Hello Friends and Family,

1985 - Maui, Part 2

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Ah, another beautiful day in paradise. On this day, my parents and I headed Upcountry — the part of Maui part way up Haleakala. The views from this vantage point are spectacular. Below us, along the oceanfront, is Kihei, where I was living at the time. Beyond Kihei is Maalaea Harbor, the home base for the commercial fishing fleet, plus some of the best sailing, snorkeling, sport-fishing, and whale watching in the world.

Not visible in this photo (because of distance) is the Pali Highway, which runs along the base of the West Maui Mountains that are visible just beyond Maalaea. Out in the channel lies Moloka’i, just barely visible on the horizon.

As best I recall, this building stands on the Maui Winery (formerly Tedeschi). It was an outbuilding and probably used for storage but interesting because of its age and the history it has seen. The winery originated with only one variety — their signature pineapple wine — made with locally grown Maui Gold Pineapples. Over the years, they have cultivated a variety of wine grapes to determine those that would do well in Maui's Upcountry climate — and now sell the wine from those successful grapes. Note that they have wine tasting daily if you are so inclined.

Driving along the Kula Highway affords so many breathtaking views. The red hill to the right center of the photo is Puʻu Olaʻi, a large dome-like cinder cone also known as "Red Hill". It separates Big Beach at Makena and Little Beach at Makena.

That tiny speck of land out in the ocean is Molokini, a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater. It is a popular destination for snorkelers and scuba divers.

The island on the left side of the photo is Kahoʻolawe, the smallest of the eight main volcanic islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. It was formerly used for bombing practice by the U.S. military. After years of protests, it is now the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve and can be used only for native Hawaiian cultural, spiritual, and subsistence purposes.

The black area along the shoreline is part of the most recent eruption of Haleakala. The most well-known spot there is La Perouse Bay and just to the north is Keoneʻōʻio Natural Area Reserve which includes several popular snorkeling/diving sites and many cultural and geologic sites as well as habitat for numerous rare and endangered species.

We arrived at our planned destination, Kula Botanical Gardens. My parents have always loved plants (my dad raised orchids at the time back in Florida) — so this was the perfect destination. (BTW, if you are on Maui and planning to visit the gardens, do check with them because currently, their website says "CLOSED due to significant damage from a storm in December 2021".)

I loved the large koi pond surrounded by flowers and other vegetation — plus a nice walkway to permit a closer inspection.

The plants in the foreground resemble ice plants that I knew so well in California but I can't tell for sure. I don't know the pinkish-purplish flowers — I should have snapped a photo of the identifying signs.

These I know — fuchsia. They were discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) about 1696–1697. I think they are so pretty.

These are very familiar — we have a lot of them in Arizona — they are bottlebrushes because the flowers look like a brush traditionally used to clean the interior of bottles. They were originally found mostly in the more temperate regions of Australia.

Here we see a pincushion protea bush. Those of us who are older and had moms who sewed will remember the pincushions (always red as best I recall) that she stuck pins and needles into to keep them from falling on the floor where we kids might step on them. These plants are favorites of the hotels in Hawai’i — big and showy and exotic. They grow well in Upcountry Maui.

I am not sure of this variety — ii believe it is a Banksia but don't quote me. By the way, Protea originated in South Africa.

Life is good.

B. David

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