Hello Friends and Family,

1985 - Maui, Part 1

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Back home on Maui, my parents and I decided to drive the multi-switchback road to the top of Haleakala — the 10,000-foot dormant volcano that dominates the eastern half of the Valley Isle. If you get up really early and you're lucky, you might get to the summit when it is clear with a beautiful view of the sunrise in the east.

I've never been able to get up that early but this day, we were treated to beautiful cloud formations as they floated through the caldera. It's not often that you can look down on clouds unless you are flying.

My dad was fascinated by the view. Having lived most of his life in the low-lying coastal areas of Maryland and Florida — this was a real treat.

The same was true for my mom. Just for perspective, in south Florida, there was a traffic interchange near their first house in Lauderhill (next to Fort Lauderdale) and the running joke was that that spot was the tallest place in all of south Florida.

This is one of my favorite photos of my dad from this trip. He was closely studying the lava that had spewed forth from Haleakala sometime between 1480 and 1600. No, we ain't in Florida no more. 😎

After Haleakala, we drove back to sea level, then on the Road to Hana where we stopped at Waianapanapa State Park. This is one of my favorite spots on Maui, one which many people seem to miss in their hurry to get to the Seven Pools.

From the park's website — "Remote, wild, volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing, and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail that leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to view a seabird colony and natural stone arch. Other features include a native Hala forest, heiau (religious temple), sea stacks, blow holes, and a small black sand beach."

The park features countless waterfalls, along with freshwater caves, which are located near the edge of the parking lot. Years ago, the caves were once connected through a lava tube, which eventually collapsed, leaving sets of pools behind. There is a legend of a Hawaiian princess named Popoalaea who fled her cruel husband. When he found her hiding in the cave, he killed her. Depending on the time of year, you may see tiny red shrimp appear in the pool, turning the water red, which many believe represents the blood of the slain princess. This tale remains an important part of ancient Hawaiian history. We were lucky to be there to witness this marvelous event.

A bit further down the road is Seven Pools. From this vantage point, you can see the bridge over the river flowing into the pools. Note that this is one of the most photographed spots on Maui — so when you visit, remember to take your own keepsake photo.

The water cascades from one level to the next offering many opportunities for swimming and photography. Obviously, I chose the latter.

In fact, I have never been swimming in the pools — it looks a bit dangerous to me — but lots of folks love it. Adding to the ambiance of the waterfalls, you can also near the waves crashing on the beach just a short distance away.

You can enjoy the companionship of others or just find a quiet spot to enjoy all by yourself. It is a marvelous place to visit.

I am so happy that Mom and Dad had this opportunity to experience Maui. It was so different from their familiar locales — and they loved it.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

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