Hello Friends and Family,

1983 - Vacation on Maui, Part 3

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Each morning on Maui, I woke up to the sound of the doves cooing and the mynas squawking — another morning in paradise. Outside, the plumerias were in full bloom — I was lucky to have a second-floor condominium putting me at the level of these beautiful, fragrant blossoms.

This particular morning, another sound caught my attention, waves crashing on the rocks along the shoreline. I grabbed my camera and began my morning walk.

It was quite a surprise to see such large waves filling Napili Bay — typically, it is quite calm in the morning. Mornings are great for snorkeling and letting the kids swim. Afternoons may see such waves and they are fun for body or boogie board surfing. You will feel the power of the ocean lifting you up and then setting you back down on the sandy bottom.

WARNING: don't try to challenge these large waves if you cannot swim — it can be quite dangerous.

You might be surprised that the next bay over, Kapalua Bay, was not experiencing large waves. The opening to the ocean between the lava outcroppings is relatively small — and if the waves are not coming from the right direction, they will be dampened out. That's why I recommend Kapalua Bay to families with kids — smaller waves are less dangerous for the young ones.

Also, smaller waves mean less underwater turbulence and better viewing conditions for snorkelers. That's why I also recommend Kapalua Bay to folks planning to snorkel — better visibility.

One other tip, the far end of Kapalua Bay has rock formations below the water that provide channels for the fish. Great place to check out the snorkeling — it may be better than the open middle portion of the bay.

The next bay past Kapalua is Ironwood. It is very open to these large waves and today is a great day to watch them crash into the lava formations on either side of the bay.

Not only do you see the waves crashing but you hear and feel them too.

Standing on the shoreline trail, you might even be a bit concerned that the waves are going to come up and pull you in. No fear, the trail is high enough that the waves cannot reach you — it's quite safe.

Here we see the waves crashing on the other side of Ironwood Beach. I was surprised that there were not more people watching the show — just that one gentleman.

And if we go to the next Bay we find Fleming Beach. Curiously, this beach tends to have bigger waves on a normal day but today it was relatively calm.

In fact, it was calm enough that even the smaller kids could go boogie boarding without adult supervision.

Just mauka (toward the mountains) of Fleming Beach stands a building with a bit of history behind it. It was originally built on the plantation as a meeting hall. Around 1936, it was moved to this current spot and served as a church. In 1980, it was repurposed to its current role as a preschool.

I am sharing this image for fun. Part of my processing of photos for "Life After HP" is using a transformation that effectively scrambles the colors. I do this because some of my old Kodachrome 64 slides have spots that appear to be mold. The transformation helps me see where those imperfections are and allows me to easily correct them — after which I turn off the transformation — which returns the image to its previous form but with the mold removed. I thought this transformation was so colorful that you might enjoy seeing it. Maybe I should sell t-shirts with this image. 😎

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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