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Maui: North Shore Redux, Part 1

A few weeks ago I shared a set of photos from the North Coast of Maui. I only had limited time and fuel that day so I only went a short way along the road. However, I enjoyed the scenery so much that I made a mental note to return with more time and fuel so I could do what I have not done in years — travel the road all the way from Kapalua to Wailuku. The road is much improved since I last went all the way around back in 1985. At that time, part of the roadway was gravel — and both then and now that same part was (and is) only one lane overlooking a sheer drop off to the ocean with no guardrails. If you meet oncoming traffic, either you or the vehicle you meet must back up to a wider section of the road to allow one of you to pass.

On this trip, Hertz had upgraded my vehicle to a 4WD SUV, so I figured that there was less chance to get stuck — even though its width made passing on the one-lane section more challenging — so off I went. I was quite fortunate that I did not have to do the backup maneuver — each time I encountered another vehicle, I saw them early enough to wait at a wide spot until they passed — or they offered the same courtesy to me.

There is no story for most of these pictures — just beautiful and interesting scenery. However, the last photo below does require a bit of explanation. I found this pattern of rocks laid out in a circular pattern. This was obviously not an ancient Hawaiian site — more likely some New Age aficionados doing their thing. But interesting nonetheless. Enjoy.

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc.