Visiting the Kula Botanical Garden is great, but visiting while it’s raining is even better.
When I took this photo, I was struck by how the sun seemed to be moving between the horizon and a bank of clouds moving in from the right.
Nothing says fresh quite like raindrops on a flower. Taken at the Kula Botanical Garden on Maui.
Haleakala is a massive dormant volcano that comprises about 75% of Maui. Its peak is 10,023 feet (3,055 m), so reaching it requires an epic, two hour ride from the beach up its long, windy slopes. You won’t notice the drastic change in altitude until you glance out a side window and realize that the town you left has become nothing but a speck. Along the way, you’ll drive through peaceful fields, parks, and forests, eventually reaching a point where there’s nothing but sparse vegetation, endangered species, and lots of rock. The lovely green countryside in this photo looks nothing like the summit.
Before attending the luau at the Grand Wailea, I spent an hour or so exploring the grounds. It’s not the most opulent hotel I’ve ever seen, but it’s pretty close.
As its name implies, Big Beach is huge. Located in Makena State Park in southern Maui, it’s a fine example of the island’s beauty. I was lucky enough to visit it on a slow day. It was raining when I took this picture. Imagine how awesome it looks on a clear day!