Big Beach

 

Big beach is one of Maui’s premier world-class white sand beaches located in Makena. It is very a popular spot amongst residents and visitors a like.  It’s crystaline clear blue-green waters, scenic vistas and warmth make it a delightful place to swim, sun bath, picnic and play. These few shots only give a small glimpse of the various moods of Makena’s Big Beach on Maui.

Spouting Horn

On Kauai’s south shore, you’ll find the spectacular Spouting Horn blowhole, one of the most photographed spots on Kauai. The surf channels into a natural lava tube here and releases a huge spout of water during large swells. You’ll also hear a hiss and a roar that is the basis of a Hawaiian legend.

Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole.

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge

The Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge contains within it the 2,200ft. Kealia Coastal Boardwalk where one can enjoy a pleasant walk through the natural wetlands,  along with self guided interpretive exhibits about the many native and visiting birds to this area. However, one of the appealing pleasures on Maui is walking along a secluded stretch of white sand beach, one of which is adjacent to the wetlands. This stretch of beach, being a few miles away from the more populated tourist areas and well known beaches, is undeveloped. There are no condominums, no cars, no restrooms.  It is said to be one of the  longest white sand beaches in the state, going from north Kihei to Ma’alaea, about 5 miles.

Maui’s Iao Stream

Maui’s Iao Stream, located in Iao Valley State Park, is a delightful, refreshing rain forest like location at the base of the West Maui Mountains. The stream flows year round from the oft falling rains of the West Maui Mountains. Puu Kukui is the tallest peak in the West Maui Mountains, at 5,787 feet,  and receives over 380″ of rain/year making it one of the wettest places on earth.

 

Iao Valley, and the stream that runs through it, is considered a sacred area with historical significance. Here, at the Battle of Kepaniwai, in 1790, King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui’s army ultimately defeating Maui’s forces which led to uniting the islands and changed the course of Hawaiian development.

 

Residents and visitors alike find Iao Valley a very special place. Maui’s fresh water Iao Stream is extremely important to life on the island; for, as it is said, ‘by water, all things find life.’

Underwater Dreams

One need not go to sleep to have underwater dreams along Maui’s shores. Just slip on a mask and casually swim around. You’ll see a whole new world thriving with life alien yet an integral part of our world. From the ancient and endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, aka Honu, to the plentiful Yellow Tang, Angel Fish and a periodic Parrot Fish to wonderfully odd and beautifully arranged gardens of coral and rock formations. Better than a daydream, more real than a dream from sleep, these underwater dreams are as real as being fully awake (which as many a poet and mystic have said, is but a dream).

 

Every image in this collection was taken with a simple underwater point and shoot camera while swimming around Maui’s south shore beaches. Each image is also adjusted through a ‘paint’ filter in the computer to give it a more dream like quality.