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!
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, 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.
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.
And the sun did set or so it appears to be
Whereas reality beckons us to stand back and see
The sun does not set nor does it rise
We go round and round and through the lies.