic about them.

  8. ETinNY says:

    Last September I got an email from one of my internet buddies who said “Do you want to go to Hawaii?” He caught me off guard but, it took me about 2 seconds to say “Sure, I’ve always wanted to to go.” and so, last November, I was awed by many of the same places and things. I am so envious, now. I think I’ll email Luca now and ask him if he wants to go back.

  9. claire says:

    wow, those sunrise shots are amazing, Dave! The ones of just the sky remind me of the end of the earth in The Gods Must Be Crazy.

    And the water! Beautiful.

    thanks for getting up and sharing the fruits of your labor with us.

  10. Kris Nelson says:

    Love these photos, especially the composition of the second to last one.

    We haven’t made it up to Haleakala for the sunrise, yet, but I keep telling my wife, we’re going up there in February. She’d rather just sleep in. 🙂

  11. Poppy says:

    QUESTION, and stop me if you’ve heard this one: If you need a vacation so badly why are you blogging in realish time about it?

    I hope you’re getting the rest you need.

    Got my new iMac! Now we’re twins!

    And would just like to say… beautiful photos. 🙂

  12. Robin says:

    Have I mentioned how jealous I am? Looks like you are having a great vacation. Love the photos!

  13. ChillyWilly says:

    Great photos… I need to now ask… is this with your new camera? At some point, you will get tired of me asking about it and just blog about it.

    Or block any future posts from me until you get back from vacation… he he

  14. Mrs. Hall says:


    do it again!

  15. Göran says:

    Wow, those shots are amazing! That new camera is really collaborating with you!

    I wanna go to Hawaii too *boo boo lip*

  16. Alasdair says:

    Dude, that looks amazing!!! I can see why you love it so much. and those were some SWEET shots of the sunrise!!!

  17. sodapop says:

    Those are beautiful photos. I love the beaches of Maui.

  18. Kailey says:

    Congratulations! You have taken the first sunrise pictures that I have ever seen that actually portray the luminosity and beauty and color in a non boring manner! Thank you, they are gorgeous.

  19. Iron Fist says:

    Those sunrise photos are breathtaking. I can only imagine how much more spectacular it must have been to be there in person.

  20. Jon says:

    My wife and I are starting to plan our annual spring vacation. We were thinking about a nice moderately priced long weekend in Florida.

    Reading about your trip and seeing your pictures makes Florida seem kind of sucky in comparison. So now I’m jonesing for a 10 day Hawaii trip that will likely cost three times as much.


  21. Pattie says:

    Wow… all I can say is WOW.

  22. Lisa says:

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing. I’m jealous of your camera and your vacation. I’ve never been to Hawaii. I hope I get there someday.

  23. Patty says:

    That’s one thing I didn’t do…was go up to Haleakala for sunrise. On my list for next time….now ya got me thinking when I can fit a trip to Maui in…..but getting too busy and do have another trip planned at xmas…a cruise…so have something to look forward to!
    Don’t know if you eat fish…but great fish at Mama’s fish house (pricey) and cheap was the Alexander’s fish shop in Kihei for Mahi Mahi.

  24. Absolutely stunning photos sir.

  25. My goodness, thank you for sharing these magnificent photos of the sun rising!! Worth waking up for huh???


  26. wow. somehow you managed to capture the volcano like eruption of the sun. fucking awesome!!

    i never knew about the silversword. thanks for the education. and for sharing those stunning beach photos.

  27. vulgarwizard says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I wish my husband wasn’t afraid to fly.

  28. Simply beautiful photos, Dave. Those beach scenes look a lot easier to photograph than they really are. Fantastic.

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