Jungle Pearl-Paihi Falls on Hana Road in Maui

    Honolewa Stream emerges from thick vegetation and gracefully tumbles down Paihi Falls outside of Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.
    Honolewa Stream emerges from thick vegetation and gracefully tumbles down Paihi Falls outside of Hana on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

    The gentle rain never let up as I sat at Koki Beach waiting for sunrise this morning. After an hour or so, I decided it was time to move on and explore other opportunities.

    I set my GPS to take me to some of the waterfalls on the road south of Hana and made my way back to Hana Road. As I traveled further south, the road went from two lanes to one for the most part. I figured that was no big deal since there wasn’t much traffic out that early in the morning. Or so I thought. I rounding one of the hairpin turns only to practically run into one of the locals speeding down the road. With a little guidance (ha), they directed me to where to pull over to that would somehow let them get by. It wasn’t but a couple more turns before I came upon a large crane and a dump truck headed towards me. I stopped and backed up to the nearest wide spot I remembered. It was what seemed like forever before the traffic let up. Who would have guessed the 8:00 traffic was that bad out in the sticks?!

    I stopped at a couple of streams where I had waterfalls marked. Funny, they looked like they would be so easy to find when I was looking at the map. Not so in a jungle! I decided it was probably in my best interest to not go slogging down through the thick rain soaked brush and continued on to the next candidate. Paihi Falls was easy to find. It was right off the one lane bridge that crossed Honolewa Stream. The only issue was that the only shots were from standing on the bridge. Fortunately, I was able to come away with a couple of different compositions in between having to move off the bridge for traffic before the sun came out and brought an end to shooting waterfalls.

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    Daybreak Drama-Stormy Sunrise along the Maui Coast

    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon's Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.
    Stormy clouds and a rain squall over the ocean are illuminated by early morning light beyond the rocky Dragon’s Teeth formation on the northwest coast of Maui, Hawaii.

    It is about time that I post something new! I snuck in a trip to Maui before the holidays and have found some time to start processing images. The first sunrise location that I visited was the dramatic Dragon’s Teeth volcanic rock formation on the northwest tip of the island. This image portrays just some of the drama from the scene that morning. (more…)

    Fleeting Finale-Sunset at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai

    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The setting sun peeks out from behind a cloud bank and reflects in tide pools along the rocky shore at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai, Hawaii.

    One very popular area of Kauai is in the southeast corner of the island around Poipu Beach. The majority of the resorts are strung along the shoreline and there is a steady flow of tourists coming and going throughout the day. A major attraction close by is Poipu Beach Park, a nicely developed area with a long beautiful beach on one side and Brennecke’s Beach on the other, popular with boogie boarders. Straddled between the two is an area lined with volcanic rock. (more…)

    Tropical Grandeur-Opaekaa Falls in Kauai, Hawaii

    The Mahaleha Mountains emerge from rain clouds behind Opaekaa Falls dropping into a lush valley in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The Mahaleha Mountains emerge from rain clouds behind Opaekaa Falls dropping into a lush valley in Kauai, Hawaii.

    Kauai has hundreds of waterfalls dotting its tropical landscape. The mountains in the center of the island get more rain than anywhere else in the world and that water has to drop a couple of thousand feet to reach the ocean. The challenge for a photographer is how to get to them. Many are only accessible via a helicopter since they are deep in the rainforest. (more…)

    Frenzied Dawning-Sunrise in Kauai

    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    The orange ball of the sun radiates shafts of light skyward through the clouds as it rises over the horizon off a rocky shoreline pounded by waves on the east coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    The sunrise this morning was simply breathtaking. The sun slowly slid above the horizon shining soft orange light across the sky as it climbed behind a bank of clouds. The waves crashed on the shoreline and created small waterfalls as it slid back out to sea. Truly an idyllic scene. It looks so peaceful now, but the morning was far from it… (more…)

    Morning Rush-Sunrise at Moloaa Bay in Kauai

    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.
    Waves rush into the rocky shoreline in Moloaa Bay as the early morning light illuminates the lush green hillside in the distance on the northeast coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

    I timed my trip to Kauai right when the ocean swells were at their peak. Not that I did that intentionally. It did make me change my shooting plans, especially along the north coast where the waves could be fierce at times. (more…)

    Shoreline Serenity-Sunrise on Waipouli Beach in Kauai

    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun rises behind a bank of clouds, filling the sky with golden light and reflecting in a pool along a rocky shoreline on Waipouli Beach in Kauai, Hawaii.

    I had scoped out many locations to shoot sunrise along the east coast of Kauai. Some required a drive of up to 45 minutes and a hike to reach. It wasn’t until almost the last day of my trip there in December that I thought about checking out the beach right where I was staying. (more…)

    Gentle Dawning-Sunrise at Lydgate Beach in Kauai

    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.
    The sun peeks over the horizon shining delicate light on a weathered log resting on a beach in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.

    My flight into Kauai landed shortly after sunset, leaving me no chance to scope out a location for sunrise the next morning. There were a couple of beaches that I had seen shots from close to my hotel, so I figured that was going to be my best option. All you need is a beach facing the east right? (more…)

    Gem in the Jungle-Upper Hoopii Falls in Kauai

    Kaapa Stream emerges from a dense forest canopy and gracefully flows over Upper Hoopii Falls in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.
    Kaapa Stream emerges from a dense forest canopy and gracefully flows over Upper Hoopii Falls in eastern Kauai, Hawaii.

    There are a lot of waterfalls in Kauai which is understandable since one of the wettest places on Earth is in the middle of the island. Mount Waialeale gets an average of 450 inches of rain every year. All this water naturally flows down the mountainside to the ocean. Many of the falls can only be seen from the air and the others require traversing damp trails through the jungle. (more…)