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High Surf Morning

Big waves provided a high surf morning of photography as many gathered on the bluffs to watch the exhibition of Nature. Wave heights were reached around 30 feet in this location, which is just north of Ho’okipa Beach Park, which was closed, due to high surf danger. The photos here have been processed through some art filters to give them a softer slightly more etherial and watercolor effect.

A High Surf Morning on Maui’s North Shore

High Surf Morning, Maui, Hawaii


 

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands, a National Wildlife Reserve, is a 700 acre home to a variety of Hawaiian waterbirds. The Reserve was established in 1992 and is a natural basin for the 56-mile watershed in the West Maui Mountains. A boardwalk over ponded areas allows close-up viewing of native Hawaiian waterbird species as well as migratory waterbirds who come from as far away as Asia, Canada, and Alaska. The ponds were initially created by entrepreneurs beginning an aquaculture catfish venture which closed in 1995. Subsequently the ponds were restored by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Maui’s Kealia Wetlands Reserve supports one of the largest concentrations of wetland birds in Hawai`i. It is an important breeding, feeding, and resting area for endangered Hawaiian Stilts and Hawaiian Coots, and the refuge was created to protect these two species in particular. During spring and summer when water levels recede, the refuge may harbor almost half the entire population of Hawaiian Stilts. Kealia Pond also supports a variety of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl from August-April. Some species occur primarily during migration, but others are present throughout the winter months. Over 30 additional species of migrants use the wetland on a regular basis, and numerous vagrants have appeared over the years, making Kealia Pond one of the top sites for wetland birding in Hawai`i.

Maui's Kealia Wetlands

The large central pond undergoes an annual cycle of flooding in winter and drying in summer. The hydrological and biological changes associated with this cycle are important in maintaining a healthy wetland. Water depth ranges from approximately 20 cm in summer to 145 cm in winter. The variable water depth and extensive mudflats that surround the pond provide valuable foraging habitat for a variety of birds. Several small islands provide predator-free nesting habitat, and additional nesting habitat is present among shoreline vegetation that surrounds the pond.

More information about the Kealia Wetlands can be found at the Audobon Website

Additional images of the boardwalk and beach can be found on a previous post.

Maui's Kealia Wetlands


 

Makena Shoreline

makena shoreline

The Makena Shoreline on the south side of Maui is a beautiful, scenic, picturesque area. In the video below you can get a bird’s eye view through the lens of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), aka, a drone.

Enjoy the aerial views of the Makena Shoreline


 

Aerial Views of La Perouse Bay

 

La Perouse Bay on Maui’s south shore is a fantastic area for kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and sightseeing; with its many inlets and coves amidst the lava, the aerial, and underwater, scenery is beautiful. Using a DJI Phantom drone, I was able to get high above the area and showcase the rugged and beautiful landscape of this popular area of Maui. La Perouse Bay got it’s name from Jean-Franois de Galoup, Comte de La Prouse, a French explorer. He was the first European to set foot on Maui in 1786. The lava flow which makes up the area is one of Hawaii’s most recent (1788), save the current active lava flow of Kilauea on the Big Island.

 

Aerial Views of La Perouse Bay

Aerial Views of La Perouse Bay


 

A Morning View of Wailuku Town

Wailuku town is a small, quaint historic area. It is the government seat housing county, state and federal offices.  Along its one block main street can be found a variety of interesting shops and eateries. A museum, a theater, churches and a banyon tree park can be found in and around Wailuku Town. It is the gateway to Iao Valley. The town is situated at 249 feet above sea level, at the base of the much eroded West Maui Volcano known to traditional Hawaiians as Maui Komohana and more recently as Mauna Kahalawai.

 

For more information about Wailuku Town, visit the official website at: http://www.wailukumaui.org/