Another afternoon at Iao Stream, pondering the joys of life, as fleeting as they might be. Unlike most areas easily accessible on Maui, Iao Valley State Park is rain forest like, much cooler than the popular tourist areas, very quiet and serene. It is a great place to escape, to get away from the hustle and bustle even evident here on this tropical island, which hosts as many as 20,000 visitors each month. Each of these visitors uses fresh water, daily; in fact, many gallons of fresh water, daily. It is estimated that 45 MGD (million gallons/day) of fresh water is used on Maui for domestic and commercial use. That is a great deal of water! A lot of that water comes from the Iao Aquifer. So, obviously, it is a very important area for, as it is said, ‘by water, all things have life.’ It is a very special, and historic, area, worthy of appreciation, and a lovely place to take scenic photographs, which I share with you here.
“And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”
– William Shakespeare