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Maui: Eco Tour, Part 1

As you may recall, when I was on Moloka`i I went on a hike in Halawa Valley all the way up to a beautiful waterfall at the head of the valley. On Maui, I discovered that there is a company offering a similar "Eco Tour" in Waihe`e Valley, again through a tropical rainforest leading to waterfalls — so I had to go. I and my fellow eco-tourists were picked up at our condos and hotels then taken by van to the starting point in Waihe`e Valley. Our tour guide brought bottled water and food as well as hiking sticks for those who wanted them (I did). His company had acquired the proper permits and paid the fees, so we just walked on in past the tiny snack stand — and after one last potty break, we were off.

The first part of the hike passes traditional Hawaiian farms growing taro, papayas, bananas, etc. — pretty much like Halawa Valley.

Waihee Valley, Taro & Papaya

After passing a planting of poinsettias, we started to get into the "wild" part of the adventure. And it is a photographer's dream — look in every direction and find something wonderful to shoot — flowers, berries, trees, running water, moss, lichen and so on. Wonderful.

Poinsettia, flowers, berries & banyon tree

Strange looking fern-like flowering plants — and real ferns.

Flowers & Ferns

Interesting leaves and beautiful hillsides.

Leaves & hillside

Too much for one issue of LAHP — the hike continues next week.

Life is good.

B. David

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