I probably take more pictures along Iao Stream than any other location on Maui, Hawaii. It is peaceful, scenic, restful, inspiring, calming, reflective, awe-ful natural and has hundreds of little waterfalls and pools which can make for some very nice photographic images. The images contained in this a-v slideshow were taken throughout the year at various times of day, though most often in the morning. Camera shutter speeds are often several seconds long to give the water that soft silky flowing look. Enjoy the view….
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The Grand Wailea Resort is in itself a tourist attraction, not to mention a luxurious place to stay while on a Maui vacation. It’s expansive, lavish and well manicured grounds showcase waterfalls, swimming and reflection pools, indoor and outdoor sculptures, flower gardens and lush tropical foliage plus a world class white sand beach. One of the most delightful sights on the grounds is the seaside Wedding Chapel, often used for ‘getting Maui’d’ as many a couple come to Maui for their wedding ceremony.
The hotel was built by Japanese developer Takashi Sekiguchi, who also put together a large art collection for the hotel. It opened in 1991 as the Grand Hyatt Wailea. The hotel was built at an estimated cost of $650 million, which proved to be more than the economy could sustain, and Sekiguchi lost control of the property, which was sold for $263 million in 1998. The property has been sold several times since then and it is now operated by Hilton Worldwide. It was the first hotel to join Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts in 2006 after the Manhattan hotel became a brand. It is the second largest hotel on the island of Maui and is one of Hawaii’s most well known resorts.
The Hana Coastline offers some of Maui’s most pristine scenery. From Hamoa Beach to Koki Beach to Wainapanapa, and points in between, you are sure to see some of Maui’s most cherished beach and shoreline areas. Depending on the weather, these areas can be extraordinarily inviting, or ominous and dangerous with rough seas and strong currents. Even then though, the scenery is breathtaking and those who visit Maui often have a trip to Hana high on their list of activities to do. The following is an excerpt from a travel site about ‘Heavenly Hana’:
“Hana, isolated from the rest of the island, is truly the last undeveloped tropical paradise on Maui. Picturesque views of spectacular waterfalls, the rugged Hana shoreline, and some of the best beaches on the island can only begin to describe what awaits you on this journey. The 52 mile trip from Kahului Airport will take 2-4 hours depending on how often you stop along the Narrow, Winding Hana Highway (560). Explore the various parks and lookouts as you drive through Maui’s only coastal rainforest accessible by car. The charm of Hana is the fact that little has changed over the last 20 years. Untouched by the major developments of the other side of the island, the Hana community has managed to perpetuate the small town atmosphere, Hawaiian culture and most of all, its natural scenic beauty.”
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.
The central Oregon Cascades, encompassing several volcanic peaks and wilderness areas, is an active outdoor person’s year round playground. In the late spring through early fall, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, canoeing, rafting, paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, rock hounding, golfing, camping and sightseeing are readily available……In the winter months there is skiing, both down hill and cross country, snow mobiling, snow boarding, snow shoeing, sled dog rides, ice skating, hunting and fishing. Any time of the year can make for some excellent photography…The town of Bend, Oregon, with a population of about 100,000, caters to all of these activities plus a variety of seasonal community based activities, fine restaurants, shopping, lodging, parks and entertainment. Just outside of Bend is ranching and farming, state and national parks and wilderness. There are few places which offer so much so close by…..