The road to Hana is amongst the most beautiful places to travel while visiting the island of Maui. The road is located on the back side of the island and is known for being very narrow, at times only one precarious lane. If two cars were to meet along the roadway, one would have to pull over to let the other through. Even though this one lane highway is only approximately 60 miles, the journey will take the average travelers about 3 hours. Hana itself is a small town that can be experienced very briefly but most people who travel the road to Hana do so for the scenic tropical environment, hidden oasis’ and beautiful botanical gardens. Along the road way many small fruit stands and small stores can be seen. All alongside the narrow Highway 36, these locally owned shops leave fruit out on an honor system. Simply deposit money in the can or buckets that can be found somewhere nearby. Hawaii Photography recommends trying these delicious island treats since some of these fruits can be found nowhere else in the world. Hana has numerous hidden waterfalls nestled off of seemingly forbidden paths. Many tourists visiting Hawaii stop at Puohokamoa waterfalls for a dip in the ice cold mountain streams, which trickle down from the rainy climates high in the mountain tops. On the Kaenae peninsula a rustic Hawaiian village can be found living life similarly to how native Hawaiian’s lived in the 1800’s. The Kaenae community still fishes off the reef and harvests taro to turn into poi. Anyone with the time to take an entire day to explore the road to Hana will not be disappointed. In fact one day is not enough to explore everything this tropical treasure trove has to offer.
This massive sea turtle crawled on shore in search of the safety of a fresh sun bath. The green sea turtle is a delicate creature dressed in scales, covering head to toe. A relic of the past they serve a reminder of distant dinosaur ancestors. Hawaiian Honu travel miles to the French Frigate Shoals to nest and lay their eggs. These curious sea watchers were the first guide to the Hawaiian islands. Often a subject of cultural legend, but the gentle creatures only recently started coming back ashore. This is probably because they feel safer than in the water. Just one of the many interesting sights to photograph in Hawaii.
Why is Hawaii good? It is after all too far from the rest of the world. Not to mention completely surrounded by a body of water so immense it could be described as enormous. In any matter it is by far a waking force and presence of many natural beauties. Rippling beyond imaginations deepest fathoms this blue marble is entirely a cause of natures rolling tongue. Hawaii’s true natural vibrance aside from organic swagger is the blessings of cultural infusion far beyond any unknowing comprehensions. Like a melting pot ideal, on steroids. Hawaii’s cultural influence is subtle, overpowering and unmistaken. It can be easily misidentified by anyone who has never seen it with their own senses. Without knowing it in real life, one could easily be disillusioned by the less than lustrous; epitome of a dream-like barbiturate useful only as a carrot incentive to work a common goal for an escape so pure but not absorbable at a mere glimpse. Like so many delicacies that are tried and forgotten. The true flavor of life in Hawaii is the locals. The locals that live, breath and die bringing the fruits to fire rock, that provides beyond any one person, the life worth living on the most remote location on Earth. These people are the true warriors of Hawaii.
This photo from Hawaii looks like the savannah. This was a fun landscape experiment with a toy camera technique. The landscape came out looking great, even without processing. In the background there is a clear sight all the way down Oahu’s west side over the Nanakuli and Maili beaches. This park is somewhat abandoned and occasionally filled with houseless residents of Waianae. There might be a sharks nest around here and maybe a pot of gold too…