Hello Friends and Family,

1982 - HI, Maui, Part 4

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Many visitors to Maui know of Haleakala Park. Haleakala is the 10,000-foot dormant volcano that dominates the south half of "The Valley Isle". However, many do not know that the park extends all the way down to Hana. The most famous spot in the this part of the park is the Seven Pools but you should also know of the Pīpīwai trail with waterfalls, sweeping ocean vistas, and Hawaiian cultural experiences. If you want to enjoy the more inclusive tour, please refer to the National Park Service website (https://www.nps.gov/hale/index.htm) detailing what to see in the park, including this more remote section, known as the Kīpahulu District.

I hiked the trail and captured this waterfall (on Kodachrome) which I think is 400 foot tall Waimoku Falls. I confess that in those days, I did not take photos of signposts (as I do now) mostly because even slide processing was somewhat expensive, expecting to depend on my memory. Bad decision.

Here we see another spectacular waterfall, probably Makahiku Falls.

Even folks who are adverse to hiking will likely find and recognize this waterfall with the bridge above — this is Seven Pools (the bridge is a "must" for anyone capturing a photo of this part of the pools). Someone erroneously called them "The Seven Sacred Pools" as a draw for tourists. As far as I know, they have never been considered "sacred" by Hawaiians.

I read online that the Park Rangers are urging people not to swim in the Seven Pools temporarily because of damage to flood-warning instruments up river. There was no timetable published indicating when that would be corrected.

And I confess that I have never been swimming in the Seven Pools — but I really enjoy viewing them and the folks who were swimming back when it was safe to do so.

Eventually, the water flowing down from Haleakala makes its way to the ocean via the Seven Pools.

There is even a black sand beach where the water from the mountain meets the water in the ocean. You my not be able to tell from this photo but the waves are generally quite rough here — so I would not recommend swimming in the ocean here under any circumstances.

Looking at the black sand beach from this vantage point should underscore what I wrote for the previous photo. Look but no swim.

And looking out further into this little cove, the waves and the rocks beg for photography — which I was glad to provide.

Looking farther north along the coast, you can see the massive spray from the open ocean waves striking the black volcanic rocks.

To the south was a residental property with a gazebo built on the hill so that the residents could sit and watch the ocean waves. I decided that this was the property that I wished to buy so I could enjoy the ocean views for the rest of my life. Alternately, I could become friends of the owners and visit them frequently. Neither happened.

A bit farther south we can see a gray sand beach with a few brave folks getting their feet wet. That would have been fun to join them — the waves were calmer here.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com