Kepaniwai Park

a view of a part of kepaniwai park in iao valley maui

Kepaniwai Park is a charming county heritage gardens in central Maui which includes various ethnic displays memorializing the different cultures that have played a role in the history of the Hawaiian Islands. The memorials at Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens include traditional Hawaiian dwellings of ancient times as well as the traditional homes of the people who came from Portugal, China, New England, the Philippines, Japan, and China. The park is located in the lush Iao Valley and also includes memorial Gardens from the various represented cultures. The site was completely restored in 1994 and is now a wonderful showcase of important Hawaiian history.

Kalepolepo Fishpond

Kalepolepo Fishpond, in Kihei, Maui, is the remains of ancient Hawaiian fishpond estimated to have been built between 1400-1500 AD. This type of fishpond uses lava rock and coral walls to keep water circulating while a wooden sluice gate allows small fish to enter the pond to feed, but prevents them from leaving after they grow too large to slip between the gate’s gaps. The image here shows the remnants of a once active fishpond. It was registered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The image is taken from the rooftop of the Menehune Shores, a long standing condominium complex, the accessible roof for residents of which offers stunning views; and, the ground floor of which, open to the public, is one of Maui’s best Indian restaurants.

See Ya Next Year!

the fluke of a humpback whale

 

See ya next year!

Beginning in late October and stretching into late May, the Hawaiian Islands host some of the most majestic creatures this planet knows: The Humpback Whale, technically known as Megaptera novaeangliae. If you are here on Maui during this time of year, one of the best activities is a whale watch tour. To see these magnificient creatures up close is awe-inspiring.

 
The Humpback migrates from Alaskan waters to breed and give birth. Adult Humpbacks range in length from 39–52 ft and weigh approximately 79,000 lbs. But, come spring time, they depart and head back to Alaska, to eat, for they do not do so at all here (except for the newborns which suckle on the mother drinking tons of milk!)

 

Ae’o – The Endangered Hawaiian Stilt

Ae’o – The endangered Hawaiian Stilt, known in Latin as Himantopus mexicanus knudseni, is a protected species. It can be found in wetlands throughout the major Hawaiian Islands. The Ae’o has the longest legs per body size than any animal. It is estimated that if an ostrich had the same ratio of leg size to body size, it would stand taller than a one story house.

The Fruit of Angels

plate of papaya

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.